David Hicks to teach American literature in Prague, the Czech Republic

April 09, 2019

Regis University English Professor David Hicks has been named a Fulbright Scholar, a prestigious honor that will enable him to teach American literature at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Hicks, who is the co-director of Regis’ Mile-High MFA program, also will lead community writing workshops in Prague when his term begins in January. The author of “White Plains,” Hicks has taught at Regis for 18 years. 

Hicks wanted to teach in a city he already knew and admired. Charles University, founded in 1348, is one of the oldest universities in the world. 

“Charles University has an ancient tradition of education and Prague is a storied city,” Hicks said. “It’s just an amazing place intellectually and socially.” 

Teaching is different in Europe than in the United States, said Hicks, noting his classes will be lecture based rather than small-group discussions and he won’t have office hours for students at Charles University. 

“I like connecting with students. They’re young people who are generally on the cusp of genuinely wanting to change the world. It’s great energy to be around,” Hicks said. “When I get to the Czech Republic, I can’t shut that off. I have to get to know them.” 

Hicks is the 13th overall Fulbright Scholar from Regis University and the fifth in three years. 

The Fulbright Scholar Program is for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists. Under the program, those selected receive grants to study, do research and teach. Each year 8,000 grants are awarded. 

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