Benjamin R. Silliman, Ed.D., C.P.A.

Professor, Accounting and Taxation

Professor Benjamin R. Silliman is a licensed certified public accountant in both the State of New York and in the State of Colorado. Prior to joining the faculty on a full-time basis at St. John’s, Silliman had taught as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Taxation since 2001. In addition, he was a member of the faculty at Queens College/CUNY in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, where he taught intermediate and advanced financial accounting, government and not-for-profit accounting, and individual taxation. While at Queens College, Silliman was a member of the faculty Senate, assisted in revising the graduate curriculum, and served as an academic advisor to undergraduate students. Prior to St. John’s and Queens College, Silliman taught courses in accounting, college algebra, and business math on a part-time basis at Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School in New York City for seven years. Silliman’s professional experience includes working part-time as a budget and compliance consultant to the vice president of Administration and Planning at BMCC of the City University of New York for the last 10 years. In his earlier career, he was a tax consultant with Arthur Andersen & Co. in the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. In addition, he worked as an internal auditor (cost verification) for NBC, and worked as an administrator and compliance officer for New York University and the State University of New York in the area of federal (Title IV) aid programs. Silliman’s research interests include financial reporting, federal taxation, governmental accounting, and adult learning. He has published several journal articles in the CPA Journal, Bank Accounting and Finance, Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Student Aid, and Commercial Lending Review. In addition, Dr. Silliman wrote the chapter on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in GAAP 2011 Handbook of Policies and Procedures, by Siegel, J., Levine, M., Qureshi, A. and Shim, J. His dissertation at N.Y.U., “The Use of Federal College Tuition Tax Credits at Public Community Colleges: A Capacity-Building Policy Analysis,” was chaired by Dr. Joshua Smith, former Chancellor of the California community college system and former President of BMCC/CUNY. In 2010, Silliman received the Peter J. Tobin College of Business’ Teaching Excellence Award. That same year, he also received the “Professor or the Year” award by the students of Beta Alpha Psi.

M.A., Economics and Education, Columbia University
Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, New York University
M.A., Higher Education Administration, New York University
M.S., Taxation, University of Denver
M.Acc., Accountancy, University of Mississippi
B.A., Accountancy, University of Mississippi

Select Publications
Journal Articles

Silliman, B. R., and Hanousek-Monge, R. L. (2015). An Examination of Tax Expenditures for Educator Expenses Under Internal Revenue Code Section 62(a)(2)(D): A Policy Analysis. National Teacher Education Journal. vol. 8.