AAA Management Accounting Section PhD Student Fund

In her 2016 acceptance speech for the AAA Management Accounting Section (MAS) Lifetime Contribution to Management Accounting Award, Sue Haka of Michigan State University challenged the MAS to do more to foster management accounting doctoral students. Sue earmarked her $3,500 award to seed the MAS PhD Student Fund. In addition, Sue has generously agreed to match up to $5,000 in contributions each year

Will you join Sue and your MAS colleagues by contributing to the PhD Student Fund? Here’s why it’s a worthwhile addition to your portfolio of tax-deductible contributions.

In August 2018, a new MAS PhD Student Fund Task Force began working with the MAS leadership team to develop a sustainable program to grow, distribute, and manage the PhD Student Fund in accordance with the MAS’ ongoing goals.

  • In late 2018, the group took an important step to grow the fund, asking MAS leaders to demonstrate their support of this initiative by committing to contribute to the fund in 2018 and 2019. The response was overwhelming – more than 20 current and former MAS leaders contributed over $11,000 to the fund.
  • Based on several 2018-19 surveys of MAS faculty and PhD students, the Task Force developed plans to meaningfully distribute some of these funds to PhD students. With the leadership of the MAS Doctoral Colloquium organizers, the 2020 Colloquium will include a trial of a program to provide travel funding for later-stage PhD students so they can receive individual, in-person feedback on their research ideas from faculty members, and at the same time develop mentoring relationships outside of their home institutions.
  • The Task Force drafted an Operating Document to guide long-term management of the fund (see below). The document will be updated when the Task Force finalizes sustainable fundraising and fund distribution plans and has them reviewed and approved by the MAS Executive and Operating Committees for permanent inclusion in our Operating Manual.

You can see why the PhD Fund Task Force and MAS leadership team is incredibly excited about the potential of the PhD Student Fund to support the future of management accounting scholarship.

Please contribute to the fund now, and then on a regular basis in the future. Of course, any amount is valuable. Instructions on how to contribute are below. Your contribution is tax-deductible, and for MAS accounting purposes please forward your receipt to the current MAS Secretary/Treasurer (see MAS Officers Information for up-to-date contact information).

Thank you for your consideration, your generosity, and your commitment to the future of management accounting scholarship!


To make a contribution to the AAA MAS PhD Student Support Fund

  • Go to AAA Member Dashboard and log in using your AAA Username and password.
  • Click on your name at the top right of the screen to access your Membership Dashboard.
  • Under “Online Store,” select “Make a Donation”.
  • Click on the drop-down list in the “Donate To” section, select “MAS PhD Student Fund” and indicate the amount you wish to contribute.
  • The remainder of the page should be pre-populated with your information; if it is not, please complete the items with the red stars at a minimum.
  • Select “Add to Cart” and “Pay Now”, then “Checkout” to enter your credit card information.
  • Shortly after you hit “Process Order”, you’ll receive an email receipt for your contribution that can be used for tax purposes.
  • Forward your receipt to our MAS Secretary/Treasurer, Ivo Tafkov ( so the MAS can (1) ensure your donation is allocated to the correct MAS fund; (2) provide documentation to Sue Haka for her match; and (3) acknowledge your generosity.

Click this link to review the Draft of PhD Student Fund Operating Document

Letter from the President

Allen Webb

Dear MAS Members;

Below you’ll find the first call for 2020-21 MAS volunteers and a full report of our very successful Midyear Meeting held in Houston, January 9-11.

Be a Volunteer!

It is that time of year when our President Elect, Isabella Grabner, is beginning to staff the various committees and other positions that will be doing the important work of the section when her term as President starts in August.

Isabella has over 100 positions for which she needs volunteers. So, don’t wait to be asked, do your part to help the MAS by emailing Isabella at soon to volunteer! If there are certain roles you would most prefer taking on, let Isabella know when you contact her....

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As the incoming Senior Editor of the Journal of Management Accounting Research (JMAR) for the 2019-2021 term, I am excited to announce the team of Editors that will serve during my term. They are a group of 13 strong researchers that are ready to work with you, current and future authors and referees, on publishing high quality and relevant management accounting research.

Continuing on JMAR’s promise to include diverse methodological perspectives, we have editors covering all methods used to address management accounting issues, and have wide geographical representation with 46% of the editors not based in the US. Furthermore, the incoming Editorial Board which are relied upon to do the bulk of the reviewing will, for the first time in JMAR’s history, consists of a majority of non-US based researchers. I will announce the incoming Editorial Board members at the Management Accounting Section’s midyear meeting in January.

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