Lin earns accounting association award
Professor Thomas Lin of the USC Leventhal School of Accounting has received an Outstanding Service Award from the American Accounting Association (AAA) for his work building ties between AAA, its members and Chinese accounting professors domestically and in China.
“I wanted to provide a vital link between the AAA and its Chinese counterparts,” said Lin, who founded the Chinese Accounting Professors Association of North America in 1976 and helped to establish the Chinese Accounting Professors Association (CAPA) in 1995.
Lin has conducted several management accounting research and teaching seminars. He also has invited AAA presidents or outstanding accounting researchers as keynote speakers for CAPA conferences. About 350 Chinese accounting professors attended last year’s annual CAPA conference in Chongqing, China. In 2008, Lin helped with a Memorandum of Understanding between the AAA and the CAPA to develop academic exchanges and cooperation in teaching and research.
Every year Lin takes approximately 40 USC MBA students to China for a business and cultural visit. “I’m helping our students understand the business and culture of China and how to do business with Chinese firms in the future,” he said.
Established in 1991, the AAA Service Award is designed to recognize exemplary service to the association aside from educational and research contributions.