Awards Keep Rolling in for TWU, Faculty and Staff

Tennessee Wesleyan University faculty, staff, and the institution have garnered a number of awards, honors, and recognitions during the spring and summer of 2021.


Military Friendly

Military Friendly Distinction

TWU once again earned the Military Friendly® School Distinction for 2021-2022. The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions.


Rev. Dr. William McDonaldDr. McDonald recognized by UMC

Rev. Dr. William McDonald was awarded the Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Dr. McDonald serves TWU as Professor of Religion, Chair - Religion and Philosophy, and Associate Dean - Humanities & Fine Arts.


Marketing & Communications Awards

The TWU MarComm Department garnered a number of awards in 20-21, from a trio of advertising and communication organizations.

EduAD: Gold for Radio Advertising (ad was written by TWU Journalism class), Silver for Website Refresh, Merit for Viewbook

Collegiate Advertising Awards: Silver for Billboard (Exit 49 in Athens), Silver for Nursing Advertising Campaign

Tennessee College Public Relations Association: Silver for Speech/First Person Writing released their 2021 rankings back in March, naming TWU to three of their national lists. considers hundreds of universities across the country and selected Tennessee Wesleyan University based on academic and career resources, the quality of education, faculty, and more.


Linda Garza Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Earlier in the spring Linda Garza, Professor of Social Work and Social Work Program Director at TWU, was notified of her selection as a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The award was presented to Prof. Garza at the end of the semester in a ceremony connected to the TWU Social Science and Education awards.



The TWU RN-to-BSN program was named one of the top programs in the state of Tennessee for the second consecutive year, coming in at #3, according to the organization’s rankings of online RN-to-BSN programs. Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students during school, towards licensure, and beyond. Best Colleges

TWU made the list of the best colleges in the state of Tennessee, published by The site “based our list of the top colleges in Tennessee on what matters most to prospective students. These factors include the number of credits needed to graduate, the average cost of yearly tuition, and how the classes are offered (in-person or online). The institutions range in size from large universities to small liberal arts colleges.”