Shanita L. Pettaway Named Holmes Scholar of the Month

Congratulations to the Shanita. Pettaway, the March 2019 Holmes Scholar of the Month!

Pettaway, a native of Mobile, AL is a Ph.D. candidate in administration of higher education at Auburn University. She is focusing her research on the areas of administrative law, higher education law, human resources, public policy, historically black colleges and universities, as well as, the higher education professoriate—a logical and instinctive continuation of her previous graduate education. Her dissertation consists of a multi-content analysis of Title IX policies at historically black colleges and universities.

Graduating in 2008, with the highest academic average of a senior in business Administration from Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University, Pettaway is also an alumna of Southern University Law Center (Juris Doctor), Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (Master of Public Administration), and Auburn University (Master of Education, Administration of Higher Education; Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching).

While at Auburn, Pettaway has served as a graduate ambassador, administrative fellow, writing  consultant, and she completed her College and University Teaching Practicum in the Department of Political Science. She is a recipient of the Dr. Imogene Mathison Mixson Endowment Graduate Award and President’s Graduate Opportunity Program (PGOP) Fellowship.

Her role as a Holmes Scholar led to her periodical, In Educationem Legem, being accepted for publication in three issues of The Scholars Report and her attendance at the 2016 AACTE Washington Week and Day on the Hill, during which she led the advocacy group representing AACTE member institutions from the state of Alabama. Pettaway currently serves as contracts manager and policy coordinator in the Office of General Counsel at Columbus State University.


Carlos Richardson

Holmes Scholar, Bowie State University