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Troy Hicks - Central Michigan University. Mt. Pleasant, MI, US

Troy Hicks

Director, Chippewa River Writing Project | Central Michigan University


An experienced educator, Hicks leads dynamic professional development around technology and writing.



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 is director of 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. Also, Hicks is author of the The Digital Writing Workshop (Heinemann, 2009) and a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010). 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. Most importantly, he is the father of six digital natives and is always learning something new about writing and technology from them.

Industry Expertise (3)

Writing and Editing

Training and Development


Areas of Expertise (3)

Digital Writing

Technology Integration

Professional Development

Accomplishments (1)

Provost's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (professional)

Central Michigan University's Provost's Award is given annually to two junior faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in research and creative activity.

Education (3)

Michigan State University: MA, Curriculum and Teaching 2000

Michigan State University: BA, English 1997

Honors College

Michigan State University: PhD, Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy 2007

Focus on English Education and Technology

Affiliations (1)

  • Central Michigan University

Sample Talks (1)

Creating Your Digital Writing Workshop

Digital writing tools such as blogs, wikis, digital stories, and social networks can contribute to what you are already doing in your writing instruction as well as appeal to a new generation of students. In this hands-on session, we will explore how new ways of thinking about well-established practices in the writing workshop'student choice and inquiry, conferring on writing, examining author's craft, publishing writing, and broadening our understandings of assessment?could be updated for the digital age. With examples of how to teach digital writing throughout, bring your own laptop so we can begin creating your digital writing workshop.



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1000 to 3000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee