AICPA Names Four new Accounting Doctoral Scholars

Accounting Doctoral Scholarship Program identifies CPAs who can teach the next generation of tax, audit and management accounting professionals

NEW YORK (April 13, 2021) – The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has named four new Accounting Doctoral Scholars (ADS), which identifies currently practicing CPAs interested in becoming accounting professors to assure future accountants have necessary and up-to-date skills.

“Firms and businesses alike are seeking CPAs with professional skepticism, critical thinking, technological skills, and the ability to understand how to leverage data to make informed decisions” said Jan Taylor-Morris, CPA, CGMA, Ph.D., academic in residence, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, representing AICPA & CIMA. “The profession is evolving, and we believe that having recently practicing CPAs join the ranks of academics will help inform practice-relevant research as well as  allow these Ph.D., CPA professors the opportunity to share with the next generation of CPAs  the increasing role data and technology play in the profession. .”

The following individuals will receive a $20,000 stipend to support their doctoral education:

  • Katie Daugherty, Indiana University
  • Brian Forsberg, University of Illinois
  • Lauren Frederick, Cornell University
  • Andrew Jones, Indiana University

The ADS program, first launched in 2009, recruits practicing CPAs who have expressed interest in and demonstrated potential for becoming college professors to attend an all-expenses-paid seminar. The seminar provides exposure to what it takes to earn a PhD in accounting and to teaching, research and service requirements of a college faculty member. Those who ultimately apply to and are accepted into one of more than 40 affiliated PhD programs receive a $20,000 stipend to support their education.

Previous iterations of the Accounting Doctoral Scholars program focused on audit and tax accounting, but the program has expanded to include management accounting, information systems and financial analytics.

The program is intended to help grow the number of CPAs in the classroom and ensure a steady supply of accounting professors. Educators with recent, relevant workplace experience provide their students with a greater understanding of what a career in the accounting profession entails and the value a CPA license adds.

The program, funded by the AICPA Foundation, is one of many Institute initiatives to help academia and practice align more closely, including putting practitioners on Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation reviews, offering discounts to academics to attend AICPA conferences, and free resources to help academics engage with practitioners on accounting program advisory boards.

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants also developed resources to help collegiate accounting programs enhance their curricula as the profession updates the CPA licensure model and exam as part of the CPA Evolution effort. The Academic Resource Hub offers case studies, assignments, readings and webinars to help accounting educators ensure students are prepared to meet the needs of the marketplace.

The Faculty Hour webcast series  provides CPA Evolution status updates and discussions on how to integrate relevant topics, such data analytics and cybersecurity, as well as systems and other emerging technology-related subject matter into accounting curricula.

In June 2021, AICPA and National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, with support of the American Accounting Association, will unveil a model curriculum to guide faculty in addressing the accounting coursework needed by those pursuing licensure under the new CPA Evolution model.

To date, more than 108 CPAs who went through the Accounting Doctoral Scholars program have completed their PhD, and another 45 are currently enrolled in PhD programs. ADS candidates selected for funding, as well as all candidates attending the ADS Orientation Conference and enrolled in an ADS Participating University, are also eligible to apply for the William (Bill) Ezzel Scholarship.

CPAs interested in transitioning into an academic career can learn more about the program at This year, the program will be hosting a free virtual GMAT bootcamp for the first 60 candidates who RSVP.  More information on the bootcamp is on the program’s website.

About the American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 429,000 members in the United States and worldwide, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives professional competency development to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession. 

About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 657,000 members and students across 179 countries and territories in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally.