Top Accounting Ph.D. Candidates Attend 45th Annual Doctoral Consortium Sponsored by the Deloitte Foundation

Conference focuses on the sharing of ideas and experiences in accounting research and education

Jul 20, 2015, 10:05 ET from Deloitte

STAMFORD, Conn., July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 90 top Ph.D. candidates and distinguished faculty members convened at the 45th Annual American Accounting Association (AAA)/Deloitte Foundation/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium to discuss current topics in accounting education, research and publishing. Held at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas, the event also provided an opportunity for attendees to address how to navigate the early years of an academic career and how to prepare for the interview and placement process.

"With this consortium, the Deloitte Foundation is helping support the growth of a stronger pipeline of accounting professors," said Carol Lindstrom, president of the Deloitte Foundation. "The conference provides an opportunity for Ph.D. candidates to do a deeper dive on pressing accounting issues while connecting with leading accounting professors to learn about and share research perspectives, as well as obtaining valuable advice as they plan their careers. These students are key to educating future accounting professionals, and we are pleased to support their development through this program."

Since 1971, the AAA/Deloitte Foundation/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium has brought together leading accounting doctoral students and esteemed 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, chaired by Lillian Mills of the University of Texas at Austin, attendees heard from a diverse group of faculty who presented their perspectives on topics such as relating research and practice and synergies between research and teaching. This year's participants also had the opportunity to present a potential research topic and receive feedback from both participating faculty and doctoral students. In addition, the program covered other areas of interest to students who are nearing completion of their Ph.D. programs and are planning to pursue academic careers.

"The Doctoral Consortium can play a pivotal role in the academic life of accounting doctoral students. The networking opportunities and knowledge development afforded participants can have a lifelong impact on students' careers, and benefits the accounting community through enhanced teaching and research," said Christine Botosan, president of the American Accounting Association and professor at the University of Utah. "The interactive format of the consortium allows students to learn as much from each other as the leading researchers and professionals, such as Deloitte & Touche LLP Partner Dan Sunderland, who invest countless hours preparing for, and participating in, the event. The AAA is fortunate to have a strong collaborator in the Deloitte Foundation, without whom this event would not be possible."

About the Deloitte Foundation
The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization which supports education in the U.S. through a variety of initiatives that help develop the talent of the future and their influencers and promote excellence in teaching, research and curriculum innovation. The Foundation sponsors an array of national programs relevant to a variety of professional services, benefitting 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

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