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Renu Desai, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor


Accounting and Taxation


H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship

I am an educator because I especially enjoy sharing what I have learned with others. I believe that everyone is capable of learning and wants to learn. In my role as an accounting professor, I work extremely hard to motivate and challenge students to master difficult technical material and to connect it with their personal and professional goals. I feel overjoyed when I sense that students are growing in self-confidence about the subject matter I am teaching and that they appreciate the challenges and rewards that come from learning.

I graduated from the University of Bombay with a bachelor's of accounting and went on to become certified as a Chartered Accountant (CA) from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India while working as an intern with an audit firm. After that, I pursued higher studies and earned the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from University of Arkansas.

After graduate school, I worked for two and a half years for Deloitte & Touche LLP as a senior associate in the Audit & Assurance practice at the World Financial center in New York City. My professional experience also includes working for Pepsi Bottling Group for a year and a half as a senior financial analyst.

After I gained requisite experience in the field of accounting, I decided to pursue my long held desire for teaching and research and I went on to receive the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Ph.D.) from University of Central Florida in Orlando.

  • Ph.D. - University of Central Florida - Business Administration
  • CERT. - Institute of Chartered Accountants of India - Accounting
  • CERT. - The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India - Cost Accountant
  • M.B.A. - University Arkansas - Business Administration

ACT 2020 Foundations of Accounting 1

ACT 3070 Intermediate Accounting III

ACT 5001 Introductory Accounting

ACT 5009 Advanced Accounting

ACT 5140 Accounting For Decision Makers

Going Concern Issues Disclosed in Audit Reports, CSU Research Seminar, 2018, Monterey Bay, California

Using Search Engine Technology to Examine Relationship between Going Concern Opinion and Its Financial Distress Metrics, Journal of Accounting Auditing and Finance Symposium, 2017, Indian Institute of Management , Ahemdabad, India

Desai, V., Desai, R., Davidyan, J., Litt, B. (2021). Globalization and the Accounting Profession: Lessons Learned from India. Journal of Theoretical Accounting Research, 17(1), 104-140.

Desai, V., Desai, R. V., Kim, J. (2020). Are Going-Concern Issues Disclosed in Audit Reports Associated with Subsequent Bankruptcy? Evidence from the USA. International Journal of Auditing, 24(1), 131-144.

Desai, R., Davidyan, J., Desai, V. (in press). An Analytical Cost-Benefit Function of Auditor’s Going Concern Decision: Does the Audit Firm Size Matter? To appear in Journal of Theoretical Accounting Research.

Joung Kim, Vikram Desai, Rajendra Srivastava, & Renu Desai (2017). Using Search Engine Technology to Examine Relationship between Going Concern Opinion and its Financial Distress Metrics. Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting.

Renu Desai & Vikram Desai (2017). External auditors' evaluation of the internal audit function: An empirical investigation,. International Journal of Accounting Information Systems 24, pp. 1-14.

Vikram Desai, Renu Desai, & Barri Litt (2015). Incumbent audit firm pricing: a response to entry of the Big Four accounting firms in India. Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies 5(4), pp. 382-394.

Renu Desai & R Roberts (2013). Deficiencies in the Code of Conduct: The AICPA Rhetoric Surrounding the Tax Return Preparation Outsourcing Disclosure Rules. Journal of Business Ethics 114(3), pp. 457-471.

Vik Desai, Renu Desai, & Vishal Munsif (2010). India: Still the front runner in FAO Markets. The International Journal of Arts and Sciences 3(13).

Renu Desai & Robert Mcgee (2010). Is Outsourced Data Secure. The CPA Journal 80(1).

Renu Desai & Robert Mcgee (2010). Sox: Deterrent or Aid to outsourcing.. Currents: International Trade Law Journal 18(2).

Vik Desai & Renu Desai (2010). Towards a decision aid for External Audit evaluation of the Internal Audit Function.. The Journal of Global Business Issues 4(1).

Renu Desai (2010). Understanding management control systems in call centers.. International Journal of Productivity & Performance Management 59(8), pp. 792-810.