Ken Trotman is a Scientia Professor and was Head of the School of Accounting from 1991 to February 2000. He has held visiting appointments at a range of overseas institutions including Cornell University, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His main current research interests are concerned with judgment and decision making in accounting. He has a particular interest in the judgments made by auditors. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Fellow of CPA Australia.
Ken has published in leading international research journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Behavioral Research in Accounting.
Ken was the 1993/94 President of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ). In 1998 he received the AFAANZ 'Outstanding Contribution to the Accounting Literature' award and later awarded life membership of AFAANZ. In 1998 he was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He received the 2000/2001 'Outstanding Auditing Educator Award' from the Audit Section of the American Accounting Association; the 2008 Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award from the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association; the 2009 Notable (Lifetime) Contribution Award in Behavioral Accounting Literature from the American Accounting Association; the 2014 Behavioral Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor Award and 2017 Behavioral Research in Accounting (BRIA) Best Paper Award.
Ken received ARC Professorial Fellow Grant 2011-2015 and was inducted into the Australian Accounting Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2018 he received the UNSW Business School Outstanding Research (Inaugural Professorial) Award. In the Australia Day 2020 Honours he was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to education, particularly to accounting.