The AICPA announced on Wednesday that Dr. Penne Ainsworth is the winner of the 2016 AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. She was honored at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association (AAA) in Manhattan this month.

Since 1985, the annual award looks to recognize full-time accounting professors who prove to be noteworthy educators and attain a national reputation in the accounting profession.

Ainsworth currently serves as the chairperson of the Department of Accounting at the University of Wyoming and the Susie McMurry Excellence in Teaching Professor. She is the winner of numerous academic awards and co-author of the 2011 book, "Introduction to Accounting: An Integrated Approach".

“Penne's commitment to her students as an administrator, mentor, and professor, combined with her years of dedicated to the profession in Wyoming have been a model to accounting educators throughout the country,” stated Steve Matzke, AICPA director of faculty & university initiatives.

“As someone who is passionate about utilizing innovative practices with her students, Penne is highly deserving of the Distinguished Achievement award. The knowledge she has passed on to the more than 2,000 students she taught will have an impact on the profession for years to come,” added Matzke.

Ainsworth previously served as associate dean of the College of Business at the University of Wyoming and started teaching at the university in 1997.  She also serves as president of the Wyoming Society of CPAs Board of Trustees, and has served on committees such as Education Committee, Planning Committee, and various task forces.

For more on the Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award, head to the AICPA's site here.