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W&L Professor Receives Award from the American Accounting Association Megan Hess collected the award at the AAA Annual Meeting in August.

Megan-Hess-Award-scaled-465x400 W&L Professor Receives Award from the American Accounting AssociationMegan Hess ’97, associate professor of accounting

Megan Hess ’97, associate professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University, was presented with the 2022 Outstanding Instructional Contribution in Accounting Award at the American Accounting Association (AAA) annual meeting held Aug. 7-9, 2023 in Denver, Colorado.

Hess received the award in the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (TLC) section for her article “The Fyre Fraud: A Case Exploring the Dark Triad Personality” which appeared in the August 2022 edition of the “Issues in Accounting Education” publication. The article introduces students to the concept of the “dark triad,” a combination of Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathic personality traits that have been associated with people who commit fraud. Hess utilizes the fabled Fyre Festival fraud case as the basis for learning about these personality disorders and teaching students how to recognize them in the workplace.

“It feels really good to be recognized for doing something that you are passionate about,” Hess said of her award-winning work on the Fyre Fraud.

Prior to joining the W&L faculty in 2013, Hess spent several years working as a forensic accountant with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services. She received a bachelor’s degree in politics from W&L, an M.B.A. from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

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