On May 10th, Toccoa Falls College presented several faculty and staff members with various awards in recognition for their excellence and service to the college. Once such award was the Wade Award for Teaching and Scholarship, sponsored by long time educator and former Board of Trustee member, Dr. Thomas Wade. This year’s award was presented to Dr. Phil Howard, Department Chair and Professor of Ministry and Leadership.

For three years, Dr. Howard has been invited to present “The Art of Professorial Renewal” at the Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellowship at the University of Georgia for select professors from across the state. Here he is recognized as a veteran professor with professional and personal insights into professor longevity, self-maintenance, and healthy identity. At TFC, he remains a sought-after professor for his deeply insightful teaching and mentoring qualities, as well as pushing the ceiling on course evaluations. He recently published, “The Apostle Paul: Educator of the Early Church” in A Legacy of Religious Educators: Historical and Theological Introductions, and “Vocational Formation: Navigating Vocational Disorientation” in The Holy Spirit and Christian Formation: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. His teaching and scholarship finds application in his co-facilitation of a “Resilience in Ministry” Group (RIM) for pastors and missionaries who experienced a disorienting dilemma that re-oriented their vocation as ministry leaders.

TFC is proud to have Dr. Phil Howard as a member of its faculty.