Dr. Otis W. Pickett
Otis W. Pickett holds a Ph.D. in American History from The University of Mississippi. He directs the B.S.Ed. program in Secondary Social Studies Education and teaches classes in Southern Religious History, U.S. History, and Mississippi History. His research focuses on nineteenth-century missionaries to enslaved peoples in South Carolina and to the Chickasaw in Mississippi. He is also interested in the history of education, race, incarceration and reconciliation in the U.S. South.
Pickett is also the co-founder (with Dr. Patrick Alexander, University of Mississippi) of the Prison to College Pipeline Program, which seeks to reduce recidivism through offering college level courses to pre-release inmates.
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Ph.D. (History), The University of Mississippi
M.A. (History), The College of Charleston and The Citadel
M.A.T.S. (Theological Studies), Covenant Theological Seminary
B.A. (History), Clemson University
Religion, U.S. South, Education, Race, Prison Studies, and Reconciliation
U.S. History, 1620-1875 and 1875 to Civil Rights Era.
Southern Religious History
Social Studies Methods
Honors and Awards
2014 Commissioner's Distinguished Service Coin - State of Mississippi, Department of Corrections
2013 Outstanding Teacher of the Year - University of Mississippi, School of Education
Best Article by a Graduate Student from 2010-2012 in The Proceedings, Journal of the South Carolina Historical Association.
2010 Graduate Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award - University of Mississippi
"Hope for Racial Healing: Rethinking Christian Missionaries Among the Chickasaw" Oklahoma Humanities Magazine
"'We are Marching to Zion': Zion Church and the Distinctive Work of Presbyterian Slave Missionaries in Charleston, South Carolina, 1849-1874. The Proceedings. 2010
Geography - World Regional Geography
Tuesday, 6-8:45 , Jennings Annex 108
HIS 211 - U.S. History
T-Th , 12-1:15, Jennings Annex 108
His 435 - Social Studies Methods
Wednesday, 1-4:30, Jennings Annex 108
His 403 - Southern Religious History
M, 6-8:45, Jennings 208