Each year, the American Accounting Association (AAA) recognizes outstanding dissertations. Receiving the honor this year is Tanya Benford, an associate professor of accounting.

Benford was recipient of the 2002 AAA Information Systems Section Outstanding Dissertation, which is determined by academics that teach and/or conduct research in the field of accounting information systems.

Doctoral students could nominate their own dissertation or be nominated by a member of their dissertation committee. Benford was nominated by Professor James E. Hunton, the co-chair of her dissertation committee, at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

She will officially receive the award in August at the annual AAA meeting. Benford received her B.A. and M.B.A. from Indiana University and Ph.D. from the University of South Florida.