Deloitte Foundation and American Accounting Association Present 2011 Wildman Medal and ATA Teaching Innovation Award
WILTON, Conn., Sept. 19, 2011 — The Deloitte Foundation, Deloitte’s not-for-profit arm, and the American Accounting Association (AAA) honored three professors with the 2011 Wildman Medal at this year’s AAA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo. Luzi Hail of the University of Pennsylvania, Christian Leuz of the University of Chicago and Peter Wysocki of the University of Miami were honored for co-authoring a two-part series examining the conceptual underpinnings and future scenarios for U.S. accounting standards titled “Global Accounting Convergence and the Potential Adoption of IFRS by the U.S.”
“Sponsoring the Wildman Medal each year gives us an opportunity to recognize educators for their commitment to leveraging research to advance the theory and practice of accounting,” said Shaun Budnik, president of the Deloitte Foundation. “We congratulate this year’s award recipients. Their work is vital to the growth and evolution of the accounting profession.”
The Wildman Medal is named in honor of the late John R. Wildman, a partner of a Deloitte predecessor firm, a professor of accounting at New York University and the first president of the American Association of Accounting Instructors which later became the AAA. In addition to receiving the Wildman Medal, each recipient received a $2,500 honorarium.
The American Taxation Association (ATA) Teaching Innovation Award was also presented during the AAA Annual Meeting at the ATA luncheon. This year’s honoree, Professor Ross Bengel of Loyola Marymount University, was recognized for his curriculum, “Using Documentary Film, News Segments and Other Non-fiction Video Resources to Enhance Tax Courses.” Established in 1994, the ATA Teaching Innovation Award is presented annually to tax professors whose innovative teaching techniques encourage critical thinking and enhance the overall learning experience. Bengel was presented with a $5,000 award.
The Deloitte Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports teaching, research and curriculum innovation in accounting, business and related fields within the United States. The Foundation, created in 1928, supports an array of national programs that are relevant to a variety of professional services and benefit middle and high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. For more information, please visit the Deloitte Foundation web page at www.deloitte.com/us/df.
The American Accounting Association is the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, we have a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications. The diversity of our membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, we shape the future of accounting through teaching, research and a powerful network, ensuring our position as thought leaders in accounting. For more information about the AAA, please visit http://aaahq.org.
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