Dr. George Violette, Ph.D.

Dr. George Violette, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting



Maine Business School
University of Maine
5723 DP Corbett Business Building, Room 325
Orono, ME 04469-5723

Ph.D., Arizona State University
MBA, University of Maine

Teaching Areas:

  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Federal Taxation of Individuals
  • Tax Policy and Administration


George Violette is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Maine. Dr. Violette received his PhD from Arizona State University, and his MBA from the University of Maine. He has previously taught at the University of Massachusetts, the University of Southern Maine, and most recently, Wake Forest University. His area of teaching specialty is in taxation, with courses covering individuals, business entities, and tax policy. Dr. Violette’s research has been published in many journals, both academic and professional. His current research includes issues concerning student education, training, and internships as well as accounting firm recruiting and hiring.

George is a Maine native and a huge New England sports fan, closely following the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots. George is also a fan of craft beers and enjoys exploring local breweries and beer pubs. He also loves to play golf, and spend time with his wife Judy hiking, exploring national and state parks, and walking on ocean beaches.


“What are the Desired Traits and Behaviors of New Public Accounting Professionals?”  forthcoming 2018 in Today’s CPA, with B. Belik.

“Student Perceptions of What it Means to be a Professional in CPA Firms: A Survey of Domestic and International Accounting Majors,” forthcoming 2018 in The CPA Journal, with B. Belik.

“The Millennial Internship Experience: Balancing Technical Training with Soft Skills,” The CPA Journal (December 2017) pp. 42-45, with N. Montague.

“Why Are African American Students Still Not Majoring in Accounting?” The CPA Journal (December 2017) pp. 46-49, with C. Cain.

“Improving the Student Internship Experience in Public Accounting: Support and Expectations,” Today’s CPA (Sept/Oct 2017) pp. 30-31, with N. Montague and S. Owen.

“Career Success for the Quiet New Accountant,” New Accountant (Spring 2016; issue 768), pp. 14-18, with J. Shields and J. Shelleman.

“Making the Transition from Practitioner to Professor: Opportunities Abound,” Today’s CPA (Sept/Oct 2015) pp. 36-38, with J. Willis.

“Hiring the Academically Inexperienced Accounting Intern,” The CPA Journal, (January 2013), pp. 11-12, with J. Violette and R. Hendrix.

“Factors Influencing the Choice of New Accounting Majors: Lessons for Recruiting and Beyond,” The CPA Journal, (September 2012), pp. 14-15, with D. Chene.

“A Survey Examining Perceptions of Financial Planners and Attorneys,” Journal of Financial Planning: Between the Issues (online journal), September 2010, with B. Belik.

“Examining Satisfaction in Multi-Professional Engagements,” The CPA Journal, (February 2010) pp. 65-68, with B. Belik.

“Readability of Auditing Textbooks: An Analysis Using the Cloze Technique,” Advances in Accounting, Finance, and Economics,  (January 2009), with  D. Chene and S. Jackson.

Campus Recruiting: What Local and Regional Firms Look for in New Hires,” The CPA Journal, (December 2008), pp. 66-68, with D. Chene.

“Aids in the Hiring Process: Using Personality Profiles and Intelligence Instruments,” The CPA Journal (March 2007), pp. 64-65, with J. Shields.

“An Examination of Non-rational Decisions in Sunk Cost Situations,” Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives  (Volume XXXII, Winter 06-07), pp. 104-109, with S. Jackson.

The Importance of Educators and Coursework in Choosing an Accounting Career,” The CPA Journal (March 2005), pp. 66-67, with C. Pryor.

“Helping Students Identify and Understand Opportunities in the Accounting     Profession,” The CPA Journal (November 2004), pp. 68-69, with J. Sanders.

“Expectancy Theory and the Impact on Student Performance,” MidSouth Research Journal of Business Disciplines, Volume 7, December 2002, pp. 14- 19, with S. Jackson.

“Readability of Managerial Accounting Textbooks: An Analysis Using the Cloze Procedure,” The Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, Winter 2002, Volume 10, Number 5, pp. 66-82, with C. Pryor.

“Student Learning Styles: Introduction to the AOE Concept in Learning,” International Business and Economic Perspectives, Volume XXVIII, pp. 43-50, Spring 2002, with S. Jackson.

“An Analysis of Moral and Social Influences on Taxpayer Behavior”, Behavioral Research in Accounting, with Hanno, 1996, Vol. 8 pp. 57-75.

“A Charitable Absurdity”, Tax Notes, with Jagolinzer, 10/23/95, pp. 505-506.

“The Impact of a Simulated Tax Amnesty: A Classroom Exercise”, The Accounting Educators’ Journal, 9/1/95, pp. 147-158.

“An Analysis and Comparison of Maine’s Tax Amnesty”, State Tax Notes, with Sawyers, 3/23/92, pp. 403-405.

“The Benefits of a Wellness Program,” Journal of Accountancy (June, 1991), pp. 126-130.

“Employee Wellness Is Good Business, ” and “One Firm’s Approach to Wellness, The CPA Journal (December, 1990), pp. 90-92, with J. Violette.

“Effects of Communicating Sanctions on Taxpayer Compliance,” Journal of the American Taxation Association (Fall 1989), pp. 92-104.

“Planet of the Substantially Unimpaired Revenue Agents, ” Tax Notes (October 16, 1989), pp. 349-350, with P. Jagolinzer.