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Call for Submissions

You are invited to the Seventeenth Midyear Diversity Section Meeting to be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Maryland on October 23-24, 2021.

The conference will consist of plenary, concurrent, and panel discussion sessions that explore a broad scope of traditional and non-traditional accounting research topics as well as diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice issues in the profession and academia. 

Participation in the following areas is invited:

  • Papers
  • Panel Discussions
  • Emerging Research
  • Doctoral Student Road Paper Pitches

Areas for Submissions: Papers and panels are welcomed in areas of accounting including financial, managerial, tax, audit, systems, practice, education, etc. using any methodology (such as archival, experimental, interview-based, survey-based, etc.).  Research focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice issues and non-traditional accounting issues is particularly encouraged. Submissions to the Diversity Section meeting may have been submitted to the American Accounting Association annual meeting or other sectional/regional meetings but should not have been accepted for publication or published before the 2021 Diversity Section meeting. Early submission is highly encouraged.

The mid-year meeting program will be structured around submissions accepted for presentation. In addition, this call for papers is also a call for persons to serve as submission reviewers and session moderators.

Submission Instructions
To submit your paper (or to volunteer as a reviewer and/or moderator), please CLICK HERE to access the submissions system using your AAA member ID and password. If you have forgotten your AAA member ID/password, click here to retrieve them. If you do not have an AAA member ID/password, please click here to obtain AAA login credentials. Then create an account in the new system, using your AAA login credentials. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact Suzanne Mullinnix at

Paper Sessions
Paper Sessions provide an opportunity for researchers to present early-stage or more developed papers in an open dialogue setting followed by a discussion period with audience members. We will continue the tradition of a workshop-style presentation with no discussants.

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Panel Sessions
Panel Sessions focus on a topic of interest, relevance, or a research area.  If you have an idea for a panel discussion and would like to moderate that panel, submit your proposed topic, panel members and brief description (up to 300 words).

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Emerging Research Sessions
Emerging Research Sessions are designed to allow scholars (especially junior faculty and doctoral students) to submit proposals and receive feedback on the theory and/or research design prior to collecting data. Proposals in this category should have clearly stated research question(s), a well-developed theory, and hypotheses based on the relevant literature in the area (an expanded Kinney 3-Paragraph model). Emerging research proposals should not exceed five (5) double-spaced pages. Proposals can have an academic, practitioner or pedagogical focus.

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Doctoral Student Road Paper Session
This session will provide an opportunity for doctoral students to prepare for job talks and/or the Miami/AAA Rookie Camp. Students should at minimum, have an early draft of their paper and some preliminary results and conclusions. Prior participants in this session commented that the feedback was both constructive and beneficial to improving their papers. Presenting at the Diversity Section Meeting allows for early outside feedback prior to the deadline for working paper submission to the Rookie Camp or potentially prior to job talks.

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Accepted submissions obligate the author (or at least one co-author) to register for the meeting and present the paper at its scheduled time. Additionally, authors are highly encouraged to volunteer as reviewers and/or moderators. Please volunteer HERE.

Important Dates: 
Submission Due Date: Extended to Monday, July 19
Acceptances Emailed by Wednesday, August 10.
Last day to register without late fee: Monday, September 20.
Conference hotel rate cutoff date: Friday, October 1.