Awards

Article IV, Section F: Committee on Awards, whose function it shall be to determine recipients of the awards authorized by the Executive Committee. The Executive Director shall chair, and all past presidents active in the organization shall serve on the committee. Awards shall be determined by a vote of committee members.

The Communicator of the Year Award

The Communicator of the Year has been given traditionally to any person who, by virtue of service or performance, has contributed substantially to the purposes of communication in Tennessee. Although this person is usually a TCA member, he/she does not have to belong to the association. If enough support exists, Deans or other college officials, as well as governmental officials, may be submitted as appropriate candidates. We invite TCA members to nominate a candidate for this year’s award. Other individuals are encouraged to submit additional testimonials for the nominated candidate. A committee of the association, appointed by the President, will select the award winner, based on information you provide through this nomination. The award winner will be formally recognized at the awards luncheon as part of the annual meeting.

Outstanding Communication Educator of the Year Award

Each year, TCA recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to communication education in the state of Tennessee; this recognition is normally awarded to a teaching member of TCA. We invite TCA members to nominate a candidate for this year’s award. Other individuals are encouraged to submit additional testimonials for the nominated candidate. A committee of the association, appointed by the President, will select the award winner, based on information you provide through this nomination. The award winner will be formally recognized at the awards luncheon as part of the annual meeting.

Horizon Award

TCA Horizon Award recognizes an emerging leader in the association. The recipient shall be a new member, with 3-5 years of TCA membership, who has demonstrated involvement, service, and dedication to the purpose of TCA.

Dorotha Norton Award

The Dorotha Norton Spirit of Service award is presented to a member who has shown remarkably unselfish service to TCA.

 

Past Award Winners

TCA Speech Communicator of the Year

2015

2014

2013       Dolly Parton

2012       Malcolm McAvoy: Walters State

2011       Pat Summitt: UT Knoxville’s Women’s Basketball Coach

2010       Kerry Roehr: University of Tennessee-Knoxvile

2009       Dave Ramsey: Financial Author/Radio Host

2008       Steve Cohen: U.S. Representative

2006       Michael Leff: University of Memphis

2007       Michael J. Shahl: University of Tennessee-Knoxville

2005       Rep. Steve McDaniel: State Representative

2004       John Campbell: University of Memphis

2003       Dave Brown:Memphis Broadcaster

2002       Kay Clark: Associate Vice-Chancellor of Community Colleges, TBR

2001       Richard Ranta: University of Memphis

2000       Michael Osborn and Suzanne Osborn: University of Memphis

1999       Steven J. Ross:University of Memphis

TCA Outstanding Communication Educator of the Year

2015

2014

2013       Peg McCree: Middle Tennessee State University

2012       Pam Gray: Austin Peay

2011       Steve Ross: University of Memphis

2010       Steve Beverly: Union University

2009       Janet McCormick: Middle Tennessee State University

2008       Donald Page: Tennessee State University

2007       Michelle Violanti: University of Tennessee-Knoxville

2006       Len Assante: Volunteer State Community College

2005       Linda Lyle: University of Tennessee-Knoxville

2004       Paul Prill: David Lipscomb University

2003       David Warner: Volunteer State Community College

2002       David Walker: Middle Tennessee State University

2001       John Campbell: University of Memphis

2000       Virginia Thigpen: Volunteer State Community College

1999       Kina Mallard: Union University

Dorotha Norton Spirit of Service Award

2015

2014

2013       David Warner: VSCC

2012       Lynda Lyle: University of Tennessee Knoxville

2011       Judi Truitt: Volstate Community College

2010       Ralph Hillman: Middle Tennessee State University

2009       Faye Julian: University of Tennessee Knoxville

2008       David Walker: Middle Tennessee State University

2007       Richard Ranta: University of Memphis

Horizon Award

2015    Patrick Richey: Middle Tennessee State University

2014

2013     Matthew Lawson: Walters State Community College