Jonathan Pitts

Jonathan Pitts
Associate Professor of English
Dukes Memorial 105
525 S Main St, Ada, OH, 45810
Research Interests
Writing, Narrative Theory, Pilgrimage Studies, Pragmatist Aesthetics
Employee degree:

BA, University of Idaho

MA, University of Idaho

PHD, SUNY at Buffalo


An award-winning teacher, writer, and international scholar, Dr. Pitts has lived and worked on five continents including Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe, pursuing his lifelong interests in the concepts of home and journey. Since 2000, Dr. Pitts has developed the professional writing and creative writing programs at ONU and taught literature, writing, multimedia studies, and digital publishing. His students have gone on to local, regional, national and international success. Born in the center of Cajun country in Louisiana, he's lived through the street-fighting of the Arab-Israeli War in Amman, Jordan, been rescued by the Desert Patrol in Wadi Rum, accused of being a spy in the Congo, lived with his family in Turkey, and twice completed the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trek from France across northern Spain to the Atlantic Ocean and a third time from San Sebastian with his son. He has been a construction supervisor in the Peace Corps in Gabon, West Africa, and taught English to Crow Indians in Montana where his family lived. Most recently, he lived in Tokyo, Japan before returning to the US at the start of the pandemic. While in Japan he completed the Kumano Kodo, an ancient journey through the sacred Kii mountain range, for which he was a made a Dual Pilgrim, and followed in the sacred footsteps of Kobo Daichi on the island of Shikoku. A veteran runner and triathlete, Dr. Pitts has competed at the national and international levels. He has three children.

Recent Scholarship:

Fulbright Scholar

Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Language and Society, Tokyo, Japan, September 2019-July 2020 (U.S. Department of State, Japan-United States Education Commission). 

Keio University, Faculty of Letters, Tokyo, Japan, September 2019-July 2020 (U.S. Department of State, Japan-United States Education Commission). 

Fulbright Scholar

Hacettepe University, Department of American Culture and Literature, Ankara, Turkey, September 2010-June 2011 (U.S. Department of State, Turkish Fulbright Commission). 

Classes Taught:       

Introduction to Creative Writing, Writing and Multimedia Studies, World Literature, Nonfiction Writing.    

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