Fernanda Tate-Owens

Assistant Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2005

Contact Info


About Fernanda

Fernanda Tate-Owens received her master’s degree in English from Iowa State University. Her area of concentration was business and technical communication. She taught several business writing courses at Guilford Technical Community College, Jones College of Business and Brookstone College. Tate-Owens served as the Writing Center director and taught numerous composition and academic enhancement courses at her alma mater, Johnson C. Smith University.


  • M.A., English, Iowa State University
  • B.A., English, Johnson C. Smith University

Spend life happily and wisely because it is like a credit card with an expiration date.

Teaching Interests

Writing (Fashion)
Public Speaking
XX Factor
African American Literature Courses

Scholarly Interests




Extra Curricular Roles

English Department Adjunct Mentor
Faculty Advisor (Upsilon Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Fraternity and Sorority Life Committee Member


Professional Affiliations

American College Personnel Association
College Language Association
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
National Council of Teachers of English
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
National Association of Professional Black Women


Honors And Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award, Eta Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Member of the Year, Outstanding Young Women of America, Community Leaders of America, MLK Day of Service (Urban Ministries and Christian Doers of the Word), Rose Service Award, and Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service and Leadership

Q&A with Fernanda

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

How Did You Get Started?

I began my career as an adjunct instructor at a community college. Years later, I realized and accepted the fact that teaching is God's calling for me.

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

My favorite teaching moment, being hired by my alma mater-Johnson C. Smith University, prepped me to be successful at Johnson & Wales University and to have many more memorable teaching moments. My engagement with and my connection with students have been showcased in a video with a JWU graduate, Vanessa Taylor, who was a homesick student who just needed someone not only to care about her as a student but also to listen to her as a person.

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

College is what you make of it. As you experience ups and downs, remember a "setback is a setup for a comeback" that requires a connection to faculty and a commitment from you.