American Accounting Association

Plenary Sessions, Luncheons, Receptions, and Awards

Plenary sessions of the American Accounting Association’s Annual Meeting will be held from 8:30 to 9:45 am on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 4–6, 2003. On Monday the plenary will feature the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, Tuesday’s plenary features the Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award, and on Wednesday the Wildman Medal Award will be presented. The Competitive Manuscript Award will be presented at the Tuesday luncheon and the Innovation in Accounting Education Award will be presented at the luncheon on Wednesday.

In addition to the presentation of those prestigious awards, this year the plenary sessions and luncheons showcase a very impressive group of speakers from both the accounting and education worlds.

On Sunday night, August 3, the Exhibit Hall is the place to gather for the informal Early Bird Reception and a chance to check out the exhibits and look for old friends. Monday night, August 4, is the Welcome Reception that includes beverages, food and opportunities for networking. The final reception this year will be the themed reception on Tuesday night, August 5, traditionally featuring beverages in addition to food and ambiance fitting the meeting location.

Monday, August 4
Arthur R. WyattArthur R. Wyatt, will be speaking at the Monday plenary session on "Accounting Professionalism—They Just Don't Get it!". He was born in Aurora, Illinois, and graduated with high honors from the University of Illinois, where he later received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and taught accountancy for fifteen years. In 1966, Arthur Wyatt joined the international public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co. and subsequently became Managing Director–Accounting Principles and Chairman of the firm’s United States Committee on Professional Standards. Mr. Wyatt served as Chairman of the Accounting Standards Executive Committee of the AICPA from 1977–1979, and was a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Advisory Council from 1978–1982 and of the AICPA Board of Directors from 1980–1984. He has been a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, vice president of the AICPA, and vice president and president of the American Accounting Association (1991–1992). In 1993 Arthur Wyatt rejoined the accountancy faculty at the University of Illinois and teaches at that institution in the fall semesters.

Tuesday, August 5
Joel S. DemskiTuesday’s plenary will feature Joel S. Demski, the immediate past President of the American Accounting Association speaking about "Endogenous Expectations.” Joel Demski is the Frederick E. Fisher Eminent Scholar in Accounting at the University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting and his articles have appeared in such journals as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society, and Contemporary Accounting Research. He is also the author or co-author of several books. Professor Demski received B.S.E. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He was awarded the AAA Outstanding Educator Award in 1986 and is also the recipient of Outstanding Contributions to Accounting Literature Awards, the AAA Competitive Manuscript Award, and the Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature Award.

Marva Nettles CollinsMarva Nettles Collins, the Tuesday luncheon speaker, grew up in Atmore, Alabama at a time when segregation was the rule. Her father, a successful businessman, instilled in her an awareness of the family’s historical excellence and helped develop in her a strong desire for learning, achievement, and independence. After graduating from Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Collins taught school in Alabama for two years and subsequently moved to Chicago in 1959, where after 14 years of teaching in that city’s troubled public school system she decided to open her own school on the second floor of her home. The outstanding results generated from that decision have been chronicled in countless newspapers, on CBS’s 60 Minutes, and in a made-for-television movie, The Marva Collins Story. Marva Collins believes every child is a winner until somewhere, someone teaches him or her too thoroughly that they are useless. Her vision, dedication to the education of all children, and achievements have earned her recognition from all over the world. She has received numerous awards, special citations, and over 42 honorary doctoral degrees from many universities.

Wednesday, August 6
Tang YunweiWednesday’s plenary speaker is Tang Yunwei, the Managing Partner of EY Dahua Certified Public Accountants Co., Ltd. Currently Tang Yunwei also holds the positions of Chairman of the Shanghai Accounting Society and Director of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has served as Accounting Fellow for the International Accounting Standards Committee, Professor and president of the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and president of the Chinese Accounting Professor’s Accounting Association, in addition to authoring several accounting books and journal articles. Previous academic appointments include Distinguished Chinese scholar at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (1998), Honorary Professor at Hong Kong University and Hong Kong City University (1997), Distinguished International Visiting Lecturer in Accounting of the AAA (1996), and the Price Waterhouse Professor of Accounting (1995). Tang Yunwei holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Master’s and Bachelor’s of Economics degrees, both from the Shanghai Institute of Finance and Economics.

William L. Felix, Jr.Speaking at the Wednesday luncheon will be incoming AAA President, William L. Felix, Jr., the Eller Professor of Accounting at the University of Arizona. He has served on faculties at the University of Montana and the University of Washington. His teaching has been primarily in the area of auditing at both the undergraduate and Ph.D. levels. His research is also in the area of auditing focusing on auditor decision making and the role of the internal auditor in the external audit. He has published articles in The Accounting Review, The Journal of Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory and other academic journals. Professor Felix has received the American Accounting Association’s Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature Award, the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, and the Innovation in Accounting Education Award. He is a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He is a past Vice President–Publications of the AAA and has served as the editor of Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory.


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