Director for the Center of Advancing Accounting in Education
Susan Crosson joined the American Accounting Association in 2015 as its first Director of the Center for Advancing Accounting Education. Prior to coming to the American Accounting Association, Susan served on the faculties of Emory University, Santa Fe College, University of Florida, Washington University in Saint Louis, University of Oklahoma, Johnson County Community College, and Kansas City Kansas Community College and worked in public accounting, banking, and higher education administration. Susan continues to be guided by her mission to create a learning process as individual as each student requires to master the course content and actively apply with confidence what's learned. She is pleased to be able to speak and write on the effective use of technology throughout the accounting curriculum. In addition to her over 300 YouTube videos, she has co-authored several accounting textbooks. Susan earned her Master of Science in Accounting from Texas Tech University and her undergraduate degree in accounting and economics from Southern Methodist University. She is a CPA.
Mark W. Nelson
Eleanora and George Landew Professor of Accounting, Cornell University
Mark W. Nelson is the Eleanora and George Landew Professor of Accounting at Cornell University’s S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management. He holds a BBA from Iowa State University and a PhD from Ohio State University. Nelson teaches intermediate financial accounting to MBA and undergraduate students, and he has received ten awards in recognition of his teaching. He is a coauthor (with Spiceland, Sepe and Thomas) of Intermediate Accounting. Nelson’s research examines psychological and economic factors that influence how people make decisions in accounting settings. His research has been acknowledged with the AAA's Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature Award, the AAA’s Wildman Medal, and AJPT’s inaugural Best Paper Award. Nelson’s service includes a four-year term on FASAC, three terms as an area editor of the Accounting Review, and a term as the Johnson School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, overseeing the tenure-track faculty and research functions of the School.
Joseph J. Iarocci
Founding Partner, Cairnway Center for Servant Leadership Excellence
Joe Iarocci is a Founding Partner of the Cairnway Center for Servant Leadership Excellence. Cairnway produces customized programs for organizations seeking to build cultures anchored in servant leadership. Cairnway’s clients know that servant leadership is a proven way to achieve superior results.
Joe founded Cairnway after serving as CEO of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and, before that, as Chief of Staff of CARE USA, one of the largest international NGOs dedicated to ending extreme poverty. Joe joined CARE in 1998 as General Counsel, was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2004 and Chief of Staff in 2008. Joe practiced business law in Atlanta and New York City before joining CARE.
A regular speaker on the subject of leadership, Joe currently serves on the boards of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Social Accountability International and the Foundation Center of Atlanta. Joe received his A.B. magna cum laude from Brown University, his J.D. from the Cornell Law School, a Masters in Theological Studies from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and was a Stone Scholar while a visiting student at the Columbia University School of Law. Joe and his wife, Laura, have three daughters.
AAA Board President-Elect
University of Washington-Seattle
David Burgstahler is the President-Elect of the American Accounting Association(2015-16), and is the Julius A. Roller Professor of Accounting at the University of Washington. David has taught at the University of Washington since 1981, where he previously served as Acting Dean in the School of Business and Associate Dean for Masters Programs and Executive Education. He earned his Ph.D. from The University of Iowa. David has published widely in peer-reviewed journals including The Accounting Review, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Issues in Accounting Education, and Contemporary Accounting Research. He is currently an Editor of The Accounting Review, serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting, and served as Associate Editor (1997-2000) and Editorial Board Member (2000-04) of Accounting Horizons, The Accounting Review (1983-86) and (1992-2003), Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory (multiple years) and on the Editorial Board of several other peer-reviewed journals.
David has over thirty years experience teaching, has served on over fifty Ph.D. Supervisory Committees, thirty Doctoral Dissertation Reading Committees, and has presented his research at over sixty-five conferences. He has received numerous awards for teaching excellence and is the recipient of the University of Washington’s Schoeller Senior Fellow (2014-15), AAA’s Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award (2002), Beta Alpha Psi Professor of the Year (multiple years) and has been awarded numerous faculty fellowships and research grants.