JSU professor recognized as top educator under age 40

Spencer McClenty

Sophia Marshall

Jackson State University alum and professor Sophia Marshall, who’s also a teacher education preparation program director at Hinds Community College–Utica in Utica, Miss., has been selected as an Emerging Leader by Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) International, a global association of education professionals.

The PDK Emerging Leaders program recognizes top educators under age 40 from across the globe for their leadership and vision in the field of education. A review committee composed of past PDK Emerging Leaders selected this year’s 18 honorees from a competitive field of applicants, based on their outstanding professional accomplishments.

In addition to being honored at the 2012 PDK International Conference, honorees also have the opportunity to be published by PDK, apply for grants, and participate in PDK initiatives.

“I am passionate about teaching, transformational servant leadership, civic engagement, and implementing innovative teacher preparation,” said Marshall, a ’92 alumnus and adjunct professor in the JSU College of Lifelong Learning. “We should have the audacity to teach with tenacity while envisioning education’s future more exceptionally.”

Marshall serves as board treasurer for the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Program, vice president for membership and FEA officer for her local PDK chapter, and the chief financial officer for the Metro Area Community Empowerment Foundation.

“Recognizing the achievements and commitment of these young leaders is vital to PDK’s vision of cultivating tomorrow’s great educators,” said William J. Bushaw, PDK International’s executive director. “These inspiring individuals will provide a very bright future for the field of education.”

In an education career spanning more than 15 years, Marshall has received numerous accolades for teaching, service, leadership, and research, including being accepted to attend three consecutive annual meetings of the highly selective Faculty Institute for NASA Earth and Space Science Education.

About PDK International
Founded in 1906, PDK International is a global association for professional educators. The organization’s mission is to support education, particularly public education, as the cornerstone of democracy. More information is online at http://www.pdkintl.org.


24 thoughts on “JSU professor recognized as top educator under age 40

  1. Congrats Dr. Marshall on this new accomplishment!
    I am so thankful for the time you spent mentoring me.

    Much love,
    Melinda S.

  2. Congratulations! I am very proud of you for all your accomplishments and for the woman that you have become. Keep doing and seeking good things.

    Best Wishes,
    Wanda & Dolan Clark

  3. Dr. Marshall!!! Way to go. I am glad that you are being recognized. You are a very effective instructor and you have achieved so many great things. Wish you even more. Thanks for everything.
    Mariah Good

  4. Congratulations Dr. Marshall, I’m sooooooo glad I was able to impart all of my wisdom to you. It makes me so proud to see you become the success person you are today!!!!!!

  5. congratulations Dr. sophia Marshall and a life long friend of the family, love u very much keep up the great job, i knew one day that u would make it to the highest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, love u monica williams

  6. You deserve this honor, Dr. Marshall. We appreciate your visionary leadership. Thanks for your dedication to the task of preparing young teachers for the classroom.

  7. Congraulation Dr. Marshall I am pleased to know that you are apart of JSU hope to see you soon Ms. Sandra Johnson-Burkett. Teacher Institute In Utica, Ms.

  8. Dear Dr. Marshall, this is your most favorite student (smile). This honor is not out of the ordinary for you. You are a wonderful teacher and I am so, so proud of you.

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