The Georgia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (GACTE) has created an award to be named in honor of Lucindia Chance. The Cindi Chance Award in Recognition of Significant Contribution to Quality Educator Preparation in Georgia was presented to Chance during the organization’s luncheon earlier this month.
“The honor was unexpected and humbling,” said Chance who has served as the executive director of GACTE for the past four years.
She also served as a nationally elected member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Board in Washington, D.C. Her service in AACTE has been across three states, serving as president of and on the Board of Directors in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Georgia.
“At the national level, awards are usually named and awarded to an individual who is at the international level, so to have this award named for me is quite an honor,” she added.
The Cindi Chance Award will be an annual competitive award presented by the Board of Directors of GACTE. Recipients will be nominated by peers and selected and approved by the Board of Directors. Nominees will have to have proof of leadership within the professional organization, be actively involved at the state level with policy makers on teacher preparation, and demonstrate a strong connection between quality teacher education preparation and P-12 schools.
Chance is a recipient of numerous awards including the Leadership Award from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, Distinguished Educator Award for the state of Tennessee, the Georgia Association of Teachers Outstanding Service Award, and for Superior Performance in University Research at the University of Memphis.
She serves on the national and state Professional Accreditation Board of Examiners for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Dr. Chance also is a member of the Fulbright International Review Peer Committee and the National Education Association. She has always played an active role in the university community by serving as chair or co-chair for various campus committees from recruitment at the University of Memphis to the annual giving campaign at GSU.
Chance received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lambuth College, master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from The University of Tennessee, and doctoral degree also in curriculum and instruction from Memphis State University.
In addition, the GACTE Board of Directors voted to support a bid from Augusta State to serve as the host institution for GACTE.
“For my service, GACTE will contribute $4,000 to support a COE graduate assistantship, and $2,000 annually to the College of Education Foundation to support the faculty educator prep research,” said Chance. “This is an honor and opportunity for the college and recognition of the role of the new university.”