Innovation in Accounting History Education Award

The intent of this award is to encourage innovations in accounting history education. The award (a plaque) will be presented to an individual(s) who has developed and implemented an innovative technique/method for incorporating accounting history topics into undergraduate or graduate accounting courses. To be eligible, the innovation must have been used in a course that the applicant has taught or is currently teaching.

Examples of innovative techniques/methods include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing a case, video, audio or course syllabus, etc., that can be used to integrate accounting history topics into accounting courses; or

  • Presenting a seminar or condensed course on an accounting history topic.

Electronic submissions only should include the following items (as applicable):

  • A description of the innovative technique/method;

  • Submission of the case, video, audio or other innovation, as appropriate, and teaching notes;

  • Identification and description of the course or seminar in which the innovation was used; and

  • An explanation of how the innovation has enriched the accounting course being taught.

Award: Plaque
Send nominations to: Academy Executive Committee at

Congratulations to the 2019 Recipient!
Edward Mendlowitz, WithumSmith+Brown, PC

Edward Mendlowitz, CPA, is a partner at WithumSmith+Brown, PC and is one of Accounting Today’s 100 Most Influential People.  Ed is the author of 27 books, and has written over 1500 articles and blogs and developed and presented over 300 professional speeches, CPE programs and webinars.  Ed won the Lawler Award for the best article in 2001 in the Journal of Accountancy and The Eddie Award in 2018 from Folio Magazine for his Art of Accounting series in Accounting Today.  His practice management techniques are posted weekly at and have been reported on in The Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Accountancy and many other publications.

Ed is accredited as a personal financial specialist, in business valuations and in financial forensics by the AICPA; is admitted to practice and has argued cases before the U.S. Tax Court; testified twice before the House Ways and Means Committee on Tax Reform, Fairness and Equity; is a professor in the Fairleigh Dickinson University MBA program; is on the editorial board of QuickReadBuzz blog, the co-editor of The CPA Journal’s Personal Financial Planning column, and has been on the Bottom Line / Personal Panel of Experts for Taxes since the publication’s inception and is the author of their monthly tax blog.  Ed has also been a team captain and conducted quality and peer reviews of CPA practices.In 2017 Ed was inducted into the Estate Planning Hall of Fame.

Past recipients of the Award:

2018: John Keyser, Case Western Reserve University

2017: No Award Presented

2016: Edgard Cornacchione, University of Sao Paulo

2015: James McKinney, University of Maryland

2014: Stephan A. Fafatas, Washington and Lee University

2013: Donald Ariail, Southern Polytechnic State University; Joseph Durden, Nova Southeastern University; Marilyn Leathart, Texas A&M University - Central Texas; Lynette Capman Vasill, Texas A&M University - San Antonio

2012: No Award Presented

2011: Bob van den Brand, Eddy Cardinaels, Gert Jan Luijten, Ivo van Amelsfoort and Edith Leung, Tilburg University

2010: Thomas Tyson, St. John Fisher College

2009: Jayne Bisman, Charles Sturt University and Ellen Uppman, Univerity of Portland

2008: Robert Bloom, John Carroll University


2006: No Award Presented


2004: David Oldroyd, University of Newcastle

2003: William Samson, University of Alabama


2001: David S. Deines and David R. Vruwink, Kansas State University



Letter from the President

This is an exciting time for the Academy as we leverage our successful past to expand our reach as a 21st century global organization.

We have substantially completed the transition from a standalone entity during early 2018 and we are now operating as a section within the American Accounting Association (AAA). A transition team has worked diligently since late 2015 to transfer the operations and dedicated resources of the Academy of Accounting Historians to a section within the AAA structure and we were welcomed at the AAA Centennial meeting in August 2016 as the newest section of the AAA.

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Accounting Historians Journal

First volume was published in 1974. We publish twice a year. Older volumes are available online at AAA Digital Library

Overview of acceptable submissions:

  • History of profession
  • Biography
  • History of accounting change
  • Entity case studies: industries, companies, governmental or NFP entities
  • Development of accounting theory
  • Critical examinations of new or old research
  • Does not have to be old to be a part of our history

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Accounting Historians Notebook

Submissions and any other Notebook editorial matters may be sent to Tiffany Schwendeman, Academy Administrator, at:

The April 2020 Accounting Historian's Notebook is now available online!

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