Dr. Anthony A. Pittman
Dr. Anthony A. Pittman received his B.A. in English Education from South Carolina State University and his Master’s in Education, specializing in Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Massachusetts. He earned his Ph.D. (with cognates in Gifted and Talented Education, Multicultural Education, and Educational Studies) in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is the former Acting Dean of the College of Education at Kean University (among the largest producers of teachers for the state) in Union, New Jersey, where he successfully spearheaded the institution’s national accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Under his auspices, Kean University’s College of Education was the first to host a visiting team and was also among the first of three institutions in New Jersey to be endorsed by CAEP.
Dr. Pittman is no stranger to the teaching profession, as he has more than twenty plus years of experience in the classroom. His teaching career has spanned the entire gamut of all instructional levels from early childhood education up though adult and continuing education. In previous years, he worked at Claflin University as an English Instructor, later became an Assistant Professor of English, having dual assignments with the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College and the “Call Me ‘MISTER’ Program.” An avid believer in campus involvement, he also undertook the task of directing the “Honda Campus All Star Challenge.” He returns to Claflin University as Professor and the new Dean of the School of Education.
Dr. Pittman has remained actively engaged in research and publishing. His most recent project, emphasizing the importance of utilizing culturally responsive pedagogy in the development of new teacher leaders, is expected in the fall of 2019. Meanwhile, he has presented at professional conferences, drawing attention to such topics as African American Males in Higher Education; Manhood, Masculinity, and the Education of African American Males; Superheroes in L2 Education; and Developing and Implementing Standards for Social Justice in Education. His book, Whited Out: Unique Perspective on Black Identity and Honors Achievement,has provided deep insight into the topic of equal access to quality educational programs, especially for those from underrepresented populations. Dr. Pittman has also published articles and book reviews that have served a wide range of scholastic audiences.
In addition to his role as an educator, Dr. Pittman dedicates time to other social responsibilities; he is especially passionate about his roles as a mentor and Executive Director of the Scholarship Committee at the Greater Highway Church of Christ, voluntary positions for which he has served for numerous years. He has been listed in Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals by Covington and Cambridge (respectively) and is a recipient of the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award. Among his hobbies are reading, writing, exercise/fitness, and bowling. Having spent a significant portion of his professional career in metropolitan NYC, he is an avid fan of the New York Giants and the New York Yankees.