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2018 Conference of the Public Interest Section and Doctoral/New Scholar Consortium

Call for Submissions

The Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association will hold a Midyear Meeting on March 23 - 24, 2018 at the Swissôtel in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Doctoral/New Scholar Consortium:  Friday Morning, March 23 
  • Regular Meeting and research conference:  Friday afternoon and Saturday, March 23-24

The theme for the AAA Public Interest Section is how accounting research and education advance the public interest.  Advancing the public interest is defined, 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.

The conference fee includes breakfast, luncheons, and evening receptions.  The deadline for all submissions is Friday, January 12, 2018.  To submit a paper to the Doctoral/New Scholar Consortium or to the Regular Meeting and research conference, see instructions below. 

Doctoral/Early Scholar Consortium – March 23
Doctoral students and early career scholars are invited to participate in the Consortium. Doctoral students in their final years of completing a PhD and scholars who obtained their degree in 2016 or 2017 are welcome to participate. We invite doctoral students in their initial years of the program to participate as observers.

The 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. 
 
Consortium participants will have the opportunity to discuss their research with peers and accounting scholars, and to receive personalized, constructive feedback and advice from leading Public Interest scholars:

  • Marcia Annisette, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Charles H. Cho, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Sue Ravenscroft, Ivy College of Business, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

For the Consortium, please send a CV and a long abstract or working paper not to exceed 12,000 words to Dana Wallace (dana.wallace@ucf.edu) by January 12, 2018.  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 2018.  Participants will be expected to provide the final version of their working paper (not to exceed 12,000 words) by March 1, 2018. 

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.

Public Interest Section Midyear Meeting – March 23 – 24
The regular meeting on Friday afternoon and Saturday will feature plenary and panel sessions and research paper sessions. Meeting participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Showcase their research, and discuss others’ research in concurrent sessions
  • Discuss contemporary developments in PI topics with colleagues
  • Collaborate with PI colleagues. 

We welcome research papers on a wide variety of public interest research topics, perspectives and methods.  Succinct writing is appreciated, but there is no word limit for submissions to the regular meeting.

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

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 paper:
We invite you to submit a paper by the January 12, 2018 deadline. To submit your paper (or to volunteer as a reviewer, moderator or discussant) please click here to access the submissions system using your AAA member ID and password.  If you have forgotten your username and password, you can create a new account in the submission system by clicking here and selecting "Create a New Account".  If you have difficulty logging in, please contact Suzanne Mullinnix (suzanne@aaahq.org).

To Submit a panel proposal:
Submit proposals for panel sessions to Larita Killian (ljkillia@iupuc.edu) by January 12, 2018.

Volunteer:  All submitting authors and co-authors are asked to volunteer to serve as peer  reviewers, as well as moderators and/or discussants at the meeting.  We invite those who do not submit papers, but with interest in attending the meeting, to volunteer as reviewers, moderators, or discussants.  To volunteer, please click here to access the submissions system using your AAA member ID and password.  After you have logged in, scroll down to "Submitter Menu" and click "Volunteer Opportunities".  If you have forgotten your username and password, you can create a new account in the submission system by clicking here and selecting "Create a New Account".  If you have difficulty logging in, please contact Suzanne Mullinnix (suzanne@aaahq.org).

Visas: We cannot provide financial assistance for visa processing, but can provide a letter with the date and location of the Consortium/Meeting after your submission has been accepted.

We strongly encourage you to consider submitting a paper to the 2018 meeting and look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

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