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Robert Turner

Associate Professor

Assistant Dean for Recruitment
Academic Division: Accounting & Law
781-239-4302

Bio

Professor Turner joined the Babson Faculty in 1990. He previously taught at Boston College, Boston University, and LeMoyne College. His teaching interests are in the area of corporate and not-for-profit financial reporting. He has taught financial accounting at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He was part of the design team for the new MBA core in the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Prior to entering the teaching profession Professor Turner worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, at LeMoyne College as Director of Financial Aid, and at Boston College as Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. Professor Turner has published numerous articles on financial reporting, primarily in the areas of reporting by not-for-profit organizations, and accounting education. He has also presented on these topics at regional and national conferences. He is active in providing professional development programs nationally for public accounting firms and also teaches programs for corporations and firms including Fidelity, Eaton Vance and EMC. Professor Turner is currently assistant dean for recruitment for the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. He was named Outstanding Educator of the Year in 1995 by the Massachusetts Society of CPA’s and is the recipient of the Distinguished Alum Award from LeMoyne College. He was twice named professor of the year by the undergraduate students at Babson College and was the recipient of the Walter H. Carpenter Prize awarded for exceptional contributions to Babson College. Professor Turner is a member of the Board of Trustees of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY and is the treasurer and member of the board of the Gifford School in Weston, MA.​​

Academic Degrees

  • DBA, Boston University
  • MBA, Boston College
  • MS, Syracuse University
  • BS, LeMoyne College

Academic Interests

Accounting; Financial Reporting

Awards & Honors

  • 2004 - The Award for Distinguished Faculty/Administrator Service, Babson College
  • 2000 - Distinguished Alumni Award, LeMoyne College
  • 1995 - Ignation Award
  • 1995 - Danforth Associate
  • 1995 - Outstanding Educator of the Year, The Massachusetts Society of Certified Pubic Accountants, Inc.
  • 1993 - Professor of the Year- 1993 and 1994

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017
  • ACC 7200: FINANCIAL REPORTING
Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • ACC 7200: FINANCIAL REPORTING

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Bell, J.E., Soybel, V.E., Turner, R.M. (2012). Integrating Sustainability into Corporate DNA. Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance, 23(3), 71-82.
  • Turner, R.M., Augustine, J.H. (1996). College and University Financial Statements Under SFAS Nos. 116 and 117. The Journal of Financial Statement Analysis
  • Turner, R.M., Williams, K.D. (1994). Major Decisions Ahead: Implementing SFAS Nos. 116 and 117. Business Officer
  • Turner, R.M. (1992). Managing Diversity in the Accounting Profession. Massachusetts CPA Review
  • Turner, R.M., Cohen, J. (1990). Ethics and Professionalism: The CPA in Industry. CPA Journal, The
  • Turner, R.M., Wilson, M. (1989). Career Planning During College: Action Instead of Reaction. Massachusetts CPA Review
  • Turner, R.M., Collins, J.S., Maguire, J. (1979). Unmet Need: How the Gap is Filled . The Journal of Student Financial Aid

Books

  • Turner, R.M. (2003). Shulman Review: 2003 CFA Study Notes- Level 1
  • Turner, R.M., McCarthy, J.H. (1998). Understanding Financial Statements: The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

Articles

  • Turner, R.M., Williams, K.D. (1995, ) Proposed New Audit and Accounting Guide. NonProfit Management Newsletter: Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P.

Book Chapters

  • Bell, J.E., Soybel, V.E., Turner, R.M. (2011). Sustainability metrics: Has the time arrived for accountants to embrace SEERS reporting? . In Greenberg, McKone-Sweet, Wilson (Ed.), The New Entrepreneurial Leader: Developing Leaders Who Shape Social & Economic Opportunity. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler
  • Turner, R.M., Collins, J.S. (1996). Financial Aid: The Challenge of Affordability and Accessibility.Reinventing the University: Managing and Financing Institutions of Higher Education 1996.: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
  • Turner, R.M., Williams, K.D. (1995). Greater Accountability in Financial Reporting.Reinventing the University: Managing and Financing Institutions of Higher Education 1996.: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Book Reviews

  • Turner, R.M., Hanno, D. (1996). The Changing Face of Accounting Education. Massachusetts CPA Review
  • Turner, R.M. (1990). External Financial Reporting. Financial Accounting and Reporting Manual

Reports

  • Turner, R.M., Froh, R., Engelkemeyer, S. (2004). Strengthening Institutional Capacity in Relation to Financial Health

Monographs

  • Turner, R.M., McCarthy, J.H. (1997). Understanding Financial Statements. The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

Others

  • Bell, J.E., Soybel, V.E., Turner, R.M. (2011). Accounting for new Forms of Value. Wellesley, MA: Babson College

Presentations

  • Language of Assessment- Issues in Transforming Learning Goals into Measurable Outcomes
    Turner, R., Petrillo, T., Chase, D., Ceru, D. Language of Assessment- Issues in Transforming Learning Goals into Measurable Outcomes 2007 Fall Forum of the New England Educational Assessment Network, Worcester, MA (2007)
  • Preparing for Audits of Federal Student Financial Aid Programs
    Turner, R., Collins, J. Preparing for Audits of Federal Student Financial Aid Programs 2007 Annual EACUBO Professional Development Workshop, Boston, MA (2007)
  • Do You Understand Your Institution’s Financial Statements?
    Turner, R., Wentzel, F. Do You Understand Your Institution’s Financial Statements? 2007 National Conference on Trusteeship, Phoenix, Arizona (2007)
  • Financial Ratios – How Are Institutions Using Them
    Turner, R. Financial Ratios – How Are Institutions Using Them Davis Foundation Workshop, Bedford, MA (2004)
  • Analyzing Fiscal Information: How to Use Financial Ratios to Inform Board Members
    Turner, R., Durgin, W., Engelkemeyer, S. Analyzing Fiscal Information: How to Use Financial Ratios to Inform Board Members Davis Foundation Presentation, Wellesley, MA (2004)
  • Using Fiscal Data More Effectively for Institutional Well Being
    Turner, R., McCarthy, J., Durgin, W. Using Fiscal Data More Effectively for Institutional Well Being 2003 Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Boston, MA (2003)
  • Using Ratio Analysis as an Analytical and Benchmarking Tool for Colleges and Universities
    Turner, R., Durgin, W., Engelkemeyer, S. Using Ratio Analysis as an Analytical and Benchmarking Tool for Colleges and Universities Davis Foundation Presenataion, Wellesley, MA (2003)
  • Integration in the Management Core
    Turner, R., Wright, F. Integration in the Management Core 2003 Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Accounting Association, Charleston, South Carolina (2003)
  • Financial Planning and Accountability
    Turner, R., Chabotar, K., Albright, B. Financial Planning and Accountability 1999 Annual Meeting of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Seattle, Washington (1999)
  • Financial Planning and Accountability
    Turner, R., Reed, W., Albright, B. Financial Planning and Accountability 1998 Annual Meeting of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Nashville, Tennessee (1998)
  • Financial Planning and Accountability
    Turner, R., Reed, W., Albright, B. Financial Planning and Accountability 1997 Annual Meeting of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, San Diego, California (1997)
  • Financial Planning and Accountability
    Turner, R., Reed, W., Albright, B. Financial Planning and Accountability 1996 Annual Meeting of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Chicago, Illinois (1996)
  • Use of Delphi Technique in Conducting Research in the Not-For-Profit Sector
    Turner, R. Use of Delphi Technique in Conducting Research in the Not-For-Profit Sector 1995 Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association, Orlando, Florida (1995)
  • Financial Planning and Accountability
    Turner, R., Reed, W., Johnson, S. Financial Planning and Accountability 1995 Annual Meeting of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Seattle, Washington (1995)
  • Education in an AECC Environment
    Turner, R. Education in an AECC Environment Mid-Year Meeting of the Government and Nonprofit Section of the American Accounting Association, Phoenix, Arizona (1995)
  • Measuring Results: Financial Management and Reporting - Making Financial Reports Work For You
    Turner, R. Measuring Results: Financial Management and Reporting - Making Financial Reports Work For You Symposium on The Social Enterprise - Facing the Management Challenges of the 21st Century, Babson Park, MA (1995)
  • Teaching and Implementing SFAS Nos.116 & 117: Financial Reporting
    Turner, R. Teaching and Implementing SFAS Nos.116 & 117: Financial Reporting 1994 Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association., New York, NY (1994)
  • Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance at Independent Institutions
    Turner, R. Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance at Independent Institutions 1994 Annual Meeting of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, () (1994)
  • Implementing FASB 116 & 117
    Turner, R., McCarthy, J. Implementing FASB 116 & 117 Annual Meeting of the Association of Independent Schools of New England, [] (1994)
  • Implications for Preparers and Users of the New Financial Reporting Requirements for Not-For-Profit Organizations
    Turner, R. Implications for Preparers and Users of the New Financial Reporting Requirements for Not-For-Profit Organizations 1994 American Accounting Association Northeast Regional Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island (1994)
  • Key Institutional Decisions for the Implementation of the New FASB Standards
    Turner, R. Key Institutional Decisions for the Implementation of the New FASB Standards New England & New York Regions of the Coopers & Lybrand client and non-client groups, () (1993)
  • College and University Financial Reporting
    Turner, R. College and University Financial Reporting 1993 American Accounting Association Northeast Regional , () (1993)
  • Financial Reporting in the Not-For-Profit Sector
    Turner, R. Financial Reporting in the Not-For-Profit Sector Committe Report to the Government and Not-For-Profit Subcommittee of the American Accounting Association 1993 Annual Meeting, () (1993)
  • Innovative Teaching Approaches in Managerial and Cost Accounting Curricula: Some Suggestions for Providing Capabilities for Success in the Accounting Profession
    Turner, R., MacKinnon, J., Pant, L., Sharp, D. Innovative Teaching Approaches in Managerial and Cost Accounting Curricula: Some Suggestions for Providing Capabilities for Success in the Accounting Profession 1990 American Accounting Association Northeast Regional Meeting, () (1990)