Dr. Otis W. Pickett
Otis W. Pickett holds a Ph.D. in First-Half U.S. History from The University of Mississippi. He directs the B.S.Ed. program in Secondary Social Studies Education, the M.Ed. Program in Social Studies Education and teaches classes in Southern Religious History, U.S. History, Mississippi History and teaches the only Geography course at MC. His research focuses on nineteenth-century missionaries to enslaved peoples in South Carolina and to the Choctaw and Chickasaw in Mississippi. He is also interested in the history of education, race, incarceration and reconciliation in the U.S. South.
Pictured to the right is Pickett
with MC Alum and B.S.Ed. distinguished graduate Will Brand. Will won the Mississippi Association of Colleges for Teacher Education "Outstanding Teacher Intern of the Year" Award for 2013-2014.
Pickett is also the co-founder (with Dr. Patrick Alexander from The University of Mississippi) of the Prison to College Pipeline Program, which seeks to reduce recidivism through offering college level courses to pre-release inmates.
Follow him on Twitter @OtisWPickett
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, 2012.
"'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
- Introduction to Mississippi College Article
- Graduate Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award Article
- Press Release from Mississippi Department of Corrections on the Prison to College Pipeline Program 2014
- St. George Tucker Society Brooks Dissertation Forum
- MC Article on Prison to College Pipeline
- Hope for Racial Reconciliation
- Zion Presbyterian Article in The Proceedings, The Journal of South Carolina Historical Association
- Professors Making Investments in the Future - By Jerry Mitchell