2018 - 2019 Call for Nominations and Award Selection Criteria

AAA Innovation in Accounting Education Award

Nominations Deadline: January 31 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time

Previous Winners

Thank you to the Ernst & Young Foundation for generously supporting the Innovation in Accounting Education Award!

The Innovation in Accounting Education Award Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Innovation in Accounting Education Award.

Award Intent

  • The award is intended to encourage innovation and improvement in accounting education.
  • Further, it recognizes significant programmatic changes or a significant activity, concept, or set of educational materials.
  • The winner may be an individual, a group of individuals, or an institution.
  • Normally, this award is given in recognition of a single-item initiative, which could have been developed and implemented over a several-year period.

Award Selection Criteria

The primary criteria used to judge nominations include:

  • Innovation (for purposes of this award, an educational innovation is something new or different that will spur interest in the study of accounting or that will improve the effectiveness of accounting education. The innovation aspect must be something that allows for instruction and learning to take a path different from the usual/traditional.)
  • Demonstrated educational benefits or value (i.e., evidence of the educational merit of the innovation); and
  • Adaptability by other educational institutions or to other situations (thus, the quality of a nomination is enhanced to the extent that the innovation has been adopted elsewhere)

Award Presentation

  • The winner(s) will receive an award and $5,000 at the AAA Annual Meeting. If multiple winners, the amount is divided equally.
  • The winner(s) will be announced on the AAA website and in multi-topic mass emails.
  • The award-winning innovation will be eligible for publication in Issues in Accounting Education as a scholarly article, subject to the normal manuscript review process and acceptance of a suitable manuscript by the editor of the journal.
  • The winner(s) of the Innovation in Accounting Education Award is invited to present their innovation at a concurrent session on Wednesday, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm, of the Annual Meeting, to be moderated by the Chair of the Innovation in Accounting Education Award Committee.

Nominations Deadline

  • Nominations are due by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on January 31.

Instructions for Submitting Nominations

  • Members of the committee are encouraged to submit nominations. Current committee members who are nominated for the award will be asked to either recuse themselves from the committee or remove their nomination from consideration.
  • All nominees nominated for a given year’s award – who are not selected for that year’s award – will be automatically considered for the award for the following two (2) years.  Nominees who were not selected for the 2018 AAA Innovation in Accounting Education Award will be considered during the selection process for the 2019 Award and, if not chosen for the 2019 Award, will also be considered for the 2020 Award.  At the end of the selection process for the 2020 Award, if a nominee has not been chosen as the award recipient or has not been re-nominated, he/she will no longer be considered for the award.
  • Adequate materials must be submitted so that the Innovation in Accounting Education Award Committee can make an assessment on the three dimensions listed above in "Award Criteria."
  • Each nomination must include:
    • A 200-word summary of the activity, concept, or materials, and
    • A detailed statement, not to exceed six (6) pages (double-spaced), in Word or PDF format, which responds to the three dimensions listed above in "Award Criteria".
  • Each nomination can be accompanied by:
    • No more than five (5) attachments (tables of data/implementation results, DVDs, CDs, letters of support, results of adaptations at other institutions or settings, books, monographs, PowerPoint slides, etc.).
  • Please attach the nomination and material to an email and send to Barbara Gutierrez, Professional Staff Liaison, at with "2019 Innovation in Accounting Education Award" in the subject line of your email.
  • Upon receipt of your nomination you will receive an acknowledgment message from the Professional Staff Liaison.
  • All documents submitted in support of your nomination become the property of the American Accounting Association and will not be returned.  Do not submit irreplaceable documents.
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