The Financial Accounting & Reporting Section Doctoral Consortium

Doctoral Consortium Nomination Process

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The Financial Accounting & Reporting Section (FARS) Doctoral Consortium is scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 10:30am to 5:00pm, preceding the FARS Midyear Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Students must be nominated by their doctoral-granting schools to attend. The nomination deadline is Thursday, October 22, 2020.

To encourage doctoral student attendance, FARS does not charge a registration fee for the Doctoral Consortium and provides lunch and snacks on the day of the Consortium. However, individual participants are responsible for their own transportation, accommodations, 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 meeting.

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 nominee’s need (e.g., by attesting to the amount of the nominee’s annual travel budget). Scholarship funds will then be allocated by a separate scholarship committee.

In prior years, demand has exceeded capacity. Nominating a student does NOT ensure participation in the 2021 FARS Doctoral Consortium. Nominations will be reviewed, and applicants will receive notification of being accepted or waitlisted on or about November 9, 2020. 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 a primary interest in financial accounting research. Students may be at any stage in their program, although students in the second or third years of doctoral study will receive the greatest benefit. One student per university will be allowed to attend. However, program chairs may nominate a second student and rank order the two students on the nomination form. We will consider second-ranked students as space permits.

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

Accounting Organizations & Society

Conference on Accounting for Sustainability and Climate Change

Fall 2022 - Chicago

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2022

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).