- Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (concentrations in social deviance and social organization), South Dakota State University (dissertation: "Volunteer Police Reserve Officers: An Identity Theory Perspective")
- Master of Science in Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University
- Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, University of St. Thomas
Hilal was a full-time assistant professor for UW-Platteville for three years where she taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate course. She also was the coordinator of the undergraduate criminal justice degree. Hilal has a lot of experience with online education. She has developed, revised, and taught numerous online courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
She now teaches on-line on a part-time basis for UW-Platteville.
Prior to working at UW-Platteville, she was an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and taught at South Dakota State University while working on her doctorate.