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Kitching, Karen

Academic Unit:Accounting
Position:Associate Professor & Academic Director, MS Accounting Program
Phone:703-993-9038
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 103
Office Hours:By Appointment
Research Interests:
  • Nonprofit governance and performance measurement
  • Financial and managerial accounting
  • Auditing
Education:
  • PhD, George Washington University
  • MSA, American University
  • BS, American University
Profile:

Dr. Karen Kitching is associate professor and academic director of the MS in Accounting program in the School of Business at George Mason University. Prior to joining Mason in 2007, she served on the faculties of Georgetown University and the George Washington University, where she earned her PhD.

Prior to her academic career, she worked in industry as an accountant and as a database administrator. Kitching currently teaches courses in accounting information systems, financial accounting, and management accounting in the undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. She has also taught advanced cost accounting and financial statement analysis.

Kitching's main research interest is in nonprofit governance, performance measurement, financial accounting, and audit markets. She is on the editorial advisory boards of Issues in Accounting Education and the Journal of Government and Nonprofit Accounting. She has published in Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Government and Nonprofit Accounting, Accounting Horizons, International Journal of Accounting, and Current Issues in Auditing.

Kitching is also a member of the executive board of the American Accounting Association's Government-Nonprofit Section, Coordinator of the Mason Dream-Catchers Program, which is a mentoring program for alternative high school students, and Treasurer and a founding member of the Mason Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. 

Research and Awards:

Appointed as a member of the Editorial Advisory and Review Board of Issuing in Accounting Education in 2016. 

Received a University Service Award from George Mason University in 2015.

Presented the paper titled, “Culture and Cost Behavior: A Cross-Country Study” at the 2014 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia in August 2014 (with coauthors Raj Mashruwala and Mikhail Pevzner).

Received a grant to develop a new online course (one of ten awarded in the university) from George Mason University in 2014.

Was honored with a Teaching Award for being the "Person on campus who has helped students the most in their college success" from George Mason University in 2013. 

Received a service award from George Mason School of Business to recognize outstanding service to the School of Business, to the profession, and to the discipline in 2013.

Presented the paper titled, “The Importance of Individual Auditor Characteristics for Audit Quality: Evidence from Nonprofits in the U.S.” at the 2013 Government/Nonprofit Section of the American Accounting Association Midyear Meeting in Saint Petersburg, Florida in 2013.

Had the presentation titled “The Spend Save Decision: An Analysis of How Charities Respond to Revenue Changes” published in the proceedings from Accounting Horizons in March 2012 (with coauthors Christopher Jones, Andrea Roberts, Pamela Smith).

Published an article titled “Nonprofit Resource Allocation Decisions: A Study of Marginal versus Average Spending” in the Journal of Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting.

Presented the paper titled “The Importance of Individual Auditor Characteristics for Audit Quality: Evidence from Nonprofits in the U.S.” at the 2013 Government/Nonprofit Section of the American Accounting Association Midyear Meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

Published an article titled, “The Spend Save Decision: An Analysis of How Charities Respond to Revenue Changes” inAccounting Horizons.

Awarded the “Best Paper Award” for the paper titled “Do Charities Experience Sticky Costs” (coauthored with Chris Jones), at the AAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting. The paper was also presented at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in 2012.

Presented the paper titled “Do Charities Experience Sticky Costs” (with coauthors) at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland in August 2012.

Awarded Best Manuscript for the Management Accounting Section at the AAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Presented the paper titled “Do Charities Experience Sticky Costs” at the AAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Presented the paper titled “An Analysis of How Charities Use Revenues” at the 2010 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California in August.