the newly installed chair of our section, I am taking this first
opportunity to inform you of the developments planned for our
section over the next two years. We have just completed a most
productive meeting of section officers and invited members at the
American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans and
took our proposals to the annual general meeting of Public
Interest Section members the next day. I am very much looking
forward to working with a group of strong supporters of the
section to deliver a broad range of activities and benefits to all
members of the section.
The New Section Officers
First of all, let me draw your attention to the identity of the
officers of the section for this year. According to our revised
constitution, I am now in the chair for a two-year term, to
hopefully provide greater continuity (as will those chairpersons
who will follow me) of leadership and management of the section
and to allow for greater ongoing momentum in developing and
implementing new strategies and initiatives.
Since my position is for a
two-year term, this year there is technically no chair-elect.
However, I am delighted to have Leslie Oakes of the University of
New Mexico continuing to serve as Vice-chair, Director of Research
and CPE Coordinator.
We welcome Lawrence Kalbers of
Long Island University to his new role as Secretary/Treasurer of
the section and Paul Williams of North Carolina State University
continues in his longstanding role as editor of this newsletter,
guardian of the constitution and experienced advisor.
Vaughan Radcliffe continues his
invaluable work as Membership Co-ordinator. Vaughan is pursuing an
active campaign of recruiting new members and resigning former
members. This section is addressing major policy issues across a
wide spectrum of subject areas, and I encourage you to recommend
membership to your colleagues and postgraduate students, or to
give any potential names and addresses to Vaughan. Youll
find his contact details on the back of the newsletter.
Pamela Roush is also continuing
her invaluable work as coordinator of regional AAA meeting
activities for the section. If you would like to volunteer to be a
regional representative of the section, contact her. Shes
always on the lookout for fresh talent.
Finally, Id like to welcome
Tom Lee of the University of Alabama as our section coordinator
for papers to be submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting
of the AAA in San Diego next year. He is on an active campaign to
encourage an even greater number of paper submissions from section
members than in New Orleans! More on that in a moment.
Expanded Web Site
A major new initiative launched in New Orleans is the
redevelopment of our section web site. Gary Schneider of the
University of San Diego has generously agreed to be our web
master, and Paul Williams will chair the task force that has
volunteered to work on this project. Other members of the task
force include: Sarah Stanwick of Auburn University, Rob Bricker of
Case Western Reserve University and University of Portsmouth
doctoral student, Dwight Owsen.
We are planning to greatly expand
the information and links available for members using that web
site, so that it becomes a key service and benefit to section
members. Possible content ideas initially discussed (but not yet
determined) include scanned-in section newsletters, listings of
recent journal articles of interest to section members, links to
key journals such as Critical Perspectives on Accounting
and Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, links
to other web sites of interest for teaching and research, links to
conference web sites of interest and a history of the section. If
you have any ideas or suggestions for material or links to other
sites that you would like to see installed on our web site, please
get in touch with Paul Williams, whose contact details are on the
back of this newsletter. We are happy to include material on the
widest possible range of subject areas that fall within the broad
definition of the public interest.
The overwhelming majority of members at the New Orleans annual
general meeting voted in favor of the section proceeding to
develop a detailed proposal for launching an electronic-only
journal. We have now sent a proposal-in-principle to the AAA, and
subject to its approval, will prepare a detailed proposal for
final approval at the 1999 Annual Meeting in San Diego. We
strongly believe that a focused journal, delivered electronically
on an initial one-volume-per-year basis, will provide another
major tangible benefit to members of the section.
A task force, chaired by Jesse
Dillard of the University of New Mexico, has been appointed to
prepare this proposal and to lay all the groundwork for rapid
implementation once the next annual general meeting has
deliberated. He will be assisted by: Leslie Oakes, University of
New Mexico; Vaughan Radcliffe, Case Western Reserve University;
Tim Fogarty, Case Western Reserve University; Paul Williams, North
Carolina State University; Dwight Owsen, University of Portsmouth
While details of this proposed
journal are yet to be worked out, some of the early ideas that
surfaced for future consideration included the journals
potential role as a venue for critical literature reviews,
doctoral student research papers, accounting education critique
papers and research-practice interface papers. Clearly the
possibilities are many.
This is a very exciting future
development for the section, and I strongly encourage anyone with
ideas to pass them on to Jesse Dillard, task force chair. His
email address is: email@example.com.
This is a very significant
development for this section and it has my total support. I
believe that it will provide an important alternative venue for
the exchange of ideas, critiques and debate. I urge you to give it
your fullest support.
Papers for 1999 San Diego AAA
As already mentioned, Tom Lee is our section coordinator for the
next AAA Annual Meeting, and he is campaigning to secure an even
greater number of sessions at which members can present their
papers. Basically the system is that the more papers that are
submitted nominating our section, the more sessions that we shall
be granted. Anyone wishing to submit a paper for inclusion in a
Public Interest session at the 1999 Convention of the American
Accounting Association should therefore do so prior to January 15,
1999, following the procedures to be published in the Late Fall
1998 issue of Accounting Education News.
Please note that the scope of
public interest issues can include the following: accountability,
accounting regulation, critical theory, ethics (other than ethics
education), ethnography and field research, history, public sector
change critiques, social and environmental accounting.
We have deliberately expanded the
range of subject matter that we wish to encourage within our
section. In most cases, these are subjects neglected within the
AAA or not treated in the critical sense in which our section and
its scholarly connections internationally currently do. All of the
above subject areas and methodologies contain research that falls
within the scope of the public interest and we are committed to
giving them a greater voice in conferences, published
literature, public policy debate and the activities of this
section. So if you are working in any of these areas, or know of
colleagues or postgraduate students who are, please encourage them
to submit papers designating this section for the San Diego
conference, and to join our section and be a part of and benefit
from the developments we are planning.
Scope and Direction
Your section officers are convinced that exciting times and
opportunities lie ahead of us. We are no longer the smallest
section in the AAA and we are committed to developing the section
for a wide variety of scholars with interests that address matters
of public interest from multiple perspectives. In addition we are
committed to implementing a range of focused strategies that will
yield tangible benefits to you the members. Once again, we urge
you to encourage your colleagues and students to join the section
and be a part of these developments. We seek your ideas and
support. Please feel free to contact any of the officers with any
suggestions you may have for further strategies we might consider
that will deliver a greater range of services to you.
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