27 November, 2018
Winners of the 2018 Chancellor’s Awards from Gadsden State Community College were recognized during the Alabama Community College Association Conference Nov. 18 in Mobile.
“All of the institutions in the Alabama Community College System recognize distinguished faculty and support staff by presenting the Chancellor’s Awards,” said Dr. Martha Lavender, president of Gadsden State. “These employees consistently perform at an exceptional level and are always ready and willing to provide services and support to our students.”
Two members of faculty were selected for the award – Farrah Hayes and Dr. Billy Jenkins. The support staff award went to Carol Gray, and the administrator award winner is Dr. Leslie Worthington.
To be eligible for the award, they must have a minimum of five years’ work experience at Gadsden State Community College. They were required to submit a resume, three letters of recommendation and a written narrative.
As winners, they received a $1,000 discretionary fund to be used for equipment, professional development or teaching supplies.
Dr. Leslie Worthington is the winner of the Chancellor’s Award for administrators. She currently serves as the dean of Academic Programs and Services, a position she has held since 2015. She previously worked as an English instructor and division chair for Language and Humanities. She has worked as the chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages at the University of North Georgia, associate director of Distance Learning at Troy University-Dothan, distance learning resources specialist and coordinator of Contract Instructional Programs for Troy University-Montgomery and an instructor at Auburn University and Georgia Military College.
Worthington earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Auburn University at Montgomery. In 1998, she earned a Master of Art in English from Auburn University followed by an Education Specialist degree in Adult Education and Education Administration from Troy University-Montgomery. In 2007, she was awarded a Ph.D in English from Auburn. She also has certifications in New Media Theory and Electronic Pedagogy from Georgia Tech.
As the leader of Academic Programs and Services at Gadsden State, Worthington was instrumental in establishing the Poultry Science Program at Gadsden State Cherokee in partnership with Auburn
University. She collaborated with other college leaders to create a certificate program in Apple Swift Coding as well as set up Apple computer labs at Gadsden City High School and the Wallace Drive and Ayers campuses. She was a major contributor to the creation of the Teaching and Learning Center, which provides training, assistance and fellowship opportunities for Gadsden State employees.
Worthington serves as the chairperson of the Quality Enhancement Plan Planning Committee, the administrator for the Alabama Community College System Developmental Education Readiness Plan team, a member of the Chamber of Gadsden/Etowah Education in Excellence Committee, a member of the ACCS Enrollment Management Committee and the creator and facilitator for the Gadsden State Leadership Academy, which addresses leadership succession for academics and other parts of the College. She is the vice president for the ACCS Instructional Officers Association and will serve as president in 2019.
Worthington has been nominated for the C. Hugh Holman Award for her 2017 book, “Seeking Home: Marginalization and Representation in Appalachian Literature and Song.” She has earned fellowships from Georgia Institute of Technology, Auburn University and the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College. She is a past winner of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Troy University.