2014 - 2015 AAA/Grant Thornton Doctoral Dissertation Awards for Innovation in Accounting Education Committee

Carry out all activities to select recipients of the AAA/Grant Thornton Doctoral Dissertation Awards for Innovation in Accounting Education. Specifically:

  • Identify and award up to five (5) AAA/Grant Thornton Doctoral Dissertation Awards for Innovation in Accounting Education of $5,000 each to third or fourth year PhD students conducting innovative research in any area of accounting using the criteria as approved by the Board of Directors.


  • New committee members are appointed annually by the Council Committee on Awards Committee.
  • Members of this committee will be comprised of eight members drawn broadly from AAA sections.
  • No section shall be represented by more than one member on the committee.
  • A representative of the funding sponsor will be appointed as an Ex-Officio member of the committee.


  • The committee meets as needed.


  • AAA Staff (Barbara Gutierrez) will ensure the Call for Nominations web page is updated in conjunction with the Committee Directory.
  • Beginning in September, Stephanie Glaser, AAA Awards Coordinator, will arrange for the Call for Nominations announcement to be included:
    • In the Fall edition of the Accounting Education News
    • On the AAA website and in multi-topic mass emails.
  • The AAA Awards Coordinator will contact the Chair with the dates that the award's Call for Nominations will be included on the AAA website and in multi-topic mass emails.
  • Nominations are due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on January 31st.
  • Submissions for this award are collected electronically in Word or PDF format.
  • The nominator will receive an acknowledgement message from the AAA Awards Coordinator upon receipt of the nomination.
  • By the end of the second week of February the AAA Awards Coordinator will send to the Chair a link to the nominations that have been submitted.
  • The committee will select award recipient(s) based on award criteria.
  • The Chair will notify the AAA Awards Coordinator of the winner(s) at by April 15th.
  • The AAA Awards Coordinator will notify the AAA President, Board of Directors Liaison, and the Executive Director of the winner(s).
  • The AAA President will send a congratulatory email/letter to the winner(s), copying the Executive Director, Chair, and AAA Awards Coordinator.
  • After the winner(s) has been notified by the President, the AAA Awards Coordinator will collect biography information for the Annual Meeting Program.
  • A member of the AAA staff will notify the Chair and awardee(s) with Annual Meeting onsite presentation instructions.
  • The Chair will write a thank you note to the Grant Thornton representative for their support of the award.
  • If the Chair has any questions about the charge or responsibilities of this committee, s/he should contact the Executive Director, the President, or the committee’s Board of Directors Liaison.
  • The Chair will have the opportunity three times every term-year to prepare and send a progress report which will be available for the Board of Directors to review at their next meeting. This report should include accomplishments and suggested modifications and should be sent to the AAA President, the committee’s Board of Directors Liaison, and staff liaison, Barbara Gutierrez (


Name / Affiliation Contact AAA Section Term Length Term Expires
Jeffrey Hales
Georgia Tech

Jan Bouwens
Tilburg University
The Netherlands MAS 1 08/2015

Robert Knechel
University of Florida AUD 1 08/2015

Mostafa Maksy
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania TLC 1 08/2015

Jeremy Michels
University of Pennsylvania FARS 1 08/2015

Rania Mousa
University of Evansville IS 1 08/2015

Sonja Rego
Indiana University ATA 1 08/2015

John Sennetti
Nova Southeastern University FIA 1 08/2015
J. Michael (Mike) McGuire
National Managing Partner – Industry and Market Development Grant Thornton LLP 5 08/2015
Board of Directors Liaison
Steven J. Kachelmeier
University of Texas-Austin
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