Calvin L. Hicks was a member of the NEC faculty and administration from 1992 through 2008, serving as director of the Office of Community Collaborations and as a member of the College liberal arts faculty, where he taught introductory Sociology and introduced the course "Black Culture and Consciousness."

At NEC, Hicks gave particular attention to the development of a gospel studies curriculum that spanned the seasons and included a summer institute, the formation of the year-round NEC Community Gospel Choir and the special-occasion NEC Millennium Gospel Choir, along with the annual Thomas A. Dorsey Gospel Jubilee held in NEC's Jordan Hall and in other Boston locations. Under the banner of Community Collaborations, Hicks oversaw study programs for minority youth, including NEC's Woodwind and Brass Ensemble Program.

Hicks's long service of teaching, administrative responsibilities, and achievements span many colleges and universities, including Brandeis University, Brooklyn College, Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus, City College of New York, Richmond College/Staten Island, Goddard College/Vermont and Mississippi (director of the Third World Studies Program), Brown University (lecturer in the African American Studies Department, assistant director of admissions, director of the Third World Center), Roxbury Community College (division chair, liberal arts and humanities, dean, academic affairs), and the Longy School of Music (Modern American Music faculty).

In association with the Teaching and Learning Center of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Hicks conceptualized and wrote the blueprint for the creation of Another Course to College, an alternative high school in the Boston public school system. The co-founder of the Black Educators Roundtable in Boston, he is the author of numerous reports, research studies, and articles, and has participated widely in African American and Third World conferences and workshops across the country.

Hicks has received awards for educational excellence and program development, including the Distinguished Achievement in Education Award  (Boston Orchestra and Chorale, 1998), the Distinguished Service Award, Dean of Arts and Sciences (Roxbury Community College, 1990), the Greater Boston Gospel Academy Award (Roxbury Community Presbyterian Church, 1995), the Millennium Award (Boston Orchestra and Chorale, 2001), the Gospel in Majesty Award (Tri-ad Veterans League, Inc. and Magnolia Society, 2002), and the African Americans Making History Today: Bearers of the Flame/Passing the Torch Award (The Students of the Boston Renaissance Charter School, 2003), and the Community Fellows and Reflective Practice Alumni Award 2006, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning. NEC's Anna Bobbit Gardner/Coretta Scott King Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Hicks in 2005.

Hicks was appointed to the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission. He has also been acknowledged by the Chicago-based national Historymakers organization as a person whose accomplishments are important to the African American community.

Studies at Drake University; research fellow, MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning; M.Ed., Cambridge College, Institute for Graduate Studies; doctoral studies at University of Massachusetts.