Call for Nominations

Excellence in Accounting Ethics Education Award

The intent of the Excellence in Accounting Ethics Education Award is to recognize new pedagogy for teaching ethics to accounting students.  A monetary award of $1,000 and a plaque will be presented at the annual Ethics Symposium to an individual (or individuals) who has (have) developed and implemented an innovative technique/method for incorporating ethics into undergraduate or graduate accounting courses. Applicants should explain how they shared their pedagogical innovation with the public.

The deadline to submit nominations and supporting materials is May 1. The winner(s) will be announced at the Ethics Symposium at the Annual Meeting.

Excellence in Accounting Ethics Education Award criteria and submission process (Word document)

Accounting Exemplar Award

The Accounting Exemplar Award is given to either an accounting educator or an accounting practitioner (broadly defined) who has made notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting education and/or practice.

Written nominations which provide information detailing how the nominee(s) has made notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting education and/or practice either by serving as a role model and/or by making significant contributions to the accounting profession in a manner which serves the public interest should be e-mailed to Pat Kelly at The deadline for nominations is April 20.

The Accounting Exemplar Award is traditionally presented at the Professionalism and Ethics Symposium's concluding luncheon, held just before the American Accounting Association's Annual Meeting. Previous winners of this prestigious award include: Barbara Merino, Steven Mintz, Jim Gaa, Abe Briloff, Stuart Chase, Cynthia Cooper, Ralph Estes, Harold Langenderfer, Arthur Levitt, Eli Mason, Albert Meyer, Carl Devine, Tony Puxty, Bob Sack, Prem Sikka, and Art Wyatt.

Accounting exemplar award criteria and nomination process (Word document)

Previous Accounting Exemplar Award Winners

Frank Wilson
Sue Ravenscroft
J. Edward Ketz, The Pennsylvania State University
Robin W. Roberts
Anthony Menendez  
no award given
Steven M. Mintz and Barbara D. Merino
Jim Gaa 
Paul Williams
Joseph St. Denis
no award given
Steve Loeb
Mary Beth Armstrong and David Walker
D.R. Scott and Charles A. Bowsher
Lynn E. Turner
Stuart Chase and Prem Sikka
Albert Meyer
no award given
Cynthia Cooper
Bob Sack 
Arthur Levitt and Eli Mason
no award given
Carl Devine
Earlier winners
Art Wyatt, Abe Briloff, Tony Puxty, Harold Langenderfer, Ralph Estes 


Accounting and the Public Interest (Editorial Policy and Style Information)

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Center for Accounting Ethics, University of Waterloo - Call for Papers

5th Biennial Accounting Ethics Symposium on The Impact of Global Pandemic, Specifically COVID 19, on Ethics, Professionalism and Judgement in Accounting and Financial Reporting [April 28-29, 2022 – CPA Canada, 277 Wellington St. W., Toronto, Canada]

Submission Deadline: December 21, 2021
Submissions that are accepted for the Symposium may be considered as submissions to a special section of an issue of the journal Accounting and the Public Interest. Submissions should be submitted to Jenny Rothwell at

For more information for this call, please visit here.

APIRA 2022 Interdisciplinary Accounting Research Webinars
Continuing on from 2021, AAAJ’s 2022 APIRA thought leadership webinars will offer major interdisciplinary accounting research presentations and panel forums. They will be 90 minute webinars on three occasions through 2022. Each live session will also be recorded and available to registrants on the APIRA webpage. You can register now for the first APIRA 2021 event Feb 16, on the APIRA webpage:

2021 Public Interest Section Best Paper Awards

We are pleased to present our 2021 Public Interest Seciton best papers awards to the following recipients:

2021 Joint Midyear Meeting of the AIS and SET Sections
"An Examination of Employee Sensitivity to the Risk of Whistleblowing via Social Media"
Fangjun Xiao and Bernard Wong-On-Wing

2021 American Taxation Association Virtual Midyear Meeting
"Does Organized Labor Influence How Firms Use Tax Savings? Evidence from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017"
Jonathan Black and Thomas Godwin

2021 Forensic Accounting Section Research Conference
"Fraud as a Systemic Phenomenon in the Kansas Bond Scandal of 1933"
Louella Moore

2021 Meeting of the Regions
[Western Region] - "The Efficiency of Corporate Social Responsibility Activities: Evidence from Targeted Poverty Alleviation Projects"
Ling Zhou, Xiaobei Huang, Yunling Song, and Lv Jianing

[Ohio Region] - "The Effect of Whistleblowing on Peer Firms' Conditional Conservatism"
Fuzhao Zhou

Alternative Accounting Research Network (AARN)

AARN is a global community of interdisciplinary accounting researchers with a commitment to independent, innovative and purposeful research that seeks to address contemporary social and environmental challenges. For more information, please vist: AARN 


Accounting and the Public Interest

Accounting and the Public Interest is an academic journal published by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association. The journal takes the view that accounting is a social activity with far-ranging consequences for every citizen, welcoming innovation and eclecticism, alternative theories and methodologies, as well as the more traditional ones. The common element in this diversity is the requirement that the study and its findings be linked to the public interest by situating them within a historical, social, and political context, and ultimately providing guidance for responsible

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Teaching resources on Sustainability and CSR 

(Learn who is teaching Sustainability and CSR, and read their recommendations regarding pedagogical materials!)

  • Irene Herremanns teaches courses in UC’s interdisciplinary degree program in Sustainable Energy Development. Her pedagogical specialties are in accounting, tourism, and environmental management and design.Irene recommends a teaching resource that resides on the UCalgary Blogs platform. It is entitled Sustainability Reports: Making Sense of Sustainability,* and it encompasses modules on: (1) Basics, (2) Sections, (3) Credibility, (4) Performance, and (5) Assurances. It also includes a Glossary of important terms.
  • Michael Kraten's sustainability teaching case "Save The Blue Frog" is now available at Michael has used this case in his graduate accounting program's capstone class and his undergraduate interdisciplinary colloquium on sustainability.

Letter from the Chair

First, let me say how delighted I am that I am finally assuming the position of chair for the Public Interest section after serving as chair-elect for the past two years. Of course, it is my luck that I assume the position in the middle of the worse pandemic that the world has experienced in 100 years. Oh, well. Such is life. Anyway, I would like to thank Mitch Stein who has done such an outstanding job the last two years as section chair. Mitch has set the bar very high and I hope that I can come close to matching it...


25th Annual Ethics Research Symposium

Do accounting ethics inspire you? If so, then the 25th Annual Ethics Research Symposium is for you! All AAA members are invited to attend the Symposium on Sunday, August 9, 2020, preceding the Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Symposium encourages thoughtful research on the ethical applications of teaching, practice, and/or business that ultimately benefits the individual, government, or society. Accordingly, we challenge researchers in other accounting areas to identify and address the ethical implications of their research. The Symposium will recognize and award research in the following categories: Best Research Paper, Best Innovation for Teaching, Best Paper by a Current Doctoral Student, and Best Paper by a Recent Graduate (graduation from a doctoral program must have occurred within the last three years).

Questions can be sent to 2020 Ethics Research Symposium Co-Chairs: Lori Fuller, West Chester University,, and Tara Shawver, King’s University,

Ethics Research Symposium registration fee includes: Breakfast and the Accounting Exemplar Award Luncheon.