FARS Outstanding Discussion Award

Purpose: To recognize discussants that provide outstanding discussions of papers presented at the FARS Midyear Meeting.  An outstanding discussion is one that is clear, constructive, and civil; i.e. it provides valuable feedback for improving and understanding the contribution of the paper in a way that is understandable to the audience and not demeaning to the authors.

Nature of Award: There is no limit on the number of awards. The award will not be accompanied by any plaque or money.  The winners will be recognized publically at the following annual meeting luncheon.  The winners will also be encouraged to list this award on their CV as evidence of their outstanding discussion activities for the Section.

Process: After the meeting, the Best Midyear Meeting Paper committee will email all meeting attendees to ask for nominations.  The deadline for nominations is March 1.  The nomination would only have to include the discussant’s name and the name of the authors whose paper he or she discussed.  The committee will then ask for the discussants’ slides, and use these, along with the number of nominations, the source of the nominations (e.g., an author nominating his or her discussant for the award would get a lot of weight), and any first-person attendance at the discussion to determine the award winners.

Past Winners



Eric Allen, University of Southern California
Spencer Anderson, University of Illinois
Sam Bonsall, Penn State University
Mark Bradshaw, Boston College
Francois Brochet, Boston University
Luminita Enache, University of Calgary
Hila Fogel-Yaari, Tulane University
Carlo Maria Gallimberti, Boston College
Alina Lerman, University of Connecticut
Jim Omartian, Unversity of Michigan
Joe Pacelli, Indiana University
Andrea Pawliczek, University of Missouri
Xiaoxia Peng, University of Utah
Thomas Ruchti, Carnegie Mellon University
Sarah Shaikh, University of Washington
Ben Whipple, University of Georgia
Xin Zheng, University of British Columbia
Christina Zhu, University of Pennsylvania
Nina Xu, University of Connecticut


Terrence Blackburne, University of Washington
Beth Blankespoor, University of Washington
Matthew Bloomfield, University of Pennsylvania
Matthias Breuer, Columbia University
Kathryn Brightbill, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Shana Clor-Proell, Texas Christian University
Shannon Garavaglia, University of Texas at Austin
Weili Ge, University of Washington
Stephen Glaeser, University of North Carolina
Yadav Gopalan
Justin Hopkins, University of Virginia
Zach Kaplan, Washington University in St. Louis
Henry Laurion, University of Colorado
Jeff McMullin, Indiana University
Sarah McVay, University of Washington
Jeremy Michels, University of Pennsylvania
K Ramesh, Rice University
Steven Savoy, University of Illinois-Chicago
Katherine Schipper, Duke University
Amy Sheneman, Ohio State University
Xiaoli Tian, Georgetown University
Jenny Tucker, University of Florida
Rajesh Vijayaraghavan, University of British Columbia
Jessica Watkins, University of Notre Dame
Gwen Yu, University of Michigan
Youli Zou, George Washington University


Kris Allee, University of Arkansas
Brad Badertscher, University of Notre Dame
John Barrios, University of Chicago
Terrence Blackburne, University of Washington
Elizabeth Blankespoor, Stanford University
Jeff Burks, University of Notre Dame
Akash Chattopadhyay, University of Toronto
Michael Clement, The University of Texas at Austin
Aytekin Ertan, London Business School
Carlo Maria Gallimberti, Boston College
Cristi Gleason, University of Iowa
Michael Jung, New York University
Todd Kravet, University of Connecticut
Alina Lerman, Yale University
Maria Loumioti, The University of Texas at Dallas
Dawn Matsumoto, University of Washington
Karen Nelson, Texas Christian University
Paige Patrick, University of Washington
Darren Roulstone, The Ohio State University
Philip Shane, College of William and Mary
Andrew Sutherland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jacob Thornock, Brigham Young University


Jeffrey Doyle, Utah State University
David Erkens, University of Southern California
Lucile Faurel, Arizona State University
Susanna Gallani, Harvard University
Alastair Lawrence, University of California, Berkeley
Michael Minnis, University of Chicago
Edward Riedl, Boston University
Samuel Tan, University of California, Berkeley
Joshua White, Vanderbilt University
Gwen Yu, University of Michigan

President's Letter

Dear FARS Members and Visitors,

The Financial Accounting and Reporting Section represents a diverse group of academics who, using a variety of research and teaching approaches, deepen our understanding of how financial reporting shapes the business world. We aim to advance research, education and professional practice of financial reporting and analysis.

Our Steering Board is responsible for the stewardship of the section. In these uncertain times, FARS’s leadership and its Steering Board are committed to meeting our members’ needs and maintaining the vibrancy of the section. However, to do that, we rely crucially on volunteers. For example, the research coordination of the annual meeting earlier this month reflected the outstanding voluntary efforts of Gauri Bhat and Urooj Khan—our sincere thanks to both of them. That meeting, as well as the very successful midyear meeting in Nashville on January 23–25, 2020, also reflected the combined efforts of hundreds of members, who submitted papers, reviewed submissions, organized sessions, moderated, and presented. Please consider volunteering for the section when our “call for volunteers” comes out later this year.

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Journal of Financial Reporting

The Journal of Financial Reporting (JFR) is the academic journal of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the American Accounting Association. JFR’s target audience is financial reporting researchers. JFR will publish two regular issues each year. JFR will also occasionally publish themed issues dedicated to studies that launch a new question or move the literature forward in an existing area.

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Call for Papers

FARS and Journal of Financial Reporting Research Methods Virtual Mini-Conference

January 21, 2021

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020

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Fall 2022 - Chicago

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Midyear Meeting

PowerPoint Slides from FASB Update at 2021 FARS Midyear Meeting

Research Objectives:

  • A. to encourage, facilitate, and publicize research in financial accounting and reporting.
  • B. to communicate interests, intentions, and actual work-in-process in the area.
  • C. to identify areas in need of research.
  • D. to provide opportunities for public exposure of research results through AAA meetings (annual, regional, and special meetings devoted solely to financial accounting and reporting) and publications (including working papers and a separate journal for financial accounting and reporting, if warranted).