Doctoral 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 29 – 30, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. 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 early scholars interested in public interest related issues.

Consortium participants will have the opportunity to discuss their research with peers and accounting scholars, and to receive personalized, constructive feedback and advice from leading Public Interest scholars:

  • Michelle Rodrigue, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
  • Timothy Rupert, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Stewart Smyth, Sheffield University Management School, Sheffield, UK
  • Marie-Soleil Tremblay, Ecole Nationale d’Administration Publique (ENAP), Quebec, Canada

For the Consortium, please send a CV and a long abstract (or working paper not to exceed 12,000 words) to Dana Wallace ( by January 14, 2019. Along with your submission, please indicate your school affiliation, year of PhD or years since completion of PhD, and topical research interests. Notification of acceptance will be sent in early February 2019. Participants will be expected to provide the final version of their working paper (not to exceed 12,000 words) by March 1, 2019.

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 between2016 and 2018. Participants may have been trained in any functional area and in any research methodology.

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
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 selected participants. Both participants and observers must register for the Consortium.

For those who would also like to attend the Public Interest Section Midyear Meeting that follows the Consortium, the Midyear Meeting registration fee for students is $50; for early scholars it is $220 for PI Members and $250 for Non-PI Members.

Doctoral Student Scholarships 
We will offer $500 travel stipend to two doctoral students who are participating in the consortium and attending the midyear meeting, based on financial need. 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 25 will incur a $25 cancellation charge. No refunds will be available for cancellations after March 18, or for no-shows.

Doctoral Student and Early Scholar Consortium Schedule (Tentative)



8:00 am – 8:30 am


8:30 am – 10:00 am

Panel Session

10:00 am – 10:15 am


10:15 am – 11:45 am

Small-Group Discussion