Joseph B. O’Donnell, PhD, CPA, CISA Professor

Joseph B. O’Donnell, PhD, CPA, CISA

B.A., Accounting – University of Notre Dame M.B.A.; 
PhD. in Management Information Systems—State University of NY at Buffalo

Dr. O’Donnell is currently a professor specializing in the area of accounting information systems.  He played a central role in designing the College’s innovative Accounting Information Systems program. Professor O’Donnell is the recipient of the Wehle School of Business 2006 Outstanding Undergraduate Professor Award.

Prior to entering the academic world, Dr. O’Donnell was a manager with Price Waterhouse, now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers.  As manager of the Upstate New York Auditing Computerized Information System (ACIS) practice for the international accounting firm, he supervised the overall development of the ACIS consulting practice, with clients in the financial services, manufacturing, health care, utilities, and government contracting fields.

An active researcher, Dr. O’Donnell has authored ten articles, three book chapters and presented papers at fifteen academic and professional conferences.  His current research interests include Information Technology Auditing, Automated Fraud Detection, Diffusion of Innovation, Accounting Information Systems Education and E-business.

Dr. O’Donnell serves as the faculty advisor to the Accounting Information Systems and Student Retention committees of the Canisius College Council on Accountancy. He is a former Chair of the Department of Accounting and Director of Graduate Accounting Programs. Professor O’Donnell has also served as the Faculty Moderator of the Accounting Society, a member of the Canisius College Faculty Senate, and a faculty representative on the Canisius College Budget Committee.

Dr. O’Donnell is actively involved with professional and community organizations. He is the Chair of the Buffalo Chapter of the New York State Society’s High School Outreach Program and a member of the New York State Society of CPAs Technology Assurance Committee. Dr. O’Donnell also serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of East Aurora. He was the recipient of the 2007 Boys and Girls Club of East Aurora Board Member of the Year Award. 

Dr. O’Donnell is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Public Accountants, and the Information Systems Audit Control Association.