Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, University Oklahoma, 1971. Doctor of Education, University Northern Colorado, 1991.
Literacy consultant Concordia (Louisiana) Parish, 2000—2001. From assistant to associate professor Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond. Associate professor Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, since 2003.
Merritt Family Endowed professor Southeastern Louisiana University, 2001—2003. Reading researcher Juvenile Detention Center.
Member of ACEI (secretary state Missouri 2003-2006), National Council Teachers Reading, Southeast Louisiana Reading Council (president 1994-1995), International Reading Association (manuscript reviewer since 2002), Phi Delta Kappa (secretary 2005-2006), Kappa Delta Pi (counselor 2003-2005).
Children: Robert Cohlman Hicks, Kerry Cameron Hicks.