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AAA Awards Recipients

Outstanding Accounting Educator Award
Linda Smith Bamber, The University of Georgia
Tuesday Plenary

Linda Smith Bamber is the J.M. Tull Chair of Public Accounting at the University of Georgia. A CPA who received the bronze medal and Elijah Watt Sells Award on the CPA exam, Professor Bamber has received numerous awards for teaching undergraduate and MBA cost and management accounting courses, along with the Howard Teall Innovation in Accounting Education Award and the James Bulloch Award for Innovation in Management Accounting Education. Her former Ph.D. students have grown into successful scholars in their own right, as each has published in the leading accounting journals, and two received the American Accounting Association's Competitive Manuscript Award. A former editor of The Accounting Review and associate editor of Accounting Horizons, her research focuses on the determinants of trading volume reactions to accounting disclosures, and causes and consequences of managers' voluntary disclosure choices. She has also participated in a variety of AAA activities, including 15 years at the New Faculty Consortium.

Deloitte Wildman Medal Award
Mary E. Barth, Leslie D. Hodder, and Stephen R. Stubben. "Fair Value Accounting for Liabilities and Own Credit Risk," May 2008 issue of The Accounting Review.
Tuesday Lunch

Mary E. Barth is the Joan E. Horngren Professor of Accounting and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Stanford University, Graduate School of Business (GSB). She also is a member of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Professor Barth's research focuses on financial accounting and reporting issues, particularly topics of interest to accounting standard setters. Her research is published in a variety of journals and has won several awards, including the Wildman Medal Award; the Competitive Manuscript Award; and, on two occasions, the Best Paper Award of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA). She has been an Associate Editor of The Accounting Review and is on the Editorial Boards of several other academic journals. Professor Barth is a recipient of the GSB's MBA Distinguished Teaching Award and PhD Faculty Distinguished Service Award. Professor Barth is active in the AAA, having served as Vice President and as Chair of several committees. She is a recipient of the Outstanding International Accounting Educator Award of the AAA's International Section. Prior to joining the IASB, Professor Barth's accounting standard setting activities included serving as a member of the Accounting Standards Executive Committee of the American Institute of CPAs and the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Prior to joining the faculty at Stanford in 1995, she was an Associate Professor at Harvard Business School and an audit partner in Arthur Andersen & Co. Professor Barth holds an AB from Cornell University, an MBA from Boston University, and a PhD from Stanford University. She also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Lancaster University.

Leslie D. Hodder is an Associate Professor and Ernst and Young Faculty Fellow at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Prior to coming to the Kelley School, Leslie held the position of Assistant Professor at Stanford University.

Leslie began her accounting career in public accounting and has held a series of management positions in consulting and industry, including the position of Chief Financial Officer of a mid-size commercial bank in Southern California. She received her Ph.D. in accounting from University of Texas at Austin in 2001, after earning MBA and BA degrees from University of New Mexico. Leslie's research focuses primarily on the financial services industry, including risk measurement, disclosure, and valuation.

Stephen Stubben is an assistant professor of accounting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. He teaches intermediate financial accounting and accounting for mergers and acquisitions in the school's Master of Accounting program.

Dr. Stubben received his PhD from Stanford University and his master's and bachelor's degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University. His primary research interest is financial reporting, with a focus on accounting standards, firms' application of these standards, the quality of the resulting accounting information, and how that information is used in business decisions. His recent work examines fair value accounting for debt, the detection of revenue manipulation, and the use of accounting information in corporate acquisitions and investments in fixed assets.

Competitive Manuscript Award
Jane M. Thayer. "Determinants of Investors' Information Search: Credibility and Confirmation"
Tuesday Lunch

Jane M. Thayer, PhD, CPA is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at The University of Georgia. She joined the faculty at Georgia in 2008 after earning her PhD at Emory University. She received her MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate degree in accounting from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to entering the doctoral program, she was a manager in the Deloitte Financial Advisory Services practice in Dallas, Texas. She was a member of the Business Valuation group and focused primarily on valuations of business entities, certain intangible assets, common and preferred stock, and other securities.

Jane currently teaches the first course of Intermediate Accounting in the undergraduate accounting program at The University of Georgia. Her research interests include capital market participants' judgments and decision making and financial reporting credibility. She has research forthcoming in Contemporary Accounting Research.

Outstanding Service Award
D. Scott Showalter and Julie Smith David
Tuesday Lunch

D. Scott Showalter joined the North Carolina State University College of Management in the fall of 2008. He is a Teaching Professor and teaches auditing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining NC State University, Scott was a partner at KPMG LLP where he retired on July 31, 2008 after 33 years. In 1975, Scott received his B.S.B.A degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Richmond.

Scott has served numerous roles at the national and section levels of American Accounting Association. Mr. Showalter is currently the chair of the Strategic Management Team and is one of the initial co-editors of the Auditing Section's Current Issues in Auditing. Other AAA positions served include VP-Professional Relations, including the chair of the finance and audit committees. He has also served as a reviewer, discussant and presenter at national and section meetings. Scott served two terms as the VP-Practice of the Auditing Section and fulfilled a similar position in the Government and Nonprofit Section.

Scott has received numerous awards including being recognized by Accounting Today in 2001 as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.

Julie Smith David is an Associate Professor in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, the Director of the Center for Advancing Business through IT (CABIT), and the Editor-in-Chief of the AAACommons. Her research has focused on enterprise applications, their design, and how they can provide value to companies adopting them and has been published in journals including Management Science, Communications of the ACM, and the Journal of Information Systems. Recently she has focused on emerging collaborative technologies, studying how they're being adopted to transform business processes and create value. She is working with the AAA to help them design and implement their collaboration platform, the AAACommons. She has found this project to be incredibly creative and rewarding, and the Editorial Board has been a great group of people to really struggle with and push through the challenges that all organizations are facing implementing these tools.

Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award
Scott Richardson, Richard Sloan, Mark Soliman and Irem Tuna. 2005. "Accrual reliability, earnings persistence and stock prices." Journal of Accounting and Economics 39, 437-485.
Wednesday Lunch

Scott Richardson heads equity research in Europe. Prior to joining active equity, Scott had responsibility for credit research globally within the fixed income group. Scott joined BGI from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His academic research includes security market implications of accounting information, earnings management activity and corporate governance. Scott has published widely in leading accounting and finance journals, including The Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Journal of Finance and the Journal of Accounting Research. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of The Accounting Review, The Review of Accounting Studies, and The Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting. Scott graduated with a B.Ec. (First class honours) from the University of Sydney, and has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Richard G. Sloan is the L. H. Penney Professor of Accounting at The University of California's Haas School of Business. From 2006 to 2008, Sloan was Managing Director and Head of Equity Research at Barclays Global Investors. Previously, Sloan was the Victor L. Bernard PricewaterhouseCoopers Collegiate Professor of Accounting, Professor of Finance, and Director of the Tozzi Electronic Finance Center at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. He also served for five years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Professor Sloan's research focuses on the role of accounting information in investment decisions and is published in leading accounting, finance, and economics journals. He is widely recognized and has received numerous awards for his research on earnings quality. He holds a PhD from the University of Rochester and a BCom from the University of Western Australia.

Mark Soliman is currently an associate professor and the William A. Fowler professor of Business at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington. Before coming to UW, he was vice president of accounting based research at Citadel Investments, a global hedge fund in Chicago . Before that he spent three years as a professor at Stanford University where he was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award in his first year by the MBA students. His research explores the use of accounting information by capital market participants; financial statement analysis; corporate disclosures such as "pro forma" earnings; the impact of regulation on the bond rating industry; and the effects of growth and conservatism on the relation between accounting rates of return and a firm's internal rate of return. He has published widely in the major accounting journals and sits on the editorial board of The Accounting Review. His research has been cited in congressional testimony as well as in the popular press such as the New York Times, Forbes, Business Week, and Smart Money Magazine. He is a CPA, earned an MS degree in finance from Seattle University and a PhD in accounting from the University of Michigan. After his undergraduate studies, he worked for several years before returning to graduate school. First, as an auditor at a CPA firm, then as a controller for a commercial seafood company, and finally as a senior financial analyst.

İrem Tuna is an Associate Professor of Accounting at London Business School. She was previously appointed as an Assistant Professor of Accounting at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. İrem's research interests are in firm valuation, earnings quality, and corporate governance. She published in a variety of top-tier journals in her field, including the Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and The Accounting Review. Irem serves on the editorial advisory boards of The Accounting Review and the Journal of Business, Finance, and Accounting. She recently co-authored a chapter in the new CFA curriculum, entitled “Evaluating Financial Reporting Quality”. İrem holds a PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Michigan.

Innovation in Accounting Education Award
Richard A. Riley, Jr. "Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination"
Pamela A. Smith and Mark J. Kohlbeck “Accounting for Derivatives and Hedging Activities: Comparison of Cash Flow versus Fair Value Hedge Accounting.”   
Wednesday Lunch

Richard A. Riley, Jr. is currently a Louis F. Tanner Distinguished Professor of Public Accounting at West Virginia University and the 2008 Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Educator of the Year. Dr. Riley is a CPA, CFF, forensic accountant and fraud examiner who has developed and implemented fraud and forensic accounting education programs for the United States National Institute of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service. He is the Director of Research for the Institute for Fraud Prevention.  Since 2002, Dr. Riley has performed expert financial analysis and litigation support services, offering deposition and trial testimony. He has two forthcoming books: Financial Statement Fraud: Prevention and Detection with Zabi Rezaee and a Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination textbook with Joseph Wells and Mary-Jo Kranacher. Dr. Riley possesses an undergraduate degree in accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University, a Masters of Professional Accountancy from West Virginia University and Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Tennessee. 

Pamela A. Smith is the KPMG Professor of Accountancy at Northern Illinois University.  Pam has received a dozen teaching awards including the Illinois CPA Society’s 2008 Outstanding Educator Award. Her teaching and research interests focus on issues related to business combinations, valuation, consolidation, derivatives and hedging, and business ethics.  Pam maintains a practical perspective to teaching and research by drawing from her years in public accounting as an audit manager.  She has published over 30 articles and is currently an Associate Editor for Issues in Accounting Education

Mark J. Kohlbeck is an associate professor with the School of Accounting, Barry Kaye College of Business at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida where he currently teaches graduate financial accounting courses.  His area of expertise is financial accounting and reporting and his primary research interests include the banking and financial institution industries in the areas of intangible assets, regulation, accounting choice, and accounting disclosures. Other areas of interest include accounting valuation models, mergers and acquisitions, and fair value accounting. His research has been published in Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, Accounting Horizons, Issues in Accounting Education, among others.

Outgoing Editors - Accounting Horizons
Ella Mae Matsumura and David A. Ziebart
Wednesday Lunch

Ella Mae Matsumura is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her A.B. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of British Columbia. Her research addresses agency relationships, corporate governance, performance measurement, incentives, decision making, and audit quality In addition to serving a term as co-editor of Accounting Horizons and two three-year terms as an Associate Editor of the journal, Ella Mae has served on the Editorial Boards of The Accounting Review and Issues in Accounting Education. She has also served in numerous leadership positions and on committees of the AAA. She chaired the AAA New Faculty Consortium Committee and has actively served the AAA's Management Accounting Section, including as Secretary-Treasurer and President. Ella Mae teaches undergraduate and graduate management accounting courses, as well as doctoral courses, and has co-authored a textbook on management accounting.

David A. Ziebart is currently Director of the Von Allmen School of Accountancy at the University of Kentucky. Prior to that he was Professor of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served on the faculty at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Professor Ziebart holds a bachelor degree from Aurora University, a master's degree from Northern Illinois University, a doctorate from Michigan State University, and is a CPA in Illinois. Professor Ziebart has also held appointments as a research scientist in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as faculty fellow in the University of Illinois Vice President's Office, and was a visiting Professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Professor Ziebart has published in a number of journals including Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, The International Journal of Accounting, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, The Financial Review, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, and Journal of Empirical Finance. He has served on the editorial board of Accounting Inquiries and The New Accountant, and was an associate editor for The International Journal of Accounting and Journal of Information Systems. Professor Ziebart is the co-editor of Accounting Horizons. In 1999, he was identified as one of the most prolific authors of articles on international accounting published in U.S. accounting journals.

Professor Ziebart has provided litigation support for numerous public accounting firms, as well as the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the Illinois Department of Revenue, and specializes in the accounting for complex transactions. While at the University of Illinois, he received the St. Louis Accounting Alumni Teaching Award, the University of Illinois College of Business Undergraduate Teaching Award, the University of Illinois College of Business MBA Teaching Award, and was identified via student evaluations as an excellent or outstanding instructor many times. In addition, he served as the chair of the Learning Advancement Board for the College of Business at the University of Illinois. Professor Ziebart has also served as the President of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the American Accounting Association.

Accounting Horizons — Best Paper Award
"Rules and Accounting: Vagueness in Conceptual Frameworks" by Mark C. Penno
Wednesday Lunch

Mark C. Penno is currently a professor at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business. He has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and has published numerous articles in The Accounting Review and Journal of Accounting Research, as well as articles in the European Economic Review, Management Science, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Management Accounting Research, and Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. His research focus has been on analytic models of the accounting process, which he has applied to management accounting, auditing, and financial reporting. His current research emphasizes the nature and role of rule-structures.

Issues in Accounting Education — Best Paper Award
"What I Have Learned So Far: Observations on Managing an Academic Accounting Career" by Dana R. Hermanson
Wednesday Lunch

Dana R. Hermanson is Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Private Enterprise and Professor of Accounting in the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. He has received several awards for his professional contributions, including the 2008 AAA/Deloitte Wildman Medal and the 2007 Kennesaw State University Foundation Distinguished Professor award. Dana’s research has appeared in such journals as Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Accounting Horizons, and Issues in Accounting Education. He is Co-Editor of Accounting Horizons, and his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and USA Today. Dana is co-author of the COSO-sponsored study, Fraudulent Financial Reporting: 1987-1997, An Analysis of U.S. Public Companies. He was a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors Blue Ribbon Commission on Audit Committees. Dana and his wife, Heather, have two sons, Tim and Will.

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