Rafika Merini, PhD

Rafika Merini

Title: Humanities Educator
Company: Buffalo State College
Location: Buffalo, New York, United States

Rafika Merini, Humanities Educator at Buffalo State College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in modern and classical languages.

With more than four decades of experience, Dr. Merini is a humanities and liberal arts educator who has dedicated her life to academia and enlightening young minds. Since 1990, she has taught at Buffalo State College as an assistant professor from 1990 to 1996 and as an associate professor since 1996. Dr. Merini currently serves as vice president of the Faculty-Student Association (FSA) at SUNY Buffalo State in addition to holding the positions of been  board member, vice president, acting president and president in past years.  She has prior experience teaching at Skidmore College, Union College, Binghamton University, Steilacoom Community College (now Pierce Community College), Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Washington and the University of Utah. Dr. Merini is presently Vice President of the Faculty-Student Association (FSA) at -Buffalo State; in addition to having been a board member, vice-president, acting president, and president in past years.

Dr. Merini prepared for a career in academia by earning a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah, cum laude, in 1978. She continued at the institution to receive a Master of Arts in romance languages and literatures in 1981. She followed up with postgraduate coursework at the University of Washington prior to attaining a PhD in comparative literature at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1992. She is also certified in translation through the institution. In recognition of her work, she has been interviewed by WBNY, Radio-Canada, FranceInter, Radio-France (Alla la Planete), the Radiodiffusion Television Marocaine and Buffalo News. Dr. Merini maintains professional affiliation with the Modern Language Association.

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