August 1, 2018 marked the start of my sixth year at UT Martin as the Dean of the College of Business and Global Affairs (CBGA). I feel like a second-year graduate student as I think I have learned most of what is in the normal learning cycle, but knowing there is so much more to do. We have now come full-circle with the AACSB accreditation cycle from when I arrived, but with the feeling I am in much better position to lead the next round.
Last year saw many events related to our focus on students and their taking advantage of experiential learning opportunities as the College spent over $120,000 to support students in these activities. One highlight was a presentation by Kaleb Byars (May 2018 graduate) at the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business’s 63rd Annual Conference in Atlanta. We provided financial support for him as well as for other student learning experiences throughout the year such as: the Super Bowl in Minneapolis (with our largest student group ever), the U.S. Amateur golf tournament in South Carolina, Major League Baseball spring training in Florida, student conferences in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Daytona, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Nashville, New York, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. We sent academic teams to compete at the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, the National Model Congress, the Southern Regional Model United Nations, and Financial Management Association Student Leaders Conference. Additional travel study and study abroad experiences occurred in Australia, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Japan.
We continue to support accounting students in completing the Ethical Leadership Certificate Program while taking Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting. The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s Center for Public Trust sponsors the certificate and potential employers note its value in hiring decisions.
The College continues to work to improve internship possibilities and we are pleased to have had executives from Auto Zone join us on campus last year to talk to over twenty students about the internship (and job) possibilities at the company. The College’s REED Center will continue to help arrange new relationships and strengthen those we have.
We continue to improve our work with the University’s Career Planning and Development Center to help our soon-to-be graduates make a successful transition to a working world by finding that first job.
Join us within CBGA to find a way to make a living at what you love to do. We welcome those who want to minor as well as major within the College. We emphasize student-focused excellence via student-faculty interaction and experiential learning opportunities. At UT Martin, your professors will know your name, you will get academic accountability, and you can make a significant start toward your professional life.
We want you to be a part of the CBGA and Skyhawk families! Call (731 881-7306) or send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.
Ross Dickens, Dean