Adjunct Instructor and Program Director - Biological Sciences
Otis W. Pickett 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.
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.