ACADEMICS: HELP US IMPROVE FINANCIAL REPORTING
Academic research helps the FASB assess the significance and pervasiveness of a perceived problem in GAAP and to identify and assess potential feasible solutions. The Board uses academic research in a variety of ways, including:
- Pre-agenda research
- Comment letters
- Stakeholder outreach activities
- Post-implementation review
EMERGING FINANCIAL REPORTING ISSUES RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM—APRIL 2024—REGISTRATION OPEN 12/1 at 12 PM EST
The 2024 Emerging Financial Reporting Issues Research Symposium will take place on Friday, April 5, 2024, at the FASB headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut. This one-day event will focus on the Financial Reporting of Intangibles. The symposium will include 4 academic paper presentations each with a discussion by an academic and standard setter. In addition, we will host two panel discussions focusing on Intangibles in Financial Reporting and the Measurement of Intangibles in the Economy, respectively.
This will be the first in a series of three symposia co-hosted in 2024, 2025, and 2026 by the FASB and the Chookaszian Accounting Research Center (CARC) of the University of Chicago Booth School.
2024 SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM
Registration will open on December 1 at 12 PM EST
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
For questions about registration, please email email@example.com.
Please note that space is limited to the first 50 registrants and a registration fee of $175 is due at the time of registration. Payment must be made online using the payment portal after clicking 'DONE'. The registration period will close once space for the conference has been filled.
Travel and Hotel Information:
Dates and Times
The conference program will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2024.
The symposium venue is at the FASB Office (Address: 801 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851).
Hotels and Accommodations
Attendees are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations. Following is a range of hotels close to the FASB Office:
- EVEN Hotel Norwalk (Address: 426 Main Ave #7, Norwalk, CT 06851) – approx. 2 minute drive
- Hotel Zero Degrees Norwalk (Address: 353 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851) – approx. 4 minute drive
- Courtyard by Marriott Norwalk (Address: 474 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT 0685) – approx. 4 minute drive
The FASB offered a webinar for academics designed to stimulate research into the broad issues described in the call for papers. The recording provides background on the relevant issues and insights into various questions of particular interest in standard setting.
Webinar Slide Presentation
ARCHIVE: “ACCOUNTING FOR AN EVER-CHANGING WORLD” CONFERENCE 2022The “Accounting for an Ever-Changing World,” a joint conference of the FASB, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), and The Accounting Review (TAR)—a publication of the American Accounting Association (AAA)—took place November 2─4, 2022 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. The conference fostered dialogue between the academic community and accounting practitioners to share insights to issues that are important to the field of accounting.
The conference featured a robust roster of speakers, including Paul Munter, Acting Chief Accountant of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, FASB Chair Richard R. Jones, and IASB Chair Andreas Barckow.
KEYNOTE SESSIONSThe conference opened with a fireside chat featuring FASB Chair Rich Jones and IASB Chair Andreas Barckow and moderated by Mary E. Barth, Joan E. Horngren Professor of Accounting, Emerita, Stanford Graduate School of Business. During the panel, the chairs discussed the importance of academic research and how it helps their respective Boards when developing standards that provide useful financial information to investors and other allocators of capital.
On day two of the conference, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Acting Chief Accountant Paul Munter addressed the conference on “Adapting to a Rapidly Evolving World: Implications for Standard Setting and Regulation.” His remarks included an overview of the role of the SEC and the Office of the Chief Accountant in protecting investors, maintaining fair, orderly, efficient markets, and facilitating capital formation.
CONFERENCE PROGRAMMany thanks to all the academics who participated in and shared their research as part of the “Accounting for an Ever-Changing World" conference. We also thank the SEC Office of the Chief Accountant, our colleagues with the IASB, and the staff of the AAA and The Accounting Review for making the conference a success.
EMERGING SCHOLAR AWARDThe FASB invites nominations for the FASB Emerging Scholar Award.
This award recognizes the proposed doctoral thesis topic judged to be the highest quality in terms of its potential for a rigorous contribution to an issue of interest to accounting standard setting.
In addition to being recognized as the winner of the FASB Emerging Scholar Award, the winning nominee will receive a monetary award from the FASB of $2,500.
Nominations for the current year have closed. Please check this page for updates and to nominate a student for the 2023-2024 award in the Spring of 2024.
- Nominees must have been admitted to candidacy for a PhD degree in accounting
- Nominees may not be on the job market before July of the year the award is granted
- Candidates must be nominated by the Chair of their dissertation committee (multiple nominations from a chair will be accepted)
RESOURCES FOR RESEARCH AND TEACHINGThe FASB recognizes and appreciates the academic community’s critical role in accounting education. You can participate in many supportive activities by:
- Organizing a student visit to the FASB offices in Norwalk, CT. If you would like more information about a student visit, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Requesting a FASB speaker through a FASB Speaker Request Portal that guides you, step by step, through the process of requesting FASB speakers—including criteria for the acceptance of FASB speaking invitations.
- Reading FASB In Focus summaries of new and proposed Accounting Standards Updates.
- Participating in free educational webcasts and webinars on a periodic basis.
- Watching webcasts of public meetings and reading meeting documents and minutes.
- Accessing the FASB Accounting Standards Codification®
- Taking advantage of XBRL resources for academics
- Utilizing our library of videos and podcasts in a classroom setting
- Action Alert, which provides real-time updates of FASB activities by topic.
LEARN ABOUT RELEVANT RESEARCH TOPICS
Topic 842, Leases
Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers
Topic 326, Financial Instruments–Credit Losses
XBRL FOR ACADEMICSLearn more on how to use XBRL data in academic research:
Elizabeth Blankespoor from the University of Washington provides an overview of how to use XBRL data in academic research.
Courtesy: AAA 2021 Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Virtual Midyear Meeting.
Courtesy: AAA 2021 Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Virtual Midyear Meeting.
Learn more about Academics Use of XBRL Data.
LEARN ABOUT USING XBRL DATA FOR RESEARCH
XBRL & Academics: A Workshop on How to Pull XBRL Data
SHARE YOUR RESEARCH WITH THE FASBThe FASB welcomes submissions of academic research for consideration during the standard-setting process.
Visit our Academic Paper Submission Portal to share your research with the FASB. While here, you will be prompted to upload your paper and answer a few questions about your research.
To ensure timely processing of your research paper, please craft your responses to a standard-setting audience (as opposed to an academic audience). Your submission will be directed to the relevant project team, who may request a meeting to discuss your findings.
FASB members and staff discuss the role academics play in the standard-setting process.
OTHER AVENUES FOR ACADEMIC PARTICIPATION
- The Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council (FASAC), the FASB’s primary advisory group formed in 1973, comprises investors, preparers, auditors, academics, and other users of financial reporting. Learn about other FASB advisory groups and academic members here.
- The Academic Resource Group (ARG), which was formed in 2014, comprises academics who meet periodically to provide input to the FASB on various issues.
- Ongoing partnerships with the American Accounting Association:
- The Financial Reporting Issues Conference (FRIC), which is an invitation-only annual conference attended by academics. The materials from FRIC 2023 can be accessed here.
- FASB’s Academic Summer Program, which is an annual program for PhD candidates and young faculty. In order to ensure that your school receives an invitation to nominate a participant (usually sent out in February), email email@example.com.
- Submit comments on FASB Invitations to Comment, Discussion Papers, Exposure Drafts, and other proposals by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment letter submissions become part of the public record. To learn more about our active projects, access our project information.
THE FASB POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW PROGRAMThe Post-Doctoral Fellow Program brings academic research and skills to bear in the accounting standard-setting process, with the potential to undertake research activities in other areas. The fellow is a highly motivated PhD graduate (current or within the past two years) that serves one year on the FASB staff. The fellow obtains experience as an ad hoc consultant on FASB projects and receives other career-enhancing benefits, including:
- Opportunities to conduct research and publish findings
- Access to XBRL data and training
- Exposure to cutting edge issues—benefiting students, enhancing research relevance
- Opportunities to develop deep institutional knowledge and a portfolio of relevant research questions, and
- Opportunities to network with preparers, practitioners, regulators, users, and other academics at the highest levels, and earn external professional recognition.
The tenure clock is expected to be suspended/delayed during the one-year period of the fellowship. Compensation is competitive with 9-month assistant professor starting salary; payable directly to the candidate (if the candidate is a FASB employee) or alternatively to the university (if the candidate is a university employee).
The FASB’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship program brings academic research and skills.
Previous FASB Academic Fellow
- Kurt Gee
- Michael Durney
- Shannon Garavaglia
- Tanya Paul
- Cassie Mongold
CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORKThe Conceptual Framework is critical to FASB’s standard-setting process by providing the Board with theoretical guidance in selecting transactions, events, and circumstances to be accounted for.
For academics, the Conceptual Framework provides a frame of reference for understanding the resulting standards—a useful point of reference for students who study accounting and faculty who research and teach it.
The Conceptual Framework is not complete. For example, it currently lacks measurement and presentation principles. Consequently, the FASB has an active project to refresh and complete it. Given the fundamental role the framework plays in accounting standard setting, input from members of the academic community is essential in this process. See the related project pages for more information.
FASB Special Report: The Framework of Financial Accounting and StandardsThis book focuses on the Conceptual Framework developed by the FASB to provide a foundation for financial accounting and reporting standards in the United States.
To help readers understand what the Conceptual Framework is and why it developed as it did, the book also explores the environment in which the principles and standards of financial reporting developed; the forces that shaped them; and how the concepts, principles, and standards relate to each other.
Download the Special Report
More information regarding the Conceptual Framework project and opportunities to engage can be found here.
FASB Member Christine A. Botosan and FASB staff discuss the conceptual framework:
what it is, how the Board uses it, what’s coming next, and how you can get involved.