SRU's John Hicks named ATE board member

John Hicks, assistant professor of secondary education at Slippery Rock University, has been elected to an at-large seat on the board of directors for the Association of Teacher Educators.

His term will run 2016-19.

"I have been emboldened by the encouragement of several veteran ATE members to take a larger role in ATE leadership. Some members may have known me for a long as I am the offspring of a longtime ATE member with the same name" Hicks said - a reference to his father, John Hicks, SRU professor emeritus of education and former SRU trustee.

Hicks said his career has been circular, beginning with parochial school, the moving to inner city, high performing suburban education and now teaching at the university level. "I have seen education and schools from multiple viewpoints, which I think affords me the ability to understand how people outside the field view us," he said in explaining the views he would bring to the board.

The ATE was founded in 1920 and is the only national, individual membership organization devoted solely to the improvement of teacher education for both school and campus-based teacher educators. ATE members represent more than 650 colleges and universities, 500 major school systems and the majority of the state departments of education. Headquartered in the Washington, D.C.-area, ATE has two voting seats on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and has representation on the ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education.