Robert Turner

  • Associate Professor
  • Assistant Dean
  • 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

  • 2018 — Mark Chain/Federation of Schools of Accountancy Teaching Innovation Award, AICPA
  • 2018 — One of Five Finalist for Graduate School Professor of the Year, FW Olin Graduate School
  • 2017 — One of Five Finalists for Graduate School Professor of the Year, Babson College
  • 2009 — Carpenter Prize, Babson College
  • 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,
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Courses

  • Degree Courses 2018

    • ACC 7200 FINANCIAL REPORTING
    • ACC 7200 MI FINANCIAL REPORTING

Publications

Other

  • Muehlmann, B.W., Soybel, V.E., Turner, R.M. (2018). "'The Accountant' and the Error of His Ways". Vol: 10, Issue: 2, Page: 287-293. Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting. link
  • Bell, J.E., Soybel, V.E., Turner, R.M. (2011). Accounting for new Forms of Value: Babson Insight. Vol: September 2011. Babson College.

Journal Articles

  • Bell, J.E., Soybel, V.E., Turner, R.M. (2012). Integrating Sustainability into Corporate DNA. Journal of Corporate Accounting and Finance. Vol: 23, Issue: 3, Page: 71-82. John Wiley & Sons, Inc..
  • Turner, R.M., Augustine, J.H. (1996). College and University Financial Statements Under SFAS Nos. 116 and 117. The Journal of Financial Statement Analysis. Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC.
  • 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.

Book Chapters

  • Bell, J.E., Soybel, V.E., Turner, R.M. (2011). Sustainability metrics: Has the time arrived for accountants to embrace SEERS reporting? : The New Entrepreneurial Leader: Developing Leaders Who Shape Social & Economic Opportunity. 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..

Reports

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

Books

  • Turner, R.M. (2003). Shulman Review: 2003 CFA Study Notes- Level 1: Shulman Review.
  • Turner, R.M., McCarthy, J.H. (1998). Understanding Financial Statements. The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
  • Turner, R.M., McCarthy, J.H. (1997). Understanding Financial Statements. The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.

Book Reviews - practitioner journals

  • Turner, R.M., Hanno, D. (1996). The Changing Face of Accounting Education: Massachusetts CPA Review.

Articles - Circular or newsletter (e.g., Babson Insight)

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

Book Reviews

  • Turner, R.M. (1990). External Financial Reporting: Financial Accounting and Reporting Manual. National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Presentations

  • Sustainability at Interface, Inc.: Applying the qualitative characteristics of useful financial information to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factor data Soybel, V. Turner, R. Muehlmann, B. AAA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (2018)
  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting Turner, R. Muehlmann, B. , . State Street Environmental Sustainability Network Speaker Series - Invited Presentation, Boston, MA (2018)
  • "Twenty-First Century Questions, Sixteenth Century Answers: St. Ignatius of Loyola Addresses the Board of Turstees: Turner, R. Folan S.J., P. , . Land O'Lakes Symposium, St. Louis, Missouri (2017)
  • "The Accountant" and the Error of His Ways Muehlmann, B. Soybel, V. Turner, R. American Accounting Association (AAA) Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (2017)
  • Using Shared Governance to Enhance Innovation Turner, R. Flynn, T. Haas, T. , . Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (2016)
  • Language of Assessment- Issues in Transforming Learning Goals into Measurable Outcomes Turner, R. Petrillo, T. Chase, D. Ceru, D. 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. 2007 Annual EACUBO Professional Development Workshop, Boston, MA (2007)
  • Do You Understand Your Institution’s Financial Statements? Turner, R. Wentzel, F. 2007 National Conference on Trusteeship, Phoenix, Arizona (2007)
  • Financial Ratios – How Are Institutions Using Them Turner, R. Davis Foundation Workshop, Bedford, MA (2004)
  • Analyzing Fiscal Information: How to Use Financial Ratios to Inform Board Members Turner, R. Durgin, W. Engelkemeyer, S. Davis Foundation Presentation, Wellesley, MA (2004)
  • Using Fiscal Data More Effectively for Institutional Well Being Turner, R. McCarthy, J. Durgin, W. 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. Davis Foundation Presenataion, Wellesley, MA (2003)
  • Integration in the Management Core Turner, R. Wright, F. 2003 Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Accounting Association, Charleston, South Carolina (2003)
  • Financial Planning and Accountability Turner, R. Chabotar, K. Albright, B. 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. 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. 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. 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. 1995 Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association, Orlando, Florida (1995)
  • Financial Planning and Accountability Turner, R. Reed, W. Johnson, S. 1995 Annual Meeting of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Seattle, Washington (1995)
  • Education in an AECC Environment Turner, R. 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. Symposium on The SocialEnterprise - Facing the Management Challenges of the 21st Century, Babson Park, MA (1995)
  • Teaching and Implementing SFAS Nos.116 & 117: Financial Reporting Turner, R. 1994 Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association., New York, NY (1994)
  • Measuring and Enhancing Financial Performance at Independent Institutions Turner, R. 1994 Annual Meeting of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, () (1994)
  • Implementing FASB 116 & 117 Turner, R. McCarthy, J. 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. 1994 American Accounting Association Northeast Regional Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island (1994)
  • Key Institutional Decisions for the Implementation of the New FASB Standards Turner, R. New England & New York Regions of the Coopers & Lybrand client and non-client groups, () (1993)
  • College and University Financial Reporting Turner, R. 1993 American Accounting Association Northeast Regional , () (1993)
  • Financial Reporting in the Not-For-Profit Sector Turner, R. 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. 1990 American Accounting Association Northeast Regional Meeting, () (1990)
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