The Phil Smith Center for Free Enterprise at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton has been named an Oasis of Excellence for its commitment to the study of economics, capitalism, and leadership. The designation is given by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni to honor college and university programs in the United States that promote the study of American history, Western civilization, and free markets. The Oases of Excellence project includes over 70 programs at a wide range of institutions.
During the annual American Accounting Association meeting in August, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) recognized four academics for their teaching and research. Tonya K. Flesher, professor of accountancy and Arthur Andersen Lecturer Emerita at the Patterson School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi in University, received the 2020 AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. Three professors share the 2020 Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award: Mary E. Barth, the Joan E. Horngren Professor of Accounting Emerita at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in California; Wayne R. Landsman, the KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accounting at Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Daniel J. Taylor, associate professor of accounting at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
The American Accounting Association also has recognized Louella Moore with the Innovation in Accounting History Education Award. Moore, who is a professor of accounting at Washburn University’s School of Business in Topeka, Kansas, earned the award for incorporating accounting history topics into her courses. For instance, for the past two years, her curriculum has included a focus on ethics, social practices, and accounting’s influence on relevant social problems.