Alice A. Tait is the mother of Joseph Conrad Smith, II, the grandmother of Leiah, Joseph, lll, Brigham and Robert. She is also an award-winning professor of communication at Central Michigan University. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc awarded her The Outstanding Faculty Award in 2012. In 1989 Central Michigan University awarded her a Teaching Fellowship and in 1990 a Teaching Excellence Award. Butler University, Indianapolis, Ind., awarded her a 1991-92 Visiting African-American Scholar’s position. Central Michigan University selected her as one of two distinguished faculty members in 1996. For 10 years she directed Central Michigan University’s AHANA (African-Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans) High School Journalism Workshop. She spent the 1996-1997 academic year as a Visiting Distinguished Professor at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. Tait graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in speech and her M.A. in mass communication and communications theory. She received her Ph.D. in mass communication research and theory, and a cognate in interpersonal and public communication from Bowling Green State University in 1985.