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Barbara M. Porco

Barbara M. Porco

Professor
Bene Merenti Recipient
Director for The Center for Professional Accounting Practices
Director of the MS Accounting Program
Accounting and Taxation
Joined Fordham: 1988

General Information:
441 E. Fordham Road,
Bronx, NY 10458

Email: bporco@fordham.edu

Biography

Dr. Porco has been a member of the accounting faculty for over 30 years and holds Fordham University’s prestigious Bene Merenti Medal. During this time, she has been the recipient of several university awards including the 2019 Faculty Magis Award, the 2018 Dean’s Net Impact Award, and the 2017 Gabelli Teaching Innovation Award. She recently served as one of the founding members of the president’s assembled council entitled Fordham’s Continuous University Strategic Planning (CUSP) Committee as well as a senator for the university’s Faculty Senate. At the request of the board of trustees, she served in the provost office as the director of financial and budgetary development for a two-year appointment. Additionally, Dr. Porco has been ranked nationally in the Top 50 Researchers in Accounting Education by the American Accounting Association.

Dr. Porco is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner, and is certified in financial forensics. Her past positions include director of personal financial planning, audit supervisor, and senior tax manager in the financial service group at PwC. She is an educator and consultant to an array of domestic and international banks, financial services organizations, hospitals, Big Four accounting firms, and regulatory agencies, including FINRA and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. For more than a decade, she has held the title of master professor and presently oversees the development and training of instructors and program delivery for the National Audit Intern Program of one of the world’s largest accounting firms. Dr. Porco holds a certification in corporate sustainability and innovation and a master’s degree in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University. She proudly serves on the AICPA’s Sustainability Assurance and Advisory Task Force as the academic representative for extended external reporting (EER) assurance. She also serves as chair of the Fordham University and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Governance Collaboration Committee for the university in accordance with MOU established between the Gabelli School of Business and the SASB.

Leveraging her doctoral and thesis studies, Dr. Porco’s research focuses on ethics, non-financial reporting, and accounting education. She is the author of KPMG Ethical Compass: Integrity in Business, a seven-series package of interactive instructional material that enables college professors to present ethics-related topics in their classrooms. The Ethical Compass has won multiple awards and has been used at more than 150 universities across the country. It is available on KPMG’s University Connection. Dr. Porco also participated in a faculty rotation in the forensic practice for KPMG and co-authored a chapter for KPMG’s Managing the Risk of Fraud and Misconduct: Meeting the Challenges of a Global, Regulated and Digital Environment, published by McGraw Hill. Her most recent publication, Sustainability Accounting Toolkit, is a series of three lectures to be adapted by faculty who wish to include material pertaining to sustainability accounting, integrated reporting, and/or triple bottom line concepts in their financial accounting courses.

Beyond being the multiple recipient of Fordham University’s Teacher of the Year Award, Dr. Porco has also been recognized nationally. Her academic and professional awards include the 2019 National Innovation in Auditing & Assurance Education Award, the 2017 National Teaching Innovation Award from the American Accounting Association, NACE Excellence in Teaching Award for KPMG’s Ethical Compass, and the National Outstanding Faculty Award by Beta Alpha Psi. She is also the former president of the Northeast Region of American Accounting Association, and member of AICPA, American Accounting Association, Beta Alpha Psi, and Beta Gamma Sigma.

Education

  • PhD: Fordham University
  • Master’s: MA, Harvard University
  • Master's: MBA, Fordham University
  • Bachelor's: BS in Accounting, Fordham University

Research Interests

  • Sustainability Reporting
  • Ethics
  • Accounting Education
  • Risk Management
  • Auditing

Publications

  • SASB and Fordham University Collaboration: Sustainability Reporting in Accounting Curriculum; The CPA Journal; August 2018
  • Sustainability Accounting Toolkit: Principles of Financial Accounting, Summer 2017. Harvard University Extension School
  • Simply Soups, Inc.: A Teaching Case Designed to Integrate the Electronic Cash Confirmation Process into the Auditing Curriculum (with D. R. Hanes and J. C. Thibodeau) Issues in Accounting Education, American Accounting Association, Forthcoming, March 2014
    • Recipient of the AAA Innovation in Auditing & Assurance Education Award 2019
    • Recipient of the AAA Innovation in Accounting Education Award 2016
  • Burden of Proof: Toolkit for Integrity in Business; KPMG Ethical Compass, Fall 2011
  • It’s what’s outside that counts: Do extracurricular experiences affect the cognitive moral development of undergraduate accounting students? (with H. L. Brown-Liburd) Issues in Accounting Education, American Accounting Association, April 2012
  • Managing the Risk of Fraud and Misconduct, Chapter 11: Monitoring and Auditing, McGraw-Hill Publication; ISBN 0071621296
  • A Comparative Analysis of Jesuit Business Education: Are we different?, (with J. Van Hise) Journal of Jesuit Business Education, Vol. 1, No. 1, Summer 2010
  • Risk and Perception: Toolkit for Integrity in Business; KPMG Ethical Compass, Fall 2010
  • Partnering with Practice: Staffing to achieve excellence in accounting education; (with W. Geary and G. Kutcher) Issues in Accounting Education, American Accounting Association, May 2010
  • Sox Challenge/Code Challenge: Toolkit for Integrity in Business; KPMG Ethical Compass, Honorable Mention: AAA Most Innovative Teaching Award, Summer 2009
  • Ethics Case Studies: Toolkit for Integrity in Business; KPMG Ethical Compass, Fall 2008
  • Role Plays: Toolkit for Integrity in Business; KPMG Ethical Compass, Winter 2008
  • Applied Ethics Cases: Toolkit for Integrity in Business; KPMG Ethical Compass, Fall 2008.
  • Winner of National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Award, Fall 2008
  • Factors affecting the cognitive moral development of undergraduate accounting students: Analysis of internships, volunteerism and Beta Alpha Psi; Fordham University Press, 2003
  • The Economic and Tax Consequences of Security Transactions. Washington, D.C.: Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. (U.S.A.). 1988
  • Year-end Tax Planning: 1986-87, New York: PricewaterhouseCoopers - Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. Legacy (U.S.A.) Monograph. 1986
  • Tax Planning for Individuals. New York: PricewaterhouseCoopers - Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. Legacy (U.S.A.) Monograph. 1985