Helen L. Brown-Liburd, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Towards a More Inclusive Accounting Academy
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10:00 am–11:30 am EDT

Helen Brown-Liburd is an Associate Professor at Rutgers Business School (RBS) in Newark, NJ, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate accounting students. Her research focuses on auditors’ and investors’ judgment and decision making and the impact of Big Data and analytics on the audit profession.  Helen earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BBA from Bernard M. Baruch College.    

Helen is a CPA with over sixteen years of experience in such diverse areas as auditing, financial and operating reporting, and analysis and project management.  Before entering her doctoral program, she worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) as a Manager on several company-wide teams established to evaluate and redesign major company-wide processes. She was also an Internal Audit Manager, where her duties included supervising and monitoring the performance of worldwide audits.  Helen also worked for Pepsi Cola Company, where she researched, developed, and implemented accounting policies and procedures and performed financial reporting for acquisitions.  She began her career in public accounting as a staff auditor for Main Hurdman (now KPMG) and later moved to Arthur Young (now Ernst and Young), where she was promoted to Audit Manager.

Helen currently serves on the PCAOB Data and Technology Task Force and recently completed a two-year appointment to the AICPA Board of Examiners.  She is a KPMG Doctoral Scholar and a member of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Accounting Association.

Erik Causey, KPMG LLP
Special Speaker
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 1:15 pm – 2:20 pm EDT

Erik Causey is an audit partner at KPMG LLP, where he specializes in serving federal government and not-for-profit clients.  While at KPMG, Erik has completed rotations in the firm’s national training office, and within the London audit practice.

In addition to his client service work, Erik is a national instructor, leads business development efforts and is active in campus recruiting.  Erik also serves as a Partner Champion of KPMG’s African Ancestry Business Resource Group for the Washington, DC/ Tysons Corner, VA offices.  Erik is a certified public accountant, member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and completed the AICPA Leadership Academy. Within the community, Erik is the chairman of two civic boards: The Fishing School and Victory Youth Center.  Erik earned his MBA and bachelor’s degrees from Howard University.

Mark C. Dawkins, University of North Florida
Towards a More Inclusive Accounting Academy
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10:00 am–11:30 am EDT

In June 2020, Mark C. Dawkins completed his 5-year tenure as the seventh Dean and Distinguished Professor for Excellence of the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida.  Prior to this appointment he was an Associate Professor of Accounting in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia (UGA), served as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs from 2008-2014, and served on the accounting faculty from 1994-2015. He received his PhD in Accounting from Florida State University, MBA (finance) and MACC (auditing) degrees from the University of Florida, and a BS in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Professor Dawkins’ research interests include bankruptcy, market effects of information asymmetry, and market reactions to information disclosures. His recent research focuses on evaluating alternative earnings metrics, assessing faculty publications, and connecting academic research to business practice. He has published in The Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, the Journal of Business, Finance & Accounting, the Journal of Banking and Finance, Advances in Accounting, the Journal of Managerial Issues, The CPA Journal, and other journals.

Professor Dawkins was a co-recipient of the 2006 and 2003 Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Teacher of the Year award at UGA, and he received the 2006 and 2003 Alpha Kappa Psi Accounting Teacher of the Year Award.  He is a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Accountants, PhD Project (www.phdproject.org), and the Accounting Doctoral Student Association. In August 2009 he was one of five recipients of the inaugural Ernst & Young Inclusive Excellence Award for Accounting and Business School Faculty. In January of 2014, he received the 2014 UGA President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award at the MLK Freedom Breakfast.

Yvonne L. Hinson, CEO, American Accounting Association
Opening Plenary
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10:00 am-11:30 am EDT

Yvonne Hinson, PhD, CPA, CGMA, is the is the CEO of the American Accounting Association. Prior to assuming this role in September 2020, she served as the Vice President - Academic in Residence for the Association of international Certified Professional Accountants; a position created to foster closer relationships with universities and faculty.  She began her accounting career with Arthur Andersen in Charlotte, NC.  After returning to the University of Tennessee to pursue her Ph.D., Yvonne accepted a position with Wake Forest University.  During her over 18-year career at Wake Forest University she served as a faculty member, Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Accountancy and Dean of Charlotte Programs. Yvonne has served on numerous academic and community committees and nonprofit Boards and is a past President of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and past Chair of the AAA Membership Advisory Committee. She is currently a member of the Federal Government’s Cost Accounting Standards Board, AACSB Accounting Accreditation Committee, AACSB Accounting Accreditation Policy Committee, IFAC Accounting Education Panel and the IFAC Education Directors Panel. Her research has been published in both academic and practitioner journals.  She earned her BS in accounting and MBA from UNC Charlotte.

Jennifer R. Joe, University of Delaware
Opening Plenary
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10:00 am–11:30 am EDT

Jennifer R. Joe, CPA, is the Whitney Family Professor of Accounting and the Cohen Family Chief Diversity Advocate at the University of Delaware. She researches the role of auditors, data analytics, audit litigation, regulations, and other governance mechanisms on the quality of corporate internal controls and financial reporting. Her research is published in leading accounting and finance journals and has been recognized with national awards. Jennifer was an Editor of Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory and served as an officer and committee member of several American Accounting Association (AAA) and AAA Auditing Section committees. Currently, she serves on the editorial board of The Accounting Review and the Center for Audit Quality AAA Scientific Review Committee. Jennifer is a University of Delaware Advance Faculty Fellow and is dedicated to advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

Elaine G. Mauldin, President, American Accounting Association; University of Missouri
Opening Plenary
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10:00 am–11:30 am EDT

Elaine G. Mauldin is BKD Professor at the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri, having served on its faculty since 1997.  She serves as Faculty Coordinator of the SAP University Alliance.  Elaine earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.
Elaine currently serves as Editor for The Accounting Review (2014-present) and has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Information Systems (2003-08, 2010-14). She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals including The Accounting ReviewAccounting HorizonsJournal of Information SystemsAuditing: A Journal of Practice and TheoryContemporary Accounting ResearchJournal of Accounting and EconomicsJournal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Research in Accounting Regulation, Accounting Organizations and Society, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, and Strategic Finance.
Elaine currently serves AAA on the Board of Directors and Council as President-Elect.  She previously served as Director-Focusing on Intellectual Property (2016-19), and on AAA Council (2012-15 and 2008-09).  She is a member of the AAA Intellectual Property Task Force III (2016-present), a member of AAA’s AIS and Auditing (AUD) Sections, previously serving as President of the Accounting Information Systems Section (2008-09).
She has served on the AAA Finance Committee (2009-12), AAA Doctoral Dissertation Awards for Innovative Research in Accounting Education Committee (2015-16), AAA New Faculty Consortium senior faculty presenter (2015), AAA Annual Meeting Program Committee (2012-13), AAA Sharpening Our Vision Task Force II (2013-14), participant at the Deloitte Trueblood Seminar (2012), AAA Doctoral Consortium senior faculty presenter (2010), Bylaws Review Committee Chair (2006-07) and Annual Meeting Co-Coordinator (2004-05) for AIS (2004-05).
Elaine has twenty-two years’ teaching experience, and has received a number of academic awards for excellence including Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award (2014), the AIS Section’s Outstanding Research Paper Award (2007), Best Reviewer Award (2001), and Outstanding Dissertation Award (1998). The University of Missouri has recognized her contributions with the Trulaske College of Business Distinguished Research Award (2017-18), the Winemiller Excellence Award (2018), and the Trulaske College of Business Miller/Smith Summer Scholar Award (2010-19). Elaine served as President of the Missouri Society of CPAs Mid-Missouri Chapter (2003-04).