Since I have been at CCU for over 30 years, I have had the opportunity to work in many different areas, including directing plays and training traveling teams. However, my greatest love is teaching. Currently, I teach in multiple areas within the English and Communication Arts programs. I stay connected with incoming freshmen by teaching one section of College English each year. Each fall, I get to tap into my love of movies in a special way by teaching Theological Themes in Film. In the related area of drama, I teach Survey of Dramatic Literature and Drama Production & Performance. I also love writing and teaching writing. At CCU, that involves two courses: Creative Writing: Nonfiction and Creative Writing: Poetry, Fiction, & Drama. Filling out my teaching responsibilities, I also do Introduction to Poetry and English for Teaching & Editing, which includes an advanced grammar study and application in areas like editing for publication, which I did in my early years at CCU, and teaching English as a second language, which I did when our family lived in Kosova.
Roles at CCU: Chief Academic Officer, Dean of the Foster School of Biblical Studies, Arts & Sciences, Chair of the Arts & Sciences Department, Professor of English & Communication Arts.
BA in Biblical Studies (minors in Christian education & journalism) from CCU, MA in English (emphasis in American literature) from the University of Louisville, MA in Practical Ministries (concentration in Christian education) from CCU, additional studies in literature and literary theory from the University of Cincinnati.
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Ph.D. (Candidate), Ohio University
M.A., The Methodist Theological School in Ohio
B.A., University of Michigan
I have been serving as a member of the faculty at CCU since 2001. I teach College English 2, Survey of Multicultural Literature, Shakespeare, Introduction to Short Fiction, Theological Ethics in the Novel, and Literary Theory and Criticism. My scholarly interests center around rhetorical theory and critical theory.
Roles at CCU: Associate Professor of English, Director of CCU Honors Scholarship Program
BS in Biblical Studies from CCU, MA in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati, PhD in English (emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition) from Ball State University
Bobby Jackson graduated from CCU and entered full-time ministry, experiencing a variety of settings in churches from small to mega, from established to new multi-site plants. In them, he has served as worship leader, disciple-maker, preacher and teacher. Here at CCU, his focus is on coordinating the spiritual life on campus through chapel and other gatherings, and overseeing the Teaching Church program.
Mr. Jackson teaches Calling and Spiritual Formation, Music Team Leadership, Worship Leadership, and directs Fusion Worship Ensemble.
MA (Pastoral Leadership), Cincinnati Christian University.
BM (Church Music), Cincinnati Christian University.
Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Melinda Hickman’s pre-college piano teacher was Audrey Brown. As a teenager, she was a soloist several times with the Las Cruces Civic Symphony. She began her own piano teaching studio at the age of 14. She won a full-tuition scholarship to Arizona State University, then later transferred to the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where she was also awarded a full-tuition scholarship. She continued on at the College-Conservatory of Music through Master’s and Doctoral degrees. Her major piano teachers include James Ruccolo, Eugene Pridonoff, Elizabeth Pridonoff, and Frank Weinstock.
During her college years, Dr. Hickman won many scholarships and awards, including first prize in the Rildia Bee O’Bryan Cliburn Piano Competition in Cincinnati. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree, she also won the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for graduating with the highest G.P.A. in the College-Conservatory of Music. She was chosen twice to perform live on Cincinnati’s classical radio station, WGUC. She also performed in summer festivals including the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska, and the Academie de Musique de Sion in Switzerland.
Since 1997, Dr. Hickman has been an adjunct faculty member at Cincinnati Christian University, where she enjoys teaching several classes including applied piano, music pedagogy, music in world cultures, and music history. As master teacher, she oversees all types of applied lessons at CCU. She also adjudicates competitions and performs solo and chamber repertoire.
Melinda Hickman was the founder and director of the New Horizons Piano Competition for high school students. Each year from 2010-2014, top students competed for $1600 in cash prizes as well as scholarships to CCU.
Dr. Hickman is involved in missions, music ministry, and adoptive families ministry at Lifespring Christian Church. She loves to travel, and has been blessed to be able to travel to Europe, the Philippines, Kenya, and India. She lives with her husband and four children in Cincinnati, Ohio.
DMA (Piano Performance with cognate in Music History) University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
MM (Piano Performance) University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
BM (Piano Performance) University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Piano study: Frank Weinstock, eugene Pridonoff, Elizabeth Pridonoff, Richard Fields, James Ruccolo
Piano Pedagogy study: Michelle Conda, Cleveland Page