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Faculty Representative: Pushpa N. Parekh, Ph.D.

Pushpa N. Parekh, Ph.D. President, Spelman College Faculty Council

Chair of African Diaspora and the World (ADW) Program
Professor of English
B.A., Panjab University
M.A., University of Madras
M.Phil., B.A., Panjab University
Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Professor Pushpa N. Parekh has been a staff member since 1990.  During her tenure, she served as Chair of the Watson Fellowship Advisement & Nomination Committee, and the Faculty Welfare Committee.  She was also a member of the Tenure and Promotion Review and the Strategic Planning Committees.  

After serving many years as a committee member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors program, in 2001, Dr. Parekh was asked to serve as the new program director, a position she held for over ten years.  She was the advisor to the Honors Program Student Association and chapter president of the Beta Omega chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. 

Dr. Parekh received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship (1996), Distinguished Service (2013) and Excellence in Teaching (2016).  She collaborated and facilitated several departmental interdisciplinary workshops and seminars and was recently awarded funding for developing the Interdisciplinary course on Contemporary India: Literature and the Political.

Parekh is a sought-after guest speaker, panelist, and award-winning poet.  Her poem, "Peace," received the West Coast Tagore Festival Prize at the international contest held by Vancouver Tagore Society in 2016.  She has published three scholarly books, as well as poetry and short stories in anthologies and journals in the U.S. and India. Recent publications include poetry in Celebrate Canada 150; Culture Days: Multicultural Creative Writing; Split This Rock; Veils, Halos, and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women; The Southern Tablet; Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy; and short stories in South Asian Review, Abha, and expose. She has read poetry at the International Hopkins literary festival in Newbridge, Ireland and multicultural events in Vancouver, Canada.

A graduate of Panjab University, India, the University of Madras and Louisiana State University, Parekh is an Editorial Board Member of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Speakers Bureau Journal and the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies.  She is a member of the Modern Language Association (MLA), South Atlantic MLA (SAMLA), Association of Asian American Studies (AAAS), South Asian Literary Association (SALA), Association of African Literature (ALA), National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP), Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC), and the Georgia Collegiate Honors Council (GCHC).  

In addition to writing and poetry, Parekh enjoys music and travel.  She also volunteers with Raksha Inc., (Georgia-based nonprofit organization for the South Asian Community), TASH: Disability Advocacy Organization, and the AJC Decatur Book Festival.