Dr. Tim Louwers Shares Experiences as President of the Forensic and Investigative Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association


Tim LouwersDr. Tim Louwers is the president of the Forensic and Investigative Accounting section of the American Accounting Association. According to Dr. Louwers, forensic accountants look at companies that have gone under to see why they might have gone out of business.

“Forensic accounting a great field,” Dr. Louwers said. “It has been identified as one of the quickest expanding fields in accounting. 

As president, Dr. Louwers is in charge of organizing the section’s annual conference and lining up speakers for the event, as well as putting together a boot camp for professors who have not taught forensic accounting before. According to Dr. Louwers, the organization is trying to begin an academic journal to share the best practices for teaching forensic accounting. 

In addition, Dr. Louwers tries to incorporate forensic accounting practices in while teaching his Fraud Prevention and Detection class. In class, he has his students examine documents to see whether or not they look real, and they also cover interviewing, interrogation and fraud awareness, including employee fraud and fraudulent financial reporting.

“It’s really interesting,” Dr. Louwers said. “Forensic accounting combines accounting knowledge with being a detective.”

Dr. Louwers also has the chance to travel to various events in his role as president. He will be speaking at a national conference in Australia next year. He was also recently invited to China to speak. 

Dr. Louwers is the second president of the Forensic and Investigative Accounting section, which has only existed for four years. The section has about 600 members.

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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