Call for Nominations

Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory Best Paper Award

The Auditing Section requests nominations for the third annual Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory (AJPT) Best Paper Award.  The Section established this award in 2012 to annually recognize a paper published in AJPT that has had a significant influence on, or the potential to significantly influence, auditing research or practice. The assessment of what constitutes an outstanding contribution to auditing research is based upon the following criteria: (1) a demonstrable or anticipated impact on audit research or practice, (2) the importance of the problem(s) addressed, (3) the creativity of the research, and (4) the appropriateness of the theoretical development, research method, and analysis. Nominations for the award will be accepted from members of the Auditing Section and self-nominations are allowed.

The paper selected for the award will be chosen by the AJPT Best Paper Award Selection Committee. The committee includes the Senior Editor of AJPT at the time the award will be conferred, the most recent past Senior Editor, and three other members chosen by the Auditing Section Vice President, Academic. The author(s) of the selected paper will be recognized with a plaque presented at the Section’s Midyear Meeting in January 2017.  For the 2017 award, papers appearing in print in AJPT in in 2013, 2014, and 2015 are eligible for nomination.  Papers authored or coauthored by current members of the Section’s Executive Committee or the Award’s Selection Committee are ineligible for nomination. 

Nominations should include a brief statement (2-3 paragraphs) indicating the perceived or potential contribution of the paper. To view previous awards here.

Please submit nominations to Professor Rick Hatfield via email ( by the earliest possible date, but no later than July 15, 2017.


A Journal of Practice & Theory Best Paper Award

Henri Guénin-Paracini, Bertrand Malsch, and Marie-Soleil Tremblay. 2015. On the Operational Reality of Auditors’ Independence: Lessons from the Field. AJPT (Vol.34 (2): 201-236.
Knechel, W.R., G.V. Krishnan, M. Pevzner, L. Shefchik Bhaskar, and U. Velury. 2013. Audit Quality: Insights from the Academic Literature. Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory  32  (Supplement 1): 385-421.
Brian Batten, Lisa Milici Gaynor, Linda McDaniel, Norma R. Montague, and Gregory E. Sierra, "The Audit of Fair Values and Other Estimates: The Effects of Underlying Environmental, Task, and Auditor-Specific Factors," Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory 2013, Vol. 32, No. Supplement 1, pp. 7-44.
David Piercey (University of Massachusetts Amherst) for his paper, “Documentation Requirements and Qualified versus Qualitative Audit Risk Assessments,” Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory (November, 2011), pp. 223-248.

Mark Nelson (Cornell University) for his paper, “A Model and Literature Review of Professional Skepticism in Auditing,” Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory (November, 2009), pp. 1-34.

Best Audit Section Midyear Awards


Best Midyear Meeting Paper Award

To recognize high quality submissions to the Auditing Section Midyear Meeting. Specific criteria are left to the discretion of the Audit Midyear Planning Committee. Factors to be considered by the Audit Midyear Planning Committee might include reviewer comments and reviewer nominations. The paper selected must be selected for presentation at a concurrent session. Members of the Audit Midyear Meeting Planning Committee are ineligible for the award. All papers submitted to the Midyear Meeting will be considered as nominations.

Monika Causholli (University of Kentucky), Nicole Thorne Jenkins (University of Kentucky), Theresa Floyd (University of Montana) and Scott Soltis (University of Kentucky). "The Ties that Bind: Knowledge-Sharing Networks and Auditor Performance"
Daniel Aobdia (Northwestern University), Anup Srivastava (Dartmouth College), and Erqiu Wang (Northwestern University). 2015. The Economic Impact of the Employment of Foreign-Born Graduates in the Auditing Industry. Working Paper, Northwestern University


Best Midyear Meeting Doctoral Student Paper Award

To recognize high quality submissions to the Auditing Section Midyear Meeting. The paper can be single-authored, or co- authored. If the paper is co-authored, the PhD student must be the presenting author. The PhD student- author must be a PhD student as of the deadline for submitting the paper to the Midyear Meeting. The PhD student may be employed at an institution other than the PhD granting institution. The paper may be related to the dissertation, but does not have to be related to the dissertation. Submissions for this award do not affect the eligibility of the student to also apply for the Outstanding Dissertation Award or to receive the Award for Best Paper submitted to the Auditing Section Midyear Meeting. When submitting a paper to the Midyear Meeting, the PhD student should indicate in the transmittal email that the paper is being submitted for consideration for the Best PhD Student Paper Award.

Jacqueline Hammersley and Michael Ricci (University of Georgia). "Using Audit Programs to Improve Audits of Complex Estimates"
Yangyang Fan (University of Pittsburgh)
Cao, S., Y. Fan, G. Narayanamoorthy, and S. Rowe. Auditor Litigation: Consequences for Other Auditors. Working Paper, University of Pittsburgh.

AJPT Award for Outstanding Reviewer Performance

To recognize outstanding service provided by members of the Audit Section to the Journal, typically in the role of manuscript referee. Factors considered in recognizing outstanding service include, but are not limited to, the quality of the review reports submitted, their timeliness in completing assigned reviews, the volume of reviews conducted, and their willingness to accept review requests. The Senior Editor in consultation with the current Editors will nominate potential recipients.

Lisa Gaynor (University of South Florida)
Robyn Moroney (Monash University)
Kim Westermann (California Polytechnic University)
Liesbeth Bruynseels (KU Leuven)
Kathleen Bentley Goode (University of New South Wales)
Scott Bronson (University of Kansas)

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