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Nutter, Sarah E.

Academic Unit:Administration
Position:Dean and Professor of Accounting
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 243
Office Hours:By appointment
Research Interests:
  • understanding how incentives and institutional/individual differences affect business and individual behavior
  • the impact of taxes and tax structures on individuals and businesses
  • PhD - Accounting, Michigan State University
  • MBA - Emphasis in Accounting and Finance, Michigan State University
  • BS - Accounting, Ferris State University

Sarah E. Nutter is currently serving as the Dean of George Mason University's School of Management, where she is also a professor of accounting.

For two years she served as the Presidential Fellow at George Mason University, serving as the interim chief of staff for the university and chairing the steering committee of the university strategic visioning process. Dr. Nutter is a Senior Scholar at Mason's Mercatus Center and has previously served as the Accounting Area Chair and director of the Executive MBA program.

An award-winning educator and researcher, Dr. Nutter brings a strong commitment to external engagement and cross-unit collaborative efforts that leverage university and school strengths in meeting the challenges and opportunities in higher education.

Dr. Nutter’s research is focused on understanding how incentives and institutional/individual differences affect business and individual behavior. Her research focuses primarily on the impact of taxes and tax structures on individuals and businesses. She has published over thirty articles that have appeared in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Journal of the American Taxation Association, Advances in Taxation, and Statistics of Income Bulletin.

Dr. Nutter teaches courses in accounting and taxation in the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs. She has received several teaching awards for Outstanding Faculty Member from George Mason’s Executive MBA Program. She has developed executive education courses for numerous governmental agencies and companies, including Oracle Corporation, General Dynamics, Time Warner, Sallie Mae, and Lee Technologies. She has led global residencies for graduate students to Singapore, Vietnam, China, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

Dr. Nutter currently serves on the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Committee, is president of the Accounting Program Leadership Group of the American Accounting Association, and sits on the board of the Virginia Society of CPAs Educational Foundation.

Prior to her faculty appointment at George Mason, Dr. Nutter was an economist at the Internal Revenue Service and a faculty member at the University of Maryland-Overseas Division in Germany. She earned her undergraduate degree from Ferris State University and her MBA and PhD from Michigan State University.

George Mason University School of Management

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 15 percent of all AACSB accredited business schools, the School of Management is one of only 10 percent of business schools worldwide that is accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.





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