Nash Community College Mathematics Professor Dina Pitt of Rocky Mount has been named chairwoman of the college’s Mathematics Department.
Beginning in the 2014-15 Academic Year, the Mathematics and Sciences Department was divided into two unique areas of curricula due to program growth, especially in fundamental math studies.
“Dina Pitt has been instrumental in the cultural shift across campus. Without realizing the potential virility, she coined a phenomenon referred to as ‘Blue Love’ that embodies the college’s commitment to the success of its students,” NCC President Dr. Bill Carver said. “Her energy, passion and professionalism often drive the Math Department, and make a difference every day in the lives of Nash Community College students.”
Pitt holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in mathematics from Campbell University. She began her career at Nash Community College in 2000. With Pitt’s leadership, the Math Department implemented the Developmental Math Redesign in fall 2013 and increased student success rates from 53 percent in fall 2012 to 73 percent in fall 2013. She was designated with professorate distinction among NCC’s inaugural professorate class in 2010.
Earlier this year, Pitt was selected by her peers and through a student evaluation process as the recipient of the 2014 J. Edgar and Peggie T. Moore Excellence in Teaching Award. As the 2014 recipient of the award, Pitt served as Faculty Marshal for the college’s Spring 2014 commencement exercises and represented NCC in the statewide N.C. Community College System’s Excellence in Teaching Award process.
“Not only does Mrs. Pitt care about her students, she cares about every soul in our building. I have witnessed her approaching students that she has never met before to ask them what they want to do in life. With a light push of encouragement, many students find the strength they need to succeed through her. Anyone on campus will agree that she is the funniest and most uplifting instructor they have ever had,” NCC student Jessica Avila said.