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2024 Excellence in Accounting Ethics Education Award

Awarded by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association

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. Also, applicants who have already applied for the award, should consider updating their submission materials. 

The deadline to submit nominations and supporting materials is March 1stannually. Submit materials to Steven M. Mintz, [email protected].The winner(s) will be announced at the Ethics Symposium at the Annual Meeting.

Award Criteria

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, or
  • Publication (or acceptance for publication) in a refereed journal, or
  • Other form of communication.

Electronic submissions only should be sent and demonstrate support for how the pedagogical innovation advances accounting ethics education by including one or more of the following (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 both of the following:

  • 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.

Important Dates:

  • Initial mailing about award (by December 1).
  • Reminder and announcement about the award and deadlines (PI Section Midyear Meeting), AAA communications, and external partners.
  • Deadline to submit nomination and supporting materials (March 1).
  • Selection Committee chooses and notifies recipient(s) (April 15).
  • Announcement of Winner: Ethics Symposium (August 11 in Washington, DC).

Questions on any of the items mentioned in the Award Criteria should be sent to Steven Mintz at: [email protected].

Previous Excellence in Accounting Ethics Education Award Winners

Barbara M. Porco, Fordham University
William F. Miller, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Tara J. Shawver, King's College