Who's Tops in Accounting?

Nineteen accounting professionals recognized for their impact on the profession.

The American Accounting Association has presented its 2018 awards across ten award categories. The association recognized 19 individuals for making an impact on the accounting profession through their research, teaching, and service.

Susan Scholz of the University of Kansas received the Deloitte Foundation Wildman Medal Award for her 2014 paper “Financial Restatement Trends in the United States: 2003–2012.” Mario Schabus of the University of Melbourne in Australia and Benjamin Yost of Boston College won the Competitive Manuscript Award for “Do Director Networks Help Managers Plan and Forecast Better?”

Michael S. Drake and Jacob R. Thornock of Brigham Young University and Phillip J. Quinn of the University of Washington won the AAA Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award for “Who Uses Financial Statements? A Demographic Analysis of Financial Statement Downloads from EDGAR.”

Ann Dzuranin of Northern Illinois University received the Innovation in Accounting Award for “Data & Analytics in Accounting: Innovation and Impact in Accountancy Education.” Allen D. Blay and M.G. Fennema of Florida State University earned the Issues in Accounting Education Best Paper Award for “Are Accountants Made or Born? An Analysis of Self-Selection into the Accounting Major and Performance in Accounting Courses and on the CPA Exam.” Urooj Khan and Shivaram Rajgopal of Columbia Business School, Bin Li of the University of Oklahoma, and Mohan Venkatachalam of Duke University received the Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award for the paper “Do the FASB’s Standards Add Shareholder Value?”

Gary J. Previts of Case Western Reserve University and G. Peter Wilson of Boston College took home Lifetime Service Awards. Mahendra R. Gujarathi of Bentley University and Jan R. Williams of the University of Tennessee received the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. Feng Li of Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China won the AAA Distinguished Contributions in Accounting Literature Award, and Guido L. Geerts of the University of Delaware received the Outstanding Service Award.

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