Diane Roberts

Diane Roberts


Full-Time Faculty
Malloy Hall, Room 240


Diane Roberts, Professor of Accounting, is motivated by a deep concern for unethical financial reporting and non-transparent corporate accounting, considering the potential for catastrophic effects on the environment, community trust, and the global economy.

Having long been interested in environmental issues and professional accounting, Roberts engages her students in discussions that address both honorable and unlawful corporate practices, as well as historical cases that will naturally elicit debate. She ensures students carry a greater awareness of the importance of transparency with them into their future careers.

Roberts is Associate Editor of Accounting and the Public Interest, an American Accounting Association journal. She is the former chair of the American Accounting Association's Professionalism and Ethics Committee and was the director of the 15th and the 21st Annual Ethics Research Symposium.


  • PhD, Accounting from the University of California, Irvine
  • MS, Accounting from California State University, Sacramento
  • BA, Economics, University of California, Davis

Awards & Distinctions

  • Alfred R. Roberts Memorial Research Award, Academy of Accounting Historians, 2016.  (No relation to Alfred R. Roberts.)
  • University of San Francisco Post-Sabbatical Merit Award, 2015.
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, USF School of Management, 2009
  • Mission Support and Advocacy Award, USF School of Management, 2007
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, USF School of Management, 2006
  • Co-Outstanding Faculty Teacher Award, EPMBA, USF School of Management, 2004
  • Outstanding Service Award, USF School of Management, 2003
  • Third Annual Glen McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics, given by the Oklahoma Center for Accounting Research
  • Chair American Accounting Association, Professionalism and Ethics Committee, 2012 - 2014
  • Accounting Department Chair, USF, 2007, 2009-2010, 2011-2013
  • Editorial Board Member for Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting

Selected Publications