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Press Releases for the 2018 AAA Award Winners

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Susan Scholz receives the 2018 Deloitte Foundation Wildman Medal Award


Lakewood Ranch, FL, August 8, 2018
- The American Accounting Association (AAA) congratulates Susan Scholz as the recipient of the 2018 Deloitte Foundation Wildman Medal Award for her paper, "Financial Restatement Trends in the United States: 2003-2012” published by the Center for Audit Quality in 2014. This AAA award, which is sponsored by the Deloitte Foundation, was presented to Professor Scholz in the form of a medal and monetary prize at the Tuesday plenary on August 7, 2018 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


Kathy Shoztic (Deloitte), award recipient Susan Scholz, and presenter Rick Hatfield

Susan Scholz is associate dean and Porter Faculty Fellow at The University of Kansas School of Business. She earned a BA from The University of Utah, a CPA with Deloitte and a PhD from the University of Southern California before beginning her academic career at Kansas. Her research focuses on public policy issues involving restatements and auditor choice. Susan’s studies appear in several accounting and a few law journals, and have been commissioned and published by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Center for Audit Quality. She serves as deputy senior editor for Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, is on the editorial board of The Accounting Review and was previously an associate editor for Accounting Horizons. She is currently secretary of the AAA Auditing Section and chair of the Auditing Section Doctoral Consortium.

The Deloitte Foundation Wildman Medal Award was founded in 1978 to commemorate John Wildman and to encourage research relevant to the professional practice of accounting to which much of Mr. Wildman's life was devoted. For 2018, the AAA and the Deloitte Foundation are honored to be able to bestow this award to Susan Scholz.


Michael S. Drake, Phillip J. Quinn, and Jacob R. Thornock receive the 
2018 AAA Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award


Lakewood Ranch, FL, August 8, 2018
The American Accounting Association (AAA) would like to congratulate Michael S. Drake, Phillip J. Quinn, and Jacob R. Thornock as the recipients of the 2018 Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award for their article, “Who Uses Financial Statements? A Demographic Analysis of Financial Statement Downloads from EDGAR,” which was published in the September 2017 issue. This AAA award was presented to the authors in the form of unique glass art pieces and a $2,500 prize at the Tuesday luncheon on August 7, 2018 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


Award recipients Jacob R. Thornock, Phillip J. Quinn, and Michael S. Drake, with presenter Terry Shevlin

Michael S. Drake is an associate professor of Accounting and the Distinguished PwC Fellow in the School of Accountancy at Brigham Young University. Michael earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting at Brigham Young University and his doctorate at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the Marriott School in 2011, he was on faculty at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Michael's research focuses on understanding how financial information impacts capital markets and has been published in various top-tier academic journals including the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, and Management Science. Michael currently serves on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Accounting Horizons.  Michael currently teaches core financial reporting and financial statement analysis in various graduate programs and an empirical research seminar to pre-doctoral students.

Phillip J. Quinn is an assistant professor at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, where he teaches managerial accounting to undergraduate students. Professor Quinn grew up in Red Oak, Iowa and earned an undergraduate accounting degree from Drake University. After college, he spent three years in assurance and advisory roles at Ernst & Young before attending The University of Iowa for his doctoral studies. Aside from research, Professor Quinn enjoys running, playing tennis, and helping with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the University of Washington. 

Jacob R. Thornock is an associate professor of accounting in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University (BYU) and holds the Robert Smith Fellowship. Previously, he was a tenured associate professor of accounting at the University of Washington, where he won numerous teaching and research awards. Professor Thornock has diverse research interests, including interest in taxation, tax havens, earnings information content and information technologies. His research has been published in several major accounting and finance journals and has been cited or featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, Bloomberg, Fox News, and NPR, and has been presented at the IRS, the SEC and a congressional subcommittee. Professor Thornock completed his doctoral studies at The University of North Carolina, where he was awarded the William Delozier Fellowship for Outstanding Doctoral Student. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in accounting at BYU.

The Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award is presented to the best paper published each calendar year. The award winner is selected by online voting open to all members of the American Accounting Association. For 2018, the American Accounting Association is honored to be able to bestow this award to Michael S. Drake, Phillip J. Quinn, and Jacob R. Thornock.


Mario Schabus and Benjamin Yost receive the 2018 AAA Competitive Manuscript Award


Lakewood Ranch, FL, August 8, 2018
The American Accounting Association (AAA) would like to congratulate Mario Schabus and Benjamin Yost as recipients of the 2018 Competitive Manuscript Award. Mario Schabus’ manuscript is “Do Director Networks Help Managers Plan and Forecast Better?,” and Benjamin Yost’s manuscript is “Locked-in: The Effect of CEOs’ Capital Gain Taxes on Corporate Risk-Taking.”  This AAA award was presented to Mario Schabus and Benjamin Yost in the form of unique glass art pieces at the Wednesday plenary on August 8, 2018 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


Award recipients Benjamin Yost and Mario Schabus

Mario Schabus is tenure-track faculty at The University of Melbourne, where he teaches graduate-level management accounting. Prior to joining Melbourne in September 2017, he received his doctoral degree from the University of Amsterdam, which included a year-long visit to the University of Michigan. He holds a MSc degree from the University of Amsterdam and a BSc degree from the University of Graz. Professor Schabus' interests span several research streams at the intersection between financial and managerial accounting. In his dissertation, he finds that board networks can facilitate firms’ planning and forecasting, which reflects his interest in managerial decision making and corporate governance. Some of his current research interests include examining questions related to organizational design, including a recent publication in The Accounting Review.

Benjamin Yost is an assistant professor at the Boston College Carroll School of Management, where he teaches financial accounting to undergraduate students. His research focuses on the economic effects of taxes and corporate disclosures. Professor Yost’s dissertation investigates the incentives created by executives’ personal capital gains tax liabilities, and the resulting consequences for corporate risk-taking. His work has been published in leading academic journals including The Accounting Review and the Journal of Accounting and Economics. Professor Yost holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a master’s in accounting and a BA in economics from the University of Virginia. 

The Competitive Manuscript Award was created to encourage research among members of the AAA who have earned their PhD within the past five years. The winner is chosen annually in a blind review by the AAA Competitive Manuscript Award Committee.  For 2018, the American Accounting Association is very proud to give this award to Mario Schabus and Benjamin Yost for their exceptional work.


Feng Li receives the 2018 AAA Distinguished Contributions to Accounting Literature Award


Lakewood Ranch, FL, August 8, 2018
- The American Accounting Association (AAA) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Distinguished Contributions to Accounting Literature Award will be presented to Feng Li for his works entitled,“Annual report readability, current earnings, and earnings persistence” and “The Information Content of Forward-Looking Statements in Corporate Filings – A Naïve Bayesian Machine Learning Approach.” This AAA award was presented to Feng Li in the form of a unique glass art piece and a monetary prize at the Wednesday plenary on August 8, 2018 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


Award recipient Feng Li with presenter Patricia Dechow

Feng Li is a professor of accounting and deputy dean for academic programs and director of the Finance MBA Program at Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Professor Li was an associate professor of accounting with tenure from 2011 to 2015 and an assistant professor of accounting at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, from July 2004 to 2011. Professor Li's research interest mainly lies in financial accounting, corporate disclosures and textual analysis. He has published widely in leading academic journals such as Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Management Science, and Journal of Financial Economics. Feng Li holds a PhD in accounting from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The Distinguished Contributions to Accounting Literature Award is presented annually to that work or related works published more than five years but not more than 15 years prior to the year of the award and recognizes accounting research based on uniqueness and magnitude of contribution to accounting education, practice and/or future accounting research, originality and innovative content, clarity and organization of exposition and soundness and appropriateness of methodology. For 2018, the AAA is honored to be able to bestow this award to Feng Li.


Ann Dzuranin receives the Ernst & Young Foundation-sponsored
2018 Innovation in Accounting Education Award


Lakewood Ranch, FL, August 8, 2018 
The American Accounting Association (AAA) is pleased to announce that the 2018 Innovation in Accounting Education Award will be presented to Ann Dzuranin for her work, “Data & Analytics in Accounting: Innovation and Impact in Accountancy Education.” This AAA award, which is sponsored by the Ernst & Young Foundation, was presented to Professor Dzuranin in the form of a unique glass art piece and a monetary prize at the Wednesday plenary on August 8, 2018 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


Ellen Glazerman (EY), award recipient Ann Dzuranin, and presenter Mehmet Kocakulah

Ann Dzuranin is the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Analytics in Accounting at Northern Illinois University. She earned her BS from Fairleigh Dickinson University, her MBA from New York University, and her PhD from the University of South Florida. Professor Dzuranin is a CPA (New Jersey) with 15 years of experience in both public and corporate accounting. 

Ann conducts behavioral research in management accounting decision making and the ways in which accounting information systems interact with those decisions. Her publications include Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Accounting Quarterly, Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance, and the Journal of Accounting Education. Professor Dzuranin’s work in data analytics curriculum development has resulted in invitations to present on Data Analytics and Accounting curriculum at both academic and professional conferences. Her presentations have reached over 1,600 people and her materials have been shared with 50 universities.

The annual Innovation in Accounting Education Award is intended to encourage innovation and improvement in accounting education, and submissions are judged by their innovation, demonstrated educational benefits, and adaptability by other academic institutions or to other situations.For 2018, the American Accounting Association and the Ernst & Young Foundation are very pleased to give this award to Ann Dzuranin.


Allen D. Blay and M. G. Fennema receive the 2018 Issues in Accounting Education Best Paper Award


Lakewood Ranch, FL, August 8, 2018
The American Accounting Association (AAA) is pleased to congratulate Allen D. Blay and M. G. Fennema  as recipients of the 2018 Issues in Accounting Education Best Paper Award for their paper, “Are Accountants Made or Born? An Analysis of Self-Selection into the Accounting Major and Performance in Accounting Courses and on the CPA Exam,” which was published in the August 2017 issue. This AAA award was presented to the authors in the form of unique glass art pieces and a $2,500 prize at the Tuesday luncheon on August 7, 2018 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


Award recipients M.G. (Bud) Fennema and Allen Blay, with presenter Terry Shevlin

Allen D. Blay is an associate professor and serves as director of the accounting doctoral program at Florida State University. He graduated from the University of Florida. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Florida) with a background in auditing financial institutions and teaches financial statement auditing at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  He also teaches a doctoral seminar in auditing research. Dr. Blay has won the Florida State University Undergraduate Teaching Award, and has also been nominated for the University Graduate Teaching Award. From 2012-2015 he sat on the AICPA's Auditing and Attestation Subcommittee. He is a co-author on the Louwers, et al. “Auditing and Assurance Services” textbook and has written several data & analytics cases. He has published his research in numerous academic journals including Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes among others. He is married and has five children.

M. G. (Bud) Fennema is the Arthur Andersen Professor at Florida State University where he has taught since 1993. He currently teaches managerial accounting, MBA accounting, and doctoral seminars on behavioral accounting research. His research is in the area of judgment and decision making. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Florida), a Certified Management Accountant, and he currently serves on the Florida Board of Accountancy.Prior to pursuing an academic career, he worked in private companies and public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. He received a BS from Indiana University, an MBA from The University of North Carolina, and an MS and PhD from the University of Illinois.

The Issues in Accounting Education Best Paper Award is presented to the best paper published each calendar year. The award winner is selected by online voting open to all members of the American Accounting Association. For 2018, the American Accounting Association is honored to be able to bestow this award to Allen D. Blay and M. G. Fennema


Gary J. Previts and G. Peter Wilson receive the 2018 AAA Lifetime Service Award

Lakewood Ranch, FL, August 8, 2018 - The American Accounting Association (AAA) is very proud to congratulate Gary J. Previts and G. Peter Wilson as recipients of the 2018 AAA Lifetime Service Award. This AAA award was presented in the form of unique glass art pieces at the Wednesday plenary on August 8, 2018 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


Award recipient Gary Previts with presenter Christine Botosan

Gary J. Previts is the de Windt Professor at the Weatherhead School of Management, and a Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University. An AAA member for more than four decades, he served as President in 2007-8. His service includes national program chair in 1978 and 1990, and recently in the development of the Cook Prize and the reestablishment of Accounting Hall of Fame within the AAA. He was the head of the Ohio Region and also the founding President of the Academy of Accounting Historians, a section of the AAA. Following service on the Treasury’s Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession (2007-8), he worked with an AAA-AICPA team to establish the Pathways Commission, serving as a sponsor’s representative. He has served as a member or chair of a variety of association committees including the nominations committee, and a special committee which led to the establishment of the AAA’s first website.

In 2007 he received the Gold Medal for Service from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is the previous recipient of similar service awards from both the Ohio Society of CPAs, where he served as President (1993-4) and from the Federation of Schools of Accountancy.

He has served as editor for a variety of refereed publications over the period 1973 to the present and is editor of the Emerald Book Series, Studies in the Development of Accounting Thought. He has served as chair or committee member on more than a dozen doctoral dissertations. At CWRU he previously served as department chair and as associate dean for undergraduates, each in turn for a decade or more.

His involvement in Federal government related policy matters includes long term service on the GAO Comptroller General’s Advisory Council and recent service as a member of the Advisory Council of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. He has published numerous books and papers in the areas of accounting and business history, education and financial accounting. He is coauthor, with Barbara Merino, of A History of Accountancy in the United States, a widely recognized source which provides perspective about professional accountancy. In 2011 he was inducted into The Accounting Hall of Fame.

Gary and his wife Fran have four adult children and ten grandchildren and live in Rocky River, Ohio.



Award recipient G. Peter Wilson with presenter Christine Botosan

G. Peter Wilson is a professor emeritus at Boston College and has served on faculties at Lake-Sumter Community College, Carnegie-Mellon University, Stanford University, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He has given over 250 speeches to academics and practitioners and taught short courses for two Fortune-50 companies. He and his wife, Carolyn, created Navigating Accounting®, a multimedia free website that provides a foundation for understanding, preparing, and using accounting information.

Professor Wilson received the 1986 AAA Competitive Manuscript Award, the 1988 Stanford Business School Distinguished Teaching Award, the 1995 MIT Sloan School of Management Teacher of the Year Award, the 2005 AAA Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, the 2009 and 2010 Boston College Teaching with New Media Award, the 2010 AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award, the 2014 AAA Two-Year College Section Lifetime Achievement in Accounting Education Award, the 2014 AAA Innovation in Accounting Education Award as a member of the Pathways Commission Vision Committee, the 2016 AAA/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize, the 2016 AAA Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Innovation in Financial Accounting Education Award, and the 2016 Boston College Ray Keyes Distinguished Service Award. He is a member and past President of the AAA, was a member of the Accounting Education Change Commission and has served on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, and Issues in Accounting Education.

The Lifetime Service Award recognizes service contributions to accounting education over a sustained period of time through service to the AAA, service with the education efforts in the profession through involvement with the AICPA, IMA, and other accounting professional organizations, and service with the education efforts of public accounting firms, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations.
For 2018, the American Accounting Association is extremely pleased to be able to bestow this award on Gary J. Previts and G. Peter Wilson in honor of their dedicated service to the education and practice of accounting.


Urooj Khan, Bin Li, Shivaram Rajgopal, and Mohan Venkatachalam receive the AICPA-sponsored
2018 Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award


Lakewood Ranch, FL, August 8, 2018 
- The American Accounting Association (AAA) would like to congratulate Urooj Khan, Bin Li, Shivaram Rajgopal, and Mohan Venkatachalam as the recipients of the 2018 Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award for their work entitled, “Do the FASB’s Standards Add Shareholder Value?”  This AAA award, which is sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), was presented in the form of unique glass art pieces and a $2,500 prize at the Monday plenary on August 6, 2018 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


Steve Matzke (AICPA) with award recipients Mohan Venkatachalam, Bin Li, and Urooj Khan 
(not pictured is award recipient Shivaram Rajgopal)

Urooj Khan is the Class of 1967 Associate Professor of Business at Columbia Business School. At Columbia, he is also the assistant director of the Program of Financial Studies’ initiative on the future of banking and insurance and a faculty advisor to the India Business Initiative. Between 2014 and 2015, he was a part-time researcher with the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Financial Research. His research examines the interplay of capital markets and financial reporting and is published in leading accounting and economics journals. He is also the recipient of the AAA’s 2012 Competitive Manuscript Award and the 2018 Financial Accounting and Reporting Section’s Best Paper Award. Prior to joining Columbia, Professor Khan received his PhD from the University of Washington.

Bin Li is an assistant professor of accounting at the University of Oklahoma, the Price College of Business. His primary research interest concerns whether and why accounting disclosures, both mandatory and voluntary, affect firm valuation and investor decisions. He is also interested in research topics related to corporate finance, regulatory enforcement and standard setting. His research has been published in top accounting journals and has received multiple awards, such as the 2018 Financial Accounting and Reporting Section’s Best Paper Award and the Best Paper Award at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Multinational Finance Society. Prior to joining OU, Professor Li worked as an assistant professor of accounting at The University of Texas at Dallas. He received his PhD in Accounting from Duke University in 2012.

Shivaram (Shiva) Rajgopal is the Kester and Byrnes Professor at Columbia Business School. He graduated from The University of Iowa in 1998 and has been a faculty member at the University of Washington, Duke University and Emory University. He is the recipient of the 2006 AAA Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award; the 2006 and 2018 Best Paper award from the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the AAA; the 2006 and 2016 Graham and Dodd Scroll Prize given by the Financial Analysts Journal; and the 2008, 2012 and 2014 Glen McLaughlin Award for Research in Accounting Ethics. He is a co-editor for the accounting track at Management Science, an associate editor at the Journal of Accounting and Economics and an ex-editor at Contemporary Accounting Research. He was on the editorial board of The Accounting Review from 2003-2011. He has published in most of the major accounting and finance academic journals.

Mohan Venkatachalam is the senior associate dean for Executive Programs and R.J. Reynolds Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Professor Venkatachalam received his PhD from The University of Iowa in 1996 and is a Chartered Accountant from India. He has worked as an accountant and internal auditor in India and the Middle East. Prior to joining Duke, Professor Venkatachalam was a faculty member at Stanford University, and has taught several courses including financial accounting, financial analysis and executive compensation. He has published research papers on a wide range of topics in valuation, nonfinancial performance measures, accounting disclosures, derivatives and corporate governance. His most recent work involves the role of verbal and nonverbal managerial communication in financial markets. He was an editor of The Accounting Review and serves on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies and Contemporary Accounting Research.

The Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award is given annually to that work published within five years of the year of the award which has withstood a rigorous process of screening and scrutiny based on certain criteria, such as uniqueness and potential magnitude of contribution to accounting education, practice and/or future accounting research, breadth of potential interest, originality and innovative content, clarity and organization of exposition and soundness and appropriateness of methodology. For 2018, the American Accounting Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants are very pleased to give this award to Urooj Khan, Bin Li, Shivaram Rajgopal, and Mohan Venkatachalam.

Mahendra R. Gujarathi and Jan R. Williams receive the PricewaterhouseCoopers
Foundation-sponsored 
2018 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award


Lakewood Ranch, FL, August 8, 2018 
The American Accounting Association (AAA) is very pleased to congratulate Mahendra R. Gujarathi and Jan R. Williams as recipients of the 2018 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. This AAA award, which is sponsored by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Foundation, consists of unique glass art pieces, citations, and a $2,500 prize for each recipient. There is also an additional $2,500 donation given to the AAA on behalf of each recipient which will be used according to both Professor Gujarathi’s and William’s wishes. This award was presented at the Tuesday plenary on August 7, 2018 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


Julie Peters (PwC), award recipient Mahendra Gujarathi, and presenter David Stout

Mahendra R. Gujarathi is the Rae D. Anderson Professor of Accountancy and coordinator of financial reporting curriculum at Bentley University. He has designed and delivered several new courses at Bentley and has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including the coveted Adamian Award. Professor Gujarathi has received numerous external recognitions for innovations in teaching from organizations including the AICPA, Auditing and Forensic Accounting sections of the AAA, Northeast and Western regions of the AAA, European Federation for Management Development, North American Case Research Association, and Decision Sciences Institute.  He has published numerous articles in academic and professional journals, served on several editorial review boards and has been an associate editor for Issues in Accounting Education and Journal of Accounting Education. Professor Gujarathi has served on many AAA committees and was president of the International Accounting section of the AAA. In a recent BYU survey, he was listed amongst the top five most frequent contributing authors of articles in accounting education journals.


Julie Peters (PwC), award recipient Jan R. Williams, and presenter David Stout

Jan R. Williams is dean and professor emeritus of the Haslam College of Business at The University of Tennessee.  He is Executive-in-Residence at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He received degrees from Peabody College, Baylor University, and the University of Arkansas. He holds an active CPA license in Tennessee. He is co-author of three books and published over 125 articles, books, research monographs, and other publications on corporate financial reporting and accounting and business education. Professor Williams held leadership positions as president of the AAA, chair of the board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, and national president of Beta Alpha Psi. He was a member of the Pathways Commission and the Accounting Accreditation Task Force of AACSB. He has participated in education-related activities with the American Institute of CPAs and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

The Outstanding Accounting Educator Award is presented to individuals whose career contributions include educational innovation, excellence in teaching, publications, research guidance to graduate students and significant involvement in professional and academic societies and activities. For 2018, the American Accounting Association and the PricewaterhouseCoopers Foundation are very pleased to give this award to Mahendra R. Gujarathi and Jan R. Williams.


Guido L. Geerts receives the 2018 American Accounting Association Outstanding Service Award


Lakewood Ranch, FL, August 8, 2018
- The American Accounting Association (AAA) congratulates Guido L. Geerts as the recipient of the 2018 AAA Oustanding Service Award. This AAA award, which may be awarded at any time by the Board of Directors, was presented to Professor Geerts in the form of a unique glass art piece at the Tuesday luncheon on August 7, 2018 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.


Award recipient Guido L. Geerts with presenter Anne Christensen

Guido L. Geerts is professor of accounting and EY Scholar at the Lerner College of Business, University of Delaware, where he teaches accounting information systems and big data technologies. He received a PhD in accounting information systems from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium in 1993.

Dr. Geerts has published in various journals including Accounting Horizons, Decisions Support Systems, and Journal of Information Systems. His research interests include REA Enterprise Systems, integrating technology into the accounting curriculum, and big data technologies and their application to accounting.

He has received numerous awards from the University of Delaware and the American Accounting Association, including the 2015 University of Delaware's Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Geerts served as president of the Strategic and Emerging Technologies section, founded the AAA Transformative Technologies and Faculty-Student Collaborations in Accounting (FASTCA) workshops, and is the former chair of the Technology Task Force for the Pathways Commission Recommendation #4 (Curriculum and Pedagogy). He currently serves on the AICPA Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee (PcEEC).

The Outstanding Service Award recognizes outstanding services to the Association other than educational and research contributions. The prestigious award is intended only for rare events or milestones achieved. For 2018, the American Accounting Association is extremely pleased to be able to bestow this award to Guido L. Geerts in honor of his dedicated service to the education and practice of accounting.


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