East Tennessee State Professor Wins the Social Science Scholar Award

Dr. Terence Hicks has received the Virginia Social Science Association Scholar Award. This award is given to exceptional scholars in the field of social science. “I am very happy and grateful to have received this prestigious social science award,” said Hicks. He received the award at the association’s 97th annual conference on April 20th.

Hicks is a professor at East Tennessee State University. He has worked as a dean for the Clemmer College of Education and Human Development.

Hicks is a successful author who has written 10 books and has contributed to over 100 research publications or presentations. He is an expert on first-generation college students and has presented academic papers at conferences in the United States and abroad.

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He studies various topics related to college students, including their confidence in their abilities, research in STEM fields, the reasons why students drop out of college, the impact of school closures and resistance, the challenges students face when transitioning from high school to college, the role of spirituality among college students, and the mental well-being of students and administrators in higher education.

Hicks recently worked as a professor for the Southern Regional Education Board and as a researcher for the National Institutes of Health, National Center of Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Hicks has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in counseling education, both from Virginia State University. He has a Doctorate in Education degree in educational leadership from Wilmington University, Delaware, and a Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education and higher education from North Carolina State University.

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