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

  • Click Here to view the MAS PhD Student Fund Donation page
  • Enter the dollar amount you wish to donate and click "add to cart".
  • Click the shopping cart icon in the navigation bar to checkout
  • 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.
  • Forward your receipt to our MAS Secretary/Treasurer, William T. Mitchell ( 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

A Letter from Our Section President Khim Kelly, University of Central Florida

Dear Management Accounting Section (MAS) Members.

Welcome to the 2023/2024 year!

This year, we are excited to announce that we are looking for even more ways to connect with our members throughout the year. As part of this effort, we are pleased to invite you to join the MAS on LinkedIn (! Please use this platform to connect with the MAS community; to share teaching, research, and practice engagement resources; and to learn about our latest events.

The MAS started the new year with a great program put together by Todd Thornock and Curtis Hall (Co-Directors) at the 2023 AAA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Todd and Curtis organized 13 concurrent sessions and a panel session on “Teaching Management and Cost Accounting with Data Analytics”. We thank the authors who submitted 92 papers and the 130 volunteers who reviewed, discussed, and moderated for the Annual Meeting!

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Journal of Management Accounting Research

The mission of the Journal of Management Accounting Research (JMAR) is to advance the theory and practice of management accounting through publication of high-quality applied and theoretical research, using any well-executed research method. JMAR serves the global community of scholars and practitioners whose work impacts or is informed by the role that accounting information plays in decision-making and performance measurement within organizations. Settings may include profit and not-for profit organizations, service, retail and manufacturing organizations and domestic, foreign, and multinational firms. JMAR furthermore seeks to advance an understanding of management accounting in its broader context, such as issues related to the interface between internal and external reporting or taxation. New theories, topical areas, and research methods, as well as original research with novel implications to improve practice and disseminate the best managerial accounting practices are encouraged.

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