Karen Pincus Earns Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award

“The future of our profession is built on the quality and the number of the young people who join us,” Leslie Murphy, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Chair explained while presenting the Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award to Karen V. Pincus, Chair of the Department of Accounting at the University of Arkansas. “That, in turn, depends on whether quality people decide to study accounting and how well they are trained in their collegiate and post-collegiate education. The Institute annually selects a member of the academic community who best serves these truths to receive the award.”


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Pincus has received numerous recognitions for teaching excellence, curriculum development and service to the accounting academic and practicing professions. Most notably, she received the American Accounting Association Innovation in Accounting Education Award for designing and implementing a totally new curriculum approach to accounting education. In Arkansas, she is also the S. Robson Walton Professor of Accounting, as well as President of Beta Alpha Psi, the student professional association.

Pincus is currently a member of the AICPA’s Nominations Committee. From 2002 to 2005 she was an elected member-at-large of the AICPA governing committee. She is also past Chair of the Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee and a past member of the virtual Grassroots Panel and Accounting Careers Subcommittee.

She has also served as President of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy, the association of accredited graduate accounting programs, and Vice President of the American Accounting Association, in addition to serving on many committees for both organizations. She is the author of numerous professional articles and research papers.

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