CSU Staff Member Named Holmes Scholar of the Month

Shanita. Pettaway, the contracts manager and policy coordinator in the Office of General Counsel at Columbus State University, was recently selected as 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).

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.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Holmes Program supports students from historically underrepresented groups who are pursuing careers in education at AACTE member institutions. Founded in 1991 for doctoral students and expanded in 2015 to support students at earlier points in their education careers, the Holmes Program now provides mentorship, peer support, and professional development opportunities at four levels.