Columbia, Mo.—University of Missouri Curators' Professor, Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. Chair and director of the Accountancy Ph.D. program, Dr. Jere Francis was selected as the American Accounting Association's 2011 Outstanding Audit Educator at the Association's mid-year auditing conference January 13-15, 2011.
"It is a very fitting recognition of Professor Francis' contributions to audit research," said Vairam Arunachalam, director of the School of Accountancy at MU. "His sustained research program and involvement with doctoral students are highlighted by this award."
Since 1987-88, this annual award has recognized outstanding sustained contributions to the field of auditing education. The award is given for exemplary contributions in research or teaching over a sustained period of time (10 to 15 years), as evidenced by publications, educational innovations, guidance to graduate and undergraduate students or excellence in teaching.
"Jere's outstanding contribution to auditing research over the past three decades alone makes him worthy of this award, but he is equally deserving for the outstanding contribution he has made in advising and mentoring the many Ph.D. students with whom he has worked," said Urton Anderson, chair of the Outstanding Audit Educator Award Selection Committee.
Dr. Francis teaches doctoral research seminars and MU's School of Accountancy's fifth-year capstone course. He also serves on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies and Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, and is an associate editor at Contemporary Accounting Research.