Hicks publishes new book on first-generation college students

Published 9:12 am Friday, December 6, 2019

JOHNSON CITY — Dr. Terence Hicks, a professor at East Tennessee State University, is the co-editor of a new book, “First-Generation College Student Research Studies.” This is his eighth book, with two more forthcoming next year.

The book presents the work of a group of dynamic scholars from institutions across the country. Focusing on the first-generation college student population, the authors examine topics such as college choice, social experiences, dual credit on academic success, lifestyles and health status professional identity and teaching practices.

Hicks, who teaches in the Clemmer College’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, notes that the collection of empirical studies in this text contributes greatly to the research literature regarding the role that educational leaders have in educating first-generation college students.

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Dr. Pamela Larde, an associate professor of research at Mercer University and an IOC Fellow at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School affiliate, writes, “In the past, much of the research on first-generation students focused on our deficits. While there is much merit in this foundational work, we have learned over the years that there is also another story to be told — the story of our strengths, of our determination, and of the deep sense of purpose that compels us to keep going. ‘First-Generation College Student Research Studies’ does just that. I applaud the work of Dr. Terence Hicks and associates for bringing this important project to fruition.”

Hicks is an accomplished author, editor and noteworthy scholar who has conducted research analysis on college student selfefficacy, STEM, college retention, high school to college transition, spirituality among college students, psychological well-being of first-generation college students and higher education administrators.

He has been interviewed and cited in publications such as “Diverse Issues in Higher Education,” “USA Today,” “Research Alert National Yearbook,” “Detroit News,” “Fayetteville Observer,” and “Journal of Blacks in Higher Education,” as well as many peer-reviewed journals and books. He has published his research in more than 100 scholarly publications and presentations.

Joining Hicks as co-editors are Dr. Douglas Butler, a professor in the Whitlowe R. College of Education at Prairie View A&M University and Mondrail Myrick, a lecturer of economics at the University of North Carolina Pembroke.

“The First Generation College Student Research Studies” is published by Hamilton Books (Lanham, Boulder, New York and London), an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc.