Kristie Searcy, department head for Radiological Technology at Augusta Technical College, was selected from a group of nominated instructors to represent the college in the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction. It is a statewide program initiated by the Technical College System of Georgia to honor outstanding instructors in the system's 26 member institutions. Searcy is being honored for her dedication to and hard work in her department for 2011 instruction year.
Each year, instructors are nominated by faculty, staff and students. The nominees then are interviewed by a panel of judges consisting of Augusta Tech’s Board Members
The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors technical education’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovations and leadership in their fields.
Annually, all 26 technical colleges, plus the four Regents system schools with technical divisions, nominate an instructor to represent their colleges for the statewide honor. Nominees then compete on a regional basis.
Searcy will compete with representatives from the Central Region of the Technical College System of Georgia. Winners from each technical college region will be announced and will then compete for the state honor in April.
To be eligible for the award, instructors must be employed on a full-time basis for a minimum of three-years and have not participated in the region or state-level selection process in the last three years.
The statewide recipient of the award serves as an ambassador and represents the Technical College System of Georgia. The recipient will travel statewide to promote technical education and the critical impact the system of technical colleges has on the overall economic health of Georgia.
Last year, Augusta Tech was honored and proud to have their winner, Karon Green Walton, chosen as the State winner. Walton and Searcy are both part of the Allied Health and Nursing Division headed by Dr. Gwen Taylor.