2017 Conference of the Public Interest Section and Doctoral/New Scholar Consortium

The Public Interest Section Midyear Meeting will be held March 31- April 1, 2017 at Westin Washington D.C. City Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The meeting will include a Doctoral/Early Scholar Consortium on Friday morning and plenary and research paper sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday. The conference fee includes breakfast, section luncheons, and evening receptions.

The common theme for the AAA Public Interest Section is how accounting research and education advance the public interest.  We define advancing the public interest broadly as research focused on the societal impact of accounting and its relationship to political, social/organizational and economic issues at the local, national and global levels.

Doctoral/Early Scholar Consortium – March 31
Doctoral students and early career scholars are invited to participate in the Consortium on Friday morning, March 31. Doctoral students who are in their final years of completing a PhD or scholars who obtained their degree in 2015 or 2016 are welcome to participate. We also invite doctoral students in their initial years of the program to participate as observers.

This Consortium will focus on how contemporary issues (including, but not limited to, professional and business ethics, corporate responsibility, sustainability accounting and reporting, as well as political, social and organizational accounting issues) are linked to the public interest. 
The Consortium will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss their research with peers and accounting scholars, and receive personalized constructive feedback and advice from the following group of leading Public Interest accounting scholars:
 Yves Gendron, Laval University, Québec City, Canada
 Den Patten, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA
 Robin Roberts, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA
Please send a CV and a long abstract or working paper not to exceed 12,000 words to Dana Wallace by January 18, 2017. Along with your submission, please indicate your school affiliation, year of PhD or years since completion of PhD, and topical research interests. Notification of acceptance will be sent in early February 2017. Participants will be expected to provide the final version of their working paper (not to exceed 12,000 words) by March 1, 2017.
Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the University of Central Florida's Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting, the Doctoral/Early Scholar Consortium is free to selected participants. In addition, we will offer $500 travel stipend to two participants based on financial need. Note: We cannot provide financial assistance for visa processing; however, we can provide a letter with the date and location of the Consortium once your application has been accepted.

Public Interest Section Midyear Meeting – March 31 / April 1
The meeting will provide participants with an opportunity to showcase their research and participate in the discussion of others’ research in concurrent sessions, to hear from colleagues regarding contemporary developments in PI topics, and to collaborate with PI colleagues.  We welcome research papers on a wide variety of public interest research topics, perspectives and methods.

Papers should be submitted without author identifying information with a separate title page submitted containing title, author name, affiliation and contact information. We also welcome proposals for plenary sessions and panel discussions on public interest topics for this meeting.

Two awards will be given, one for best paper overall and one for best paper from an early scholar. Papers accepted for concurrent sessions will be considered for these awards. Papers not accepted for concurrent sessions will be considered for the research forum.

To submit a plenary/panel proposal:
Please submit proposals for panel discussions to Lisa Baudot.
To submit a paper proposal:
Submit your paper proposal directly to Charles Cho.

Note: All submitting authors and co-authors will be asked to volunteer to serve as reviewers of submissions, as well as moderators and/or discussants at the meeting. We invite those who do not submit papers, but with interest in attending the conference, to volunteer as reviewers, moderators, and discussants.

To volunteer for service:
To volunteer to review manuscripts, moderate a session or discuss a paper, please contact Charles Cho.

The deadline for all submissions - to both the Doctoral Consortium and main Conference - is Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Submissions are now closed.

We strongly encourage you to consider submitting a paper to this year’s meeting and look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

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