Dr. Tonya Strickland

A distinguished academic, Dr. Strickland is a highly accomplished individual with a solid educational background. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Wyoming, complemented by a doctorate from Baylor University in curriculum and instruction, specializing in writing and English education. She also earned a graduate certificate in biblical studies from New Orleans Theological Seminary and a master's in pastoral ministry from Wesley Seminary. Dr. Strickland is also an alumna of the USG Executive Leadership Institute, graduating in 2011. She is a published author and has a blog at CalledtoBoldness.com.

Her exemplary contributions have earned her recognition on both national and state levels. Noteworthy accolades include the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award from the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, a Georgia Governor’s Commendation for Customer Service, and a University System of Georgia Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning award. Additionally, she received the Microsoft David R. Pierce Faculty Award from the American Association of Community Colleges in acknowledgment of her innovative use of technology in the classroom. 

Dr. Strickland's commitment to education and her impact on the field are evident through these prestigious awards and her continuous pursuit of academic excellence.

Keynote Presentation

Join Dr. Tonya T. Strickland for her keynote address, "Who Generated My Cheese?" as she discusses the evolving nature of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on our well-being. In this session, Dr. Strickland unveils what she considers to be eight of the most challenging disruptions AI brings—and the accompanying questions we must proactively consider as AI reshapes our world.

Dr. Strickland also suggests that AI can be the catalyst for long-overdue transformation in higher education. Recognizing the unproductive rivalry between technological innovation and traditional education, she suggests specific ways we can adjust the scope, structure, and purpose of higher education so that learning becomes more effective, inclusive, and personalized.

This presentation is a must-attend for anyone who wants to live and learn in an AI-world so that it adds genuine value to our lives and to the world.

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