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“Excellence in Accounting Ethics Education Award”

Excellence in Accounting Ethics Education Award Announced by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association

The intent of this 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, sponsored by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association, on July 31 to an individual (or individuals) who has (have) developed and implemented an innovative technique/method for incorporating ethics into undergraduate or graduate accounting courses.


Examples of innovative techniques/methods include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing a case, video, audio, or other teaching techniques that can be used to integrate ethics into the accounting curriculum.
  • Developing a new course in accounting ethics including learning objectives and assessment techniques.
  • Application of technology to teach ethics to accounting students including digital learning tools, or
  • Application of E-Learning activities to enhance interaction with students in the classroom on ethics issues and the benefits therefrom.

Applicants should explain how they shared their pedagogical innovation with the public, which may include one or more of the following:

  • Presentation at a seminar, workshop, or other form of public appearance.
  • Publication (or acceptance for publication) in a refereed journal, or
  • Other form of communication.

Electronic submissions only should include the following items (as applicable):

  • Identification and description of the course, seminar, or workshop in which the innovation is (was) used.
  • Submission of the case, video, audio, or other innovation, along with teaching notes.
  • Copies of instructional materials used in E-Learning activities.
  • Detailed explanation of how digital learning tools support teaching and learning.
  • Assessment results on the new pedagogy (i.e., efficacy survey, student performance, improvement in student performance), or
  • Copy of the refereed journal article that was published or accepted for publication along with the official notification from the editor of the journal indicating acceptance.

In addition, all applicants should submit:

  • A 500-word statement describing the contribution to accounting ethics education and
  • Two letters of recommendation from educators in support of the nominee for the award and elaborating on the contribution of the technique to accounting ethics education.


The endowment award is funded by Steven Mintz, aka Ethics Sage. Steve writes popular blogs on ethics (, workplace ethics (, and higher education ethics ( He also is the author of an accounting ethics textbook, Ethical Obligations and Decision Making in Accounting: Text and Cases.