As a doctoral student in NC State’s Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media program, Elizabeth Pitts studies online information design, participatory culture, and technical and scientific communication. Her research stems from a long-term interest in making higher education more accessible and affordable, especially for adult and part-time students.
Before enrolling at NC State, Elizabeth spent more than a decade producing education-focused strategic communications. At the White House, she led a team of writers responsible for drafting letters and instructional materials for schoolchildren. At the U.S. Department of Education, she developed speeches, Congressional testimony and other documents for Secretary Margaret Spellings. Elizabeth has also served as an adjunct professor of academic and professional writing at University of Maryland University College and as a writer for The Pew Charitable Trusts.
In 2013, Elizabeth was awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation’s IGERT program, which supports collaborative interdisciplinary research spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and social sciences. She also became one of the first students at NC State to join Duke University’s PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, a community of learners dedicated to generating new forms of pedagogy and shaping novel modes of scholarship in digital environments. Elizabeth lives in Raleigh with her husband, Jonathan Janis.