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Press Release for the 2008 AAA Award Winners


Brad Tuttle, Jesse Dillard receives AAA, McGraw Hill-sponsored
2008 Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award

The American Accounting Association (AAA) would like to congratulate Brad Tuttle and Jesse Dillard who received the Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award for their article, “Beyond Competition: Institutional Isomorphism in U.S. Accounting Research.” This AAA award, which is sponsored by McGraw Hill, was presented to Professor Tuttle and Professor Dillard in the form of a plaque and a $2,500 prize for each recipient on Wednesday, August 6th at the AAA 2008 Annual Meeting held in Anaheim, California.

Professor Tuttle teaches accounting – specifically information systems and IT audit courses – at the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business. Employing a variety of research methods, his papers have appeared in both academic business and psychology journals.  Professor Dillard holds the Retzlaff Chair in Accounting in the School of Business at Portland State University. He is the founding editor of Accounting and the Public Interest, and has published widely in accounting and business journals.

The Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award is presented to the best paper published each calendar year. The award winner is selected by online voting open to all Accounting Horizons subscribing members of the American Accounting Association.  For 2008, the American Accounting Association and McGraw Hill are honored to be able to bestow this award on Brad Tuttle and Jesse Dillard.

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Pingyang Gao receives AAA 2008 Competitive Manuscript Award

The American Accounting Association (AAA) would like to congratulate Pingyang Gao who received the Competitive Manuscript Award for his manuscript, “Disclosure Quality, Cost of Capital, and Investor’s Welfare.” This AAA award was presented to Professor Gao in the form of a plaque on Tuesday, August 5th at the AAA 2008 Annual Meeting held in Anaheim, California.

Professor Gao teaches at University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is expected to receive his Ph.D. degree from Yale University in December 2008.  His current research is on the role of accounting disclosure in capital market.

The Competitive Manuscript Award was created to encourage research among AAA members and associate members who have earned their Ph.D. within the past five years. The winner is chosen annually in a blind review by the AAA Competitive Manuscript Award Committee.  For 2008, The American Accounting Association is very proud to give this award to Pingyang Gao for his exceptional work.

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John A. Schatzel, James Clifton, Herbert Snyder receive AAA, EY-sponsored 2008 Innovation in Accounting Education Award

The American Accounting Association (AAA) are pleased to announce that the 2008 Innovation in Accounting Education Award was given to John A. Schatzel for his RealAudit Simulation project and to James Clifton and Herbert Snyder for their Forensic Accounting Fieldwork, Media, and Exercises project. This AAA award, which is sponsored by EY, was presented to Professor Schatzel, Professor Clifton, and Professor Snyder in the form of a plaque and a monetary prize for each recipient on Wednesday, August 6th at the AAA 2008 Annual Meeting held in Anaheim, California.

Professor Schatzel teaches at Stonehill College where he received the Dean’s Award for Academic Leadership. He has received a Best Manuscript Award from the AAA Northeast Regional Teaching and Curriculum Section, and his research has led to the creation of two interactive multimedia auditing simulation games.  Professor Clifton is a senior lecturer at North Dakota State University. He teaches government and nonprofit accounting, taxation, and fraud, and he has had his own consulting practice since 1998.  Professor Snyder also teaches at North Dakota State University where he teaches forensic accounting and fraud. Prior to academia, Professor Snyder was an intelligence analyst for the United States Army and a fraud investigator for the state of New York.

The annual Innovation in Accounting Education Award is intended to encourage innovation and improvement in accounting education, and submissions are judged by their innovation, demonstrated educational benefits, and adaptability by other academic institutions or to other situations.  For 2008, the American Accounting Association and EY are very please to give this award to John Schatzel, James Clifton, and Herbert Snyder for their inspiring work.

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Garen Markarian, Timothy Fogarty receive AAA, McGraw Hill-sponsored 2008 Issues in Accounting Education Best Paper Award

The American Accounting Association (AAA) is pleased to congratulate Garen Markarian and Timothy Fogarty who received the Issues in Accounting Education Best Paper Award for their paper, “An Empirical Assessment of the Rise and Fall of Accounting as an Academic Discipline.” This AAA award, which is sponsored by McGraw Hill, was presented to Professor Markarian and Professor Fogarty in the form of a plaque and a $2,500 prize for each recipient on Wednesday, August 6th at the AAA 2008 Annual Meeting held in Anaheim, California.

Professor Markarian teaches at Instituto de Empressa. His research has been published in numerous journals, and he has received prior awards from both the AAA and the American Finance Assocation.  Professor Fogarty teaches at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.  He has published over two hundred articles in both academic and practitioner journals, and serves on the editorial boards of over twenty journals, several of which are published outside the U.S.

The Issues in Accounting Education Best Paper Award is presented to the best paper published each calendar year. The award winner is selected by online voting open to all Issues in Accounting Education subscribing members of the AAA.  For 2008, the American Accounting Association and McGraw Hill are honored to be able to bestow this award on Garen Markarian and Timothy Fogarty.

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Foundation Professor Brian P. West receives AAA 2008 Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award for Professionalism and Accounting Rules

The American Accounting Association (AAA) would like to congratulate Brian P. West who received the Notable Contributions to Accounting Education Award for his monograph, Professionalism and Accounting Rules, published by Routledge. This AAA award, which is sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), was presented to Peter Wolnizer on behalf of Professor West in the form of a plaque and a $2,500 prize on Wednesday, August 6th at the AAA 2008 Annual Meeting held in Anaheim, California.

Professor West is the Foundation Professor of Accounting in the School of Business at the University of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.  In addition to his monograph Professionalism and Accounting Rules, his research has been published in a range of professional and academic journals.

The prestigious Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award is given annually to that work which has withstood a rigorous process of screening and scrutiny based on certain criteria, such as originality, breadth of potential interest, soundness of methodology, and potential impact on accounting education. For 2008, the American Accounting Association and the AICPA are honored to be able to bestow this award on Brian P. West.

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KPMG Faculty Fellow William E. McCarthy receives
AAA 2008 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award

The American Accounting Association (AAA) is very pleased to congratulate William E. McCarthy who received the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. This AAA award, which is sponsored by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Foundation, was presented to Professor McCarthy in the form of a plaque, citation, and a $5,000 prize – in addition to a $5,000 donation given to the AAA which will be used according to Professor McCarthy’s wishes – on Tuesday, August 5th at the AAA 2008 Annual Meeting held in Anaheim, California.
Professor McCarthy is the KPMG Faculty Fellow at Michigan State University where he teaches accounting and information systems.  He has won many teaching awards and distinctions within the department, college, and at a national level.  A number of his teaching innovations for information systems education at the undergraduate level have been integrated into textbooks and taken up by other accounting departments.  He has also helped lead the development of graduate-level courses and curricula. In addition to his academic work, Professor McCarthy has been the President of the AAA’s Information Systems Section and the Artificial Intelligence/Emerging Technologies Section. He was given the AAA’s Innovation in Accounting Education Award in 2003 and the Outstanding Service Award in 2007.

The general criteria for the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award are based on contributions to accounting education from scholarly endeavors in teaching and research over a sustained period of time. For 2008, The American Accounting Association is honored to give this award to William McCarthy for his longstanding dedication to accounting education.

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American Accounting Association Past President Andrew D. Bailey Jr. receives AAA 2008 Outstanding Service Award

The American Accounting Association (AAA) is very proud to congratulate Andrew D. Bailey Jr. who received the Outstanding Service Award. This AAA award, which may be awarded at any time by the Executive Committee, was presented to Mr. Bailey in the form of a plaque on Tuesday, August 5th at the AAA 2008 Annual Meeting held in Anaheim, California.

Mr. Bailey was appointed Senior Policy Advisor to the Grant Thornton National Public Policy and Strategy Group in September 2006. From January 2004 to December 2005, he was a Senior Officer of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, serving as the Deputy Chief Accountant. After a long and distinguished career in academia, Mr. Bailey was name Emeritus Professor of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also held the position of Editor of The International Journal of Accounting.  He is a Past President of the AAA and Past Chairman of the Auditing section for the AAA.

The Outstanding Service Award recognizes outstanding services to the Association other than educational and research contributions.  The prestigious award is intended only for rare events or milestones achieved. For 2008, the American Accounting Association is extremely pleased to be able to bestow this award on Andrew D. Bailey Jr. in honor of his dedicated service to the education and practice of accounting.

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Allen, Hermanson, Kozloski, Ramsay receive AAA, Deloitte-sponsored 2008 Wildman Medal Award

The American Accounting Association (AAA) would like to congratulate Robert D. Allen, Dana R. Hermanson, Thomas M. Kozloski, and Robert J. Ramsay who all received the Wildman Medal Award for their paper, “Auditor Risk Assessment: Insights from the Academic Literature,” published in AAA’s Accounting Horizons. This AAA award, which is sponsored by Deloitte, was presented to each of the paper’s authors in the form of a medal and a monetary prize on Tuesday, August 5th at the AAA 2008 Annual Meeting held in Anaheim, California.

Professor Allen teaches, and is the Director of the School of Accounting at, the University of Utah. He is the recipient of many teaching awards including the 2005 Utah Outstanding Educator Award presented by the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants.  His research is published in various journals.  Professor Hermanson teaches at Kennesaw State University, and in 2007 was named the Kennesaw State University Foundation Distinguished Professor.  His research has appeared in numerous journals, and he is the co-author of the highly influential study sponsored by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations, Fraudulent Financial Reporting: 1987-1997, An Analysis of U.S. Public Companies. Professor Kozloski teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is an award-winning teacher, and he currently serves as the Chair of the Auditing Standards Committee of the Auditing Section of the AAA. Professor Ramsay teaches at The University of Kentucky where he has received the Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding faculty award. His work has been published in several journals, and he has served on the editorial board of The Accounting Review.

The Wildman Medal Award was founded in 1978 to commemorate John Wildman and to encourage research relevant to the professional practice of accounting to which much of Mr. Wildman’s life was devoted.  For 2008, the American Accounting Association and Deloitte are honored to be able to bestow this award to Robert Allen, Dana Hermanson, Thomas Kozloski, and Robert J. Ramsay.

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