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.

EDGE in Teaching Awards (formerly 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 EDGE in Teaching Award in an Introductory Course

The intent of this award is to both recognizes and disseminates successful leading-edge exceptional teaching practices in the first course sequence in accounting (freshmen, sophomore, and community college that entice a student’s interest in accounting and encourages them to pursue the CPA profession as a career.


George Krull/Grant Thornton EDGE in Teaching Award in a Junior or Senior Level Course

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


The winner(s) in both award categories are expected to present their work at the American Accounting Association Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA) and AAA Annual Meeting. The winner(s) will receive an award, a certificate and a monetary prize totaling $5,000. If warranted, up to two (2) submissions could also be selected for honorable mention and be awarded $500 each. Additionally, the winning lessons/materials are made available for download to educators registered on ThisWayToCPA.com through the Academic Resource Database.


The application period for these awards opens on December 1st, 2022 and closes on March 1st, 2023, at 11:59 pm ET.

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.

Annual nomination deadline: March 1 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time


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