Dr. Jerry Hickerson Retires from WSSU After More than 30 Years
Dr. Jerry Hickerson, Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) director of interdisciplinary studies and professor of English, has retired on Feb. 1 after more than 30 years as a faculty member and administrator at the university.
Hickerson was chief administrative officer for Continuing and Graduate Studies at WSSU from 1980 to 2002. His primary work in NC has been to improve opportunities for adults to access higher education and complete competitive baccalaureate degree programs, and encourage progressive practice in teaching and curriculum development.
Prior to joining WSSU, he served at the University of Alabama’s New College, Tuskegee and Kent State Universities, as well as Spring Arbor College (Michigan). In Ohio, he also taught high school English and American Studies and was an assistant football and basketball coach and director of athletics at Aurora High School.
A native of Flat Rock, Michigan, Hickerson pursued college studies in Ohio, earning the B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Kent State University and later certification from the Institute for Management of Lifelong Education at Harvard.
He has served as president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education (2004) and the North Carolina Adult Education Association (1990) and regional and state director for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (1984-92). In addition, he is a member of the Association for Integrative Studies and fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education. He has received awards and recognition for his leadership in adult education by these organizations as well as by WSSU.
He has written more than 40 articles and chapters on educational issues, including the recent book, Prior Learning Portfolios: A Representative Collection (2009), co-authored by Denise Hart of Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has also spoken or taught at assemblies and seminars across North America, and in Latin America and Germany.
He and his wife Karen, who is retired from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System, live in Rural Hall. They have four adult children and 12 grandchildren.
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