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2020 Diversity Section Meeting

You are invited to the Sixteenth Midyear Diversity Section Meeting to be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Maryland on October 24-25, 2020.

The conference will consist of plenary, concurrent, and panel discussion sessions that explore differences among people in organizations and many other traditional and non-traditional accounting research topics.

Participation in the following areas is invited:

  • Papers (including early stage working papers as well as more developed papers)

  • Panel Discussions

  • Emerging Research Session

  • Doctoral Student Road Paper Pitches

Areas for Submissions: Papers and panels may encompass any topical area of accounting or any methodology. In addition, research focusing on diversity or non-traditional accounting issues is particularly encouraged. The program will be structured around submissions accepted for presentation. In addition, this call solicits those willing to serve as a session moderator.

Submission Instructions
To submit your paper (or to volunteer as a reviewer and/or moderator), please CLICK HERE to access the submissions system using your AAA member ID and password. If you have forgotten your AAA member ID/password, click here to retrieve them. If you do not have an AAA member ID/password, please click here to obtain AAA login credentials. Then create an account in the new system, using your AAA login credentials. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact Suzanne Mullinnix at

Paper Sessions
Paper Sessions provide an opportunity for researchers to present early stage or more developed papers in an open dialogue setting followed by a discussion period with audience members.  We will continue the tradition of a workshop-style presentation with no discussants.

Panel Sessions
If you have an idea for a panel discussion and want to moderate that panel, submit your proposed topic, panel members and brief description (up to 300 words). Submissions to a midyear meeting may have been submitted to the American Accounting Association National meeting or regional meetings but should not have been published elsewhere before the 2020 Diversity Section meeting. Early submission is highly encouraged.

Emerging Research Sessions
Emerging Research Sessions are designed to allow scholars (especially junior faculty and doctoral students) to submit proposals and receive feedback on their theory and research design prior to collecting data. Proposals should have clearly stated research question(s), well-developed theory and hypotheses based on the relevant literature in the area (an expanded Kinney 3 Paragraph model).

Five to six presenters will each give 10- minute presentations followed by 10-15 minutes of open dialogue among the presenters. All conference attendees are encouraged to read and prepare comments on each of the proposals to the session to facilitate the discussion. Emerging research proposals may encompass any topical area of accounting and may be theoretical or practice-oriented and should not exceed five (5) double-spaced pages. Proposals can have an academic, practitioner or pedagogical focus.

Doctoral Student Road Paper Session
This session will provide an opportunity for doctoral students to prepare for job talks and/or the Miami/AAA Rookie Camp.   Students should have at least an early draft of their paper and should have at least preliminary results and conclusions.  Prior participants in this session commented that the feedback was both constructive and beneficial to improving their papers.  Presenting at the Diversity Section Meeting allows for early outside feedback prior to the deadline for working paper submission to the Rookie Camp or potentially prior to any fall job talks.

Accepted submissions obligate the author (or one co-author) to register for the meeting and present the paper at its scheduled time. Additionally, authors are highly encouraged to volunteer as moderators and/or reviewers.

Important Dates: 
Submit papers by Monday, July 6
Acceptances will be emailed by Tuesday, August 25
Last day to register without late fees is Monday, September 21.
Conference hotel rate cutoff date is Thursday, October 1.



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