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David Hicks

David Hicks, Professor

David Hicks
David Hicks, Professor

School of Education
Public Safety Building, Suite 201
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8332  |

Each year David Hicks is gutted that he never wins an Oscar, Nobel Prize, or Grammy; he has not even found the baby in the king cake on Mardi Gras. Current projects include (1) trying to become self-appointed affiliate faculty to the vet school – expertise is a little-known field: small animal puppetry (since shoulder surgery large animal puppetry is out), (2) changing the name of the school of education to the school of cognitive engineering. He has stopped using twitter because he has been confused with David Hicks the Australian Taliban- seriously google “David Hicks”. David loves reading fake news and has extensive military experience including Thermopylae with Gerard Butler, Defense of Rorke‘s Drift (Anglo-Zulu War) alongside Michael Caine and Stanley Baker, Gallipoli with Mel Gibson, Battle of the Bastards with Jon Snow, and most recently Dunkirk alongside Harry Styles, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy.  David enjoys doing conference presentations on the learning of history and historical inquiry, writing run-on sentences, and he also likes Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain but nowadays he is asleep by midnight. He is no longer a big fan of traveling with certain Americans in France and despises grammar and punctuation

  • Learning History and Social Science
  • Explicit Strategy Instruction and Scaffolding
  • Mixed Reality and Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Digital Technologies and Multimedia
  • Disability Studies
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Tech
  • MA in History, SUNY Cortland
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Distinctions in theory and practice), Leeds University, United Kingdom
  • BA (hons) in Social History, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
  • College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies  Chair and Board member (2003-09)
  • National Council for the Social Studies Dissertation Award Committee
  • Theory and Research in Social Education Editorial Board Member (2013-15)
  • Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education – Social Studies Section co-editor (2000-2010)
  • ICAT  “At the Nexus” Award with Thomas Tucker, Dongsoo Choi, Todd Ogle, Doug Bowman, Run Yu, David Cline, Zach Duer, Tanner Upthegrove, & Erik Westman for Visualizing World War I through mixed reality: The mystery of the destroyed village of Vauquois and the War of the Mines. The Award was for the exhibit/ project that best exemplifies working at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design. (2017)
  • National Technology Leadership Initiative Fellowship Award with Stephanie van Hover, Melissa Lisanti and Colleen Fitzpatrick for best technology paper at the annual conference of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social studies annual conference (2016)
  • AERA Social Studies Research SIG Outstanding Award Paper with Hilary Dack and Stephanie van Hover (2015)

Edited Books

Stoddard, J.S., Marcus, A., & Hicks, D. (Eds.) (2017).  Teaching Difficult History Through Film. New York: Routledge.

Ewing, E.T., & Hicks, D. (Eds.). (2006). Education and the Great Depression: Lessons from a global history. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.


van Hover, S., & Hicks, D. (2017). Social constructivism and students learning in Social Studies. In M. Manfra and C. Bolick (Eds.), The handbook of social studies research (pp. 270- 286). New Jersey: Wiley.

 Johnson, A., Hicks, D., Ogle, T., Bowman, D., Cline, D. & Regan, E. (2017) “If this place could talk”: Using augmented reality to make the past visible. Social Education 81(2), 112-116.

van Hover, S., Hicks, D., & Dack, H. (2016). From source to evidence? Teachers’ uses of historical sources in their classrooms. The Social Studies 107(6) 209-217.

Hicks, D., Johnson, A.,* van Hover, S., Lisanti, M.,* McPherson, K., & Zuckerwar, S., (2016). Teaching with primary sources: Junior detectives as a bridge to disciplinary literacy. Social Studies and the Young Learner 29(1), 9-15.


Tucker, T., Choi, D., Ogle, T., Hicks, D., Bowman, D., Yu, R., Cline, D., Duer, Z., Upthegrove, T., & Westman, E. (May 2017). Visualizing World War I through mixed reality: The mystery of the destroyed village of Vauquois and the War of the Mines. ICAT Creativity and Innovation Day. The Cube, Moss Arts Center: Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Tucker, T., Choi, D., Ogle, T., Hicks, D., Westman, E., Cline, D., Newcomb, D., Massotte, Y., Beauchamp, C., & Arles, A. (April 27th- May 20th 2017). The disappeared village of Vauquois. ICAT: Open (at the) Source- Sensing Place. Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Fralin, S., Cline, D., Ogle, T., Hicks, D., Tucker, T., Bowman, D., Johnson, A., Ragan E., Zlokas, R., & Singh, G. (August 22nd to September 30, 2016). Exploring local history: The Christiansburg Institute and CI Spy Application. Newman Library VT Library, Blacksburg, VA.

Hicks, D., & Ogle, T. (2015-17). Evaluation and Strategic Visioning for AMBC World War One Educational Resources. American Battle Monuments Commission, Washington D.C. Total $125,000.

Bowman, D., Hicks, D., Ogle, T., Cline, D. (2013-2015). EXP: Exploring the Potential of Mobile Augment Reality for Scaffolding Historical Inquiry Learning. NSF II-587, IIS CyberLearning: Transforming Education. Total $549,039.00.

Quigley, P., Hicks, D., Luther, K., & Ogler, A. (2015-17). Mapping the Fourth of July in the American Civil War Era: A Crowdsourced Digital Archive. National Historical Publications & Records Commission, Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records, National Archives, Washington, D.C. Total $754,224

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