Dr. L. Murphy Smith, professor of accounting, received the Teaching and Curriculum Best Manuscript Award presented by the Southwest Region of the American Accounting Association.

The award recognizes scholarly research on teaching and curriculum issues. Smith’s research paper, “Presenting Ethics in Accounting Classes: Encouraging Future Accountants to Do What’s Right,” was co-authored by Katherine Taken Smith and Liz Mulig. It describes the impact of an ethics presentation on student perceptions.

Smith has served on the faculty at Texas A&M since 1984 and has long championed the need for ethics education. In 2001, he gave an ethics presentation to the cadets in the Honor Wing at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. In July 2002, Smith testified at a Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. regarding business and accounting ethics. Additionally, he served on the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy Ethics Task Force in 2003.

“Educators must do all that they can to encourage students to do the right thing, even in difficult circumstances,” says Smith. “This encouragement will serve them well in their college years and in their future careers.”