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Dr. WittyElaine P. Witty, Ed.D.
Dean Emerita of the School of Education
Norfolk State University


Dr. Elaine P. Witty, Professor Emerita, is the former Dean of the School of Education at Norfolk State University. After 30 years of service at Norfolk State University, Dr. Witty retired in 1999. During her tenure, she held several other administrative positions including head of the Elementary Education Department, Acting Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and founder and director of the Center for Excellence in University Teaching. She also taught as an Elizabeth Duncan Koontz Visiting Scholar at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Witty was an educator in elementary, middle, and high schools.

She developed the award-winning Norfolk Teacher Corps Project for training teachers which earned national funding for nine years and is credited with pioneering work in raising the nation’s attention to the problem of minority teachers in the early 1980s. While at Norfolk State University, Dr. Witty sponsored 10 national conferences on the issue of preparation and survival of African-American teachers.

Dr. Witty fulfilled two terms on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). She was presented the prestigious Edward Pomeroy Award for Career Achievement in Teacher Education in 1995. Dr. Witty also served on the Coordinating Board for the National Council for Accreditation in Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Teacher Examinations (NTE) Policy Board at Educational Testing Service (ETS), the Advanced Education Committee for the Graduate Record Examinations for ETS, the National Advisory Committee for Quality Education for Minorities Network (QEM), and several visiting committees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Dr. Witty was also co-chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Collegiate Women of Color Leadership Institute.

Throughout her career, Dr. Witty worked on local and national endeavors inclusive of co-founder and director of the NASA Langley Pre-Service Teacher Education Math, Science and Technology Program; and co-director of the Norfolk State University’s Child Care Training Program for VIEW Participants, a collaborative project with the School of Social Work, the School of Education, Virginia Department of Social Services and local departments of social services. Dr. Witty has published numerous articles on academic achievement, parents’ role in schooling, teacher preparation, and gifted education.

Dr. Elaine P. Witty earned a doctoral degree from Peabody College of Vanderbilt and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Georgia. She is married to Dr. Jack P. Witty, mother of two: Jack P. Witty, Jr. and Dr. Janeen P. Witty, and the grandmother of Jordan and Jacynth.