Three Mays faculty members and one former student recently received the KPMG 2010 Outstanding Published Manuscript Award from the American Accounting Association (AAA), Gender Issues and Work-Life Balance (GIWB) Section. Professors of accounting Stanley Kratchman and Murphy Smith, marketing lecturer Katherine T. Smith, and Fred Feucht ’04 (PhD in accounting) were recognized for their research achievement at the association’s annual meeting held in August in San Francisco. The authors received plaques and a $1,000 award, which was funded by the KPMG Foundation.

From left to right: Stanley Kratchman, Murphy Smith and Katherine T. Smith
From left to right: Stanley Kratchman, Murphy Smith and Katherine T. Smith

Their award-winning paper, “Changes in gender distribution among accounting academics,” was published in International Journal of Critical Accounting in 2009. Their study presents a longitudinal analysis spanning more than 20 years of the distribution of men and women in accounting academia, including university faculty positions and in leadership roles in the AAA. The study also examines women’s participation in accounting practice.

Their findings indicate that the proportion of faculty positions held by women has increased in all academic ranks and the proportion of AAA leadership positions held by women has increased, such as regional vice presidents and membership on editorial boards. Further, the proportion of women in accounting practice has also increased.

“The accounting field has been open to women from its beginning,” says Kratchman, who won a national award from the AAA in 2008 for mentoring women in accounting. Kratchman notes that the first CPA certificate was issued in 1896; three years later, the first woman earned a certificate. More recently, in October 2005, a woman became the chair of the American Institute of CPAs, the largest professional organization for accountants in the United States. Today, women make up about half of college accounting graduates and new entrants to the profession.

About the GIWB section of the American Accounting Association

The Gender Issues and Work-Life Balance Section of the American Accounting Association has the overall objective of facilitating interaction among association members regarding gender issues and work-life balance as they relate to accounting practice, research, and education.