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March Luncheon: Celebrating ATHENA with Tameka Winston

March 7 : 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

*Please NOTE that our luncheon will be on March 7th!!!!!!  It will be the 1st Wednesday of the March. Please adjust your calendar accordingly.


Dr. Tameka Winston! 

The Time is Now: We Are Rising

– Speaking Your Truth

 – Following Your Passion

–  Embracing The Journey



Dr. Tameka Winston is the Department Chair and an award-winning Professor in the Department of Communications at Tennessee State University. She is also a national radio show host on Sirius XM and an accomplished author. Winston has been working at the collegiate level for 16 years in various roles. She was recently described by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry as a true powerhouse in the field of higher education. She serves a mentor and role model to many in the Nashville community. Powerful testimonials from Winston’s mentees and many others reveal that she is truly an inspiration. Her passion for education and community service has helped her earn several recent accolades. A highly sought-after speaker, she also facilitates numerous workshops on various topics.

Dr. Winston was recently awarded the prestigious 2017 Athena Young Professional Leadership Award. Winston also recently received the Nashville Business Journal’s “2017 Woman of Influence Award. She received the 2015 Woman of Achievement Award at the 35th Annual Women in Higher Education in Tennessee conference.

Winston was awarded the 2015-2016 Professor of Year Award by the College of Liberal Arts. She was also awarded the 2012-2013 Professor of the Year Award.

Not only was she chosen as one of the Nashville Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 but she was also selected as one of the Network Journal’s 2015 “40 Under Forty” Dynamic Achievers in the United States.

Her latest mentorship program (The Dr. Tameka Winston Mentorship Program) is geared towards female students at TSU affected by the death of a parent/primary caregiver. Two students will be selected and added to the program each academic year. The mentees will receive care packages each semester that will consist of items that are useful to college students. The care package will also include contact information for an assigned licensed psychologist if needed, snacks, school supplies and other things deemed appropriated. Dr. Winston will work closely with the students/mentees throughout their matriculation at the university.

Dr. Winston has been featured in various print and broadcast media outlets including Fox 17/ WZTV, WKRN, The Tennessee Tribune, Nashville Business Journal, Nashville Lifestyle Magazine, the Network Journal, The Tennessean and many more.

Dr. Winston has authored several books. These include “Understanding the Speechmaking Process”, “Introducing the Speechmaking Process” and “Mass Media Revolution”. “Understanding the Speechmaking Process” is currently being used at the university for the Public Speaking course. “Mass Media Revolution” is one of the top selling Mass Communications textbooks in the country. A fourth book (Mastering the Speechmaking Process) is scheduled to be released in 2018. She donates a generous amount of her textbook profits back to the department.

Dr. Winston’s voice can be heard each week anywhere in the United States because of her national radio show that she refers to as a great platform to inspire others to reach their fullest potential. She also created both shows. The two shows are Black Docs and Tennessee State Talk. The show, Black Docs, features a panel of female doctors from different fields. Each host brings her own unique experiences to the show; which leads to informative, fun and witty discussions. The co-hosts share their opinions on numerous subject matters that are important to the African American community including: HBCU history, mental health, healthy living, and much more. Winston believes in active involvement within the community.  Her goal is to go beyond the radio to not only discuss the issues but also engage the issues. She believes that the show is a wonderful opportunity to offer a counter-narrative to the negative images of women in the media. Mentoring and supporting those in need are integral to the mission of show.

Winston researched and developed the print curriculum for the department, which incorporates new media technologies and multimedia convergence.  Also, she is the first in the department to develop and teach a course that is offered solely online.  Her research interests include coverage of education related issues in the media, media convergence, new media technologies, multimedia curriculum and the status of education in the black belt states.

Winston earned her Doctoral Degree and Specialist in Education Degree at Tennessee State University, has a Master’s Degree from Austin Peay State University, and a B.A. from Alcorn State University. She enjoys writing and spending time with her husband.


March 7
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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