Biography"I have always enjoyed crafting a quality, rigorous, captivating educational experience for my students."
Currently the Chair of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, Dr. Hicks became part of the Ashford University community in September 2014. Dr. Hicks holds expertise in policing and law enforcement administration and is also recognized as an authority in white supremacy. Of her work at Ashford, Dr. Hicks says, “Teaching is a very creative process. Building a course is as artistic a process as your imagination allows. I have always enjoyed crafting a quality, rigorous, captivating educational experience for my students.”
Her previous duties within the Department of Criminal Justice at Loyola University New Orleans included sitting as Graduate Coordinator, where she was charged with the advising and mentoring of newly accepted graduate students. Additional college level duties entailed acting as Chair of the College of Social Sciences Curriculum Committee, representing the Loyola Sailing Team on the national level collegiate sailing circuit, and acting as faculty advisor for the Lambda Upsilon Nu fraternity.
Dr. Hicks shares, “In New Orleans I played euphonium in the Crescent City Wind Symphony and trumpet in the Loyola University Concert Band, the Jefferson Parish Concert Band, and the VFW Post #175 Concert Band (the official band of the National WWII Museum). While living in the Midwest I played in the pit orchestra under maestro Julian Dawson for the Bolshoi Ballet travelling company for the Nutcracker Christmas program.
“I also boogie board, knee board, and longboard surf. I am a rescue diver with advanced and nitrox certifications. I love to dive at CocoView in Roatan, Honduras. I race sailboats where I work foredeck. I was an avid spelunker when I lived in the Midwest.
“I have a Poodle named Fosch, two Chinese hamsters named Youqui and Tuva, an African fat-tailed gecko named Nona, and 2 Caribbean hermit crabs named Deca and Poda.”
Recipient of the Marquette Fellowship and Excellence in Research from the College of Social Sciences at Loyola, Dr. Hicks has published on a variety of topics within her discipline, including the publication of a book entitled Police Vehicular Pursuits: Constitutionality, Liability, and Negligence. She has examined the Augustinian Just War Tradition as it pertains to law enforcement use of force and has obtained certifications in white supremacy and gangs from the National Gang Crime Research Center.
Dr. Hicks’ summer scholarly work has entailed travel to the University of Michigan’s Inter-University Consortium on Political and Social Research to receive instruction in the latest advanced techniques of statistical analysis and methodology.
Dr. Hicks acts as a lead technical reviewer for the grant programs for the U.S. Department of Justice and Lockheed Martin. She is also a reviewer for Sage publishers, Guilford Press, Prentice Hall, and Charles C. Thomas Publishing as well as the Community Mental Health Journal and Journal of Social Economics.
Dr. Hicks was also a sitting member of the Research Committee for the Council for Accelerated Programs and the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning. She assists in research studies pertaining to on-line programs in higher education and various accelerated pedagogical techniques. She was recently made Area Program Topic Chair for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual conference for 2015.