2023 AICPA EDGE In Teaching Awards

Amount: $5,000

Sponsor: AICPA / AAA

Open Date: Dec 01, 2022
Close Date: Mar 01, 2023
Close Time: 11:59 p.m.

Timezone: US/Eastern

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Program Overview

The AICPA EDGE in Teaching Awards (formerly the Effective Learning Strategies Awards) recognizes the outstanding contributions of accounting faculty who produce leading-edge teaching resources that effectively teaches accounting knowledge and practices to students. Accounting educators play an essential part in influencing and preparing future accounting professionals. We are requesting educators to submit their most leading-edge accounting course teaching techniques for the opportunity to earn an award. The goal of these awards is to inspire the following:

  Excellence in accounting education

  Dynamic teaching

  Groundbreaking techniques

  Engagement in the classroom

The intent of these awards are two-fold: first to recognize and disseminate successful innovative practices in the teaching of accounting courses that entice a students' interest or continue to enhance accounting majors' interest in accounting, and secondly, to encourage students' pursuit of a career in the CPA profession.

The winner may be an individual or group of individuals. There are two awards academic faculty can apply for:


To be eligible for consideration, you must submit all materials electronically by Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST.

Processes and Procedures

  • Apply for the AICPA EDGE in Teaching Awards program by uploading your independent submission through this portal.
  • Select the award category application you would like to be considered for either the Bea Sanders/AICPA EDGE in Teaching Award in an Introductory Level Course or George Krull/Grant Thornton EDGE in Teaching Award in a Junior- or Senior-Level Course.
  • AICPA EDGE in Teaching Awards Task Force vets all submissions and will reach out their determinations by end of March 2023.
  • Winners and honorable mentions are notified of next steps.

The winner(s) in each award category will be expected to present their work at the American Accounting Association Conference and Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA) and at the AAA Annual Meeting. The winner(s) is/are presented with an award, a certificate, and a monetary prize totaling $5,000. Honorable Mention recipient(s), if warranted, receive a monetary prize of $500 and recognition at the CTLA Awards Luncheon.

Winning submissions and related materials for all AICPA educator awards are available for download through the Academic Resource Database.


The AICPA EDGE in Teaching Awards Task Force will use the following as their primary criteria to judge submissions:

  • Level of leading-edge and innovative technique, fresh and unique approach or perspective to teaching an accounting concept, model, application or theory in a delivery format or form.
  • Use of technology and data analytics in the accounting course.
  • Ability to entice or enhance students' interest in accounting as a career and encourage the CPA profession.
  • Adaptability for other education institutions or other situations.
  • Emphasis on the AICPA Foundational Competencies Framework for Aspiring CPAs and its defined set of skill-based competencies.
  • Practicality, completeness and usefulness of instructor materials and student assessment.

Electronic Materials Required

  • Educator(s) bio(s)
  • Abstract, topical area addressed
  • Learning objectives
  • Detailed description of the case/activity and solution set (Optional, but strongly recommended. Restricted access to educators only.)
  • AICPA Foundational Competencies Framework for Aspiring CPAs are addressed
  • AICPA/AAA Release Agreement to post materials on respective websites (NOTE: This release does not preclude submission of materials for publication)
  • Title and Classification (principles) of class where the materials have been used (include which teaching term the leading-edge technique was used and student reaction to the method.)
  • Rubric or assessment instrument
  • (Optional) Upload a video, podcast or provide a URL link explaining the teaching strategy, how it was used in a class, how the students responded, and planned future changes to the strategy. Maximum recording must be no longer than 10 minutes in duration and the file size must be less than 1 gigabyte (100MB). Video formats accepted are mp4, avi, mpeg4.
  • *Submission written in third person is preferable.
    **The teaching practice may not be a commercial product for which the faculty member has financial interest.
    ***It is at the discretion of the judging committee to follow-up with any award applicant if additional information is required. Communication may be made through a video conference, phone call or email.

    Have questions or need to reach someone on the Academics Team? You may reach us at academics@aicpa.org


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