Faces of Fisk
Patricia Wingfield McCarroll: Four Decades of Science and Service to Fisk University
by Jazzmine D. Brooks, Communications Intern
A native of Nashville, TN, Patricia McCarroll, received a glimpse into the world of science as a child and recalls watching two of her siblings study to become scientists.
"As a child, I was always drawn to science and math and knew that I wanted to be a teacher,” said McCarroll.
Today, McCarroll stands before a new generation of STEM students as a Science instructor and the Director of Core Curriculum, encouraging them on a daily basis to think critically and to work diligently.
Committed to educating aspiring scientists, McCarroll has given 39 years of service to Fisk University. Many of her former students, such as Dr. Phyllis Freeman, associate professor, are educators and researchers. Others have gone on to pursue careers in the health profession as physicians, nurses, and dentists.
After nearly four decades, McCarroll maintains the exact same fervor for educating young scholars and thinkers in the sciences as she did when she first began teaching; specifically educating young female scientists in a male dominated profession. For her female students interested into research as a career, McCarroll often advises them “to be tenacious, open minded, and willing to be mentored by others.” She regularly celebrates the accomplishments of her past and present students.
Throughout her career, McCarroll has amassed many accolades of her own and has celebrated many proud moments as an educator. A two-time Advisor of the Year and Teacher of the Year, respectively, she has been named to the coveted listing of Who’s Who Among College Teachers. McCarroll has also been the recipient of the Sears Roebuck Campus Leadership Award and was a two-time nominee for the Freshmen Year Experience award by the National Resource Center on the Freshmen Year Experience.
While her accomplishments as a scientist and educator have brought her respect and recognition from both her colleagues at Fisk and in the scientific community, McCarroll still radiates with great pride and joy when discussions turn to her family.
"Whenever my children succeed, I feel that I have also succeeded I can’t express enough how very proud I am of all of my children: James McCarroll, Jr., Latresa McCarroll Witherspoon and Jenese McCarroll, a 2003 Fisk alumna,” said McCarroll.
With her many responsibilities at Fisk, McCarroll still finds time to be active in social and community organizations. She currently serves as the campus advisor for Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society and former Central Region Vice-President. In addition, she is the current secretary for the Delta of Tennessee Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, housed at Fisk. McCarroll is also a life-long members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Delta Omega Chapter.
At the end of the 2017-18 academic year, McCarroll plans to scale back on some of her administrative responsibilities at Fisk; however, she remains committed to serving her alma mater and nurturing the hearts and minds of young scientists at Fisk University.
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