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The theme of the 2021 Annual Meeting is Be Courageous in the Midst of Challenge.

2021 Annual Meeting Submissions and Volunteers

  • Decision notices have been released for:
    • Concurrent Paper and Research Forum Sessions
    • Concurrent Panel Sessions.
    • Moderator and discussant volunteers.

Call for Submissions

“Be Courageous in the Midst of Challenge”

The theme of the 2021 Annual Meeting is “Be Courageous in the Midst of Challenge,” exploring opportunities for accounting and the academy to shape the future.

Sessions will be presented live with full audience engagement. Added this year: Traditional sessions will include discussants. Again, dialog sessions, interactive teaching sessions, and dynamic panels will continue to round out the program.

We have no shortage of challenges from the pandemic to race and equity. The accounting profession, broadly defined, is not immune to the forces behind these changes, and it is being challenged to adopt new technologies, practices, and frameworks to strengthen its role as a foundation to our prosperous society. Sessions at this year’s Annual Meeting will explore the challenges and opportunities facing the accounting profession, with an eye toward implications for the academy and positive actions we can take to advance the profession. We have the responsibility to inform society to support constructive change and to redesign our programs and institutions to reflect the changing environment. Now is the time to use our individual and combined strengths to build the profession with integrity, inclusion and equity.

Please join us for the Virtual Annual Meeting and Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA), and help us to become an even stronger and more impactful association!

The meeting dates are:
2021 Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting – July 8 & July 9
2021 AAA Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Events - July 29 & July 30
2021 AAA Annual Meeting - August 2 to August 5

General Information

The Annual Meeting is sure to be a large, dynamic meeting that encourages participation through a wide range of session types designed to support members with different interests. You can learn more about the session types below, and you can submit to each through the links provided for each type. To track your submission, you will need to create a user ID and password during the submission process. You will need this information to update and/or access the status of your submission. This user ID and password does not need to match your AAA login, and will not grant access to AAA member services (i.e., registration, dues renewal, etc.) , however, it is recommended to use your AAA login. If your submission is accepted, all participants and presenters must register for the meeting which includes both meeting registration and membership fees.

Faculty-Student Collaborations in Accounting – FASTCA-21   - Submissions Closed

Encouraging exploration and discussion of collaborations between Accounting faculty and undergraduate and Master’s students, this all-day conference recognizes the importance of these collaborations to creating important learning experiences for students, attracting students to the Accounting profession, and the Accounting academy – as well as connecting the community of faculty conducting collaborative research and teaching. The following are some examples of faculty-student collaborations: (1) Research: Students and faculty working together on a research paper. (2) Teaching: Joint development of teaching materials by students and faculty. (3) Practice: Students and faculty working together to solve a real-world problem.

Volunteer Information

The Program Advisory Committee strongly encourages all AAA members to consider volunteering to serve as reviewers, paper discussants, and session moderators. If you are submitting a paper or proposal for the 2021 Annual Meeting, please consider "giving back" to the community by volunteering to serve in one or more of these roles.

Click here to volunteer.

Concurrent Paper and Research Forum Sessions - Submissions Closed

Papers are sought for presentation on topics of interest to accounting researchers, educators and practitioners. Submissions are made by section/topic area. NOTE: To ensure the quality of submissions and to support the technology costs related to the meeting, there is a non-refundable submission fee of $50. The fee is required and must be paid before submitting a paper to this category. If submitting more than one paper, you may pay for all at one time. Please follow instructions on the Submission payment form.  Authors may submit more than one paper to the Annual Meeting. However, it is considered an abuse of valuable reviewer and liaison time to submit the same paper to more than one Section Designation. Submitting the same paper to multiple Sections will disqualify your submission from consideration. Consult appropriate Section Liaisons should you have questions about where to make your submission.

Concurrent Panel Sessions - Submissions Closed

Panel session submissions are sought that address issues of practice, scholarly projects and findings, teaching and curriculum approaches and initiatives.  Panel proposals are submitted to section/topic area.  Section leaders are encouraged to consider developing panel sessions addressing linkages between the private and public sector as they relate to issues affecting their members.

Pre-Conference Workshops (CPE Sessions) Submissions Closed

The program of workshops provides opportunities for in-depth attention and study of more complex issues and topics. Subjects range from relevant issues in practice, to current standards activity, from teaching approaches and resources, to current areas of scholarship. The 2021 Annual Meeting is being held virtually, and the Pre-Conference Workshops will be held on the Pre-Conference Events Dates of either Thursday, July 29th or Friday, July 30th. Submitted proposals will be reviewed and selected by the Annual Meeting Education Chairs appointed by the AAA President.

Interactive Sessions

These sessions are presented in a shared interactive forum for exchange of ideas and resources that support learning in accounting. We recommend you review the presentation guidelines to understand presenting in this format and to see suggestions on how presentation materials are prepared for an interactive session click here PLEASE NOTE: Authors may submit to both of these sessions, however, they should not submit the same presentation to both sessions.

Effective Learning Strategies Interactive Session (ELS) - Submissions Closed

Members interested in sharing learning-related interests and projects, scholarship of teaching projects, and educational innovations are encouraged to submit proposals that showcase ideas, research, strategies and education innovations that support learning in accounting.

Emerging and Innovative Research Interactive Session - Submissions Closed

Intended to highlight promising emerging and innovative research ideas, authors will submit a short abstract of three to four pages that describes their work in progress or a planned proposal that will bring ideas currently outside Accounting to the attention of Accounting scholars.

The Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA) - Submissions Closed

Designed for new and experienced faculty looking for opportunities to share best practices, refine teaching talents, and perfect their craft in teaching Accounting. Submissions are welcome from the wide range of approaches and content in Accounting education. This conference will be held Thursday July 8 and Friday, July 9.

25th Annual Ethics Research Symposium - Submissions Closed

Colleagues engaged and interested in research and teaching related to Ethics are invited by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association to submit papers, cases, and panel session proposals for presentation at the 25th Annual Ethics Research Symposium to be held on Thursday, July 29 and Friday, July 30. Contributions from members of all AAA Sections are invited.