The Financial Accounting & Reporting Section Doctoral Consortium


Doctoral Consortium Nomination Process

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The Financial Accounting & Reporting Section (FARS) Doctoral Consortium will be held from 8am to 5:15pm on Thursday, January 23, 2020 preceding the FARS Midyear Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. In order to attend, students must be nominated by their doctoral-granting schools. The nomination deadline is Thursday, October 24, 2019.

To encourage doctoral student attendance, FARS does not charge a registration fee to attend the Doctoral Consortium and provides breakfast and lunch on the day of the Consortium. However, individual participants are responsible for their own transportation, accommodation, and other expenses. In addition, if participants are interested in attending the FARS Midyear Meeting, they should register for, and pay related fees to attend, the FARS Midyear Meeting.

Furthermore, there are a small number of need-based scholarships available from FARS. Along with the Consortium nomination, the doctoral program chair (not the PhD student) should submit a letter of interest in one of these scholarships. The letter should include written justification of the respective Consortium candidate’s need (e.g., by attesting to the amount of the candidate’s annual travel budget). Scholarship funds will then be allocated by a separate scholarship committee.

In prior years, demand has exceeded capacity. Nominating a candidate does NOT ensure participation in the 2020 FARS Doctoral Consortium. Nominations will be reviewed, and applicants will receive notification of being accepted or waitlisted on or about November 8, 2019. Given the limited space, FARS allows a student to attend the consortium only once during the student’s Ph.D. program.

Student Eligibility
The Consortium is open to accounting Ph.D. students from doctoral-granting institutions who have an interest in financial accounting research. Students may be at any stage in their program, although those who have completed comprehensive exams but are not on the job market will benefit the most from participating. It is expected that a limit of two students from any one university will be allowed to attend, unless there are openings after each school has had the opportunity to nominate two students. Students nominated should be rank ordered on the nomination form by the individual completing the form. We anticipate that all first-choice students will be accepted and that the second choices will be accepted to the extent possible.

President's Letter

Dear FARS Members and Visitors,

The Financial Accounting and Reporting Section represents a diverse set of academics who employ numerous research and teaching approaches to further our understanding of how financial reporting shapes the way our world works. We operate to achieve objectives related to research, education and professional practice of financial reporting and analysis.

A Steering Board is responsible for the stewardship of the section. However, we rely crucially on volunteers, who serve in various roles in support of our mission. Our most recent annual and midyear meetings reflected the combined efforts of hundreds of members, who reviewed academic papers submissions, organized sessions, moderated, presented and served in numerous other roles. I am amazed at the level of commitment our members have to our profession.

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Journal

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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Research

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).