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Billie M. Cunningham

EY Teaching Professor Emerita

Professor Cunningham has published articles in professional journals, including Issues in Accounting EducationJournal of Accounting EducationAccounting Education: A Journal of Theory, Practice and ResearchThe CPA JournalResearch in Accounting RegulationManagement AccountingEssays in Economic and Business History, and The Community/Junior College Quarterly of Research and Practice.  Additionally, she has co-authored several accounting textbooks, most recently she was the lead author (with Professor Loren Nikolai) of Accounting: Information for Business Decisions (Fourth Edition textbook: Cengage Learning). She has conducted 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 currently serves on the Editorial Board of Issues in Accounting Education and the Editorial Advisory Board of Accounting Education. She  is a member of the American Accounting Association (AAA), for which she has served as Vice-President and member of the Executive Committee, as well as President of both the AAA Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Section and the AAA Two-Year College Section. She also has chaired the AAA Innovation in Accounting Education Committee and co-chaired the AAA’s Conference on Teaching and Learning Accounting. In addition, she has served on numerous AAA committees.

Professor Cunningham also served as President of the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators. She has chaired or served on a variety of 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. 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.


BBA, University of North Texas, 1968; MBA, University of North Texas, 1975; PhD, University of North Texas, 1980


Best Paper Award, American Accounting Association Ohio Region meeting, 2017; Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section of the American Accounting Association Outstanding Accounting Education Research Award, 2010.

MU William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, 2017; American Accounting Association/J. Michael and Mary Anne Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize, 2016; 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; and


Shining Additional Light on Effective Teaching Best Practices in Accounting: Self-Reflective Insights from Cook Prize Winners, with D. E. Wygal and D. E. Stout,  Issues in Accounting Education, Vol. 32, No. 3, August 2017.

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

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

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.