2019 Conference of the Public Interest Section and Doctoral/Early Scholar Consortium

Call for Submissions

The Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association will hold a Midyear Meeting on March 29 - 30, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Orlando Downtown, in Orlando, Florida. 

  • Doctoral/Early Scholar Consortium:  Friday Morning, March 29 
  • Regular Meeting and Research Conference:  Friday afternoon and Saturday, March 29-30

Public interest is typically defined as that which serves the common good. The role of the Public Interest Section is to promote the common good through a richer understanding of issues related to the functioning of accounting. Our overall goal is to affect positively human welfare and promote social justice through teaching, research and service. We do this by promoting knowledge and responsible action with respect to all aspects of accounting. We are a diverse group with many research interests and welcome members to our section. Please see our Section Page for more information about our section and subscribe to our blog at

The conference fee includes breakfast, luncheons, and evening receptions.  The deadline for all submissions is Monday, January 14, 2019.  To submit a paper to the Doctoral/Early Scholar Consortium or to the Regular Meeting and research conference, see instructions below. 

Doctoral/Early Scholar Consortium – March 29
Doctoral students and early career scholars are invited to participate in the Consortium. Doctoral students in their final years of completing a PhD and scholars who obtained their degree in the past three years (2016 – 2018) are welcome to participate. We invite doctoral students in their initial years of the program to participate as observers.

The 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. 
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 City, 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 City, Canada

For the Consortium, please send a CV and a long abstract (or working paper not to exceed 12,000 words) to Dana Wallace at 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. 

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the University of Central Florida's Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting, the Doctoral/Early Scholar Consortium is free to selected participants.  In addition, we will offer a $500 travel stipend to two participants based on financial need.

Public Interest Section Midyear Meeting – March 29 – 30
The regular meeting on Friday afternoon and Saturday will feature plenary and panel sessions and research paper sessions. Meeting participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Showcase their research, and discuss others’ research in concurrent sessions
  • Discuss contemporary developments in PI topics with colleagues
  • Collaborate with PI colleagues. 

We welcome research papers on a wide variety of public interest research topics, perspectives and methods.  Succinct writing is appreciated, but there is no word limit for submissions to the regular meeting. 

Papers, including an abstract, should be submitted without author identifying information, and with a separate title page containing title, author name, affiliation and contact information.  We also welcome proposals for panel sessions on public interest topics. 

Two awards will be given, one for best paper overall and one for best paper from an early scholar. Papers accepted for concurrent sessions will be considered for these awards.  Papers not accepted for concurrent sessions will be considered for the research forum.

To submit a paper: 
Submit your paper directly to Charles Cho at by the January 14, 2019 deadline.

To submit a panel proposal:
Submit proposals for panel sessions to Lisa Baudot at by January 14, 2019. 

To volunteer for service:
To volunteer to review manuscripts, moderate a session or discuss a paper, please contact Charles Cho at  
All submitting authors and co-authors are expected to volunteer to serve as peer reviewers, as well as moderators and/or discussants at the meeting.  We invite those who do not submit papers, but with interest in attending the meeting, to volunteer as reviewers, moderators, or discussants.  

Visas: We cannot provide financial assistance for visa processing, but can provide a letter with the date and location of the Consortium/Meeting after your submission has been accepted.

We strongly encourage you to consider submitting a paper to the 2019 meeting and look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Meeting Co-Organizers/Coordinators:
Lisa Baudot, Dixon School of Accounting, University of Central Florida (
Charles H. Cho, Schulich School of Business, York University (

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