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Outstanding Faculty Awards

Douglas A. Hicks

Professor of Leadership Studies and Religion
University of Richmond

Douglas A. Hicks is Professor of Leadership Studies and Religion in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, where he has taught since 1998.

Founder of the University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, Dr. Hicks served as the Center’s director and then executive director between 2004 and 2009. He led the development and launch of the University of Richmond Downtown initiative, located at Seventh and Broad Streets in Richmond. Frequently quoted in the national and Virginia media, Dr. Hicks focuses his scholarship on public and civic leadership, religion in 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 Global 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).

Dr. Hicks is a Board member at the Virginia Poverty Law Center, and he has served as chair of the University of Richmond’s Faculty Council.

An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Hicks is a parish associate at the Second Presbyterian Church of Richmond. He 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.

Dr. Hicks received an A.B. magna cum laude with Honors in Economics from Davidson College, an M.Div. magna 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. He is married to Catherine L. Bagwell, who holds the MacEldin Trawick Professorship in Psychology at the University of Richmond, and they have two children, Noah and Ada.

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Dr. Douglas Hicks


"My most gratifying moments as an educator occur when my undergraduate students ‘connect the dots,’ discovering for themselves how their academic work brings them face-to-face with practical challenges in metropolitan Richmond and beyond."