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    The 2015 Diversity Section Meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta on November 6-8, 2015.

Preliminary Agenda

Friday, November 6, 2015

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Reception


Saturday, November 7, 2015

7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:15 am

Speakers:  Dereck Barr-Pulliam, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Stephani Mason, DePaul University

8:15 am – 8:30 am

NASBA Update
Speaker: James Suh, NASBA

8:30 am – 9:30 am

How Colleges of Business Can and Should be Leaders in Promoting an Expanded Definition of Diversity and Inclusiveness on Campuses Nationwide (presented by Texas Tech University)
Accounting - 1.0 CH
Dialogue Facilitator: Shannon Rinaldo, Associate Professor of Marketing, Rawls College Working Families Task Force
Moderator: Dereck Barr-Pulliam, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Panelists: Kelli Frias, Assistant Professor of Marketing; Member of the PhD Project
John Masselli, Haskell Taylor Professor of Taxation
Robert Ricketts, Rawls School of Accounting
Jason Rinaldo, Clinical Psychologist and Senior Director of Assessment for the Rawls College

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Research Session I
Auditing - 1.0 CH

Auditor Changes and the Cost of Bank Debt
Bill Francis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Delroy Hunter, University of South Florida
Dahlia Robinson, University of South Florida
Michael Robinson, The University of Tampa

The Effects of Restatements and Audit Tenure on the General Public's Judgments of Institutional Trust
Robert Neil Marley, The University of Tampa
Nicole McCoy, North Carolina Central University
Aisha G. Meeks, Dalton State College

10:30 am – 10:45 am


10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Session 1.01: Financial
Accounting - 2.0 CH

Are Artificially Low Interest Rates Bankrupting State and Local Governments?
Maurice Lockridge, RetiredInternal Control Quality and the Excess Value of Diversification
Shu-Miao Lai, Kainan University
Chih-Liang Liu, Xiamen University

State-Level Determinants of the 150-Hour Law Adoption
Maurice Atkinson II, Michigan State University

Information Technology Spending and Performance in Nonprofits: Evidence from Hospitals
Adrian Mayse, Howard University

Session 1.02: Education 
Accounting - 2.0 CH

Information Processing and Student Success
Joe Reid, North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University

Examining the Relation between Career Success in the Accounting Field and Playing Golf: A Social Capital Perspective
Allison Leigh Evans, The University of North Carolina Wilmington
Lorraine Lee, The University of North Carolina Wilmington

Learning by Doing: Integrating a Service-Learning Project into the First Accounting Course
Yetunde Orimoloye, Morgan State University

Effect of a Flipped-Team-Based Learning Teaching Model in Intermediate Accounting
Melvin Lamboy, Iowa State University
Abhijit Rao, Iowa State University

Efficiency in Vocational Rehabilitation Program Service Delivery: Impact of Socioeconomic Context
Royce Burnett, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Session 1.03: Education 
Accounting - 2.0 CH

Where Have the African American Accounting Majors Gone?
Satina Williams, Brooklyn College–CUNY

Using Modified Peer Instructor Methods for Introductory Accounting Course
Darlene Booth-Bell, Benedict College

Using the VITA Program to Build Skills Necessary for Accounting Students to Succeed in Their Careers
Rosemarie Carroll, York College–CUNY

Impact of Conscientiousness on Individual Performance in Introductory Accounting Course
Ayishat Omar, Morgan State University

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch: Sponsored by KPMG
Speaker: Chad Libertus, Partner, KPMG Houston
Introduction: Stephani Mason, DePaul University

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Session 2.01: Diversity Financial
Accounting - 1.5 CH

Gender in Corporate Governance: Evidence from Mexico
Carmen Belén Rios-Figueroa, Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Rogelio J. Cardona, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Karen Castro-Gonzalez, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Women Directors on Boards, Corporate Performance, and Impact on Corporate Social Responsibility
Jing Han, California State University, Fullerton
Meiqun Yin, Bejing International Studies University
Jidong Zhang, California State University, Fullerton

I Do (Sort of): Tax Planning Strategies for Same-Sex Couples in Common Law Marriage States after Marriage Equality
John Masselli, Texas Tech University
Blanca Lorena Runkel, Texas Tech University

Session 2.02: Education
Accounting - 1.5 CH

Online versus Manual Home Assignments in Introductory Financial Accounting
Robert Russ, Northern Kentucky University
Sonia Wasan, Zayed University

Perceptions of Factors Affecting the Passing Rates of the CPA Exam
Carmen Belén Rios-Figueroa, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Rogelio J. Cardona, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Karen Castro-Gonzalez, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Using the Balanced Scorecard in the Head Start Program to Achieve Excellence
Evelyn McDowell, Rider University
Pamela Smith, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Ola Marie Smith, Western Michigan University

Session 2.03: Financial
Accounting - 1.5 CH

Unintended Consequences of the JOBS Act of 2012 and Its Effects on IPO Financial Performance and Value Relevance
Zabihollah Rezaee, The University of Memphis
Ji Yu, The University of Memphis
Joseph H. Zhang, The University of Memphis

Executive Compensation and Hedge Accounting: An Investigation of Reporting and Risk Incentives
Elicia Cowens, Washington & Lee University
Willie Reddic, DePaul University

The Economic Impact of the XBRL Mandate: Evidence from Market Reactions
Gary Chen, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jie Zhou, National University of Singapore

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Break

3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Session 3.01: Diversity Financial
Accounting - 1.5 CH

Board Ethnic Diversity and Accruals Quality
Ramji Balakrishnan, The University of Iowa
Simon Yu Kit Fung, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Bin Srinidhi, The University of Texas at Arlington
Ye Sun, Shenzhen Research Institute

Board Gender Diversity: The Effects of Female Directors/Executives in Public Companies
Hyunpyo Kim, Sungkyunkwan University
Kevin Kim, The University of Memphis
Zabihollah Rezaee, The University of Memphis

Do LGBT-Supportive Corporate Policies Enhance Firm Performance?
Janell Leigh Blazovich, University of St. Thomas
Kirsten Abram Cook, Texas Tech University
Janet McDonald Huston, University of South Florida
Shaun Pichler, California State University, Fullerton
William Robert Strawser, University of Colorado Denver

Session 3.02: Diversity
Accounting - 1.5 CH

We're About Success! Leadership Skills Development Program: How External Efforts Increased the Retention of African Americans in the Accounting Profession
Allyson Clarke, Howard University
Helen G. Gabre, Alabama A&M University
Frank Ross, Howard University
Jean Wells, Howard University

Gaining Insight into Women's Progress within the Accounting Profession
Catherine Cleaveland, Kennesaw State University
Kathryn Epps, Kennesaw State University

Are Minority Women in Accounting Academia Doubly Disadvantaged?
Amelia A. Baldwin, University of Arkansas–Fort Smith
Margaret Lightbody, University of South Australia
Brad Trinkle, Mississippi State University

Session 3.03: Financial
Accounting - 1.5 CH

Effects of Task Attractiveness and Financial Compensation on Employee Performance and Effort Allocation between Simple and Complex Tasks
Michael Robinson, The University of Tampa

Contributions of Labor and Management to their Complementarities in a Competitive Environment
Kelly Carter, Morgan State University

Data Decision-Usefulness Prediction Model: Exploration of Post-1998 Reported Segment Data Decision Usefulness
Wynne W. Chin, University of Houston
George O. Gamble, University of Houston
Michael J. Murray, University of Houston
Cynthia Tollerson, Morgan State University

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Reception
Presentation to Michael Clement, Mark Dawkins, and the AICPA for Travel Scholarships


Sunday, November 8, 2015

7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast with the Doctoral Students
Accounting - 1.0 CH

8:30 am – 9:00 am

AAA Leadership Presentation: At the Crossroads: Centennial Reflections and the Future of the AAA

Speakers: Christine Botosan, AAA Past President, The University of Utah
Evelyn McDowell, Diversity Section President, Rider University

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Panel on Academic Fellowships
Accounting - 1.0 CH
Moderator: Stephani Mason, DePaul University

Panelists: Dr. Christine Earley, Providence College and KPMG Academic Fellow
Dr. Jeffery Hales, Georgia Tech and former FASB Research Fellow
Dr. Christine Nolder, Suffolk University and SEC Academic Fellow
Dr. Zabihollah Rezaee, The University of Memphis and former member Standing Advisory Group of the PCAOB

10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 11:15 am

Doctoral Job Market Pitches
Accounting - 1.0 CH

Strategic Non-disclosure of Major Customer Identity
Herita Akamah, The University of Oklahoma

Corporate Families and Bank Loan Spread
Anywhere Sikochi, The Pennsylvania State University

Investor Monitoring and Auditor Choice: Evidence from Hedge Fund Activism
Pablo Machado, The University of Arizona

Can a Code of Ethics Reduce Sabotage under Tournament-Based Compensation? An Experimental Study
Stuart Smith, Georgia State University

11:15 am – 12:05 pm Diversity Research Plenary Session
Accounting - 1.0 CH

Speakers: Dereck Barr-Pulliam, University of Wisconsin–Madison Dr. Oscar Holmes, Management Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden

12:05 am – 1:00 pm Business Meeting/Lunch
Accounting - 1.0 CH

Note: The CPE Fields of Study curriculum is divided into twenty three subject matter areas. These fields represent the primary knowledge and skill areas needed by accounting licensees to perform professional services in all fields of employment. Sessions that offer CPE credit have the Field of Study and Credit Hours (CH) in red. Each Credit Hour is based on 50 minutes. The Program Level for each of these sessions is Basic, unless otherwise stated. Delivery Method: Group Live

American Accounting Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:www.learningmarket.org.

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