Sonya McCoy-Wilson is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Atlanta Technical College.  She has spent her career as an Academic dedicated to closing the achievement gap.  McCoy-Wilson’s research interests are the intersections of race, class, and gender as well as student engagement and student persistence in post-secondary education. She has presented at national conferences and published papers on these topics.  She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development from the University of Georgia.   McCoy-Wilson is conducting an action research study entitled, Closing the College Completion Gap for Underrepresented Students through Cognitive Coaching and Learner-Centered Education

McCoy-Wilson was awarded the NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012, and in 2014, she was the First Runner Up in the Rick Perkins Teacher of the Year competition at Atlanta Technical College. 

In addition to her academic interests, McCoy-Wilson is a literary fiction writer, essayist, professor, and scholar of English and Literature.  She is a native of Los Angeles, CA but made Atlanta, GA her home 20 years ago.  She was educated at the University of California Riverside and Georgia State University, where she received an M.A. in Literary Studies and a B.A. in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing.  Her short stories have appeared the Tidal Basin Review, Phati’tude Literary Magazine, Diverse Voices Quarterly, and TimBookTu.