The Forensic Accounting Section seeks award nominations for the best research paper, the best teaching innovation, and the best dissertation paper dealing with forensic accounting, to be presented at the AAA Annual Meeting. Each award has a cash prize. For coauthored work, the cash prize will be divided among the authors.

Please send nominations for these awards to Diane Matson, Chair of the Awards Committee, by March 1, annually at Electronic submission is required.


Best Research Paper Award in forensic accounting. Papers published within the last three years are preferred, although exceptional working papers and papers published less recently may be considered. Criteria upon which nominations will be judged include but are not limited to:

    • Originality.
    • Empirical, experimental, or methodological design.
    • Contribution to the body of knowledge.
    • Potential impact on practice.

2021 Best Research Paper Award Winner(s):
William H. Black of University of North Georgia and Lari B. Masten of University of Denver for Empirical Investigation of Alternative Measures of Central Tendency 

2020 Best Research Paper Award Winner(s):
Joseph M. Wall of Marquette University, Darin (Kip) Holderness of West Virginia University and Andrea Scheetz of Georgia Southern University for Outsiders Looking In: Do Non-Permanent Workers Whistleblow?


The Best Teaching Innovation Award pertains to a course in forensic accounting. Preference is given to teaching innovations that have been published or that have other external evidence of quality to help the committee evaluate the contribution. The teaching innovation might include, but is not limited to:

    • The development of a new framework or paradigm.
    • The development of a creative learning technique or methodology.
    • The use of original cases or other course materials designed by the instructor.
    • The integration of ethics or communications skills into forensic accounting courses.

2021 Best Teaching Innovation Award Winner(s):
Mark Holtzblatt of Cleveland State University, Craig Foltin of Cleveland State University, and Norbert Tschakert of Salem State University for Learning from Ethical Violations in Public Accounting: A South African Audit Scandal and a Firm’s Transformation 

2020 Best Teaching Innovation Award Winner(s):
Ronald J. Daigle of Sam Houston State University, David C. Hayes of James Madison University, and Dwayne N. McSwain of Appalachian State University for Solving the “Mystery” of Profiling Fraud:  Teaching Students About Occupational Fraud by Examining Episodes of Mystery Diners


The Timothy Pearson Best Dissertation Paper Award is given to the author of a dissertation related to forensic accounting that was completed within the last three years. Candidates must submit a working paper from the dissertation. Criteria for the best dissertation include:

    • Originality.
    • Empirical, experimental, or methodological design.
    • Contribution to the literature.
    • Impact on practice.

2021 The Timothy Pearson Best Dissertation Paper Award Winner(s):
Megan Jones of Xavier University for Audit Quality: Detection of Material Misstatement

2020 Best Dissertation Paper Award Winner(s):

Khanh Nguyen, Dissertation from University of Southern Queensland, Australia for The Occurrences and Potential Mitigation of Occupational Fraud in the International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) Sector in Vietnam:  An Empirical Holistic Approach


Journal of Forensic Accounting Research

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

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The 2022 Forensic Accounting Section Research Conference has transferred to a virtual setting while preserving the key elements of our traditional program. The Conference will take place on our scheduled meeting dates, March 4-5, 2022 and our members from around the world will be able to attend the meeting, interact with each other, and strengthen the work being shared. The virtual meeting will be accessible through the AAA virtual conference site.

The conference will consist of keynote speakers, concurrent sessions dealing with a wide variety of fraud, forensic, and investigative accounting topics, panel discussions, case work, and other scholarly activity.

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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.

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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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