About Me

Douglas Hicks is dean of Oxford College, and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religion, at Emory University.

Douglas A. Hicks is dean and the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religion at Oxford College of Emory University. As dean, Hicks serves as the chief officer of Oxford College. Located on the historic campus of Emory dating to 1836, Oxford College educates one -quarter of Emory University’s entering undergraduates for their first two years of college in an intensive liberal arts curriculum. Hicks is responsible for Oxf ord’s strategic and operational leadership, with 1000 students, 100 faculty, and 125 staff, and annual budget of over $65 million. He also holds an appointment as an affiliate professor in the Candler School of Theology at Emory. He is currently leading university-wide efforts on memorializing the labor of enslaved persons  and on integrating career pathways into humanities courses.

Hicks serves on the Board of Directors of the Arts Association in Newton County and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College.

Prior to coming to Oxford, Hicks served Colgate University as provost and dean of the faculty, leading its four academic divisions and its university libraries, information technology, athletics, museums, international initiatives, and the office of equity and diversity. He was a principal architect of Living the Liberal Arts, Colgate’s strategic plan, and he led the implementation of its academic priorities.

Hicks was formerly professor of leadership studies and religion in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, where he taught from 1998 until 2012. As founding director of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, he built a staff team of a dozen members to promote community-based learning, civic partnerships, and applied research on public issues. He received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV), the commonwealth’s highest recognition for professors.

Hicks received an A.B. magna cum laude with Honors in Economics from Davidson College, an M.Div.summa cum laude from Duke University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University, where he studied with noted theologian Ronald Thiemann and Nobel Prize -winning economist Amartya Sen. His scholarship focuses on leadership in civic life and higher education, religion in politics and the workplace, and the ethical dimensions of economic issues.

Dr. Hicks is author of four books: Money Enough (Jossey -Bass, 2010 ); With God on All Sides (Oxford University Press, 2009); Religion and the Workplace (Cambridge University Press, 2003); and Inequality and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2000). In addition, he edited, with Thad Williamson, Leadership and Gl obal Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and, with Mark Valeri, Global Neighbors (Eerdmans, 2008). Dr. Hicks is an editor, with J. Thomas Wren and Terry L. Price, of the three -volume International  Library of Leadership (Edward Elgar, 2004).

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Hicks has held visiting faculty positions at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond and at the Harvard Divinity School. He is a former president of the Academy of Religious Leadership and former chair of the Religion and Social Sciences section of the American Academy of Religion.

He is married to Catherine L. Bagwell, who is a professor of psychology at Oxford College, and they have two children, Noah and Ada.

Douglas A. Hicks

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