George Mason UniversitySchool of Business
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Kitching, Karen

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

Dr. 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. Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.