Twenty-five is a special number for Florida A&M University (FAMU) professor Gale Workman, Ph.D. It is not only the number of years she has been teaching at FAMU’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, it’s also the number of women she was honored among during the “25 Women You Need to Know” ceremony hosted by the Tallahassee Democrat.
The April 7 event highlighted North Florida’s most influential women and was held at the Florida State University (FSU) Alumni Center Ballroom. Workman was selected for the honor out of more than 100 nominees.
Workman, who says teaching at FAMU has provided her with the “perfect platform for making a difference,” was recognized for her continued efforts to teach children, college students and adults the art of writing.
Her influence reaches beyond Florida’s borders. She recently journeyed to Lisbon, Portugal to present at the World Universities Forum.
Workman was one of only 111 scholars selected from 28 countries to attend the Forum at the University of Lisbon. During her workshop, “Citizen Journalists Defend Democracy: How to Report News Using Digital Devices,” Workman taught an international audience about effective citizen journalism and how to create concise, precise and informative video news reports shot with a mobile phone or tablet.
“I'm thrilled to be recognized by my community,” said Workman. “It gives me the opportunity to shine the spotlight on the many innovative educators and watchdog journalists we are blessed to have in Tallahassee.”
Workman, a Fulbright Scholar, earned her Ph.D. in higher education from FSU and her master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Florida. She served on the advisory board for the television production program at Lively Technical Center, has been a key member of Leon County Schools’ Partners for Excellence and was named Tallahassee’s “Top Female Communicator” by the Association for Women in Communications. She has been named FAMU’s “Teacher of the Year” twice.
Also honored on the Democrat’s “25 Women You Need to Know” list was FAMU alumna Janeia Daniels Ingram, J.D., a 2001 graduate. Ingram is the assistant dean for Student Affairs at the FSU College of Law and is a member of the Tallahassee Bar Association, the Tallahassee Barristers Association, the Tallahassee Women Lawyers and the Florida Bar. She received the 2005 “Attorney of the Year” award from the Law Related Education Association for her work on The Florida Bar's Standing Committee on Law-Related Education, which she chaired for two terms.