Penne Ainsworth of Wyoming Receives 2016 AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award

August 10, 2016

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NEW YORK (August 10, 2016)
– The American Institute of CPAs is proud to announce Dr. Penne Ainsworth, CPA, CMA, CIA, as the winner of the 2016 AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. She was honored at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association (AAA), in New York City. The award, presented annually since 1985, recognizes full-time accounting professors who are outstanding educators and have achieved national recognition in the accounting profession. As this is the 100th anniversary of AAA, the award can be seen as a commitment to the next 100 years of accounting education.

Ainsworth is the chairperson of the Department of Accounting at the University of Wyoming and the Susie McMurry (cq) Excellence in Teaching Professor. She has received various academic awards over her years of service to the education of students and to the profession. She also is the co-author of the book, "Introduction to Accounting: An Integrated Approach" (2011).

“Penne's commitment to her students as an administrator, mentor, and professor, combined with her years of dedicated to the profession in Wyoming have been a model to accounting educators throughout the country,” said Steve Matzke, AICPA director of faculty & university initiatives.

Ainsworth previously served as associate dean of the College of Business at the University of Wyoming. She started teaching at the university in 1997.  She currently serves as president of the Wyoming Society of CPAs Board of Trustees, and has served on numerous committees, such as the Education Committee, Planning Committee, and various task forces.

She travels throughout Wyoming teaching the Ethics/Rules and Regulations Course for the Society and represents Wyoming as the designated member for the AICPA Council.  In addition, Ainsworth has visited school districts around Wyoming, introducing advanced placement accounting courses to high school students. Ainsworth has been awarded research grants throughout her academic career and has served on various university committees.

“As someone who is passionate about utilizing innovative practices with her students, Penne is highly deserving of the Distinguished Achievement award. The knowledge she has passed on to the more than 2,000 students she taught will have an impact on the profession for years to come,” added Matzke.

Ainsworth started her career in academics as a graduate teaching assistant in accounting at Kansas State University. Ainsworth holds a doctorate from the University of Nebraska. She earned a masters in accounting degree and bachelor's of science degree from Kansas State University.