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About Terence Hicks, Ph.D., Ed.D.

Dr. Terence Hicks is the Dean for the Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Hicks is an award winning university Dean and a noteworthy scholar who has conducted important research analysis on self-efficacy, STEM research, college retention, high school to college transition, spirituality among college students and the psychological well-being of first-generation college students. He has been interviewed and cited in the USA Today, the Research Alert National Yearbook, Detroit News, ABC-KTKA Channel 49 in Topeka, Kansas, Fayetteville Observer, many university websites.  Dr. Hicks has published 6 books with (2) two forthcoming; over 85 combined research publications/presentations. He holds a bachelor and a master degree from Virginia State University, a doctorate in education degree from Wilmington University, Delaware and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.


July 2015 Present Dean, Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education at East Tennessee State University, East Tennessee State University

Research Interests

College student retention, college student psychological well-being, Quantiative Research Methods, Educational Statistics, self-efficacy (college students), and high school to college transition

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Robert B. Howsan Award
  • To date, over $44,000 in book sells and over 1,200 books sold
  • cited in USA Today
  • cited in Detroit News
  • cited in Research Alert Yearbook
  • Advisory Editor for the Negro Educational Review Journal
  • Past Review Board member American Journal of Health Behavior
  • Guest Reviewer for the Journal of Negro Education
  • Obtained Full Professor status in three University Systems (University of North Carolina System, Texas A&M University System and the Tennessee Board of Regents


  • Educational Statistics
  • Quantiative Research Methods

Books (8)

Articles (22)