Bonita Peterson Kramer



Dr. Bonita Peterson Kramer

Professor of Accounting

Office: 438 Jabs Hall


Phone: (406) 994-4620

ACTG 328 - Intermediate Financial Accounting & Reporting II

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Research Interests

Accounting education




Dr. Kramer obtained her Ph.D. due to her love of teaching and has taught nine MSU accounting courses from the sophomore through graduate levels. She developed the graduate Fraud Examination course and, after teaching it a few times, obtained approval for its inclusion in the MSU catalog. In her graduate auditing class, she prepares students for the CPA exam’s auditing section. Her students ranked #2, #1, and #3 in the country for their first-time pass rate on the exam the first three years she taught auditing, and her students continue to enjoy a first-time pass rate above the national average. She regularly publishes articles in accounting academic and practitioner journals. In 2009 she co-authored a case on the demise of Arthur Andersen & Co. in the book Handbook of Frauds, Scams, and Swindles: Failures of Ethics in Leadership, and also co-authored Financial Statements Demystified, a book published by McGraw-Hill for a layperson audience. Dr. Kramer’s articles and cases reach an international audience, some being translated into Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese. Her cases have been used across the country and internationally, both in the classroom and for training practicing accountants and managers in organizations such as Tyco, Inc., and Princeton University.

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Selected Publications

  • "Current Opinions on Forensic Accounting Education," co-authored with M. Seda and G. Bobashev, Accounting Research Journal, forthcoming.
  • "Interstate Business College: A Case Study of Fraud Examination," co-authored with T. Buckhoff, Issues in Accounting Education19(4): 505–527, and 13–25 in the Teaching Notes (2004)
  • "Anti-Fraud Education in Academia" co-authored with T. Buckhoff, Advances in Accounting Education, 6: 45–67 (2004)
  • "Student Health Services: A Case of Employee Fraud," co-authored with T. Gibson, Journal of Accounting Education, 21(1): 61–73 (2003)
  • "Perceptions of Computer-Based Testing: A Focus on the CFM Examination," co-authored with B. Rieder, Journal of Accounting Education, 20(4): 265–284 (2002)
  • "An Examination of The Positive Test Strategy in Auditors’ Hypothesis Testing," co-authored with B. Wong-On-Wing, Behavioral Research in Accounting, 12: 257–277 (2000)
  • "Fraud Detection and Investigation: Microcomputer Consulting Services" co-authored with T. Gibson, Issues in Accounting Education, 14(1):99–115 (1999)

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  • President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Montana State University, 2016
  • MSU Phi Kappa Phi Anna K. Fridley Distinguished Teaching Award, 2015
  • American Accounting Association Forensic Accounting Section’s Best Teaching Innovation Award, 2012
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching, 2012
  • Scott and Barbara Heck Faculty Scholar “in recognition of your significant contributions to the success of the College of Business,” 2002 – 2013
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year, Montana State University, 2011
  • MSU Alumni Association/Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Awards for Teaching Excellence, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2010, and 2011
  • Institute of Management Accountants Certificate of Merits for excellence in contributing to the literature for the advancement of management accounting and financial management, 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2013
  • Institute of Management Accountants Lybrand Bronze Medal for outstanding article of the year, 1998 and 2006
  • MSU Cox Faculty Excellence Award for creative scholarship and distinctive performances in instruction, recognizing the synergy between research and teaching, 2004
  • Montana Society of CPAs Jack J. Kempner Outstanding Educator Award, 2003
  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Research, Montana State University, 2001
  • Best Education Paper Award, American Accounting Association Western Region annual meeting, 2000
  • Honorable Mention for performance on the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) Exam, 1993

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Ph.D., Accounting, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1994

M.B.A., Finance emphasis, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 1987

B.A., Business, Accounting Option, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, 1983

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