Dr. William Hickman is currently Adjunct Professor of mass communication at Rose State College in Midwest City, Okla. and Professor Emeritus of mass communication at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla. He is a native of Oklahoma City. He received his B.A. in journalism from Oklahoma Baptist University, an M.L.A. from Texas Christian University and a J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Oklahoma.
Dr. Hickman has made various local and national conference presentations and chaired panel discussions for the American Copy Editors Society and the ACP/CMA National College Media Association. He has participated in panel discussions for the UCO Media Ethics Conference. He has authored book chapters on “Writing the Depth/Investigative Story“ and “Writing the News for the Web” for the textbook “The Journalist’s Primer.” He was named a Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of Kazakstan while at Oklahoma State University and conducted two trips of Kazakstan to lecture on media and news reporting to Kazak journalists. While at Oklahoma City University, his article “The NCAA and Televised College Football: Does Economic Efficiency Score Points?” was accepted for publication in the OCU Law Review. He was an AmJur award winner as top student in his Bankruptcy course.
He has served in the UCO Faculty Senate. He was named to the campuswide committee that evaluated online learning programs to select Desire2Learn, the current university learning management program. He has been a department leader in online learning. His course, Victims and the Media, became the first in the department to use streaming video for students to attend lectures in real time via desktop, laptop and tablets.
His academic interests are in the Internet and social media as a news and information source, media law, military-media relationships and newsroom management. He is a distance runner, completing in several marathons including the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. He lives in Edmond.