Faculty Directory

Richard Powers

Associate Professor of the Practice


Business Law and Society


Professor Powers’ teaching and research interests include international and comparative law, commercial transactions, litigation, business ethics and the interrelationship between the law and ethics. For almost a decade he was a member of the Business Ethics Curriculum Committee and taught sections of the previously required Carroll School course, Introduction to Business Ethics. Subsequently, Powers taught several sections of the course that took its place, Portico, an innovative seminar required of all first-year Carroll School undergraduates as an introduction to management and business ethics.

Powers introduced a related course, Law and Ethics, to the curriculum several years ago in order to provide interested students throughout the University an opportunity to further explore this highly relevant subject matter. Professor Powers also regularly teaches Law II: Business Law during the academic year and has taught Law I: Introduction to Law and the Legal Process in Dublin, Venice and Madrid using a comparative law approach in the summer over the last several years.

While pursuing graduate work towards earning an M.A. in Higher Education Administration, Professor Powers focused his research on the discipline of academic advising. He now serves as academic advisor to numerous undergraduate and graduate students, as well as pre-law students in the Carroll School of Management as well as the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences. In connection therewith, he collaborates with the University’s pre-law advisor and the Academic Advising Center through regular participation in pre-law presentations.

As former Chairperson of the M.B.A. Core Faculty (2009-2014), Professor Powers coordinated curriculum development, course offerings, and scheduling in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, the program staff, and the Chairs and faculty of the school’s academic departments. In addition, for several years Professor Powers has taught Managing the Legal and Ethical Environment of Business in the M.B.A. full-time program and, more recently, in M.B.A. evening program.