3251 Poplar Ave.,
Memphis, TN 38111-3613
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Memphis, TN 38134-7693
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901/333-STCC * www.southwest.tn.edu
DATE: January 11, 2002
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338, or Marilyn Duncan,
Southwest's Shotwell Receives Outstanding Service Award from ACTE
Dr. Ada Shotwell, Dean of Liberal Arts and Education at Southwest
Tennessee Community College, has been selected as the recipient of the
2001 Charles O. Whitehead Outstanding Service Award, presented by the
Technical Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical
Education (ACTE). Dr. Shotwell received the award last month, during
ACTE's annual convention in New Orleans.
The Charles O. Whitehead Outstanding Service Award recognizes educators
who have made the highest meritorious contribution to the improvement,
promotion, development, and progress of Technical Education and the
Technical Education Division. The award honors the legacy of Charles O.
Whitehead, founding president of the former State Technical Institute at
Dr. Shotwell began her professional career as a high school English
teacher in Tacoma, Washington in 1967. She began her career at what is now
Southwest Tennessee Community College in 1973. The dedicated educator
earned a B.A. degree from Southern University in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, a
Master's degree in Guidance from what is now the University of Memphis,
and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Mississippi.
Other honors include being listed in Who's Who Among Black Americans and
Who's Who Among America's Teachers. She is a life member with both the
American Technical Education Association and the Association for Career
and Technical Education. In addition to her technical memberships and
affiliations, Dr. Shotwell holds memberships in Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa
Phi, Urban League, NAACP, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Founded in 1926, ACTE has more than 38,000 members nationally who
represent subject areas ranging from business education to health
occupations education. It is the largest national education association
dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults
Southwest Tennessee Community College was founded July 1, 2000,
consolidating the legacies of Shelby State Community College and State
Technical Institute at Memphis. With 13,000 students, Southwest is the
fourth largest institute of higher learning in the state. The College
offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees for transfer to
four-year colleges and universities; Associate of Applied Science degrees
for immediate career entry into technical, business, service, education
and allied health fields; and Technical and Academic certificates to
prepare individuals for entry-level positions in the marketplace.
Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.