Sharon “Nyota” Tucker is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and a licensed attorney authorized to practice law before the state courts in the State of Georgia and before the trial and appellate courts in the federal system. She received a B.A. degree in Political Science from Howard University and was the first African American female to earn the Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Before joining the faculty at Albany State University, she served as an intern with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in San Francisco, California, a staff attorney with the Georgia Legal Services Program in Albany, Georgia, and as an attorney in the private practice of law.
At Albany State University, Professor Tucker is primarily responsible for teaching the legal studies courses, consisting of Introduction to Law, Judicial Process, American Constitutional History, Constitutional Law I & II, Trial Advocacy, Consumer and the Law, and Civil Rights and Minorities, and the entry level U.S. & Georgia Government course required of all students.
Professor Tucker currently serves as the Albany State University Campus Coordinator for the Georgia Legislative Intern Program, a state sponsored program that provides Georgia residents enrolled in the university system the opportunity to gain invaluable experience by researching and monitoring bills during the legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly. She also serves as the campus Pre-law Advisor and the Political Science departmental coordinator. In January 2004, she assumed the office of president of the Southern Association of Pre-law Advisors (SAPLA), a regional organization for pre-law advisors associated with a college or university in one of 12 southern states that comprise the organization. Previously she served as 1st vice president and representative-at-large, and she continues as managing editor of the SAPLA newsletter. As president of SAPLA, she also serves as a member of the executive board for the Pre-law Advisors National Council (PLANC), an umbrella organization for the six regional pre-law advisor associations and other organizations committed to improving the quality of pre-law advising.
Actively involved in the community, Professor Tucker has served on the Board of Directors for Liberty House and on the Board of Directors for Communities in School. A 1993-94 graduate of Leadership Albany, she became a member of the Board of Directors for Leadership Albany from 1996-98 and functioned as editor of the newsletter from 1997-98. From 1995-97, she served as the Chairperson and program chair for Generation Success, a student leadership program under the auspices of Leadership Albany.
In 1991, Professor Tucker was selected as a Fulbright-Hays Summer Abroad Fellow to study the “Social and Economic Changes in Southern Africa” where she spent six weeks in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Malawi. In 1995, she was one of two ASU faculty selected to participate in the Board of Regents Faculty Development Workshop. She has been selected Teacher of the Year for her department more than a dozen times.