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 Education, Accounting Education: A Journal of Theory, Practice and Research, The CPA Journal,Research in Accounting Regulation, Management Accounting, Essays 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.
B.B.A. (1968), M.B.A. (1975), and Ph.D. (1980) from the University of North Texas.