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​Larry Sawyer Educators’ Symposium

Register NowDate: Sunday, July 7, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Location: Anaheim Convention Center, Room TBD
Price: $375
CPE: 8

The educators’ symposium is designed to fulfill three distinct objectives:

  • Establish a forum for researchers to present end-stage or completed research and share aspects of classroom and practitioner applicability.
  • Provide educators with new and innovative techniques for teaching internal auditing.
  • Create an opportunity for researchers to present research concepts and proposals and receive feedback to refine the scope further to enhance value for practical application.

Research covered during the symposium may address the following topic areas: audit committee relations, blockchain, integrated audit, internal audit’s role in risk management, internal audit effectiveness, or others.

Tentative Program Schedule

8:30–8:40 a.m. ​Welcome and Introductions
​8:40–10:30 a.m. ​Current Research and Trends Impacting the Profession
​10:30–10:50 a.m. ​Coffee Break and Networking
​10:50 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ​Using Sawyer’s in the Classroom
​12:00–1:00 p.m. ​Lunch
​1:00–2:15 p.m. ​Leveraging Technology in the Classroom
​2:15–2:35 p.m. ​Afternoon Break and Networking
​2:35–4:35 p.m. ​Research Proposal Presentations
​4:35–4:45 p.m. ​Closing Remarks

The Call for Papers Has Closed

The Internal Audit Foundation thanks everyone for their interest in presenting and participating in this inaugural event.

Submissions are currently under review. Up to three papers and three proposals will be selected for presentation at the event. Submitters will receive notification of acceptance or decline by no later than April 30. Selected presenters will receive complimentary registration and travel assistance to the symposium.

The Larry Sawyer Educators’ Symposium is funded by the Internal Audit Foundation’s Sawyer Fund.

Larry SawyerLarry B. Sawyer, CIA, CPA, (1911–2002) was an attorney, author, and ardent advocate for the internal audit profession. Known to many as “the father of modern internal auditing,” Sawyer is credited for the vision that led the internal audit profession out of activity-level auditing and defined many more ways for the profession to add value. He received numerous awards over his lifetime, becoming the first recipient of The IIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sawyer authored and published the first edition of Sawyer’s Internal Auditing in 1973. In his bequest, Sawyer indicated that the royalties from the publication of Sawyer’s Internal Auditing, 6th Edition and beyond, be donated to the Foundation. Previously, the funds supported the presentation of the Foundation’s Larry Sawyer Project of the Year Award. This year, in collaboration with the Sawyer family and in conjunction with the release of Sawyer’s Internal Auditing, 7th Edition, the Foundation is launching the Larry Sawyer Educators’ Symposium to advance research impacting the profession and further shape the education of future internal audit professionals.

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