Cynthia Turner

Asst. Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, EY Faculty Fellow

Accounting & Management Information Systems


Cynthia W. Turner joined the Department of Accounting and MIS in the autumn of 2013 as a senior lecturer of accounting. Cynthia comes to Fisher having served on the faculty of the Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for more than 17 years where she was lecturer and associate director of the department’s undergraduate accountancy program. Cynthia has a MA and PhD in accounting from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and a BS in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. 

Cynthia currently serves on the leadership team at Fisher College as the Assistant Dean and Chief Diversity Officer and has become a widely sought-after facilitator and guest speaker on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2016, Cynthia created Project THRIVE, a diversity initiative designed to increase the underrepresented minority talent within the undergraduate program in the accounting and MIS department. In 2018, she was honored for her success in doubling the diversity within the undergraduate program in two short years and was awarded the Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award by the university.   

As a faculty member in the Accounting & MIS Department, Cynthia is an award-winning educator who teaches courses in cost and managerial accounting, and accounting and information systems in the undergraduate and MAcc programs. Further, she teaches in the executive education program at Fisher College. As a researcher, Cynthia's scholarly work has been in the Journal of Accounting Research and the International Journal of Accounting. 

Prior to beginning her academic career, Cynthia was a practicing accountant at EY. She is a certified public accountant and member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Black Accountants. Further, Cynthia currently sits on the advisory board for the Women Business Collaborative. 


  • EY Excellence in Teaching Award (MAcc Program), 2018-2019
  • Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, The Ohio State University, 2018
  • Undergraduate Service Award, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, 2018
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Residence Halls Advisory Council, The Ohio State University, 2014
  • Included (every semester) on List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, University of Illinois, 2006-2009, 2012
  • Outstanding Teaching Award for Small Classes, College of Business Council, 2002


  • PhD, The Ohio State University
  • MA, The Ohio State University
  • BS, North Carolina A&T State University



  • ACCTMIS 3300 - Cost Accounting

    Managerial decision making in organizations with an emphasis on the use of financial data; theory and practice of management control. Prereq: 2300 (212), BusMgt 2320 (330), 2321 (331), and BusMHR 2292 (BusAdm 499.01); or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 525.

  • ACCTMIS 6000 - Management & Control

    Fundamental role of uncertainty, risk and private information in accounting; emphasis on managerial decisions and control problems in organizations. Prereq: Enrollment in Master of Accounting Program. Not open to students with credit for 803.

  • BUSMHR 7335 - Managing Diversity

    Best practices and innovative ideas in managing diversity, the impact of diversity within and outside the organization, and how diversity creates value for an organization. Prereq: Grad standing.

  • ACCTMIS 1200 - Project THRIVE Accounting Gigs

    An examination of the role of accounting in organizations and society, accounting fundamentals, careers in accounting and the professional skills required for success. Prereq: Enrollment in Project THRIVE program, or permission of instructor.