• Position: Associate Professor, Director of the Chippewa River Writing Project
  • Department: English Language & Literature
  • Campus Address: Anspach 204
  • Phone: 989-774-3236
  • Email: hicks1tw@cmich.edu
  • Vitae: Curriculum Vitae


  • English 201, 315, as well as graduate courses and professional development workshops through the Chippewa River Writing Project


Dr. Troy Hicks is an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Hicks directs CMU's Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and he frequently conducts professional development workshops related to writing and technology.  


Area of expertise:

  • K-12 Writing Instruction
  • Digital Writing
  • English Education

Special Projects:

  • Project WRITE (Writing, Reading, Inquiry and Technology Education)

    Adolescents are not achieving the levels of literacy learning that teachers, parents, and policymakers believe they should, despite the development of rigorous standards and teacher professional development. Integrating technology and newer literacies remains even more difficult. Because no compelling research on which to base additional curricular or pedagogical revisions to our practice exists, we have adopted an inquiry- and project-based, community-specific approach through a Title II professional development grant: Project WRITE (Writing, Reading, Inquiry, and Technology Education). Begun in October 2007, forty teachers have formed a learning community to closely examine student work with the intent of identifying pedagogies and materials that improve adolescent literacy and thoughtful integration of technology. Through professional development that models best practices in English language arts as well as uses of the read/write web such as blogs, wikis, and podcasts, our project-in-process takes an inquiry-based approach to teaching adolescent literacy that, we believe, can lead to greater literacy gains.

  • Chippewa River Writing Project (In Progress)

    The Chippewa River Writing Project (CRWP), as a proposed site of the National Writing Project (NWP) at Central Michigan University, will further the mission of both organizations by improving the teaching and learning of writing in Michigan's schools and local communities. Through an intensive summer institute for K-16 teachers of all subject areas, professional development collaborations with local schools, and additional programs for youth and teachers, the CMU faculty and local teachers involved in the CRWP will focus outreach activities in mid- Michigan and the northeastern quadrant of the lower peninsula that support the teaching and learning of writing. Over time, the site will develop relationships with teachers and schools that will support quality writing instruction and, in turn, will better prepare our students for college, work, and community service. Specific opportunities will vary based on faculty and teacher interests and the site's capacity, yet we see immediate potential to 1) strengthen CMU's community outreach efforts, 2) invite local teachers – many of whom are CMU alumni – back for graduate course work, compete for additional grant and foundation monies, and 3) increase CMU presence in local, state, and national conversations about the teaching of English language arts.


Hicks is author of the Heinemann titles Crafting Digital Writing (2013) and The Digital Writing Workshop (2009) as well as a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010) and Create, Compose, Connect (Eye on Education/Routledge, 2014) in addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters.  

Professional Organizations:

National Council of Teachers of English, National Writing Project, Conference on English Education, College Composition and Communication, American Educational Research Association, Michigan Council of Teachers of English, Michigan Reading Association

Awards and Honors:

In March 2011, Hicks was honored with CMU's Provost's Award for junior faculty who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in research and creative activity. In 2010, he was recognized as one of Tech and Learning's "100@30" leaders in educational technology. 

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