Call for Nominations

The Public Interest Section Accounting Exemplar Award is given to either an accounting educator or an accounting practitioner (broadly defined) who has made notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting education and/or practice.

Written nominations which provide information detailing how the nominee(s) has made notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting education and/or practice either by serving as a role model and/or by making significant contributions to the accounting profession in a manner which serves the public interest should be e-mailed to Pat Kelly. The deadline for nominations is Friday April 21, 2017.

The Accounting Exemplar Award is traditionally presented at the Professionalism and Ethics Symposium's concluding luncheon, held just before the American Accounting Association's Annual Meeting. Previous winners of this prestigious award include: Barbara Merino, Steven Mintz, Jim Gaa, Abe Briloff, Stuart Chase, Cynthia Cooper, Ralph Estes, Harold Langenderfer, Arthur Levitt, Eli Mason, Albert Meyer, Carl Devine, Tony Puxty, Bob Sack, Prem Sikka, and Art Wyatt.

Accounting exemplar award criteria and nomination process (Word document)

Previous Award Winners

Jim Gaa
Barbara D. Merino, Steven M. Mintz
Paul Williams
Joseph St. Denis
Steve Loeb
Mary Beth Armstrong, David Walker
D.R. Scott, Charles A. Bowsher
Lynn E. Turner
Stuart Chase, Prem Sikka
Albert Meyer
Cynthia Cooper
Bob Sack
Arthur Levitt, Eli Mason
Carl Devine
Earlier winners
Art Wyatt, Abe Briloff, Tony Puxty, Harold Langenderfer, Ralph Estes


Accounting and the Public Interest

Accounting and the Public Interest is an academic journal published by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association. The journal takes the view that accounting is a social activity with far-ranging consequences for every citizen, welcoming innovation and eclecticism, alternative theories and methodologies, as well as the more traditional ones. The common element in this diversity is the requirement that the study and its findings be linked to the public interest by situating them within a historical, social, and political context, and ultimately providing guidance for responsible

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Letter from the Chair

My name is Amy Hageman, and I am currently serving a two-year term (2016 to 2018) as Chair of the Public Interest Section. I am privileged to work with a wonderful group of Public Interest members serving in key positions...


The Public Interest Section Midyear Meeting was held March 31- April 1, 2017 at Westin Washington D.C. City Center in downtown Washington, D.C. Thank you to all who attended and made it such a great success! See you in 2018!