Berlethia J. Pitts, Ph.D.

  • College: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Department: Languages and Liberal Studies Academic Department
  • Title: Department Chair
  • Major: Liberal Studies
  • pittsb@fvsu.edu
  • (478) 825-6653

Dr. Berlethia J. Pitts, a native of the Perry Hill Community of Seneca, South Carolina, has been a member of the Fort Valley State University family since August 2003. She is an Associate Professor of English and African American Studies and serves as the Head of the Department of Languages and Liberal Studies.  In 2008, she was recognized as the FVSU John W. Davison Teacher of the Year. Professionally, Dr. Pitts is a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education (GAWHE) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Personally, she is an active member of member of Ebenezer Baptist Church of Seneca, South Carolina and Hope Church of Fort Valley, Georgia.

Dr. Pitts received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia; her Masters’ degrees from Clemson University in English and Temple University in African American Studies; and her Doctorate of Philosophy in African American Studies from Temple University. Her research interests focus concurrently on issues related to education, African-centered and culturally relevant pedagogy; African American history and literature; and American and English Literature.

Her life’s philosophy and purpose is to extend Peace and Love to all whom she encounters.

Berlethia J. Pitts, Ph.D.

Fort Valley State University pittsb@fvsu.edu

218 Miller Hall (478) 825-6653 (office)

Fort Valley, Georgia 31030

ADMINISTRATION

Fort Valley State University

  • Head, Department of Languages and Liberal Studies September 2014 – Present
  • Interim Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences January 2014 – July 2014
  • Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences August 2013 – June 2014
  • Interim Chair, Department of English and Foreign Languages May 2012 – August 2013

October 2005 – July 2008

GRANTSMANSHIP

  • Principal Investigator. The Taylor County (Georgia) Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program.

$27,500.00 for Project R.I.S.E. (Reinforcing Instruction through Supplemental Education). Fall 2009.

  • Co-Principal Investigator. Taylor County (Georgia) Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program. $27,500.00 for Project S.O.A.R. (Students Organized for Academic Readiness).  Spring 2010.
  • Coach. Fort Valley State University’s College Bowl Honda Classic All-Star Challenge Team. $3000.00 per academic year. ($12,000 total) 2006-2010

TEACHING

Fort Valley State University

  • Assistant Professor: English and African World Studies, August 2003-2013.
  • Associate Professor; English and African World Studies, February 2013 – Present.

SCHOLARSHIP

PUBLICATIONS

Ferdinand, R., Jackson, C.K., & Pitts, B.  July 2012. “Reading the Harlem Renaissance into public policy: Lessons form the past to the future.” Afro-Americans in New York Life and History.  Volume 36 No. 2, pages 7 – 36.

Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Final Report Task Force on Health Professions Education Findings and Recommendations. June 2006.

CONFERENCE PAPERS:

Ferdinand, R., Jackson, C., and B. Pitts. “Language and the Communication Teacher: Creating a Positive Learning Environment for Black English Speakers.” Language and Social Interaction Division. Paper to be presented at Southern States Communication Association Conference. Memphis, TN (April 2010).

Pitts, Berlethia J., R. Ferdinand and C. Jackson. “Transforming Our Schools: The Urgency of an African-Centered Education.” Paper presented at the 18th Annual Conference of the National Association of African American Studies, Baton Rouge, LA (February 2010).

Ferdinand, R., and B. Pitts “Allow Her to Be a Woman: Sexual Liberation in Black Women’s Writing: A Diasporic Analysis.” Paper presented at the 27th Annual International Conference of Association of Third World Studies Conference. Ghana, West Africa (November, 2009).

RESEARCH INTEREST

  • Issues related to education
  • African-centered and culturally relevant pedagogy
  • African American history and literature
  • American Literature

CERTIFICATES/RECOGNITION

  • Charter member, FVSU National Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Fall 2011.
  • Charter member, FVSU State Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Spring 2010.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS)
  • Georgia Association for Developmental Education (GADE)
  • Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education (GAWHE)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Doctorate of Philosophy, African American Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. 2000

Dissertation: “An Afrikan-Centered Approach to Education in an Independent Black Institution: A Case Study.”

  • Masters of Arts, African American Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. 1996
  • Masters of Arts, English, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. 1991

PUBLICATIONS

Ferdinand, R., Jackson, C.K., & Pitts, B.  July 2012. “Reading the Harlem Renaissance into public policy: Lessons form the past to the future.” Afro-Americans in New York Life and History.  Volume 36 No. 2, pages 7 – 36.

Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Final Report Task Force on Health Professions Education Findings and Recommendations. June 2006.

CONFERENCE PAPERS:

Ferdinand, R., Jackson, C., and B. Pitts. “Language and the Communication Teacher: Creating a Positive Learning Environment for Black English Speakers.” Language and Social Interaction Division. Paper to be presented at Southern States Communication Association Conference. Memphis, TN (April 2010).

Pitts, Berlethia J., R. Ferdinand and C. Jackson. “Transforming Our Schools: The Urgency of an African-Centered Education.” Paper presented at the 18th Annual Conference of the National Association of African American Studies, Baton Rouge, LA (February 2010).

Ferdinand, R., and B. Pitts “Allow Her to Be a Woman: Sexual Liberation in Black Women’s Writing: A Diasporic Analysis.” Paper presented at the 27th Annual International Conference of Association of Third World Studies Conference. Ghana, West Africa (November, 2009).