The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) has given its 2015 Distinguished Advocate Award to Gerhard Mueller, an emeritus professor of accounting at the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
Mueller joined the Foster faculty in 1960 and was instrumental to the growth and development of the school’s Department of Accounting. As noted in the IMA award, he is recognized as the “father of international accounting education.”
Mueller is the author, co-author or co-editor of 19 books and more than 100 journal articles and reviews. He won distinguished teaching awards from the American Accounting Association (1982), the University of Washington (1983), the Washington Society of CPAs (1985), Beta Alpha Psi (1987), and the American Institute of CPAs (2000). In 1986, he won the Wildman Medal from the American Accounting Association and Deloitte Foundation for his leading edge research and innovative teaching methods.
At Foster, Mueller served stints as acting dean, senior associate dean, executive director of the school’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), chair of the Department of Accounting, and director of the Master of Professional Accounting Program.
During his Foster career, he was named the Hughes M. Blake Professor of International Business Management and the Julius A. Roller Professor in Accounting. He has been immortalized in the school’s Gerhard G. Mueller Endowed Professorship in Accounting, currently held by Professor Dawn Matsumoto.
After retiring from the Foster School, he served as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) from 1996-2001.
Mueller’s advocacy on behalf of the Institute of Management Accountants began with the 1971 publication of his book A New Introduction to Accounting and continued with his involvement in the Accounting Education Change Commission in 1989 and his support of the IMA’s Consortium for Accounting Education Improvement, which produced the 1995 and 1999 Practice Analysis of Management Accounting.
The Institute of Management Accountants is one of the largest associations focused on advancing the management accounting profession. It has more than 75,000 members in 120 countries and 300 professional and student chapters.
The Distinguished Advocate Award was presented June 23 at the IMA’s 96th Conference and Expo in Los Angeles.