Innovation in Teaching Award

The Financial Management Association International's (FMA) Innovation in Teaching Award is designed to recognize inspiring educators, enhance the quality and relevance of education in finance, disseminate successful innovative practices, and elevate teaching as a craft to the next level.


This competition is open to any educator who teaches undergraduate or graduate students in finance. Applicants must be current FMA members and willing to present their techniques in a special session at the 2018 Annual Meeting on 10 - 13 October 2018 in San Diego, CA, if selected as finalists.

Selection of the finalists and winner will be determined by a committee based on the following criteria:

  1. Innovation
  2. Broad transferability of the teaching technique in terms of resources and instructor skills/connections
  3. Measurable impact on students, institutions of higher education, and the finance profession

Application (Closed)

Applicants must submit (1) a letter of support from a dean or department chair (2) a 500-1,000 word description of their teaching techniques. The description should detail:

  1. The teaching procedure
  2. The knowledge or skills that this technique introduces or reinforces
  3. Materials, if any, that are required
  4. The impact that the technique has had on students, the applicant's institution, and/or the finance profession
  5. Summary of student feedback, comments, and/or evaluations
  6. The ease of transferability to another instructor

The application deadline was 30 June 2018. Finalists will be notified by early August. Please have all documents ready before completing the application as the form can only be submitted once.


A committee will select three finalists to present in a special session at the 2018 Annual Meeting on 10 - 13 October 2018 in San Diego, CA. At the session, audience members will be invited to complete a nonbinding poll to help choose the award winners. The committee will consider the nonbinding poll results in selecting the winners.


This prize is generously sponsored by American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

The award winners will receive award plaques, recognition on FMA's website, and the following prizes:

  • First prize (1): $1,000
  • Runner-up (2): $500 each

The finalists' teaching technique submissions and a video recording of the conference session will be posted on the FMA website.


If you have any questions, please contact FMA at +1.813.974.2084 or [email protected].