The 3P (Planning and Pondering with a Purpose) Ministry will have its second annual community-wide Black History program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at Winona Baptist Church. This program will commemorate the valuable contributions made by African-Americans locally and nationally. Musical selections will be provided by the newly formed community mass choir. The keynote speaker is Dr. Doris Juanita Ward, a native of Winona.
Ward was born in Winona and is the daughter of Mrs. Ella Ward. She attended Winona High School and graduated salutatorian in 1981. Upon graduation, she attended Rust College in Holly Springs and graduated in 1985 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Atlanta University in 1993.
She has extensive teaching experience and has held a variety of positions which have enabled her to utilize her expertise in many different areas of education. She contributed to the successful implementation and completion of the proposed project of biochemistry and later completed training in genetic manipulation of microbial systems.
While serving as Division Chair for Science and Mathematics, she played a pivotal role in directing students in career choices in the STEM discipline. Also, she implemented and developed senior level courses in the biology and chemistry programs and was responsible for the assessment and evaluation of major programs. In addition, she has served as principal investigator and director for several programmatic grants that had a specific mentoring component. In addition, she served as a contributing author for “The Historic Journey ‘Yes, We Can’” The African American Experience in American History, A Teacher’s Guide.
Her professional memberships include the American Society for Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, North Carolina Academy of Science, South Carolina Academy of Science, National Science Teachers Association, and the Research Ethics National Association (ARENA). She has received numerous academic awards including the Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014, South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Association for Education (NAFEO) Teaching Award in Science and (2009), Who’s Who Among American College and University Teachers, 2005, Brethren Colleges Abroad Fellowship to name a just a few. Dr. Ward also has several publications as well as many authored many grants and proposals. In addition, she serves as a Mentor for Health Explorers Club and Summer STEM Institute (High School Students).
Dr. Ward serves as Division Chair of the Science Department at Rust College in Holly Springs where she resides.