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Deloitte Foundation and American Accounting Association Announce 2017 Cook Prize Award, Wildman Medal and American Taxation Association Teaching Innovation Award Winners

Accounting professors recognized for superior teaching, leading edge research and innovative teaching methods.

STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 14, 2017 — The Deloitte Foundation is proud to sponsor the Cook Prize Award, Wildman Medal and American Taxation Association Teaching Innovation Award in support of excellence in teaching and research. These awards were presented at the American Accounting Association (“AAA”) Annual Meeting held Aug. 5-9 in San Diego, California.

“Educating future talent is paramount to not only the sustainability of the accounting profession, but to the broader economy,” said Tonie Leatherberry, president of the Deloitte Foundation. “The Deloitte Foundation is proud to continue our tradition of honoring the superior work of high quality accounting educators. We congratulate all of the recipients for their efforts to bring innovative thinking to the classroom, which is necessary to develop the next generation of talent in an ever-changing marketplace.”

Professors Edmund Outslay (Michigan State University), Susan M. Curtis (University of Illinois), and Cathy J. Scott (Navarro College) received the 2017 American Accounting Association/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize. The award recognizes up to three professors annually, one each in the categories of graduate, undergraduate and two-year accounting degree programs. Award recipients must consistently demonstrate the attributes of a superior teacher in the discipline of accounting. Edmund Outslay, Susan M. Curtis and Cathy J. Scott are the recipients of the graduate, undergraduate and two-year college awards, respectively. Each prize consists of a $25,000 cash award, a silver medallion, and a certificate.

Professors Dan Amiram (Columbia University), Zahn Bozanic (The Ohio State University) and Ethan Rouen (Columbia University) received the 2017 Wildman Medal in recognition for their research paper entitled, “Financial Statement Errors: Evidence from the Distributional Properties of Financial Statement Numbers.” The Wildman Medal is named in honor of the late John R. Wildman, a partner of a Deloitte predecessor firm, a professor of accounting at New York University and the first president of the American Association of Accounting Instructors, which later became the AAA. In addition to receiving the Wildman Medal, which recognizes excellence in practical research, each academic recipient received a $2,500 honorarium.

Professors Kerry Inger (Auburn University), Mollie Adams (Bradley University) and Michele Meckfessel (University of Missouri - St. Louis) received this year’s American Taxation Association (ATA) Teaching Innovation Award for their tax research case. Established in 1994, the ATA Teaching Innovation Award is presented annually to tax professors whose innovative teaching techniques encourage critical thinking and enhance the overall learning experience. The winners received a $2,500 award.

The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization that 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, benefiting middle/high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and educators. Learn more about the Deloitte Foundation.

About the American Accounting Association
The American Accounting Association is the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, the organization has a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications. The diversity of the organization’s membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, the organization shapes the future of accounting through teaching, research, and a powerful network, ensuring its position as thought leaders in accounting. For more information about the AAA, please visit

About Deloitte
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 6,000 private and middle market companies. Our people work across more than 20 industry sectors to deliver measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to make their most challenging business decisions with confidence, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society.

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