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Troy Hicks

Troy Hicks, PhD, is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University, where he collaborates with K–12 colleagues to explore how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms.

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Troy Hicks

Troy Hicks, PhD, is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University (CMU), where he collaborates with K–12 colleagues to explore how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. He directs the Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and teaches graduate-level and doctoral courses in educational technology. During the 2022–2023 school year, he served as the leader of a Teaching with Primary Sources grant through the National Council of Teachers of English and the Library of Congress and as a coeditor of the Michigan Reading Journal.

Since beginning work at CMU in 2007, Dr. Hicks has earned numerous distinctions, including the Michigan Council of Teachers of English Charles Carpenter Fries Award (2008), CMU’s Provost’s Award for junior faculty who demonstrate outstanding achievement in research and creative activity (2011), the Richard A. Meade Award for scholarship in English education (2014), the Michigan Reading Association’s Teacher Educator Award (2018), CMU’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2020), and the Initiative for 21st Century Literacies Research’s Divergent Award for Excellence (2020).

In 2019, Dr. Hicks earned recognition as an ISTE Certified Educator. In 2021, he completed a facilitation certification course in digital storytelling through Story Center, and in 2022–2023 he is pursuing certification as an Apple Learning Coach. He regularly consults with many educational companies and nonprofit organizations. In addition, he is a regular presenter at the annual conventions for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the International Literacy Association (ILA), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Finally, in addition to offering regular workshops and webinars, Dr. Hicks has authored dozens of books, articles, chapters, blog posts, and other resources broadly related to the teaching of literacy in our digital age.

Dr. Hicks earned his doctorate in curriculum, teaching, and educational policy from Michigan State University in 2007.

To learn more about Dr. Hicks’s work, follow @hickstro on Twitter.