Forensic Accounting Section (FAS) American Accounting Association Mission and Objectives


The mission of the Forensic Accounting Section (FAS) of the American Accounting Association is to foster excellence in the teaching, research, practice, continual professional education (CPE) courses and curriculum development of forensic accounting services by creating opportunities to:

  • Create relevant and innovative curricula with an emphasis on effective and efficient instruction.

  • Explore the knowledge-organization issues related to forensic accounting programs.

  • Promote and disseminate forensic and investigative academic and practitioner research.

  • Promote the practice of forensic accounting services understanding that these professions often intersect with other professions including: the law, criminology, sociology, psychology, intelligence, information technology (open sourcing, cyber-crime, digital evidence, data mining, and IT systems and control), computer forensics, and other forensic sciences.

  • Create and present CPE courses to members and professionals.

Specific Objectives

Teaching and Education:

  1. To stimulate discussion and experimentation in instructional means, methods and materials in the field of forensic accounting.

  2. To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and findings about developments related to instruction, learning and curricular issues in forensic accounting and investigative education.

  3. To provide guidance and opportunities for members to evaluate and improve their forensic instructional methods, materials and forensic accounting and investigative skills.

  4. To raise questions and to share knowledge about forensic accounting, and fraud-related materials.

  5. To work with other organizations (especially fraud and litigation support practitioners) pursuing similar goals.

  6. To promote the profession and encourage qualified individuals to consider opportunities in forensic accounting and investigative education by providing appropriate guidance and information about such careers.

  7. To unite forensic and investigative professors and practitioners by co-creating and sharing educational materials and training.

  8. To create and present CPE courses to members and professionals.


  1. To initiate, encourage and sponsor research in the field of forensic accounting.

  2. To encourage a broad definition of scholarship with a high priority on teaching, learning, and curricular development.

  3. To stimulate discussion, promotion and dissemination of research means, methods, resources, and findings resulting from forensic accounting research.

  4. To provide guidance and opportunities for members to test and to improve their forensic accounting research skills, tools, and techniques.

President's Letter

Dear Colleagues:

As we celebrate the successful completion of another academic year and we get ready to kick off a new year perhaps with the help of our annual American Accounting Association Convection in NYC in August, it is a good time to appreciate what we have accomplished this year.

Forensic Accounting Section 2016 Midyear Meeting I am very pleased to report that this year’s Midyear Meeting was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina March 4-5, 2016. With 128 attendees, it was the largest and most successful FA Section midyear meeting to date.

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Midyear Meeting

2021 Forensic Accounting Section Research Conference. March 4-5, 2021.


We are happy to announce our in-person conference will now transfer to a virtual setting while also preserving the key elements of our traditional program. The conference will consist of keynote speakers, concurrent sessions dealing with a wide variety of fraud examination and forensic accounting topics, including whistleblowing, panel discussions, case work, and other scholarly activity.

Join Forensic Accounting

Discover why the FAS Section is one of the AAA's fastest growing sections.

Forensic accounting touches all areas of the AAA: financial, behavioral, taxation, auditing, not-for-profit, information systems, international accounting, and management accounting. The Forensic Accounting Section (FAS) enables members to share classroom best practices and provides a linkage between the classroom and practitioners in an inclusive environment.

You are encouraged to join FAS today. If you are not an AAA member, you may join the AAA and FAS online. If you are an AAA member but would like to join the FAS Section, you may download a section member application and either fax, mail, or email it to:

American Accounting Association
9009 Town Center Parkway
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Fax: (941)-923-4093


Journal of Forensic Accounting Research

The Journal of Forensic Accounting Research is the new journal of the Forensic Accounting Section.

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Deloitte Foundation

Forensic Accounting Case Study Series

Matt Sherman, senior consultant, Deloitte Advisory, presented a session entitled, “Effective Learning Through Cases: Examples from the Deloitte Foundation Forensic Accounting Case Study Series”. Learn more about the Deloitte Foundation sponsored forensic accounting cases. Learn more about the AAA Forensic Accounting Conference

Editor's Message

JFAR Editor’s Message

As the incoming editor of the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research (JFAR), I take this opportunity to wish you a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year! First and foremost, I would like to thank Professor Charles Bailey for getting JFAR started and maintaining its good quality. My sincere gratitude is to the Forensic Accounting Section (FAS) of the AAA for reposing confidence in my scholarly abilities to serve as JFAR Editor.

As part of my priority tasks when taking on the JFAR helm, I am planning to continue prior efforts to expand the Journal’s scope while simultaneously improving the quality and enhancing the quantity of submissions. I know this is a tall order and therefore, I am looking for the collective support of the AAA Forensic Accounting Section in achieving this desirable outcome.

I expect to be in St. Louis for the 2019 Forensic Accounting Section Research Conference from March 1-2 and will seek your advice in developing an effective strategic plan for advancing and sustaining JFAR.
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