Tabitha Parker is an assistant professor of English Literature and composition at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio. A recent transplant from Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, she has been teaching in higher education for over eight years where much of her focus has been on African-American Literature and diversity initiatives on both a local and global scale.
Mrs. Parker earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri, and a Graduate Certification in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures from East Carolina University. She has been a leader creating curriculum for African-American Literature courses at the collegiate level, and she regularly presents on topics of current cultural issues, particularly that of how the history of slavery in the U.S. continues to shape present day society. She was co-creator of the grant-funded DIVE program, which worked to promote diversity and inclusion for students seeking employment and mentorship within the Bay County area. Additionally, in 2016 she was co-winner of the Association of Florida College’s Equity Commission Best Practices for Diversity and Inclusion Studies, in regard to her work both inside and outside of the classroom.
Currently, Mrs. Parker resides in Dayton, Ohio, with her husband and two children.