Overview: The AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award recognizes full-time college accounting educators distinguished for excellence in teaching and for national prominence in the accounting profession. The award has a dual function: to extend profession-wide recognition to the recipient and promote role models in academia.
State CPA societies and individuals may submit nominations for the annual award. Self-nominations are not accepted.
Application: The AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award application period will begin accepting nominations for the 2021 award in January of 2021.
Deadline: The application period will close on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5pm EST.
- Nominee is a current full-time or recently retired (within the past five years) accounting educator at a post-secondary educational institution, as demonstrated by his/her record of teaching.
- Nominee is distinguished for excellence in classroom teaching, as demonstrated by summaries of student evaluations, letters from former students, or notification of receipt of previous teaching awards.
- Nominee is involved in curriculum development, as demonstrated by innovative teaching practices consistent with the broadening role of the CPA.
- Nominee is contributing to the accounting profession, as demonstrated by his/her active involvement in professional activities such as leadership in national and/or state professional accounting organizations.
- Nominee exemplifies the philosophy of the CPA Vision, as demonstrated by his/her commitment to life-long learning and the effective development of incoming professionals. The CPA Vision is defined as “enabling individuals to shape their accounting careers by communicating the total picture with clarity and objectivity, translating complex information into critical knowledge, anticipating and creating opportunities, and designing pathways that foster growth for and within the CPA profession.”
- Nominee is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder)
- Nominee may not be a past award recipient or current member of the AICPA Academic Executive Committee (AEC).
Award Recipients: 1985-2020
- 2020 Tonya Flesher – University of Mississippi
- 2019 Stephen Moehrle - University of Missouri - St. Louis
- 2018 Miklos Vasarhelyi - Rutgers University
- 2017 Michael Granof - The University of Texas at Austin
- 2016 Penne Ainsworth - University of Wyoming
- 2015 Mark Dirsmith - Pennsylvania State University
- 2014 Kenneth A. Merchant - University of Southern California
- 2013 Jan Colbert - Eastern Kentucky University and Donald E. Tidrick - Northern Illinois University
- 2012 William F. Messier, Jr. - University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- 2011 Dale Flesher - University of Mississippi
- 2010 G. Peter Wilson - Boston College
- 2009 Ira Solomon - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- 2008 David E. Stout - Youngstown State University
- 2007 Dan S. Deines - Kansas State University
- 2006 Karen V. Pincus - University of Arkansas
- 2005 Charles H. Smith - Pennsylvania State University
- 2004 Paula Bevels Thomas - Middle Tennessee State University
- 2003 William W. Holder - University of Southern California
- 2002 William R. Kinney, Jr. - University of Texas at Austin
- 2001 W. Steve Albrecht - Brigham Young University
- 2000 Gerhard G. Mueller - University of Washington
- 1999 R. Glen Berryman - University of Minnesota
- 1998 Frank R. Rayburn - University of Alabama at Birmingham
- 1997 Anthony T. Krzystofik - University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- 1996 Gary John Previts - Case Western University
- 1995 A. Thomas Nelson - University of Utah
- 1994 Jan Robert Williams - University of Tennessee
- 1993 Alvin A. Arens - Michigan State University
- 1992 Belverd E. Needles, Jr. - DePaul University
- 1991 John K. Simmons - University of Florida
- 1990 Doyle Z. Williams - University of Southern California
- 1989 Thomas J. Burns - Ohio State University
- 1988 Harold Q. Langenderfer - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- 1987 Norton M. Bedford - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- 1986 Joseph A. Silvoso - University of Missouri, Columbia
- 1985 Charles T. Horngren - Stanford University