Steven Thornburg

Assistant Professor
Office hours
339L Wimberly Hall

Specialty area(s)

Cost and Management Accounting

Brief biography

Certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in public accounting and industry. Current academic research interest in accounting and public policy.

Current courses at UWL

Cost and Management Accounting

Teaching history

Cost Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Intermediate Accounting I & II
Previous courses:
Ph.D. Seminar in Empirical Research in Accounting
Graduate Seminar in Auditing
Graduate Seminar in Cost Accounting
Intermediate Financial Accounting I & II
Intermediate and Advanced Cost Accounting
Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Managerial Accounting
Hospitality Enterprise Management

Professional history

2012-Present: Accounting Faculty: University of Wisconsin La Crosse
2005-2012: Accounting Faculty: Washington State University
2001-2005: Ph.D. Candidate Orlando, FL
1999-2000: MBA Student, Orlando FL
1994 - 1998: Tax Consultant – Melbourne and Sebastian, FL
• Business and individual income tax planning and preparation; financial write-up; computerized accounting systems set-up and support; estate tax planning and preparation; IRS audit services
1989 – 1994: Audit Supervisor – Pendleton, OR
• Single Audit Act / OMB 128 and OMB 133 audits; commercial audits; business and individual income tax preparation and planning; computerized accounting systems set-up and support
1986 - 1989: Local CPA, Hesperia, CA
• Financial audits, reviews and compilations for local businesses and individuals; income tax planning and preparation; computerized accounting systems set-up and support
1985-1986: Assistant controller – Anchorage AK
• Supervised all accounting functions for a $100M pipeline construction company.
1983 - 1985: Audit senior, Anchorage, AK (Big 8)
• Financial audits for large commercial enterprises, non-profit organizations and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) corporations

Research and publishing

Research in Progress:
'Globalizing the AICPA: A Resource Dependence Perspective'
‘Auditing for Forced Labor in the Supply Chain’

Completed working papers:
Thornburg, S., Komissarov, S., Rosacker, K. ‘Conservatism and accountants’ responsibility for sustainable public pensions’.
Thornburg, S.; Liu, X. & Thompson, J. ‘Targets of Interest: Self-Lobbying Disclosures of the US Public Accounting Profession’.

Under Review:

Thornburg, S., Komissarov, S., Rosacker, K. (2017). ‘Accounting, Politics and Public Pensions in the U.S." Accountancy, Business and the Public Interest, Vol. 16, p. 87-107.
Thornburg, S. (2013). ‘Accounting PAC Contributions and Committee Speech during the 107th U.S. Congress’, Accounting and the Public Interest, Vol. 13, p. 172-190.
Thornburg, S. and Roberts R.W. (2013). ‘In whose interest?: a critical examination of public interest appeals made by the public accounting profession in the United States’, International Journal of Critical Accounting, Vol. 5, No.1, p. 81-94.
Thornburg, S. and Roberts, R.W. (2012). ’Incorporating’ American Colonialism: Accounting and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act’. Behavioral Research in Accounting, Vol. 24, No.1, p. 203-214
Hornik, S. and Thornburg, S. (2010) ‘Really Engaging Accounting: Second LifeTM as a learning platform’ Issues in Accounting Education, Vol 25, No. 3, p. 361-378.
Sweeney, J.; Bame-Aldred, C. and Thornburg, S. (2010) ‘Pricing in the accountant labor market’, Journal of Finance and Accountancy, Sept., Vol. 4, p. 1-24.
Thornburg, S. and Roberts R.W. (2008) ‘Money, politics, and the regulation of Public Accounting Services: Evidence from the U.S. CPA profession and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002’, Accounting Organizations and Society. Vol 33, No. 2-3, p. 229-248.
Pizam, A. and Thornburg, S. (2000) ‘Absenteeism and Voluntary Turnover in Central Florida Hotels: A Pilot Study’, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Vol. 19, No. 2, p. 211-218.


Doctor of Philosophy Business Administration, University of Central Florida, 2005
Master of Business Administration, University of Central Florida, 2000
Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Alaska, Anchorage, 1982