Robert Knechel

Knechel receives one of accounting organization’s highest honors

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. W R Knechel, the Frederick E. Fisher Eminent Scholar Chair, has been named the American Accounting Association’s (AAA) 2015 Outstanding Auditing Educator.

Dr. Knechel is the first professor from the Fisher School of Accounting to receive this award, which he received last month at AAA’s 2015 Auditing Section Midyear Conference and Doctoral Consortium in Miami.

The Outstanding Auditing Educator Award is one of the AAA’s most prestigious honors, recognizing “contributions to accounting education from scholarly endeavors in research and teaching over a sustained period of time through educational innovation, excellence in teaching, publications, research guidance to graduate students, and significant involvement in professional and academic societies and activities.”

“I was surprised and extremely honored to receive this award,” Dr. Knechel said. “ It is doubly satisfying because it is awarded by my peers in the audit research community. This is really a recognition for all the scholars and educators around the world with whom I have had the pleasure and opportunity to work during my career. They have made my own efforts better and all the more enjoyable.”

In addition to teaching auditing and financial reporting in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, Dr. Knechel serves as the Director of the International Center for Research in Accounting and Auditing at the Fisher School. Dr. Knechel travels extensively throughout the world increasing the global visibility of the ICRAA and the Fisher School, where he has served as a professor since 1981. He holds formal teaching positions at Maastricht University in The Netherlands and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Dr. Knechel has published more than 50 research articles in numerous academic journals including the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Accounting Organizations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research, Decisions Sciences Journal, Accounting Horizons and Issues in Accounting Education.

Dr. Knechel has previously been recognized by the AAA with its Outstanding Auditing Dissertation Award for Dissertation Chairman (Auditing Section) in 2000, and the Joint AICPA/AAA Collaboration Awards in 1998. He has also received the Warrington College of Business Administration’s “Distinguished International Educator Award” multiple times.

Dr. Knechel received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Delaware in 1977 and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1981.