Stillman College Loses Technology Leader, Award-Winning Professor

Anthony Nzeocha, an education and psychology professor at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, is remembered for his advocacy for technology in the classroom and his award-winning teaching. His memorial service will be held Thursday, June 16.

Outside of Tuscaloosa’s Stillman College, the name  “Anthony Nzeocha” may not ring a bell.The native of Nigeria was not one to seek a great deal of attention, unless of course you talk about Stillman’s Annual Integration of Technology in the Classroom Conference.

Anthony Nzeocha

“The conference is designed to demonstrate innovative uses of technology to enhance learning,” Nzeocha said of the most recent conference, which has taken place for the last nine years.

Nzeocha was the face of the Integration of Technology technology, which is held each year during the month of February.

I first met Dr. Nzeocha through this event that brings college professors from around the Southeast who are interested in ways to link technology to teaching.

Each year that I attended I remember Nzeocha keeping us on time and on task even as he captured portions of the conference on video and still photo.   He was the perfect host, while also challenging students who attended the sessions to take seriously the insights of the faculty presenters who came from near and far.

Nzeocha lost his battle with cancer this week and will be memorialized at an 11 a.m.  service this Thursday, June 16 at Tuscaloosa’s Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

The West African native graduated from Clark Atlanta University with his Ph.D. in July 1990.

He has been at Stillman for more than 20 years.

He taught classes in both Stillman’s department of Education and Psychology.

In addition to his role as coordinator of the technology conference, Nzeocha also served as Stillman’s National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Assessment Director.

In fact, almost every year at Integration of Technology College, Nzeocha made sure to include a presentation or discussion about how technology aids those in higher education to do assessment.

While I don’t work on the Stillman campus, all of us in the Tuscaloosa educational community are affected when one of our great educators is taken from us.

Fortunately, during his more than decades at Stillman, Nzeocha was recognized for his great work in the classroom.

He received The Joseph A. Gore Faculty Merit Award for Excellence in Teaching twice.

We celebrate the life of this great teacher who was clearly one of Stillman’s biggest champions for technology.

He will be missed!




Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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