Assistant Professor, Department of Communications
Tennessee State University
During her nine years as assistant professor at Tennessee State University, Tameka Winston, Ed.D., has taken on the role of lead adviser in addition to instructing a variety of courses. She is also the Mass Communication co-assessment coordinator as it pertains to ACEJMC accreditation. Winston holds a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University and a master’s from Austin Peay State University, both in communications, and an education specialist degree and doctorate of education from Tennessee State University. Co-author of the textbook Understanding the Speech-making Process, currently used at TSU, Winston developed the print curriculum for her department, which implements new media technologies and multimedia convergence. In 2012, Winston was awarded Professor of the Year for the College of Liberal Arts at TSU. Winston was also selected as one of the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 winners for 2015.
Winston has parlayed her skills into a Sirius Satellite talk radio format by creating, executive producing and hosting Black Docs and Tennessee State Talk. Both shows cover key issues affecting the African-American community — education, mental health, healthy lifestyles — and provide mentoring and support to the TSU student body. They reflect Winston’s passion for addressing and informing others about the state of education in the so-called “black belt” states. “Mentoring and supporting those African-Americans in need are integral to the mission of my talk shows on Sirius XM because my goal is to go beyond the radio to not only identify the issues, but also to engage my audience in a discussion about current topics,” she says.
Winston believes that exposure on talk radio also provides a forum to counter the negative image of women in the media. Inspiring her are the words of basketball player and coach, John Wooden: “Ability may get you there, but it takes character to keep you there.”