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Ellen Best, Ph.D.

Ellen Best
Title: Department Head and Associate Professor
Phone: 706-864-1597

Office: Newton Oakes Center, 121, Dahlonega
Areas of Expertise: Taxation, Managerial Accounting


Dr. Best joined the faculty of the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia in 2013. She holds a Masters of Taxation degree from Georgia State University and also a Ph.D. in Accounting. Prior to her time at UNG, Dr. Best worked in corporate taxation at KPMG, concentrating mainly on foreign inbound clients.

Courses Taught

ACCT 2101: Principles of Accounting I, ACCT 2102: Principles of Accounting II, ACCT 3350: Federal Income Taxation, ACCT 4350: Advanced Federal Income Taxation, ACCT 6300: Accounting for Decision Making


  • Ph.D, Accounting, Georgia State University, 2014
  • M.Tx., Taxation, Georgia State University, 2006
  • BBA, Accounting, Georgia State University, 2004

Research/Special Interests

Taxation, accounting education, judgment and decision making, business ethics

Work Experience

Instructor and Research Assistant
Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Tax Associate

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