A Message from the Dean and Dean's Office Information
I welcome you to Auburn University at Montgomery’s College of Business (COB) – whether your visit is virtual or face-to-face. At COB, you can find AACSB-accredited degrees at the undergraduate level (the BSBA degree) with majors in Accounting, Finance, General Business, Human Resources Management, Management, and Marketing. We also have accredited graduate degrees in Accounting (MAcc), Business (MBA) Healthcare Administration (MHA), and Information Systems (MSMIS). Those working full-time jobs can pursue the BSBA (General Business), MBA, MHA, or MSMIS degrees fully online.
Perhaps the most exciting changes within COB since January 2023 are related to the acquisition of a computer that has allowed our faculty and students to move quickly into the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) management in ways that we have not found replicated in any other college of business. We expect to integrate AI-related education into all our degrees in short order.
Come visit us and see how our following COB’s 2021-2025 COB Strategic Plan to be “student-centric” has resulted in improved facilities (an expanded COB Clothing Closet and more-welcoming Clement Cove) aimed at preparing students to be career-ready. Our undergraduate classes are deliberately kept small enough so that your professors will know your name, can help with academic accountability, and guide you toward your professional life. Finally, our AI emergence has already led to multiple student research projects and presentations at the University level and a regional academic conference.
I hope you will take the time to learn more about COB programs via our website, give me a call (334 244-3459) or send me an email ([email protected]). We want you to be a part of the COB and Warhawk family!
Ross Dickens, Dean
The AUM College of Business mission is to prepare students for successful careers by providing quality educational opportunities utilizing dedicated faculty, stakeholder collaboration, and small class sizes.
Dean, Professor | College of Business
Dr. Ross Dickens is currently Dean and Professor of Finance at the College of Business at the University of Auburn at Montgomery. He has held faculty positions at the University of Tennessee at Martin (where he was also the Dean of the College of Business & Global Affairs), the University of South Alabama (where he was also the Chair of the Department of Economics & Finance) and Louisiana Tech University. He earned his PhD in Finance at the University of Tennessee ? Knoxville, his MBA from the University of North Carolina ? Chapel Hill, and his B.S. in Business Administration from Presbyterian College. Before attending graduate school, he worked in the banking industry in South Carolina (first with the First National Bank of South Carolina and, then, with South Carolina National Bank after its purchased of FNBSC) and has taught at the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and the Alabama Graduate School of Banking. He has published over thirty articles in peer reviewed journals as well as having published Contestable Markets Theory, Competition, and the United States Banking Industry (1996) with Garland Publishing Inc., New York along with authoring a chapter on Dividend Policy in Regulated Industries in Blackwell Companion to Dividends and Dividend Policy (2009). His research includes over forty presentations and proceeding publications at academic meetings. He has served on multiple editorial review boards for academic journals and as of October 2018 rotated off the Financial Management Association?s Board of Directors after six years of service as the Student Chapter Committee Chair. When living in Mobile, he was regularly sought for comments on economic and financial matters for local television and newspaper outlets. He is a member of numerous honor societies including Beta Gamma Sigma (business scholastic honor society) and Phi Kappa Phi.
Senior Lecturer | College of Business
Bio Information and Philosophy-
I have been a practicing lawyer in the Montgomery area for over forty years. My experience working in various legal offices extends beyond those forty years. I began my legal career working in Washington, D.C. for United States Senator Howell Heflin on the Senate Judiciary Committee and then as a staff attorney for the Hon. H. Randall Thomas, Circuit Judge for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. I opened my private law office in May 1982 and formed partnerships with other lawyers beginning in 1983. I handled all types of litigation and appeals in state and federal court. For more than six years I served as the General Counsel for the Alabama Department of Education as Deputy Attorney General. I left the Department of Education to become Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for Education for the State of Alabama within the Attorney General’s office. I have been trained as a Mediator and Arbitrator as well as a certified Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) for Alabama courts.
I graduated from Cumberland School of Law and the Brock School of Business, Samford University with simultaneously earned degrees, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.). Since 1983, I have taught various courses at AUM within the College of Business. Yes, I was teaching business law long before many of you were born. I joined the faculty full time in 2015 as Senior Lecturer of Business Law. For five summers (2015-2019), I was honored to be invited to travel to and teach in the People’s Republic of China at the Hubei University of Economics. It is in the city of Wuhan (population over 10 million) with which everyone is now familiar. I presented a course very similar to the one all business students take, but with some comparisons of the Chinese and U.S. legal systems. During recent summer terms (2020 – 2022) I taught the course entirely online to students in Wuhan. Some of these students are now here in the United States taking courses at AUM and other universities completing undergraduate and graduate degrees. This experience has been most rewarding and enlightening for a country boy from Alabama.
I teach because I enjoy sharing the challenges of the law and want my students to gain greater confidence and practical knowledge to navigate many legal areas without catastrophe. My philosophy is that if we can remove some of the mystery surrounding legal issues and the corresponding stress of ignorance, then solutions will often present themselves. One thing I have learned over my long career as a practicing attorney is that court rulings and laws will definitely change over time. Some court decisions will be difficult to understand. Having knowledge of the processes and methods of our legal system is often the greatest strength for a person when life’s circumstances and the legal system collide. I further believe this knowledge of the system is an essential characteristic of many successful business leaders.
Clearly, many things have dramatically changed in the legal world during my career, including the way we provide classroom instruction and offer resources in these endeavors. I never considered that a cyber environment, called the “internet”, would allow for the virtual presentation of the materials in the courses I was asked to teach, but here we are. This is a continuing adventure and I am excited about the many possibilities to innovate and learn. When I consider how the internet and technology have changed the way I practice law, conduct research and deliver even the most simple of documents to our courts, it is only natural that we fully embrace the opportunities to expand the classroom experience and capture the incredible power of this technology. The internet clearly offers students and instructors opportunities to find and utilize more resources with greater flexibility in learning.
I will end my career at AUM and cherish every group of students I have been privileged to challenge. If something we have discussed in class helps them avoid a situation that could have been a major distraction in their lives, then one of my primary goals is achieved.
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