The Forensic Accounting Section is dedicated to the continual improvement of forensic accounting research and education, through the encouragement, development, and sharing of:

  • The promotion and dissemination of forensic and investigative academic and practitioner research.
  • The relevant and innovative curricula with an emphasis on effective and efficient instruction.
  • The exploration of knowledge-organization issues related to forensic accounting programs.
  • The creation and presentation of CPE courses to members and professionals.
Forensic Accounting often intersects with other professions including those of the law, criminology, sociology, psychology, intelligence, information technology (open sourcing, cyber-crime, digital evidence, data mining, and IT systems and control), computer forensics, and other forensic sciences.

Specific objectives include, but are not limited to those of:

A. Research:

  1. To initiate, encourage, and sponsor research in the field of forensic accounting.
  2. To stimulate discussion, promotion and dissemination of research means, methods, resources, and findings resulting from forensic accounting research.
  3. To raise questions and to share knowledge about forensic accounting and fraud research, including theory, application, and practice.
  4. To provide guidance and opportunities for members to test and to improve their forensic accounting research skills, tools, and techniques.
  5. To investigate and share various means of evaluating research by using scientific research methodologies, forensic accounting practice methods, policies, techniques, and research tools.

B. Education:

  1. To encourage a broad definition of scholarship with a high priority on teaching, learning, and curricular development.
  2. To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and findings about developments related to instruction, learning, and curricular issues in forensic accounting education.
  3. To work with other organizations (especially fraud and litigation support practitioners) pursuing similar goals.
  4. To encourage qualified individuals to consider opportunities in forensic accounting education by providing appropriate guidance and information about such careers.
  5. To unite forensic professors and practitioners by co-creating and sharing educational materials and training.

C. Teaching:

  1. To initiate, encourage, and sponsor research in methods of teaching, learning, and their applications to the field of forensic accounting instruction.
  2. To stimulate discussion and experimentation in instructional means, methods, and materials in the field of forensic accounting in general.
  3. To raise questions and to share knowledge about forensic accounting and fraud-related materials.
  4. To provide guidance and opportunities for members to test and to improve their forensic teaching and research skills and instructional materials.
  5. To investigate and share various means of evaluating forensic accounting instruction, instructional methods and materials, and forensic accounting research.

D. Curricula:

  1. To encourage continued consideration of and experimentation in all facets of     curricular developments for forensic accounting programs.
  2. To communicate interests, intentions, and information about curricular developments in forensic accounting programs.


2017-18 Officers

Officer Archives

Ronald Daigle
Sam Houston State University
College of Business
1821 Avenue I
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-1479

Vice President- Academic (President Elect)
Dick Riley
West Virginia University
Dept of Accounting
P. O. Box 6025                                    
Morgantown, WV 26506
Phone: (304) 293-7849
Email: richard.riley@mail.wvu.edu

Immediate Past President
Lester Heitger
Missouri State University
School of Accountancy
901 South National Ave
Springfield, MO 65897
Phone: 417-836-5164

Vice President — Practice
Kristina Chernick
550 S. Tryon Street, Suite 2500
Charlotte, NC 28202-4200
Phone: (704) 887-1631
Email: kchernick@deloitte.com

Chih-Chen Lee
Northern Illinois University
Accountancy Department, BH345
College of Business
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-6205
Email: cclee@niu.edu

Patricia Johnson
State University of New York at Fredonia
School of Business
Department of Business Administration
W325 Thomson Hall
Fredonia, NY 14063
Phone: (716) 673-3219
Email: patricia.johnson@fredonia.edu

Council Representative
Cindy Durtschi
DePaul University
School of Accountancy & MIS
1 East Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60404
Phone: 312-362-8789




Journal of Forensic Accounting Research
Charles Bailey
James Madison University
Phone: (540) 568-3201

D. Larry Crumbley
Louisiana State University
Phone: 225-578-6231



Patricia Johnson
State University of New York at Fredonia
Phone: (716) 673-3219
Email: patricia.johnson@fredonia.edu


Committee Chairpersons

Membership Acquisition and Retention
Connie O’Brien
Minnesota State University Mankato
Phone: (507) 389-5412
Email: connie.obrien@mnsu.edu

Bylaw Review/Strategic Planning
Lori Fuller
West Chester University
Phone: (610) 436-2377
Email: lfuller2@wcupa.edu

Nominating Committee
Cindy Durtschi
DePaul University
Phone: (312) 362-8789
Email: cdurtsch@depaul.edu

IFRS & Fraud

Electronic Evidence & Fraud
Salem Boumediene
Montana State University – Billings
Phone: 406-657-1605

Litigation Support
Bill Barrett
Barrett PC
Ph: 804-355-3555

Tax Fraud/Underground Economy
Carl Pacini
University of South Florida
Phone: 727-873-4268

Fraud in Governmental/NFP Entities
Donald Deis
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Phone: (361) 825-2826
Email: donald.deis@tamucc.edu

Chih-Chen Lee
Northern Illinois University
Phone: (815) 753-6205
Email: cclee@niu.edu                 

Diane Matson
University of St. Thomas
Phone: (651) 962-5149

Syllabus Exchange
Jodi Gissel
Marquette University
Phone: (414) 288-8041
Email: jodi.gissel@mu.edu

Cindy Greenman
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Phone: 928-777-3885
Email: greenmac@erau.edu

Professional Association Liaison
Cynthia Krom
Franklin & Marshall College
Phone: (717) 358-3935
Email: cynthia.krom@fandm.edu

2018 Midyear Meeting
Chih-Chen Lee
Northern Illinois University
Phone: (815) 753-6205
Email: cclee@niu.edu


2018 Annual Meeting Program
Veronica Paz
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Phone: (724) 357-5996
Email: veronica.paz@iup.edu



Regional Directors

James DiGabriele
Montclair State University
Phone: 973 243-2600 

Meghann Cefaratti
Northern Illinois University
Phone: 815-753-6382

Kathy Nesper
University of Buffalo

Karin Petruska
Youngstown State University
Phone: 330-941-1876

Carl Pacini
Unviersity of South Florida - St Petersburg
Phone:  727-873-4268

Christine Cheng
Louisiana State University

Eric Johnson
University of Wyoming
Phone: (307) 766-3136
Email: Eric.Johnson@uwyo.edu

Dominic Peltier-Rivest
Concordia University
Phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 2778

President's Letter

Dear Colleagues:

As we celebrate the successful completion of another academic year and we get ready to kick off a new year perhaps with the help of our annual American Accounting Association Convection in NYC in August, it is a good time to appreciate what we have accomplished this year.

Forensic Accounting Section 2016 Midyear Meeting I am very pleased to report that this year’s Midyear Meeting was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina March 4-5, 2016. With 128 attendees, it was the largest and most successful FA Section midyear meeting to date.

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Midyear Meeting

2018 Forensic Accounting Research Conference

March 2-3, 2018

Wyndham Dallas Suites-Park Central Dallas, Texas
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The 2018 Forensic Accounting Section Research Conference was held in Dallas, Texas, at the Wyndham Dallas Suites-Park Central on March 2-3. The conference was a huge success. Thank you to all who attended. We hope to see you in 2019!

GASB Gil Crain Grant

GASB Gil Crain Memorial Research Grant

Since its formation in 1984, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has encouraged academics and other researchers to conduct studies that would be relevant to the GASB’s standards-setting activities. Over the past 30 years, such research efforts have resulted in publishing their research in research briefs, journal articles, and occasionally in GASB research reports.

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Journal of Forensic Accounting Research

The Journal of Forensic Accounting Research is the new journal of the Forensic Accounting Section.

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Deloitte Foundation

Forensic Accounting Case Study Series

Matt Sherman, senior consultant, Deloitte Advisory, presented a session entitled, “Effective Learning Through Cases: Examples from the Deloitte Foundation Forensic Accounting Case Study Series”. Learn more about the Deloitte Foundation sponsored forensic accounting cases. Learn more about the AAA Forensic Accounting Conference