Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator
The American Taxation Association, in cooperation with the Ernst & Young
Foundation, presents the Outstanding Tax Educator Award. The Award's
purpose is to recognize, honor and reward outstanding contributions by a
faculty member teaching taxation at a recognized academic institution. The
award is named after Professor Ray M. Sommerfeld, the first recipient of
the award, who earned a reputation as a pioneer of tax education and
provided a lifetime of service to students, colleagues, and the profession
Criteria for Selecting Recipient
The selection criteria are intentionally broad to allow the Awards
Committee to consider the relevant contributions by the nominees in
determining a worthy recipient. The types of contributions considered as
worthy of the award include, but are not limited to:
- Curriculum or program development (including related research
and/or superior teaching)
- Participation in student activities
- Service to an academic institution
- Participation in professional activities, and
- Activities furthering taxation as an academic field of study and
Eligible individuals should be currently active in their profession.
However, in rare instances an individual who has retired from active
service as an academician may be considered for the award. In the absence
of qualified nominees for the award, the Awards Committee may choose not to
present the award during a particular year.
There is no standard nomination package. Nominators should state why
their candidate should receive the award and submit appropriate
documentation supporting their nomination, such as complete resumes and
letters of recommendations from students, colleagues, and/or practitioners.
Questions about the content of the package should be addressed to the
Committee Chair at the address below.
Nominations will be accepted through February 3, 2017. Nominations should
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ATA Teaching Innovation Award
The American Taxation Association presents an annual Teaching Innovation
Award at the annual ATA luncheon. The award recipient receives a plaque and
a $5,000 award. Submissions will be accepted for innovations in tax
courses. The course may be an elective or required course and should be
offered in an undergraduate or graduate business curriculum. The primary
objective of the award is to encourage creativity and experimentation with
new and unusual ideas. Submissions could include, but are not limited to,
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- A new framework or paradigm on which the organization of a course is
- The novel use of a learning technique or methodology
- The use of original cases or other course materials designed by the
- An experiment in group learning or problem-solving
- Integration of nontechnical issues (ethics, communication skills, etc.)
into the tax curriculum
Submissions should comply with the following:
- At least one author must be a member of the ATA.
- Award winners must agree to make a presentation about their project at an
- Teaching notes should be included with cases and problem-type projects
- A project, but not one that was previously selected as a winner, may be
submitted in more than one year.
- The award winner(s) must agree to the dissemination of their
award-winning project to the ATA membership, and the material must be made
available to faculty and students at no charge for one year subsequent to
the receipt of the award.
- The project should be submitted with the goal of facilitating a blind
review if possible. Ideally, the chairperson will be the only person who
knows the identity of the author and/or authors.
Submissions must be received electronically on or
before January 13, 2017. Please send submissions to
Ron Worsham at firstname.lastname@example.org
ATA Outstanding Service
The purpose of the American Taxation Association's Outstanding Service
Award is to recognize an ATA member who has provided outstanding service to
the ATA for an extended period of time. To be eligible, one must have been
an ATA member for at least 10 years when nominated. The person must have a
record of distinguished service as an ATA committee member and served as a
chair of at least one ATA committee. The nominee typically will have served
as an officer or trustee, but such service is not required to be a
recipient of this award.
The following information will be helpful to the Awards Committee when
evaluating a nominee:
- Evaluations of the nominee's committee service by chairpersons of
committees on which the nominee has served. The evaluations may be
solicited if necessary.
- Evaluations provided by ATA members who have served on at least one
ATA committee chaired by the nominee. The evaluations may be solicited
- Other information that the nominator feels will help in evaluating
the nominee's ATA service such as a resume or vita.
The Committee will secure the nominee's ATA service record.
The nomination must be made by an ATA member. There is no standard
nomination form. The written nomination should include a statement of
support and any relevant documentation as to why the nominee deserves the
Nominations will be accepted through February 3, 2017. Nominations
should be emailed to Linda Krull.Go to Top of Page
The American Taxation Association in cooperation with
PricewaterhouseCoopers presents an annual award for the Outstanding Tax
Dissertation. The award recipient receives a plaque and a $5,000 award at
the annual ATA luncheon.
To be eligible, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Qualified candidates must submit a “working paper” from
their dissertation that does not exceed 40 pages (including ALL tables,
graphs, charts, appendices, and bibliography).
- Qualified candidates must complete their dissertation during the
2016 calendar year.
- Qualified candidates must be ATA members.
- The chairperson of the candidate's dissertation committee must
write a letter to accompany the submission that certifies that the
candidate has met all of the requirements for submission.
Candidates must email their submissions to the Chair of the award
committee, Stephanie Sikes, at email@example.com on or before
January 30, 2017.
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The American Taxation Association (ATA) presents an annual award for a
significant contribution to the tax literature. The award is given for
research published during the three calendar years prior to the
announcement year. All areas of tax research and all topics and
methodologies are eligible for consideration. In addition, the published
article, chapter, or book must meet the selection criteria.
- Tax issues should be of major, rather than incidental, importance
to the manuscript. The tax issues can be based on policy or planning
factors or can be analytical or descriptive in nature, but tax issues
should constitute the major focus of the research.
- The article, chapter, or book as a whole should make a significant
contribution to the discipline in topic or methodology (or both). The
overall validity and usefulness of the results will be considered.
- At least one author must be a current ATA member.
- All manuscripts published during the three calendar years prior to
the ATA luncheon are eligible for the award, with these exceptions:
- The manuscript cannot be research that formed the basis for
a dissertation receiving the ATA Dissertation Award.
- A manuscript that is an extension of the original
dissertation research and, as such, is an independent
manuscript is eligible for the award.
- The manuscript cannot have previously won the ATA Tax
- The manuscript cannot be authored or co-authored by a
current member of the Manuscript Award Committee. While a
manuscript authored or co-authored by a current committee
member is eligible for nomination, such member must resign from
the committee to have the paper considered for the award.
Nominations for manuscripts, books, and chapters of books published during
the 2014-2016 period will be accepted through January 13, 2017.
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