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Otis W. Pickett holds a Ph.D. in 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, Civil War History, U.S. History, Mississippi History, Geography and an interdisciplinary course in the History and Literature of the New South (with Dr. J.B. Potts in the English Department). 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, racial reconciliation and incarceration in the U.S. South.
Pickett is also the co-founder, with Dr. Patrick Alexander from The University of Mississippi, of the Mississippi Prison to College Pipeline Program, which offers for-credit college courses to pre-release incarcerated students at Parchman (Mississippi State Penitentiary).
Pickett is currently serving as President (2016-2017) of the Mississippi Council for the Social Studies: http://mcss.org.msstate.edu/index.php
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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
History and Literature of the New South
Honors and Awards
2015-2016 Student Government Association Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award, Mississippi College
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
"T.C. Stuart, The Monroe Mission and the Chickasaw Nation Prior to Removal in Mississippi: 1819-1834." Native South, Summer 2015.
"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.
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