Dr. Tawana Mattox Nominated for TCSG Instructor of the Year
Dr. Tawana Mattox, First Semester Seminar instructor, has been named the Athens Technical College nominee for the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction awarded by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).
The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors technical education’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. The recipient of this distinguished award is recognized as the TCSG Instructor of the Year.
“Dr. Mattox truly represents excellence in technical instruction,” according to Athens Technical College President Dr. Flora Tydings. “Her commitment to the college and our community enhances the educational experience for her students.”
Mattox earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Morris Brown College, a Master of Science in Human Resources Development from Georgia State University, and a Doctorate of Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. As an active member in the Athens community, she has received numerous educational and civic leadership awards. She currently serves as the outreach director for DESTINED, Inc., a community agency designed to increase youth literacy and promote community development; consultant for Rites of Passage youth organization; president of the Athens Area Morris Brown College Alumni Association; education committee member and secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); president of the Athens National Pan Hellenic Council; board member of Multiple Choices Agency for Differently-abled Adults; chairperson of the Hot Corner Historic Festival; board member of the Black History Bowl committee; and scholarship chairperson for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Iota Psi Omega chapter.
An external committee composed of members of the college board of directors and community interviewed the college-level finalists. In addition to Mattox, the semi-finalists included Rob Nichols, Anatomy and Physiology instructor; and Dr. Jackie Wilson, Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management program chair. Dr. Margaret Chambers, microbiology instructor; Charles Dawson, Diesel Technology program chair; and Dr. Kristi Leatherwood, Adult Education instructor, were also nominated for the Rick Perkins Award.
“The committee members could not say enough about our high-quality, dedicated, and knowledgeable faculty,” said Dr. Margaret Morgan, director of instruction and Rick Perkins Award coordinator.
Nominees from each of the state’s 23 technical colleges, as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical education division, are selected to compete at regional competitions. Mattox competed at the north region competition on March 3 at Lanier Technical College. State finalists will be announced at the annual TCSG Leadership Conference in April.