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Dr. Thad Hicks

Professor of Emergency Management & Criminal Justice

Contact Information

School of Natural and Social SciencesGPS Program Coordinator for Public Administration
740-392-6868 Ext. 3712Email Dr. Hicks

In The News

  • MVNU’s new online criminal justice program takes restorative approach to policing

    MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (Feb. 8, 2021) — An innovative approach to the study of criminal justice has been launched by Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies. The new bachelor’s degree program mixes on-line learning with real-life exposure while incorporating restorative justice thought processes into careers like law enforcement, corrections, probation, investigation and more.

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Professional Experience

  • GPS Program Coordinator for Public Administration, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2020-present
  • Professor of Emergency Management & Criminal Justice, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2020-present
  • Professor of Emergency Management and Program Director, Ohio Christian University, 2018 – 2020
  • Associate Professor of Emergency Management, Ohio Christian University, 2016
  • Assistant Professor of Emergency and Disaster Management, Ohio Christian University, 2013
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant in Political Science, Kent State University, 2008
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Eastern Mennonite University, 2006

Professional Organizations

  • International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
  • Ohio Emergency Management Association (OEMA)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Master Exercise Practitioner - Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Ohio Certified Emergency Manager Certification - Ohio Emergency Management Association
  • Certified Emergency Manager Certification - International Association of Emergency Management
  • Six Sigma Green Belt Certified - Management and Strategy Institute
  • Program Management, Lean Process - Management and Strategy Institute

Published Works & Presentations

  • Freitag B., Hicks T., Jerolleman A., and Walsh W. "Storytelling-Plots of Resilience, Learning, and Discovery in Emergency Management." Journal of Emergency Management (Weston, Mass.), 31 Aug 2020, 18(5):363-371 DOI: 10.5055/jem.2020.0485 PMID: 33174190
  • Storytelling – Plots of Resilience, Learning & Discovery in Emergency Management, Journal of Emergency Management, Fall 2020
  • Emergency Exercises, Ohio EMA College & University Workshop, April. 2019
  • Ohio Emergency Management Association, College and University Emergency Management Workshop, Dublin, Ohio
  • Crisis Storytelling, The Salvation Army’s 2019
  • Emergency Disaster Services Director Meeting. Eastern Territorial Headquarters, West Nyack, NY
  • Developing Teams in the Non-Profit Context, 2018 International Association of Emergency Managers, Grand Rapids, MI
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  • Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY (2014)
  • M.A. in Conflict Transformation, Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA (2008)
  • B.S. in Criminology, Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio (2001)
  • Ohio Police Officer Certification, Cleveland Heights Police Academy, Cleveland Heights, Ohio (1998)


"(MVNU professors) feel a great weight of responsibility to get it right for the students who enter our community each year."

John Ballenger - Director of the Writing Lab, Assistant Professor of English