Dr. Tina Maria Harris is a Professor with a passion for teaching and research on the topics of communication and race. She is also a UGA alumnus, having earned both her B. A. and M. A. from this very department. She earned her doctorate in Speech Communication from the University of Kentucky, and eventually returned to UGA, where she remains committed to excellence in both her classroom instruction and research. The University has recognized her success by selecting her as the 2017 Engaged Scholar from the Office of Public Service and Outreach, a 2017 Special Collections Faculty Fellows, and a 2010 recipient of UGA's esteemed Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the institution's highest teaching honor. In 2006, Dr. Harris was the sole recipient of the Georgia Board of Regents' Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award for her teaching and scholarship on race and pedagogy in the college classroom. Her accomplishments and other research interests are a testament to her passion for and commitment to advancing scholarship and knowledge that prepares students for responsible citizenry in an increasingly diverse world.
- 2015, Nominee, CASE/Carnegie Foundation’s 2015 U.S. Professor of the Year, University of Georgia’s Center for Teaching and Learning
- 2015, Featured Speaker, Award-Winning Faculty Series sponsored by UGA’s Center fo Teaching and Learning. “Coloring Outside the Lines: Pushing Boundaries Through Diverse Teaching.” Presentation to the university on March 25, 2015.
- 2014, Nominee, Baylor University’s Robert Foster Cherry Award For Great Teaching, University of Georgia’s Center for Teaching and Learning
- 2013, Top 20 Women Professors in Georgia
- 2013, Outstanding Service Award, NCA’s African American Caucus Division/Black Caucus
- 2013 Summer Scholar, West Virginia University, Department of Communication Studies
- 2013 Hitchcock Lecturer, University of Iowa, Department of Communication Studies
- 2012 International Diversity Award Recipient from the UGA Offices of International Education and Institutional Diversity
- 2011 Religious Communication Association's Scholar Award
- 2010 Inductee into the Teaching Academy at the University of Georgia
- 2010 Recipient of the University of Georgia’s Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship
Dr. Tina Harris has been selected to be the 2017 Engaged Scholar from UGA's Office of Public Service and Outreach as well as a 2017 Special Collections Faculty Fellow.