Clare Burns


Ms. Clare Burns
Director of the MSA Program and Instructor

Phone: (409)880-8626
Office: Gallowy Business Building Room 236
Office Hours: MW 9-11am TTHU 2:30- 3:45pm

M.B.A.  Lamar University
Certified Public Accountant

Courses Taught


Advanced Auditing 


Financial & Managerial Accounting Foundations 


Intermediate Accounting I 
Intro to Financial Accounting 
Introduction to Auditing 

Professional Experience

Academic Experience 

Director of Masters of Science in Accounting, Lamar University (2011 - Present), Beaumont, Texas.
Instructor of Accounting, Lamar University (2006 - Present), Beaumont, Texas.

Non-Academic Experience 

Experienced Audit Manager, Arthur Andersen & Co. (July, 1986 - February, 1996), Houston, Texas. Full-time auditor from July 1986-December 1994
Part-time auditor/consultant from December 1994-February 1996


2011-2014:  Little Cypress - Mauriceville CISD, District Education Improvement Committee, Business Representative

2011-2014:  Goodwill Industries of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, Finance Committee

2011-2012:  Goodwill Industries of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, Governance Committee


Professional Service 

2014 – 2016:  Carrie Lutcher Brown Foundation (Local).
2015:  Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD - District Education Improvement Committee, Orange, Texas (Local).  Business Representative
2011 – 2012:  First Presbyterian Church - Lemaster Committee, Orange, Texas (Local).
2011 – 2012:  Frances Ann Lutcher Foundation, Orange, United States of America (Local).  Frances Ann Lutcher Trustee Chairman
2011:  First Presbyterian Church of Orange, Orange, Texas (Local).  Frances Ann Lutcher Trustee Chairman

Board Member: Board of Trustees
2011 – 2012:  First Presbyterian Church of Orange (Local).

Board of Directors: Substantial Involvement
2011 – 2016:  Goodwill Industries of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana (Regional).  Advisory Board/Finance Committee/Governance Committee

Institutional Service 

Department Assignments

2014-2015 – 2015-2016:  Accounting Search Committee  

Other Institutional Service Activities:
2012-2013 – 2015-2016:  MSA Director  

College Assignments

2015-2016:  Graduate Programs Committee  
2012-2013 – 2014-2015:  Student-Faculty Relations Committee Lamar University  
2011-2012:  Undergraduate Curriculum Committee  

College Assignments

Other Institutional Service Activities:
2011-2012 – 2015-2016:  Beta Gamma Sigma: Treasurer  

College Assignments

Other Institutional Service Activities:
2016:  Lamar Preview Day: Represented the Accounting Dept. in the COB open house at Lamar Preview Day  

2016:  University Professor/Merit Award Selection Committee  
2015:  Search Committee - MBA Associate Director  
2014-2015:  Strategic Planning Committee  

University Assignments

2011-2012 – 2015-2016:  Honors Council  
2011-2012 – 2012-2013:  Admissions Committee  

University Assignments

2013-2014:  Student-Faculty Relations Committee  

Community Service 

Other Community Service Activities
2015 – 2016:  Orange County Aggie Mothers' Club - Treasurer 

Intellectual Contributions

Refereed Proceedings 

  • Badua, F. A. & Burns, C. D. (in press, 2016).  Tripling the Pass Rate: How an Accounting Program in a US State University Increased the CPA Exam Pass Rate Among Its Students.   AAA 9th Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting.

Presentation of Non-Refereed Papers 

  • Woodcock, D., Colon, R., Rose, D., & Burns, C. (2015, March). Bringing Sexy Back: Fraudulent Financial Reporting Continues to Affect Businesses, but this Time Regulators are on the Lookout.   2015 Mid-Year Forensic Accounting Conference, Denver, Colorado.