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Top Accounting Ph.D. Candidates Attend 42nd Annual Doctoral Consortium Sponsored by the Deloitte Foundation

WILTON, Conn., June 26, 2012 — More than 90 top Ph.D. candidates and 17 distinguished faculty members convened at the 42nd Annual American Accounting Association (AAA)/Deloitte Foundation/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium to discuss current topics in accounting education, research and publishing.  Held in Tahoe City, California, attendees also explored navigating the early years of an academic career and how to prepare for the interview and placement process.

“With the shortage of accounting professors, this Consortium has become increasingly important,” says Shaun Budnik, president of the Deloitte Foundation.  “The conference affords promising Ph.D. candidates the opportunity to network with leading accounting professors and to learn from their experiences, ideas and research on important accounting issues and their potential impact on our profession.  Each doctoral student can play a vital role in educating and cultivating our next generation of talent.”

Since 1971, the AAA/Deloitte Foundation/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium has brought together leading accounting doctoral students and distinguished faculty from U.S. and select international universities.  The AAA selects a distinguished committee of accounting faculty to develop the program content and to provide a forum for stimulating the participants to pursue research in significant subject matter areas.  During this year’s conference, co-chaired by Professor Ilia Dichev of Emory University and Professor Sudipta Basu of Temple University, attendees heard from a diverse group of faculty who presented their perspectives on academic research and dissertation topic selection.  The program also covered other areas of interest to doctoral students who are nearing completion of their Ph.D. programs and are planning to pursue academic careers. 

“Since this Consortium takes place at a critical stage in the Ph.D. education process – when doctoral students are developing their teaching and research skills – it has become a vital developmental component for many future accounting professors.  The program offers doctoral students numerous opportunities for close interaction with the world’s best accounting faculty and generates lifelong scholarly partnerships.  The unwavering commitment and generosity of J. Michael Cook and the Deloitte Foundation’s sponsorship for the last 42 years is greatly appreciated,” said Professor Basu.

About the Deloitte Foundation

The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization that supports teaching, research and curriculum innovation in accounting, business and related fields within the U.S. The Foundation sponsors an array of national programs relevant to a variety of professional services, benefiting middle/high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and faculty.  For more information, please visit the Deloitte Foundation web page at

About the American Accounting Association

The American Accounting Association is the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, the AAA has a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications. The diversity of the AAA’s membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, the AAA shapes the future of accounting through teaching, research and a powerful network, ensuring their position as thought leaders in accounting. Find more information about the AAA at

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP and Deloitte Services LP, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP.  Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries.

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