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Dr. Holly Rhiannion Hawk, PhD, CPA, CGMA – 2023 “40 Under 40” Honoree

Dr. Holly R. Hawk, PhD, CPA, CGMA – 2023 “40 Under 40” Honoree

Clinical Assistant Professor
Clemson University

Career Highlights

  • Awards and Honors:
    • George Krull/Grant Thornton EDGE in Teaching Award 2023
    • CPA Practice Advisor “40 Under 40” Award 2022, 2021
  • Publications:
    • “Should Accounting Students Embrace Chat GPT?” in New Accountant, 2023
    • Co-author (with 320+ others) in “The ChatGPT Artificial Intelligence Chatbot: How Well Does It Answer Accounting Assessment Questions?” in Issues in Accounting Education, 2023.
      • Wood, D. A., M. Achhpilia, M. T., Adams, et al. including Hawk, H. and323 others. The ChatGPT artificial intelligence chatbot: How well does it answer accounting assessment questions? Issues in Accounting Education, 38 (4): 81-108. DOI: 10.2308/ISSUES-2023-013. (Awarded the 2024 Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature Award by the AAA).
  • Service & Leadership:
    • AICPA and CIMA Academic Champion, 2022 – Present
    • Academic Executive Committee Chair, 2023, Distinguished Education Achievement Award Committee Chair, 2020-2022
    • Selected Nominator for the 2024 AAA/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize, 2023

What are you doing to make a difference in the profession, your community, the world?
In my volunteer endeavors, I lead with genuine dedication, seeing each role as an opportunity for personal growth and impactful contributions. As the School of Accountancy Assessment Committee Chair, I guide initiatives to enhance accounting education. Serving as the Academic Executive Committee Chair at AICPA since 2018, I actively champion change, not just advocating but leading subcommittees like the Distinguished Education Achievement Award Committee. Volunteering, integral to the accounting profession’s essence, allows us to embody core values, stay adaptable, and make a positive impact. My involvement in the CPA Evolution Task Force and Junior Achievement reflects a heartfelt commitment to shaping a thriving accounting future.

Current Professional Reading / Listening

  • Journal of Accountancy, CPA Practice Advisor, Accounting Today, CPA Journal
  • Teaching at its Best by Linda B. Nilson, Handbook of Quality Assurance for University Teaching by Roger Ellis and Elaine Hogard

See all of the 2023 “40 Under 40” and “20 Under 40” honorees.