2022 14th Annual Midyear Meeting of the Public Interest Section held jointly with the Gender Issues and Worklife Balance Section

Call for Submissions

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS, DISCUSSANTS, AND SESSION MODERATORS for the 2022 14th Annual Midyear Meeting of the Public Interest Section joint meeting with the Gender Issues and Worklife Balance Sections (PI/GIWB) of the American Accounting Association. This conference will be conducted virtually May 19–21, 2022. A New Doctoral/New Scholar Consortium will take place Thursday, May 19.  Plenary and concurrent research paper sessions will be scheduled on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21. The virtual format is intended to facilitate cross-cultural conversations with international scholars and those impacted by COVID travel restrictions.

MEETING FOCUS: The PI/GIWB Sections view accounting as a social activity with important consequences for organizations, accounting practitioners, educators, and the public at large. This conference seeks to promote conversation between scholars who are using a diverse set of research methods to address gender, work-life balance, diversity, and public interest issues broadly construed. We welcome both mature and emerging paradigms, especially those that challenge dominant representations of accounting.

SUBMISSION PROCESS: Submissions close March 10, 2022. Please note that Doctoral submissions are via email directly to Consortium leaders. Regular meeting paper submissions will be via a platform on the American Accounting Association website.  Submission details for Doctoral consortium, paper sessions, and panels for the midyear meeting are explained below.

Submission instructions for Doctoral/New Scholar Consortium. Doctoral students who are in their final years of completing a PhD or scholars who obtained their degree in 2020/2021 are welcome to submit their work for presentation and discussion at the Consortium. We also invite early program doctoral students to participate as observers. Consortium participants will have two opportunities to discuss their research with peers and receive personalized, constructive feedback and advice from well-established Public Interest scholars. Submissions for either of these tracks should be submitted by March 10, 2022 and include a CV, school affiliation, date of anticipated or recent degree, and topical research interests.

  1. WORKING PAPER TRACK: The first opportunity follows a traditional consortium format where full working papers are presented and then discussed by all attendees and observers. Submissions should be in the form of a long abstract or working paper not to exceed 12,000 words emailed directly to Stacy Chavez ( The target date for notification of acceptance is March 31. Accepted participants will be given an opportunity to submit updates or revisions (still limited to 12,000 words) no later than April 30.
  1. LITERATURE REVIEW TRACK: The second opportunity, a new addition to our Doctoral Consortium, provides individualized feedback and collaboration opportunities for literature reviews that highlight an undiscovered public interest theme woven through the existing literature of more traditional streams of accounting research. These works may prove suitable for publication in a future issue of the section journal, Accounting and the Public Interest. Papers submitted to this track should be sent directly to Jacob Lennard ( Participants will be paired with a faculty advisor based on topic area, and one-on-one meetings will be coordinated.

Submissions instructions for Regular Conference: Submissions will be accepted through March 10, via the AAA portal Coming Soon using your AAA member ID and password.  If you have forgotten your username and password, you can create a new account in the submission system by clicking Coming Soon  and selecting "Create a New Account". If you have difficulty logging in, please contact Karen Toney (
To facilitate blind review, papers submitted through the portal should include an abstract at the beginning of the paper, but no author identifying information. We do not impose a specific word limit or referencing style, but authors are asked to be as succinct as possible in respect for our volunteer reviewers.  Authors should use a Microsoft WORD or PDF file format. 
Papers accepted for concurrent sessions will be considered for Best Paper and Best Early Scholar awards.
TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FOR A PANEL:  Include a list of participants, their affiliations, purpose of the panel, structure, and a description of how the panel would contribute to the aims of the conference. Send proposals directly to Andria Hill ( no later than March 10, 2022.

CALL FOR REVIEWERS, DISCUSSANTS, AND SESSION MODERATORS:   The success of the conference depends on your willingness to give back to the community. All submitting authors and co-authors will be expected to review up to two other submissions. Please consider volunteering to serve as a reviewer, discussant, or session moderator even if you do not have a paper to submit this year. Serving in a moderator or discussant role is intellectually stimulating and will help you make connections with members of the global academy! 

To serve as a reviewer, discussant, and/or moderator, please click Coming Soon to access the submissions system using your AAA member ID and password.  After you have logged in, scroll down to "Submitter Menu" and click "Volunteer Opportunities".  If you have forgotten your username and password, you can create a new account in the submission system by clicking Coming Soon and selecting "Create a New Account". If you have any difficulty accessing the system, please contact Suzanne Mullinnix.

If you have any questions regarding the regular conference, please contact Dana Wallace (


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