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Travis Hicks will receive NC Campus Compact service-learning award

Photo of Travis HicksTravis Hicks will receive the North Carolina Campus Compact’s 2015 Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award.

As a UNCG assistant professor of Interior Architecture, Hicks fully embraces community engagement pedagogy, focusing his scholarship and teaching on projects that advance social justice. Hicks works with undergraduate and graduate students, encouraging them to become engaged citizen designers pursuing projects that are inclusive and participatory.

Hicks received UNCG’s Mary Francis Stone Teaching Excellence Award in 2012, and the College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Excellence Award in 2013. In 2014, Hicks helped launch the Center for Community-Engaged Design (CC-ED) in the Glenwood neighborhood near UNCG to connect students and faculty with community members and partners, engaging diverse stakeholders in design processes that address specific and often critical needs.

Hicks published a chapter on research in practice in the 15th edition of “The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice” (2014), a national standard for architectural practice. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences and helped secured multiple community-based research grants, graduate research assistantships, and undergraduate research awards.

He serves as a Faculty Fellow for Community Engagement in UNCG’s University Teaching and Learning Center. In 2014 he was one of ten finalists for the national Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty. In her nomination of Hicks for the award, community engagement expert Barbara Holland stated that Hicks, “demonstrates a level of maturity and wisdom in engaged scholarship that is uncommon. His attention to quality practices ensures authenticity and reciprocity in partnerships, and strong learning experiences for his students.”

He is UNCG’s second recipient of the Sigmon Award. Dr. Spoma Jovanovic received the award two years ago.

Hicks will receive this award during the 2015 Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference on Feb. 18, 2015.

Campus Compact is a coalition that promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum.

To learn more about the award, including previous recipients, visit this link.