Meet the Director
Robert Ricketts is the Director of the School of Accounting in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. He has been a member of the Accounting faculty since 1988 and has held the Frank M. Burke Chair in Taxation since 1999. Prior to earning his Ph.D., which he received from the University of North Texas in 1988, he worked for the Dallas office of Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) as a tax senior.
Ricketts' tax scholarship addresses a broad audience. He co-authors several courses on partnership taxation for the AICPA, a leading partnership textbook published by CCH, and a forthcoming book on comparative taxation written by an international group of authors. He also contributes chapters to a leading undergraduate textbook on taxation, and has numerous academic publications on issues ranging from the risks of over-reliance on tax software to the response of multinational corporations to tax holiday legislation. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and works extensively with doctoral students. His love for students, and for Texas Tech, is well-known by students, colleagues and alumni across the world.
In his long tenure at Texas Tech, Ricketts has seen the program grow in both size and reputation. The School of Accounting is nationally recognized as a high-quality program, and within the School of Accounting, the tax program has been ranked among the five best in the country. The School of Accounting is well-positioned to broaden the placement opportunities for its graduates and expects to see continued growth.