For Immediate Release
Date: November 4, 2009
For more information contact, Pat O’Brien, (901) 333-4021
Vicki Robertson, of Southwest Tennessee Community College, recently received the Southern Business Education Association (SBEA) 2009 Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year award. Robertson is the interim chair of the college's department of Office Administration, Information Technology and Hospitality Management. As the recipient of the SBEA regional award, she is automatically a candidate for the 2010 National Business Education Association (NBEA) Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year award.
Robertson has taught at Southwest since 1988. Often an innovator in blending new technology into programs and developing online courses, she was among the earliest faculty members to become involved in distance education. She often assists faculty who are new to online instruction to hone their skills. Robertson is a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist in Word and Excel 2007, and MOUS certified in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2003.
A leader not only in and for the college, Robertson is also active in educational organizations throughout the state, regionally and nationally: the Tennessee Business Education Association (TBEA); her 12-state region, SBEA; and the NBEA, annually serving as session coordinator or assistant for national meetings. Robertson has served on the executive board for TBEA since 2001 and was named TBEA's Post-Secondary Business Teacher of the Year in 2008. She annually presents at their conferences.
Robertson was the chair of Southwest's faculty development and evaluation committee for nearly three years, starting in 2001, and continues to serve on that committee. She also presents each year for the Center of Emphasis for Teaching and Technology's Summer Institute, providing training for college faculties from Southwest and across the state. Her department (office administration) is developing the college's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), involving all Southwest faculty, staff and students. The department is following the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requirements in creating the QEP model for the college.
Robertson has also received the Phi Theta Kappa Apple Award; the Farris Outstanding Faculty Award; and five nominations to Who's Who Among America’s Teachers. Her degrees are a Bachelor of Science with a double major in education and in business education/special education; and a Master of Science in business education/office management.
Robertson serves on the Business Technology Advisory Council, Division of Careers, Technology and Adult Education for the Memphis City Schools, and judges annually for the Business Professionals of America competition. She participates in the summer programs to gain work experience in various businesses and makes such information available to the school systems.