President’s Letter – Fall 2019
Dear Fellow Section Members,
The beginning of the new AAA service year (and the beginning of the Academic Calendar for many) marks a natural occasion to reflect on our Section’s activities and outlook. The importance of our Section to so many is reflected in the large number of volunteers who give their time and energy for our collective benefit. Over this past year, more than 100 individuals have served our Section in various volunteer capacities, and all are deeply and sincerely appreciated. Being a member of the International Accounting Section provides for important interactions among individuals from different countries across a breadth of issues – research, education, and practice.
As many of you know, over the past few years the AAA greatly improved the financial information provided to the individual sections. As a result, the Executive Committee of the International Section has been able to make better financial decisions. Our Section is fortunate to have a positive reserve of “unrestricted net assets” and over the past fiscal year, the operating deficit was significantly reduced such that there was only a small reduction in the balance of that reserve. Our Executive Committee will continue to focus on both fiscal responsibility and a great member experience.
A very successful seventh annual JIAR Conference was held in Saguenay Canada in July. The Conference Co-Chairs were Imen Latrous and Samir Trabelsi, and the Chair of the Conference Planning Committee was Agnes Cheng. A notable point is the conference chairs obtain generous financial support from external sponsors. Congratulations to Joanna Hu, JIAR Editor, along with Imen, Samir, Agnes, and all of their committee members. Thanks go to Steve Lin for his leadership as Section president for 2018-2019.
At this year’s AAA Annual Meeting, the excellent concurrent sessions in the International Accounting Section’s Program were ably organized by Co-chairs Wendy Wilson and Pietro Bianci. Special gratitude goes to Wendy, Pietro, and the many section volunteers who served as reviewers, discussants and moderators.
And at the AAA Annual Meeting business lunch, Section awards were announced. Please join me in congratulating the following winners:
- Teri Conover, winner of the Ian Hague Award for Outstanding Service
- Wim van der Stede, winner of the Outstanding International Accounting Educator Award
- Aaron Yoon, winner of the Outstanding International Accounting Dissertation Award
- Christof Beuselinck, Philip P. M. Joos, Inder K. Khurana, and Sofie van der Meulen, co-authors of the JIAR Best Paper from 2017 publication “Which Analysts Benefited Most from Mandatory IFRS Adoption in Europe?”
Outlook for 2019-2020
Action Steps ---- Please remember to:
- if you haven’t already done so, submit your paper or panel proposal for the midyear meeting prior to September 12;
- add the January 23-25, 2020 Midyear Meeting to your plans;
- if you haven’t already done so, volunteer to serve as a reviewer, discussant or moderator at the meeting (which you can do online or by emailing me or either of the Midyear Meeting Co-Chairs: Gia Chevis at Baylor University or Maria I. Vulcheva at Florida International University);
- nominate your colleagues for our various Section awards when you receive the calls; and
- respond to the call for 2020-21 volunteers that you’ll receive in early 2020.
As you will have noticed, the AAA sends organization-wide news emails (green-bannered headlines) and, approximately bi-weekly, the International Accounting Section News and Updates emails (purple-bannered headlines). The information in those emails is important and timely, and I encourage you to scroll through even during your busiest times in the semester. In addition to the email communications, we have decided to reinstitute the Section’s Newsletter, the Forum, in order to have a somewhat more durable record of Section information.
Note: Thanks to Rob Larson, current Section Historian and former Section President, and to Jeannie Harrington, former editor of the Forum, for compiling electronic versions of prior issues of the Forum and arranging for them to be posted on the Section website. http://aaahq.org/IA
The fall 2019 issue of the Forum will soon be available on our Section’s website, thanks to the efforts of Ya-wen Yang (Wake Forest), the Section’s Communications Director. In the Forum you will find, among other items, a list of Section officers, committee chairs, and international liaisons. Many of these volunteers have already begun work to ensure a great outcome and a great member experience for the International Accounting Section in 2019-2020! I hope that your membership in the Section will provide you with many opportunities for inspiration and growth over the coming year.
Elaine Henry, Ph.D., CFA
President, AAA International Accounting Section
Stevens Institute of Technology, School of Business