Professor Elaine Mauldin receives the AAA 2014 Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award

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[Sarasota, FL, August 15, 2014] The American Accounting Association (AAA) would like to congratulate Guido L. Geerts, Lynford E. Graham, Elaine G. Mauldin, William E. McCarthy, and Vernon J. Richardson as recipients of the 2014 Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award for their article, “Integrating Information Technology into Accounting Research and Practice.” This AAA award was presented to Professor Geerts, Dr. Graham, Dr. Mauldin, Professor McCarthy, and Professor Richardson in the form of a unique glass art piece and a $2,500 prize on Wednesday, August 6th at the 2014 AAA Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Mauldin is the BKD Professor of Accountancy in the School of Accountancy at the Trulaske College of Business.


The Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award is presented to the best paper published each calendar year. The award winner is selected by online voting open to all Accounting Horizons subscribing members of the American Accounting Association. More information about this award is available online at For 2014, the American Accounting Association is honored to be able to bestow this award to Professor Geerts, Dr. Graham, Dr. Mauldin, Professor McCarthy, and Professor Richardson.


About the Award Winners

Guido L. Geerts is a Professor and EY Faculty Scholar at the Lerner College of Business, University of Delaware. He earned his Ph.D. from the Free University of Brussels. He has published in a variety of accounting and information systems journals, including Accounting Horizons, Decision Support Systems, IEEE Intelligent Systems, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting, and Journal of Information Systems. He serves on several editorial boards and is currently guest editor for a special issue on Business Process Modeling (International Journal of Accounting Information Systems) and for a special issue on Enterprise Ontologies (Journal of Information Systems). Guido has twenty-seven years of teaching experience and previously taught at Michigan State University and the Free University of Brussels. He has received numerous awards for teaching and research excellence including the Lerner College Outstanding Scholar Award (2014), the Lerner College Outstanding Teacher Award (2013), and the SET Section’s Outstanding Researcher Award (2010).


Lynford E. Graham is a CPA with more than 30 years of audit practice and policy development experience. He is a Visiting Professor of Accountancy at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. Dr. Graham is a member of the AICPA, and a past member of the Auditing Standards Board. He chaired the AICPA’s Assessing Audit Risk Guide and the AICPA Audit Sampling Guide Task Forces. He was a Partner and the National Director of Audit Policy for BDO, LLP. Prior to that, Dr. Graham was an Associate Professor at Rutgers University. Before Rutgers, he was a National Accounting & SEC Consulting Partner at Coopers & Lybrand, responsible for technical issues research, auditing research and sampling. A Certified Fraud Examiner, in 2002 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Auditing Section of the AAA. Dr. Graham holds an MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, (Wharton School). He is editor of The Accountant’s Handbook – 12th Edition (Wiley, 2012).


Elaine G. Mauldin is an Associate Professor and the BKD Professor in the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri. Prior to obtaining her PhD, Elaine was V.P. Finance for a multi-state construction holding company. Professor Mauldin is a member of the American Accounting Association, American Institute of CPAs, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. Elaine’s primary research interests are auditing, governance and internal controls. In addition to Accounting Horizons she has published papers in a variety of academic journals including Journal of Accounting & Economics, The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Accounting Organizations & Society. Elaine serves as an editor for The Accounting Review and as the AIS Section representative on the AAA Council. Elaine teaches accounting information systems, internal controls and auditing.


William E. McCarthy is a Professor of Accounting and Information Systems at Michigan State University. He teaches classes in enterprise information systems, object-oriented analysis and programming, advanced database design, and accounting interoperability. His research has been supported by multiple accounting and technology firms and by the National Science Foundation. During the 1980s, Professor McCarthy worked in the Artificial Intelligence Group of Accenture where he was part of a research team that analyzed the first uses of embedded semantics for the SEC's EDGAR system, and most recently, he has been especially active in international e-commerce standardization efforts with the United Nations and ISO. In 1999, Professor McCarthy was given the "Withrow Teacher-Scholar Award," the lifetime teaching award from the Broad College of Business, and in 2000, he was presented with the "Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award." In 2008, he was given the AAA "Outstanding Accounting Educator Award."


Vernon J. Richardson is the S. Robson Walton Chair and Distinguished Professor of Accounting at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He received his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Illinois. He has served as editor of The Accounting Review and as associate editor of MIS Quarterly. He has published in The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Contemporary Accounting Research, MIS Quarterly, the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Operations Management. His research is at the cross-section of accounting, finance and information systems and generally considers the financial antecedents and consequences of IT investments.


About the AAA

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