Richard A. Bernardi

Richard A. Bernardi, Ph.D.Professor of Accounting and Ethics

Contact Information

401-254-3672rbernardi@rwu.eduSB325Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Accounting, Ethics, Behavior, Teaching


B.S. State University of New York, Maritime College B.S. State University of New York, Plattsburgh M.B.A. Western New England College M.S. University of Southern California Ph.D. Union College

Richard Bernardi has been a Professor of Accounting in the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business at Roger Williams University since August of 1999. He was a Professor of Accounting in the School of Business and Economics at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. Dr. Bernardi also served as a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College. He has been recognized twice at Roger Williams University for Excellence in Teaching (2012 and 2005) and by the Chancellor of the State University of New York for Excellence in Teaching (1997).

He graduated from the New York State Maritime College receiving his bachelor’s degree and a Third Mates License in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He received a commission in the U.S. Air Force and served as a combat crew member in the minuteman missile system as well as a navigator-bombardier in the B-52D and the FB-111A aircraft. As a B-52D navigator-bombardier, he flew over 250 combat missions over Vietnam. During his Air Force career, he graduated from Squadron Officer School and the College of Naval Command and Staff as a resident student. He also completed three intermediate service schools (Air Command and Staff College, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Army Command and General Staff College) and two senior service schools (the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and Air War College) in correspondence. Lt. Col. Bernardi’s last active-duty assignment was as Chief of the Operations-Plans Division. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

Dr. Bernardi earned his doctorate in accounting at the Graduate Management Institute of Union College. He holds an MBA in management from Western New England College and an MS in systems management from the University of Southern California as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval War College. Dr. Bernardi’s research is primarily focused in the areas of accounting ethics and education. He has over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles; of these, 46 have been coauthored with his former undergraduate students. Dr. Bernardi has taught courses in financial and managerial accounting, managerial and corporate finance, and accounting ethics. He serves on the editorial boards of Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting, the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research, the Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting, and the Managerial Auditing Journal