G. Peter Wilson, Ph.D., a professor of accounting at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College is the 2010 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
"The future of the profession is built on the quality of the young people who decide to join us", said Bob Harris, chair of AICPA, presented the award at the spring meeting of the Institute's governing Council. "Professor Wilson is widely recognized for his outstanding contributions to accounting education."
This award recognizes full-time college accounting educators distinguished for excellence in teaching and for national prominence in the accounting profession. The award has the dual function of extending profession-wide recognition to the recipient, as well as promoting role models in academia. Wilson is the Joseph L. Sweeney Chair in Accounting.
Wilson is receiving this award as a result of his innovative teaching practices, which have encouraged his students to pursue accounting careers. He is creating text/software targeted to newcomers to accounting. When complete, it will integrate financial, managerial and tax reporting research, teaching and practice; procedural and conceptual skills; and the interplay between a reporting entity's business and accounting decisions and decisions by users of its accounting reports. He served as a teaching consultant for the Big Four public accounting firms, and develops and teaches courses at major investment firms and two Fortune 50 companies.
He started his teaching career as a part time instructor of mathematics at Florida Atlantic University. He began teaching at Boston College's Carroll School of Management in August 1997. He currently teaches introductory accounting and financial analysis to MBA candidates. Prior to joining the faculty at Boston College he taught at Carnegie-Mellon University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.
Wilson's publications include "Teaching and Learning Can be Energizing", Issues in Accounting Education, June 1999; "The Role of Taxes in Location and Sourcing Decisions", Studies in International Taxation, the University of Chicago Press, 1993; and "Firms' Reponses to Anticipated Reductions in Tax Rates: The Tax Reform Act of 1986", Journal of Accounting Research, 1992. He has received the American Accounting Association (AAA) Outstanding Educator Award in 2005 and was inducted into the AAA's North East Region's Accounting Hall of Fame in April 2002.
Wilson served as president of the AAA from 2002-2004. He's a member of the Financial Executives Institute and was a member of the Accounting Education Change Commission. He served on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Financial Officer's Tax and Management Report and Issues in Accounting Education.
Wilson holds a doctorate and masters of science in industrial administration from Carnegie-Mellon University and a masters and bachelors of science in mathematics from Florida Atlantic University. He and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Carlisle, Mass.