M. A. I. S. from Texas State University
Lois Hickman has received both of her degrees from Texas State University and is a Licensed Social Worker. In 1979, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) with honors. She also received outstanding Achievement in Social Work and Spanish, her major and minor, respectively. She was a member of Alpha Chi, the interdisciplinary honor society at Texas State, as well as the chapter’s secretary.
After an internship in 1979 with Travis County Juvenile Court, she was offered a permanent position as a Juvenile Probation officer (JPO) in the Intake Department. In 1983, she was promoted to Court Investigator, specializing in placement of adjudicated youths and treating sex offender populations. She started Triad Program in Travis County, which inspired different agencies to collaborate in funding youth placements. While a JPO, Lois was a member of numerous professional organization s for social workers and probation officers. During this time, she was in the very first group of probation officers and social workers to be certified in the State of Texas. She retired from the Juvenile court after ten years of fulfilling work in Travis County.
In 1989, Lois returned to Texas State and received a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in Communication, Criminal Justice, and Sociology. In 1990, she was an instructor in the Criminal Justice department at Texas State for two Semesters on a contractual basis. She was ranked very highly within the department by student evaluations at the end of her term.
A twist of fate in 1991 led Lois to employment with Early Childhood Intervention, HomeSpun. For eight years she worked as a Family Consultant on a trans-disciplinary team for Hays and Blanco counties. She founded three satellite offices for homespun while serving numerous rural families. Although she enjoys working with families and children with disabilities, she could not pass up a chance to return to Texas State when the opportunity called. In the fall of 1998, she accepted the position of Lecturer of Sociology and Applied Sociology Internship coordinator.
With an extensive experience in social work, sociology, criminal justice, special needs and family dynamics, Lois brings and eclectic background to the Sociology Department. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society and hopes to remain at Texas State for years to come.
Lois’ greatest accomplishment to date is her family. She met her husband, Danny, in 1976 when he was her Spanish teacher at Texas State. They have two high-energy children, Casey and Holley, who continue to educate and enlighten them every day. Lois is also active with her children’s sports, community organization, her church’s youth program, mission outreach, and three local advisory councils.