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.
Dr. Hickman is currently developing a yearly summer study abroad program for beginner and intermediate level students of Spanish.