The Forensic Accounting Section is dedicated to the continual improvement of forensic accounting research and education, through the encouragement, development, and sharing of:

  • The promotion and dissemination of forensic and investigative academic and practitioner research.
  • The relevant and innovative curricula with an emphasis on effective and efficient instruction.
  • The exploration of knowledge-organization issues related to forensic accounting programs.
  • The creation and presentation of CPE courses to members and professionals.
Forensic Accounting often intersects with other professions including those of 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.

Specific objectives include, but are not limited to those of:

A. Research:

  1. To initiate, encourage, and sponsor research in the field of forensic accounting.
  2. To stimulate discussion, promotion and dissemination of research means, methods, resources, and findings resulting from forensic accounting research.
  3. To raise questions and to share knowledge about forensic accounting and fraud research, including theory, application, and practice.
  4. To provide guidance and opportunities for members to test and to improve their forensic accounting research skills, tools, and techniques.
  5. To investigate and share various means of evaluating research by using scientific research methodologies, forensic accounting practice methods, policies, techniques, and research tools.

B. Education:

  1. To encourage a broad definition of scholarship with a high priority on teaching, learning, and curricular development.
  2. To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and findings about developments related to instruction, learning, and curricular issues in forensic accounting education.
  3. To work with other organizations (especially fraud and litigation support practitioners) pursuing similar goals.
  4. To encourage qualified individuals to consider opportunities in forensic accounting education by providing appropriate guidance and information about such careers.
  5. To unite forensic professors and practitioners by co-creating and sharing educational materials and training.

C. Teaching:

  1. To initiate, encourage, and sponsor research in methods of teaching, learning, and their applications to the field of forensic accounting instruction.
  2. To stimulate discussion and experimentation in instructional means, methods, and materials in the field of forensic accounting in general.
  3. To raise questions and to share knowledge about forensic accounting and fraud-related materials.
  4. To provide guidance and opportunities for members to test and to improve their forensic teaching and research skills and instructional materials.
  5. To investigate and share various means of evaluating forensic accounting instruction, instructional methods and materials, and forensic accounting research.

D. Curricula:

  1. To encourage continued consideration of and experimentation in all facets of     curricular developments for forensic accounting programs.
  2. To communicate interests, intentions, and information about curricular developments in forensic accounting programs.

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.

GASB Gil Crain Grant

GASB Gil Crain Memorial Research Grant

Since its formation in 1984, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has encouraged academics and other researchers to conduct studies that would be relevant to the GASB’s standards-setting activities. Over the past 30 years, such research efforts have resulted in publishing their research in research briefs, journal articles, and occasionally in GASB research reports.

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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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