The 2012 Auditing Section Doctoral Consortium in Savannah was attended by 70 students from 37 universities. Five of the attendees were from non-U.S. schools. Jean Bédard (director) and Robert Knechel (assistant director) planned the program. The programs included a mix of methodological method sessions, Panels, small group meetings with presenters and students, and breakout sessions in which students and faculty could get to know one another.
The Consortium theme for 2012 was “Researching Auditing for Impact”. Twelve highly regarded faculty members including four from non-U.S. schools shared their insights with the students. The methodological talks focused on archival studies and experimental studies in auditing. There were three panels focusing on early career advice, advice on publishing and the interplay of research, standard setting, and regulation. The small group meetings were designed to allow participants to ask questions and receive advice from faculty members who work in their areas of interest. The consortium was widely regarded as a success. Robert Knechel will plan the 2013 consortium.