Professor and Teaching and Learning Center Director
Scott Hicks is professor of English, member of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College faculty, and director of the Teaching & Learning Center at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Vanderbilt University, he teaches classes in African American literature, environmental literature, and first-year composition.
With Jane Haladay, he is the co-editor of Narratives of Educating for Sustainability in Unsustainable Environments (Michigan State University Press, 2017). His research on African American and environmental literatures, teaching, and service-learning appears in American Literary History; Arizona Quarterly; Callaloo; Environmental Humanities; Alan G. Braddock and Laura Turner Igoe's A Greene Country Towne: Philadelphia, Ecology, and the Material Imagination; Honors in Practice; IJEP: International Journal of ePortfolio; ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature & Environment; Journal of American Studies; Journal on Excellence in College Teaching; Deborah Plant's New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston; North Carolina Literary Review; Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities; Laurie Grobman and Roberta Rosenberg's Service Learning and Literary Studies in English; Studies in Oral History; Sustainability & Climate Change; Amy Schrager Lang and Cecelia Tichi's What Democracy Looks Like: A New Critical Realism for a Post-Seattle World; and Christina Robertson and Jennifer Westerman's Working on Earth: Class and Environmental Justice.
He is committed to professional development as a scholar-teacher, exemplified by his acceptance to and participation in the MLA Institute on Reading & Writing at Access-oriented Institutions hosted by George Mason University in summer 2023. He has won awards at UNCP for excellence in teaching and service-learning, including the American Indian Heritage Center’s Outstanding Allyship Award in 2022 and the Adolph L. Dial Award for Scholarship/Creative Work in 2023, and he served as chair of UNCP's faculty senate from 2014 to 2016.