Educator Awards

Accounting Educator Awards

The AICPA facilitates and bestows the following awards to recognize outstanding curriculum and achievement as academic stewards to the accounting profession.

Effective Learning Strategies Curriculum Awards

The AICPA recognizes professors as champions of education and sources of inspiration for thousands of college students. We encourage professors to submit their most innovative accounting course teaching techniques for the opportunity to earn an award.


Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Teaching Award

The Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Teaching Award recognizes and disseminates exceptional teaching in the first course sequence in accounting.


George Krull/Grant Thornton Innovation in Junior and Senior Level Teaching Award

The intent of this award is to both recognize and disseminate successful innovative practices in the teaching of junior- and senior-level accounting courses that continue to enhance accounting majors’ interest in accounting and pursuing the CPA profession as a career.


Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award

The Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award recognizes and disseminates exceptional graduate-level accounting teaching practices.


The finalist(s) in all three award categories will be asked to present their work at the following year’s American Accounting Association Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA) and will receive a plaque and an AICPA funded award totaling $5,000. Honorable mention winner(s) in all three award categories will receive a plaque and an AICPA funded award totaling $500. Additionally, your work will be featured in the Academic Resource Hub, where all works of current and past winners are featured for use by academics.


To apply for the Effective Learning Strategies Curriculum Award, first you must submit a proposal and be accepted to present at the AAA for the Effective Learning Strategies poster session. The application period is now open.

Achievement Awards

AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award

The 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.


AICPA/AAA Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award

Sponsored by the AAA and AICPA, this award recognizes outstanding articles, books, monographs, AICPA-sponsored research studies, and accounting literature appearing in other types of publications. Academic and practitioner nominations are welcome.

Annual nomination deadline: January 31 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time


AICPA/AAA Lifetime Contribution to Management Accounting Award

Sponsored by the AAA and AICPA, the Lifetime Contribution Award is to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to management accounting education, research and/or practice over a sustained period of time through scholarly endeavors, teaching excellence, educational innovation and/or service to the Management Accounting Section. The award extends profession-wide recognition to the recipient and promotes role models in management accounting.

Annual nomination deadline: September 1


AICPA Best Early Career Researcher in Management Accounting Award

An award in the amount of $2,000 will be presented annually at the Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association to the early-career researcher with the best overall body of research in management accounting. The award is sponsored by the AICPA.

Annual deadline: March 1st


Association of International Certified Professional Accountants Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award

An award in the amount of $2,000, sponsored by the Association of International Certified Practicing Accountants (the unified voice of AICPA and CIMA) will be presented annually at the Management Accounting Section Midyear Meeting for the paper that is judged to have the greatest potential impact on management accounting practice.

Annual deadline: August 31