Michael Bitter

Michael Bitter

Rinker Distinguished Professor of Accounting; Director of the Master of Accountancy Program

Michael Bitter is an active researcher with 22 journal articles, three published book reviews, a book chapter and 40 presentations at regional, national and international academic meetings. His focus is on delivering a high-quality and rigorous education to prepare students for future careers in accounting. He also provides significant service to the School, University, profession, and the NCAA, including serving in a number of different leadership roles while at Stetson.

  • PhD accountancy, University of Mississippi
  • MAcc, University of Florida
  • B.BA, Stetson University


Course Sampling

  • Auditing
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Accounting Theory
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting for Managers

Areas of Expertise

  • Financial accounting and reporting
  • Financial statement auditing
  • Accounting education and accreditation


Dr. Bitter, a CPA and CGMA, is an active researcher with 22 journal articles, three published book reviews, a book chapter and 40 presentations at regional, national and international academic meetings. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma. He serves as Stetson University's faculty athletics representative and is heavily involved in service activities within the university, in the accounting profession and in the Atlantic Sun ASUN Conference and National Collegiate Athletics Association. He served as chair of the Rinker Institute for 6 years and was Director of the Master of Accountancy Program for 9 years. Bitter was the School of Business Administration's Professor of the Year in 2001 and 2006, and is also a past recipient of the school's service award (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 201 1, 2014, and 2019), research award (1999) and the J.D./M.BA Golden Apple Award for teaching (2003). In 2008 he was one of two world-wide to receive the Outstanding Reviewer Award from Accounting Education: An International Journal.


  • Auditing (going concern, governance)
  • Accounting education
  • Accounting faculty issues
  • Accounting accreditation


  • "Numerosity: Forward and Reverse Stock Splits," Journal of Behavioral Finance (forthcoming), with Jessica West, Carol Azab, and KC Ma.
  • "Going-Concern Decisions and the Global Financial Crisis," International Journal of Business (forthcoming in Volume 25, Number 1), with Maria Rickling and Jessica West.
  • "Potential Tax Implications of NCAA Family Travel Allowances," Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport (Volume 27, Number 2, 2017), with Valrie Chambers.
  • "Accounting Administrator Perceptions of Impediments to Seeking AACSB Accounting Accreditation, The Accounting Educators Journal (Volume 25, 2015), with Laurie Henry.
  • "The Central Florida Emphysema Foundation Audit: A Case Study of Personal and Professional Responsibility," Issues in Accounting Education (May 2011), with Patrick Knipe.
  • "The Violet Bay School District Deficit of 2005: Evaluating Internal Control and Identifying Risks," Issues in Accounting Education (February 2010), with Laurie Henry and Terry Kubichan.
  • "The Initial Job Selections of New Accounting Professors," The Accounting Educators' Journal (Volume 12, 2000).
  • "A Preliminary Investigation of the Choice to Obtain AACSB Accounting Accreditation," The Accounting Educators' Journal (Volume 11, 1999), with Jud Stryker and Bill Jens.
  • "A Mid-Range Theory of the Leader/Member Attribution Process in Professional Service Organizations: The Role of the Organizational Environment and Impression Management," in M.J. Martinko (ed.) Attribution Theory: An Organizational Perspective (St. Lucie Press, 1995), with William Gardner.