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Dr. Pittman helps retain BIPOC and diverse faculty by providing support for the inequities in their teaching  and campus experiences. You can hear her discuss some of these issues on the Teaching In Color podcast. She  provides consultations, keynotes, workshops, online courses/training, and coaching (private and group) on a variety of diversity, teaching, and faculty development topics.

Chavella T. Pittman is currently a Professor of Sociology. She received her PhD in Sociology and a MA in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. Her research interests and expertise include higher education, interpersonal interactions, marginalized statuses and structural outcomes, research methods & statistics.

She has a love/hate relationship with running, is a beer aficionado, recently cured her black thumb via growing cherry tomatoes, loves to learn, and believes Black joy is resistance.

As a Black woman academic, she is a long-standing & successful protagonist to institutional obstacles that hinder diverse faculty success.

Her forthcoming book from WVU press empowers women faculty of color to successfully and authentically navigate the teaching landscape despite institutional attempts to resist and silence them. Administrator and colleague allies who also read this book will learn how to contribute to the much-needed systemic shift to more deeply consider faculty identities in the SOTL on campuses and beyond. Sign-up so you don't miss updates and announcements about this exciting book!



Some of her related publications include: 

The Overlooked Minefield (Insider Higher Ed 2021)

Workplace Stress and Discrimination Effects on the Physical and Depressive Symptoms of Underrepresented Minority Faculty (Stress and Health 2020)

 "Incivility in the Classroom: Effective Strategies for Faculty at the Margins” (Difficult Subjects 2018)


“Dear Unsupported Faculty ‘Teaching in Color’”(Stories from the Front of the Room 2017)

“Race and Gender Oppression in the Classroom: The Experiences of Women Faculty of Color with White Male Students” (Teaching Sociology 2010)

“Exploring How African American Faculty Cope with Classroom Racial Stressors” (The Journal of Negro Education 2010).

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