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Accountancy Faculty

Our faculty are a unique blend of researchers, educators and professionals who are proven experts in their fields.

Xiaoyan (May) Bao, Interim Director and Associate Professor

May Xiaoyan Bao earned her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Nebraska. She also is a Saluki. She obtained her Master of Accountancy from SIUC. Her research focuses on issues in accounting quality, fair value accounting, and taxation. Her work has been published in scholarly journals in the areas of financial accounting and taxation. She holds Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential. 

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Xiaoyan (May) Bao

Office: Rehn Hall, 230A
Phone: 618-453-1409

Patrice DeBlois, Assistant Lecturer

Patrice DeBlois Office: Rehn Hall, 218
Phone: 618-453-1490

Nusrat Farah, Assistant Professor

Nusrat Farah is an assistant professor of Accountancy. She earned her Ph.D from Oregon State University and MA in Economics from Eastern Illinois University. Her research interests include managerial deception, social network analysis, audit outcomes, cyber-security assurance, data breach, financial markets, and strategic decision-making.

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Nusrat Farah

Office: Rehn Hall, 224A
Phone: 618-453-1406


Timothy Hurley, Clinical Assistant Professor

Tim Hurley is a clinical assistant professor of accounting with a specialization in taxation. He currently teaches various tax courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Before joining SIU, he was an associate teaching professor at the University of Missouri – Columbia.

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Timothy Hurley Office: Rehn Hall, 220
Phone: 618-453-1498

MD Shariful (Sharif) Islam, Assistant Professor

Sharif Islam is an Assistant Professor in School of Accountancy in Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He completed his doctorate in Computer Information Systems and Accounting from Louisiana Tech University and obtained MBA from Eastern Illinois University. He is a licensed CPA in Illinois and a CMA in Bangladesh. His research interest includes data breaches, data analytics, and network centrality of Audit Committees and CEOs and their effects on audit outcomes.

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MD Shariful (Sharif) Islam

Office: Rehn Hall, 216A
Phone: 618-453-1400

Darla Karnes, Senior Lecturer

Darla Karnes is a senior lecturer in the School of Accountancy. Karnes has been a faculty member in the College of Business since 2000. During that time she has taught over 140 classes and 7,000 students in the areas of financial and managerial accounting, and taxation.

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Darla Karnes

Office: Rehn Hall, 218A
Phone: 618-453-1496

Marc Morris, Interim Dean and Professor

Marc E. Morris, a three-degree alumnus of SIU is dean of the College of Business and Analytics. He brings extensive experience in academia and the business world to the position.

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Marc Morris

Office: Rehn Hall, 232A
Phone: 618-453-1405

Ed O'Donnell, Emerson Groennert Professor of Accountancy

Ed O'Donnell joined the School of Accountancy faculty at the SIU College of Business in the Fall of 2009. He teaches courses in financial statement auditing, information systems assurance, auditor risk assessment, and experimental accounting research methods. O'Donnell's area of expertise also includes enterprise risk management, accounting information systems, and information technology governance.

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Ed O'Donnell

Office: Rehn Hall, 228A
Phone: 618-453-1497

Marcus Odom, Professor and Deloitte and Touche Faculty Fellow

Dr. Odom is a professor of accountancy and Deloitte and Touche Faculty Fellow. Professor Odom is an enthusiastic and engaging instructor. He teaches undergraduate and graduate accounting information systems, auditing, internal auditing, fraud auditing, cost, and managerial accounting. Odom came to SIU in 1998 from The University of Southwestern Louisiana. He has also taught at Oklahoma State University and Central Texas College. Dr. Odom has received numerous honors and awards including the prestigious Outstanding Educator Award given by the Illinois CPA Society in 2016.

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Marcus Odom

Office: Rehn Hall, 226A
Phone: 618-453-1408

Raymond Wacker, Associate Professor of Accountancy, Emeritus

Since he joined the College of Business at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1989, Raymond Wacker has garnered praise and numerous accolades including the prestigious Outstanding Educator Award given by the Illinois CPA Society in 2007. Wacker received Southern Illinois University’s Excellence Through Commitment Award for superior teaching in 2006 and is the only four time winner of the College of Business Outstanding Graduate Teacher of the Year Award. 

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Raymond Wacker

Office: Rehn Hall, 222A
Phone: 618-453-1403

Benna Williams, Associate Lecturer

Benna Williams

Office: Rehn Hall, 220A
Phone: 618-453-1407

Shucui Zheng, Clinical Associate Professor

Shucui Zheng, PhD., joined the College of Business and Analytics in fall 2017. She earned her PhD. in Economics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) in 2019; Dr. Zheng also holds a MACC in Taxation and an MBA in Finance from SIUC.

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Shucui Zheng

Office: Rehn Hall, 234A
Phone: 618-453-1413

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