Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

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Billie M. Cunningham

Teaching Professor and EY Teaching Scholar
Accountancy
Office: 
349
Building: 
Cornell Hall
Office Hours: 
Tuesday: 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Phone: 
(573) 882-5665

Professor Cunningham has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching, most recently The 2016 American Accounting Association/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize, the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business Faculty Member of the Year, 2015-16, 2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, 2008-20, 2000, the Raymond F. and Mary A. O’Brien Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013-14 and 2005-06 (voted by business faculty), and Teacher of the Year 2009-2010 (awarded by the Kansas City Alumni of the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business)

Professor Cunningham is the lead author (with Professor Loren Nikolai) of Accounting: Information for Business Decisions (Fourth Edition textbook: Cengage Learning). In addition to conducting numerous workshops around the country on the use of writing exercises in accounting classes and on incorporating creative and critical thinking strategies into the accounting classroom, Professor Cunningham has published articles in professional journals, including Issues in Accounting Education,Journal of Accounting EducationAccounting Education: A Journal of Theory, Practice and ResearchThe CPA Journal,Research in Accounting RegulationManagement AccountingEssays in Economic and Business History, and The Community/Junior College Quarterly of Research and Practice. She received the 2010 Outstanding Accounting Education Research Award from the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section of the American Accounting Association.

She serves on the Editorial Board of Issues in Accounting Education and the Editorial Advisory Board of Accounting Education: An International Journal. Professor Cunningham is a member of the American Accounting Association (AAA), in which she has served as Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee, as well as Chair of both the Teaching & Curriculum Section and the Two-Year College Section. She currently serves on the AAA Accounting Education Advisory Committee. In 2011, Professor Cunningham was inducted into the Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Hall of Honor. In 2013, she received the Two-Year College Section Lifetime Achievement Award. She also served as President of the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators.  Professor Cunningham has chaired or served on numerous Federation of Schools of Accountancy committees. She chaired the AICPA Core Competency Best Practices Task Force and served on the AICPA Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee. Professor Cunningham is an aerobics enthusiast and avid and slowly-improving golfer.

Education: 

B.B.A. (1968), M.B.A. (1975), and Ph.D. (1980) from the University of North Texas.

Publications

Book Chapters

Developing Critical Thinking in Accounting Education, The Routledge Companion to Accounting Education; (Taylor & Francis, 2014).

Journal Articles

Introductory Accounting as Theatre: A Look behind the Scenes of Large-Lecture Production, Issues in Accounting Education, Vol. 26, No. 4, November 2011.

Using Action Research to Improve Learning and the Classroom Learning Environment, Issues in Accounting Education, Vol. 23, No. 1, February 2008.

Critical Thought on Critical Thinking Research, with S.K. Wolcott, C.P. Baril, D.R. Fordham, and K. St. Pierre, Journal of Accounting Education, Vol. 20, 2002, pp. 85 - 103.

Energizing Your Teaching: A View from Deep in the Trenches, Issues in Accounting Education, May, 1999.

Critical Thinking in the Public Accounting Profession: Aptitudes and Attitudes, with C.P. Baril, D.R. Fordham, R.L. Gardner, and S.K. Wolcott, Journal of Accounting Education, Vol. 16, No. 3, October 1998.

Using an Electronic Tutorial to Support Team Learning in Advanced Tax Accounting, with J. Parker, Issues in Accounting Education, Vol. May, 1998.

How to Restructure an Accounting Course to Enhance Critical Thinking, Accounting Education: A Journal of Theory, Practice & Research, Vol. 1, 1996.

Independent, Creative, & Critical Thinking 101, Accounting: A Newsletter for Educators, Vol. Vol. 2, No. 1, 1992.

The Impact of Writing in Learning Accounting, The Community/Junior College Quarterly of Research and Practice, Special Edition on College Teaching and Learning: Part I, July-Sept. 1991.

Trust or Antitrust for the Profession of Accountancy?, with Rasoul H. Tondkar and Edward Coffman, Research in Accounting Regulation, 1990.

The Telecourse as an Alternative to a Traditional In-Class Accounting Course, Community/Junior College Quarterly of Research and Practice, 1988.

New Developments in Summary Annual Reports, with Rasoul H. Tondkar and Edward Coffman, The CPA Journal, September 1988.

Blind Faith or Antitrust: A History of the Relationship Between the Learned Professions and Federal Antitrust Regulation, Essays in Economic and Business History, l986.

Users of Financial Reporting: An Investigation, with Duane R. Milano, Management Accounting, December 1983.

Book

Accounting Information for Business Decisions by Billie Cunningham and Loren Nikolai (Cengage Learning, 4th edition, 2013), Textbook.

Accounting: Principles and Applications, Fifth Edition with Horace Brock and Charles Palmer (McGraw-Hill, l986), Textbook.

Financial Accounting: Principles and Applications, Fifth Edition; Horace Brock, Charles Palmer, and Billie Cunningham; (McGraw-Hill, l986), Textbook.

Accounting: Basic Principles, Fifth Edition; Horace Brock, Charles Palmer, and Billie Cunningham; (McGraw-Hill, l986), Textbook.