AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award

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 is now available.

Deadline: The application period will close on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 5pm EST.


Eligibility Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Nominee is involved in curriculum development, as demonstrated by innovative teaching practices consistent with the broadening role of the CPA.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.”
  6. Nominee is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder)
  7. Nominee may not be a past award recipient or current member of the AICPA Academic Executive Committee (AEC).

Award Recipients:  1985-2021

  • 2021   Nancy A. Bagranoff, University of Richmond
  • 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