Denis  Neilson

Denis Neilson

Professor Emeritus

Denis Neilson dedicated over thirty years at the University of San Francisco excelling in both academic and leadership positions. He began his tenure as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and later became both the Director of the EMBA Program and the faculty coordinator as the Director of the MBA Program. Embodying the University’s mission of leadership and commitment to academic excellence, his continuous influential guidance was recognized by fellow faculty and staff members. Dr. Neilson received numerous prestigious awards including the University’s Full Time Faculty Teaching Award and the Mary Smith Colleague of the Year Award. Over the course of his career, his exceptional service was doubly acknowledged and as a result, he was a two time recipient of the MBAE, EMBA, and PMBA Teaching Award and the Service Award. Dr. Neilson’s longstanding involvement in higher education has made him an essential member of the USF faculty.

A devoted professor, Dr. Neilson has taught throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area at UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and California State University, East Bay in the field of accounting. His research focuses on costing systems, accounting control systems, and internal transfer pricing systems. Early in his career, Dr. Neilson became a pioneer in accounting education by incorporating the use of computers into the study. He published Interacting Computerized Accounting Problem Set which highlights the advantages of data input programing.  As an advocate for innovation and engaged learning, Dr. Nielson challenged his students by helping them understand the value of technology so that they may be equipped to achieve their future accomplishments. 


Ph.D., Accounting/Operations Research, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1974
M.B.A., Accounting, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1964
B.C.A., Accounting, University of New South Wales, Kensington, Australia, 1961


Interacting Computerized Accounting Problem Sets, Irwin, Inc., Toronto, Canada, 1972

Cost Accounting, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego, California, 1983 (with Michael Chatfield)

Honors and Awards

MBAE, EMBA, and PMBA Teaching Award, USF School of Management, 1992 and 2002

Outstanding Service Award, USF School of Management, 1994 and 2003

Mary Smith Colleague of the Year, University of San Francisco, 1997

Full Time Faculty Teaching Award, USF School of Management, 1990