Accounting Scholars Come To The Upstate

Spartanburg, S.C. -- Around the world, business schools are facing a severe shortage of qualified professors with doctorates. Dr. Darrell Parker, dean of the School of Business Administration and Economics (SBAE) at USC Upstate, is well aware of the on-going shortage of Ph.D. graduates to fill the teaching needs of business schools.

So to say that he is elated about the hiring of two doctoral accountant faculty members is a vast understatement.

“Last year I attended the American Accounting Association Meetings to recruit new faculty,” Parker said. “At the meetings there were over 200 advertisements posted from Universities hiring but only about 60 resumes to review. We are very fortunate to be bringing these talented accounting scholars to the Upstate.”

Dr. Elizabeth Cole, CPA, received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marymount University, a master’s degree in accounting from Virginia Polytechnic and State University and a doctorate in accounting and statistics from Kent State University. Before coming to USC Upstate, she was an assistant professor at James Madison University. Cole serves on the National Committee for Women in Accounting Education.

Dr. Theodore Morrison, III, CPA, received a bachelor’s of history from Emory University, a master’s of professional accountancy from George State University and a doctorate of business administration from Mississippi State University. Before coming to USC Upstate, he was an associate professor at Wingate University.

In addition to Cole and Morrsion, Dr. Rob Routman will also be joining USC Upstate as an assistant professor of business law and tax and will also teach taxation. Routman earned a Juris Doctor and Master of Taxation from Georgia State University. Before joining USC Upstate, he was the Senior Associate Council for MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority).

Other new faculty hires for the SBAE include James Cappio, MBA, instructor of marketing; Dr. Bobby Medlin, associate professor of management;
Dr. Rosalind Paige, associate professor of marketing; and Dr. Charles Reback, assistant professor of economics and finance.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the global business school accrediting association, the shortage of doctorates being produced in business fields as the most critical problem facing business schools -- one that would exacerbate the faculty shortage as baby-boom professors retired and enrollments in M.B.A. programs increased. Two years ago, business schools in the United States graduated 907 Ph.D. students, down from 973 six years ago, the U.S. Department of Education reports. To make matters worse, about a third of those students do not end up teaching at universities, most opting instead for higher-paying corporate careers.

According to Parker, “The challenge to recruit faculty that meet our standards of teaching and scholarship is present in every business discipline. We have a high quality accredited program and are fortunate to be in a great geographic location.”

The USC Upstate School of Business Administration and Economics is one of 41 institutions worldwide with undergraduate only programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Students choose from five concentrations – accounting, economics/finance, business administration, management and marketing – to gain a competitive edge in today and tomorrow’s global job market.

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