In the News:
MSU Accounting Professor Elected President of AAA's Director's Board
MSU Accounting Professor Wins Award for Excellence in Tax Education
Accounting Professor Appointed to the Editorial Board of Issues in Accounting Education
Accounting Prof Works for Students' Best Interests
Judgment and decision making
Expertise & Service
- President-Elect, American Accounting Association (AAA)
- Director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, Montana State University
Anne Christensen’s research focuses primarily on the judgment and decision making of taxpayers and students. Recently she has investigated how educational experiences such as service learning and Giving Voice to Values influence attributes of professionalism including problem-solving, ethical judgment, and decision making. She finds educational experiences such as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance participation and storytelling and role-playing related to ethical dilemmas do have positive effects on developing professional attributes. Over her career, she has studied taxpayers’ perceptions of fairness of the federal tax system and the level of certainty taxpayers prefer when the tax law is unclear with respect to income and deduction items. The constantly changing tax system, presentation of accounting information in new formats, and new tools available for statistical analyses continually give rise to intriguing research questions. In 2016, she was voted President-Elect of the 7000-plus member American Accounting Association.
Google Scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=0OJY5x4AAAAJ&hl=en
ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anne_Christensen11/publications
- "Insights regarding the applicability of the defining issues test to advance ethics research with accounting students: A meta-analytic review," co-authored with J. Cote and C.K. Latham, Journal of Business Ethics, 133 (1), 141-163. (2016)
- "Is Participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Associated with Students' Problem-Solving Skills and Professional Commitment?," co-authored with Angela Woodland, Issues in Accounting Education. (2016)
- "Implementation of assurance of learning plans: An accounting program and individual course analysis," co-authored with A.J. Judd and N.B. Nichols, Journal of Education for Business, 86 (2), 84-91. (2011)
- "Unauthorized electronic access: Students’ ethics, attitudes and actions," co-authored with J. Cote and C.K. Lantham, Advances in Accounting Education, 11, 247-262 (2010)
- "Not‐for‐Profit Annual Reports: What do Museum Managers Communicate?," co-authored with R.M. Mohr, Financial Accountability & Management, 19 (2), 139-158 (2003)
- Distinguished Faculty Award Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, 2014
- Most Valuable Professor, Radio Spot October 11, 2014
- Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award, 2013.
- BEST Research Awards, 2005-2010, 2012-2015.
- Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Service, 2003-2004, 2006-2007, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2014-2015.
- President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009.
- ATA Outstanding Service Award, 2007.
- Chamber of Commerce/Alumni Award for Excellence, 2005, 2013.
- Code of Excellence Professor, 2005, 2014.
- President’s Award for Excellence in Service Learning, 2005.
- Beta Gamma Sigma, Professor of the Year Award, 2004, 2013.
- Charles Rawlinson-PricewaterhouseCoopers Faculty Fellow, 2001-2002.
- Faculty Recognition Awards received for Teaching, Research, and Service, 2000-2001.
- Outstanding Performance in the School of Business Administration Award, Portland State
Ph.D. Business Administration, Accounting and Taxation (minors in Social Psychology and Research Methods), University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 1989
M.B.A. Management and Finance, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 1983
M.Ed. Counseling and Guidance, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 1974
B.S., Psychology (minor in Health Education), Brigham Young University, Provo, UT,