The AICPA announced on Tuesday that ten audit and tax professionals will have their accounting PhDs funded via the Accounting Doctoral Scholars Program. Now in its second year, the ADS program looks to grow the number of accounting faculty teaching auditing and tax to ensure a pipeline of future students.

“The ADS Program is an investment in the future of the accounting profession,” stated Steve Matzke, AICPA director of Faculty and University Initiatives. “Bringing educators who have recent tax and audit experience into the classroom doesn’t just grow the ranks of accounting faculty. It also draws academia more closely to the real world practice of accounting, to the benefit of students.”

The ADS Program is made possible by 120 sponsors contributing over $17 million, including the AICPA, 68 accounting firms, 49 CPA state societies, and more.

"Through the ADS program, we are continuing to make progress in addressing the shortage of accounting faculty by increasing the number of CPAs with PhDs in the classroom and performing research at our nation’s universities,” said William Ezzell, the ADS Program executive director, per a statement..“On behalf of the AICPA, I’d like to thank all of the sponsors of the ADS program for their support and contribution to the collaborative efforts that are making the ADS Program a success.”

This year's ADS candidates are as follows, in alphabetic order:

  • Aaron Fritz, Michigan State University
  • Amanda Gates Carlson, University of Georgia
  • Davidson Gillette, University of Alabama
  • Alex Johanns, University of Illinois
  • Steven Maex, Temple University
  • Adam Manlove, Indiana University
  • Landi Morris, Bentley University
  • Iguehi Rajsky, Temple University
  • Kristen Steury, University of South Carolina
  • Aubrey Whitfield, University of Massachusetts
AICPA building in Durham, N.C.
AICPA building in Durham, N.C. Photo: AICPA

The application period for the 2017-2018 ADS program is currently ongoing until September 8, 2017. For more information, head to the program's site here.

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