Michael Flick, Ph.D.
Professor & Executive Director,
Cincinnati Observatory Center
Brief Biography VITA
Dr. Flick began his teaching career at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He taught
advanced level courses, was Chair of the Mathematics Department, and Academic Vice-Principal.
In 1989 he assumed his position as a member of Xavier University’s faculty. He has authored
several books and numerous articles on education and was promoted to the rank of Professor
in 2004. His many honors include the Presidential Award for Excellence, The Ohio Council of
Teachers of Mathematics Outstanding Mathematics Teacher Award, the Sigma Xi Award for
dedication to the teaching of mathematics and encouragement of research, the Leadership
Scholars Champion Award, and the Disability Ambassador Award from the Postsecondary
Education Collaborative. Mike has served the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics as State
Contest Coordinator for over 25 years and authors a column for the Ohio Journal of
At Xavier University Mike currently serves as Executive Director of the Education Centers
(Center for Catholic Education, Center for Excellence in Education, and Secondary Education
Program). He is also past President of the Board of Trustees at the Cincinnati Observatory Center.
The Cincinnati Observatory is a National History Landmark and the oldest observatory in the
United States. It has a mission to promote science education and history/preservation.
Mike also serves as National Chair of Education for the Astronomical League,
a federation of astronomical societies. Mike has also served as President and Chairman of the
Board of the GRACE Foundation. In his spare time, Mike is a toy train collector and a passionate
traction kite and surfing enthusiast.
Coordinator, State Tournament
Ohio Council of Teachers of
National Chair of Education,