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Since 2005, Dr. Parrish has served as a professor of Humanities, English, and History at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. She developed the Honors Program at Livingstone College and serves as Coordinating Chair for the department of History. Her teaching areas include African American history and literature and Southern history and literature with an emphasis on issues of race and gender. Her research interests are interdisciplinary: geography and African American writers; photography and Southern women; film and historical fiction; visual culture and the Black Church; civil rights law and narrative fiction.

Active in the Humanities and invested in the community, Dr. Parrish has lectured and facilitated a variety of workshops to include; Religion in Literature, Children with Imprisoned Mothers, Caretakers of Imprisoned Children, College Access and Success, Self-worth and Cultural Identity, Christian Education and much more. Her favorite hobby is volunteering with youth summer reading programs throughout the nation. Most recently, she engaged in a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as an Ernest Gaines Research Fellow and was selected as a Teaching and Learning Faculty Institute finalist with the United Negro College Fund and Mellon Foundation. 

As elected president of the National Association of African American Honors Programs, Dr. Parrish created and implemented EdTALK, Equity and Diversity in Teaching – Assessing –Learning - Kinships,  a conference designed for administrators, curriculum and instruction developers, and educators at the 9-12 and post-secondary levels to promote effective instruction and innovative ways to engage African American students, enhance curriculum, and increase productivity to transform the future of the art and science of teaching and life-long learning processes. 

Dr. Parrish has active membership in several professional academic organizations and in the American Association of University Women and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She resides in Salisbury, North Carolina with her ten-year-old daughter, Seven-Hazel.