Eastern Michigan University
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Howard J. Bunsis

Professor of Accounting, Faculty Advisor for Accounting Club, Faculty Advisor for Beta Alpha Psi

524 Owen




Ph.D. University of Chicago

M.B.A. University of Chicago

J.D. Fordham Law School

B.S. University of Pennsylvania

Professional Summary

Dr. Bunsis received EMU’s Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2002. As an attorney, he has focused on legal issues pertaining to the area of pension and postretirement benefits, topics he is able to bring to the students in his courses. He has done research on the relation between accounting numbers and stock prices and presented at national accounting conferences, research workshops at several universities, and professional conferences, including the Michigan Association of CPAs. Dr. Bunsis serves on the Department's Curriculum and Personnel Committee. In addition, he is the President of the Eastern Michigan chapter of the American Association of University Professors and has served as EMU's NCAA Faculty Representative.

Courses Taught

ACC 340 Intermediate Accounting
ACC 491 1 Credit Thesis
ACC 497 1 Credit Independent Study
ACC 499 3 Credit Independent Study
ACC 540 Corporate Financial Reporting
ACC 546 Public and Nonprofit Sector Accounting
ACC 605 Strategic Information and Control Systems
ACC 611 Accounting for e-Commerce
ACC 646 Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations
ACC 681 Special Topics in Accounting
ACC 696 Accounting Theory, Research and Policy
ACC 699 3 Credit Independent Study
LAS 603 Legal Environments of Nonprofit Organizations
LAW 615 Law for Financial Professionals
LAW 699 3 Credit Independent Study

Research Interests & Projects

Financial accounting, governmental accounting, legal environment of nonprofit organizations, stock market

Selected Publications

"Do Supreme Court Decisions on IPO Liability Affect Shareholder Wealth?," (co-authored), The Journal of Accounting, Ethics, and Public Policy, 2003.

"Firm Reductions in Postretirement Healthcare Benefits in the Post SFAS 106 Environment: An Empirical Analysis," (co-authored), Journal of Applied Business Research, Fall 2000.

"Should You Cut Your Retiree HealthCare Benefits," Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance, Summer 1999.

"The Effect of SEC Enforcement Actions on Underwriter Clients," (co-authored), Journal of Financial Economics, Autumn 1998.

"The Stock Market Reaction to Firm Write-off Announcements," Journal of Business, Finance, and Accounting, December 1997.

Professional Affiliations


Certified Public Accountant