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  • Judy Cothern
    G. Peter Wilson earns AICPA's Distinguished Achievement...
    news item posted June 2, 2010 by Judy Cothern, tagged 2010, achievement, general news 
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    G. Peter Wilson earns AICPA's Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award
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    Wilson Earns AICPA's Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award

    G. Peter Wilson, Carroll School of Management at Boston College, was presented with the AICPA's Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award by Bob Harris, chair of the AICPA, during the Institute’s spring meeting.

    Upon acceptance of the award, Wilson talked about the importance of teaching students how to answer open-ended questions. He noted there is an over-reliance on testing students using multiple choice or true and false questions. “We put the next generation of CPAs at great risk,” he said. “The next generation will run the risk of being outsourced. Teach students to answer open-ended questions and [they] can gain competitive advantage by becoming proficient in this area.”


    The award recognizes those distinguished for teaching excellence and national prominence in the accounting profession. The award serves two functions – extending profession-wide recognition to the recipient as well as promoting role models in academia.

    Wilson received the award for his innovative teaching practices, which have encouraged his students to pursue careers in accounting. He is in the process of creating text and software targeted to those new to accounting. When complete, the text/software will integrate financial, managerial and tax reporting research, teaching and practice; procedural and conceptual skills; and the interplay between a reporting entity’s business and accounting decisions and decisions by users of its accounting reports.

    Aside from all that, Wilson served as a teaching consultant for the Big Four public accounting firms, and develops and teaches courses at major firms and two Fortune 50 companies.

  • Deirdre Harris
    Saurav Dutta and Shawn Davis chosen for SEC Fellowship
    news item posted September 1, 2010 by Deirdre Harris, tagged 2010, achievement 
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    Saurav Dutta and Shawn Davis chosen for SEC Fellowship
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    Office of the Chief Accountant Names Academic Fellows, August 5, 2010

    The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Chief Accountant today announced the selection of Shawn Davis and Saurav Dutta as Academic Accounting Fellows for one-year terms beginning this summer.

    Academic Accounting Fellows serve as research resources for SEC staff by interpreting and communicating research materials as they relate to the agency. In addition, Academic Accounting Fellows have been assigned to ongoing projects in the Chief Accountant’s office that include rulemaking, serving as a liaison with the professional accounting standards-setting bodies, and consulting with registrants on accounting, auditing, independence and reporting matters.

    “The experience that Shawn and Saurav bring as fellows from academia is a great benefit to our Office of the Chief Accountant, but more importantly, their knowledge and perspective will benefit U.S. investors,” said James Kroeker, the SEC’s Chief Accountant.

    Ms. Davis is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Practice of Accounting at Emory University, where she teaches both financial accounting and managerial accounting to undergraduate and graduate students. She earned her Ph.D. from Washington University, MBA and MAS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her BBA from Jackson State University. Her research primarily focuses on how auditing judgment and decision-making affects financial decisions and markets, and has been presented at national and international conferences. Her dissertation examining the disclosure of auditors’ materiality judgments won the 2005 Outstanding Dissertation in Auditing Award from the American Accounting Association.

    Ms. Davis is the recipient of several research grants, including grants from KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She served as an academic researcher for the American Accounting Association Auditing Section’s Research Synthesis Program to examine the auditor’s reporting model. Ms. Davis research employs a variety of methods including experimental economics, decision cases and field experiments, and her work has been published in Accounting Horizons, Behavioral Research in Accounting, and New Zealand Economic Papers. Additionally, she has appeared as a guest speaker for several professional practice conferences and workshops.

    Mr. Dutta is an Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Accounting and Business Law at the University at Albany-SUNY, New York. He received his B.Tech. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and his Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Kansas. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and received the Robert Beyer Silver Medal for the second highest total score on the CMA examination in 1989. He was also awarded the National Talent Search Scholarship in 1979 by the Government of India. He has held academic positions at Rutgers University and the City University of New York- Baruch College.

    Mr. Dutta has published extensively in the field of accounting and auditing in various national and international journals. While his earlier work focused on audit quality, risk and materiality, his more recent work is in the area of sustainability, triple-bottom line reporting and forensic accounting. He also has frequently consulted on complex accounting and auditing issues related to derivatives and hedge accounting, mergers and acquisitions, and statistical verification of claims for some of the largest corporate settlements in the U.S.

    Ms. Shawn Davis and Mr. Saurav Dutta will replace the current Academic Accounting Fellows. Jack Krogstad will return to the Creighton University, and Nancy Mangold will return to the California State University, East Bay.

  • Deirdre Harris
    William Morley Lemon
    news item posted February 3, 2010 by Deirdre Harris, tagged 2010, achievement 
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    William Morley Lemon
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    Lemon receives 2010 Distinguished Service in Auditing Award

    William Morley Lemon, who has been a member of the American Accounting Association’s (AAA) Council and a member of twenty-two AAA and Auditing Section committees, recently received the 2010 Distinguished Service in Auditing Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession, the Auditing Section, and scholarship.

    The 2010 selection committee members were Bill Kinney (professor, University Texas, Austin), Bill Messier (professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Jere Francis (professor, University of Missouri-Columbia),and Shaun Budnik, partner, Deloitte LLP and president, Deloitte Foundation.

    A  History of Impact

    Lemon, who is currently a professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo, is being recognized for his extensive work with the Canadian and U.S. accounting profession – both in practice and in academia.

    He is best known for his work with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), where he served as a member of the CICA’s Assurance Standards Board.  Lemon has also served on seven other CICA and CICA-related committees, task forces, and international “joint working groups.”  Topics include professional ethics, integrity and the public interest, international issues, audit methods, audit risk, and materiality. 

    In addition, he received numerous assignments and appointments with the AAA (and the Auditing Section) and the Canadian Academic Accounting Association.

    In academia, Lemon has done significant work as the director of the Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy at the University of Waterloo for many years.  In that role, he promoted the importance of ethics in business and in business school curricula.

    Because of his contributions to the profession, he has been frequently recognized (e.g., elected a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and recipient of the Award of Outstanding Merit from that body), and has presented at numerous conferences, such as the Globe & Mail Insight Conference and the Institute of Internal Auditors, Toronto chapter meetings .

    Lemon is a certified public accountant (Texas) and a chartered accountant (Ontario).  He obtained a BA from the University of Western Ontario, an MBA from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.