Dr. Hickman joined the Maryville College faculty in the fall of 2007. He completed graduate work and earned advanced degrees from The University of Tennessee, Georgetown University and Indiana University. He also attended several colleges abroad: La Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Universidad de las Américas (UDLA Quito) and others while participating in various programs. While studying both Spanish and Linguistics, Dr. Hickman traveled extensively throughout Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. He specialized in two areas in graduate school: Medieval Spanish Literature and Applied Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition. His research in Peninsular Spanish literature focuses on the works of Medieval Spain, including the writings of Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi and the development of the Courtly Love literary convention. His research in linguistics deals with the production of native-like pronunciation in the second-language classroom.
Dan Hickman is currently developing a course in translation and interpretation (Spanish 349) designed to help students apply language abilities while developing professional skills as translators and interpreters. For many years, Dan has served many people in Knoxville and all of East Tennessee by providing document translations and immigration solutions by means of his local translation service. Additionally, Dan is planning to design a translation and interpretation certificate program that allows students to find meaningful employment in the field after graduation.