Accolades for Accountants

More than a dozen awards were handed out to faculty and practitioners at the American Accounting Association’s annual meeting this summer.

Among the prizes was the Innovation in Accounting Education Award, sponsored by the Ernst & Young Foundation. This year’s award went to a group of 11 practitioners and academics who created “This Is Accounting,” a simple visual model that re-envisions how accounting can be taught.

“Currently, accounting education is perceived to be black-white, debits-credits, answer-in-the-back-of-the-book, and boring,” says one of the group winners, Ellen J. Glazerman of the Ernst& Young Foundation. “In our vision of teaching accounting, you start with economic activity, which is when someone does something, and you record and describe it through accounting activity. Each description requires accounting judgments and critical thinking, and there are consequences to every decision.”

Other honors announced at the event were the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, which went to Wayne R. Landsman of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and John C. Fellingham of The Ohio State University; and the Outstanding Service Award, which went to Gail Hoover King of Purdue University Calumet and Martha M. Eining of the University of Utah. See a full list of winners at