GSB professor Mary Barth named a 2017 Outstanding Accounting Educator

Mary Barth Award
Mary E. Barth (center) pictured with her 2017 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. (Image credit: Julie Peters / PricewaterhouseCoopers)

Students at Stanford Graduate School of Business have long recognized MARY E. BARTH as a gifted teacher: MBA, MSx and PhD students have conferred on her the Distinguished Teaching Award triple crown, honoring her in 1996, 2017 and 2006, respectively. Now, word has spread beyond the GSB that Barth, the Joan E. Horngren Professor of Accounting, is an outstanding educator.

Prior to joining the Stanford faculty in 1995, Barth was an associate professor at Harvard Business School and an Arthur Andersen & Co. audit partner. She chairs the external audit committee of the International Monetary Fund. Barth has served as a member of the International Accounting Standards Board, president of the American Accounting Association and senior associate dean for academic affairs at the GSB. In addition to her awards for distinguished teaching at the GSB, she holds the school’s Robert J. Davis Award for lifetime service as a faculty member.

Barth is a prolific researcher whose work has received several prestigious awards. She is senior editor of the Accounting Review and a former editor of Management Science and co-editor of Journal of Financial Reporting. She holds an AB from Cornell University, an MBA from Boston University, a PhD from Stanford University and honorary doctorates from Lancaster University and London Business School.

The American Accounting Association’s Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, which is sponsored by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Foundation, is based on contributions to accounting education from scholarly endeavors in teaching and research over a sustained period of time. Other considerations include educational innovation, excellence in teaching, publications, research guidance to graduate students and significant involvement in professional and academic societies and activities.

Each award consists of a unique glass art piece, citation and $2,500 prize. An additional $2,500 is donated to the American Accounting Association in each winner’s name.