2017 Conference of the Public Interest Section and Doctoral/New Scholar Consortium

AAA Public Interest Section Doctoral Student and Early Scholar Consortium

The Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association is sponsoring a Doctoral Student and Early Scholar Consortium in conjunction with the Public Interest Section's Midyear Meeting that is being held March 31 - April 1, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Consortium will be held Friday morning prior to the start of the meeting. Breakfast will be provided during the consortium. The purpose of the Consortium is to stimulate students' and early scholars’ awareness of public interest research in accounting by providing a forum for discussion and opportunities for networking with other PhD students and new scholars interested in public interest related issues.

This Consortium will focus on how contemporary issues (including, but not limited to, professional and business ethics, corporate responsibility, sustainability accounting and reporting, as well as political, social and organizational accounting issues) are linked to the public interest. The Consortium will be led by the following group of leading Public Interest accounting scholars:

  • Yves Gendron, Laval University, Québec City, Canada
  • Den Patten, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA
  • Robin Roberts, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA

During the first session our group of accounting scholars will lead a panel discussions on public interest research and academics, including questions from students and junior scholars. The second session of the Consortium will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss their research with peers and accounting scholars, and receive personalized constructive feedback and advice.

For additional information about the Public Interest Section Doctoral Student and Early Scholars Consortium contact Dana Wallace at

Doctoral Student and Early Scholar Eligibility
Participation in the Consortium is open to PhD students who are in their final years of completing a PhD or scholars who obtained their degree in 2015 or 2016. Participants may have been trained in any functional area and in any research methodology.

Participants should send a CV and a long abstract or working paper not to exceed 12,000 words to Dana Wallace by January 18, 2017. Along with your submission, please indicate your school affiliation, year of PhD or years since completion of PhD, and topical research interests. Space is limited and participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Notification of paper acceptance will be sent in early February 2017. Participants will be expected to provide the final version of their working paper (not to exceed 12,000 words) by March 1, 2017.

We also invite doctoral students in their initial years of the program who have a desire to learn more about public interest research in accounting and auditing to attend the meeting as observers.

Doctoral Student and Early Scholar Registration Information
Both participants and observers must register for the Consortium. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the University of Central Florida’s Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting, the Public Interest Section Doctoral Student and Early Scholar Consortium is free to both participants and observers.

For those who would also like to attend the Public Interest Section Midyear Meeting (March 31- April 1) that follows the Consortium, the Midyear Meeting registration fee for students is $35; for new scholars it is $200.

Doctoral Student Scholarships
Students/early scholars who attend the Consortium will receive two years of complimentary membership in the Public Interest Section of the AAA if they are current members of the AAA. A limited number of $500 travel stipends are available to doctoral students who are participating in the consortium and attending the midyear meeting. Requests should be sent to Dana Wallace. Note: We cannot provide financial assistance for visa processing; however, we can provide a letter with the date and location of the Consortium once your application has been accepted.

Meeting Cancellation Policy
There is expected to be a wait list for participants in the consortium, so please cancel your registration if you are not able to attend. This will allow another who is wait-listed to attend the Consortium. Email your cancellation to the AAA ( and Public Interest Section Midyear Meeting cancellation requests received after February 27 will incur a $25 cancellation charge. No refunds will be available for cancellations after March 20, or for no-shows.

Doctoral Student and Early Scholar Consortium Schedule (Tentative)



7:30 am – 8:00 am


8:00 am – 9:30 am

Panel Session

9:45 am – 10:00 am


10:00 am – 11:45 am

Small-Group Discussion

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm


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