Royce Burnett | Faculty | Accountancy | College of Business | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Royce Burnett

Associate Professor of Accountancy and KPMG Research Professor

Royce Burnett

Rehn Hall, 224A
Office: 618 | 453-1490
Dept: 618 | 453-2289
Fax: 618 | 453-1411

Royce D. Burnett, PhD, CPA, CMA is a SIU Provost Fellow. Within the School of Accountancy, Professor Burnett is an Associate Professor and is the KPMG Research Professor.  

Professor Burnett earned his PhD from Oklahoma State University in 2003. At SIU, Professor Burnett teaches Cost and Management Accounting at the undergraduate and graduate level (MBA and MACC) as well as a Research Seminar at the Ph.D. level. His research interests focus on environmental cost management, corporate sustainability, public policy and education. Professor Burnett has published in Accounting, Organizations and Society, the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Accounting and the Public Interest and the Accounting Educators’ Journal. Professor Burnett’s commitment to practice remains strong as he has also published in leading practice focused journals such as the Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance

Prior to a career in academia, Professor Burnett worked for over seventeen years in the business community where he held positions with Ernst and Young, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Electronic Data Systems, General Motors, and BP/Amoco. During this time, he also established and ran a successful CPA practice focused on non-profit management.

When asked what he enjoys most about working with College of Business students, Professor Burnett responded, "I enjoy the hunger the students have to learn. It is refreshing to see a body of students who still believe that education is the key to social and economic advancement. They also really, really, really try. After all, effort is 75 percent of the battle called education."

It is this passion about student success that has allowed Professor Burnett to win teaching awards at every institution he has been affiliated with. What is even more outstanding is that he has won these awards at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


  • Environmental cost management
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Public policy