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Patrice Gouveia Marks, PhD

Title: Dean of Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, Business and Public Service & Accreditation Liaison Officer
Company: Raritan Valley Community College
Location: Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Patrice Gouveia Marks, PhD, Dean of Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, Business and Public Service and Accreditation Liaison Officer at Raritan Valley Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academic administration.

With more than 35 years of experience to her credit, Dr. Marks has found success as an accreditation liaison officer and the dean of liberal arts, fine arts, business and public service at Raritan Valley Community College since 2012. Prior to these positions, she was active as an associate professor and the chairperson for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at North Carolina Central University from 2006 to 2007, the dean of language arts and the Learning Resource Center at Antelope Valley College from 2007 to 2008 and the director of the Manhattan Campus in District 37 for The College of New Rochelle’s School of New Resources from 2008 to 2012. She previously served as a Spanish coordinator and assistant professor of Spanish at Clark Atlanta University from 2002 to 2005, an adjunct assistant professor of Spanish at Kennesaw State University from 2003 to 2005, and an assistant professor of Spanish at San Diego Mesa College from 2005 to 2006. Furthermore, she had excelled as an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of West Georgia from 1995 to 1997, a Spanish teacher at The Harker School from 1997 to 1999 and a Spanish instructor at Stanford University from 1999 to 2002. Dr. Marks began her career as a Spanish lecturer at Howard University from 1986 to 1995 and an adjunct Spanish lecturer at The George Washington University from 1991 to 1995.

Hailing from a family of educators, Dr. Marks initially pursued an education at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she completed undergraduate coursework in English and French between 1980 and 1982. She continued her academic efforts with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French, summa cum laude, at Howard University in 1984. Following these accomplishments, she earned a Master of Arts in Spanish language and literature at Howard University in 1986. Dr. Marks concluded her studies at Howard University in 1995, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish language and literature.

As a woman of color and an immigrant, Dr. Marks has been acutely sensitive to all of her students, having been committed to ensuring students see themselves reflected in their curriculum and professors while seeking higher education. As a testament to her stellar endeavors, she has been notably presented with Outstanding Service Awards from the New World World Exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute in 1988, the Board of Trustees at Antelope Valley College in 2008, the Board of Trustees of The College of New Rochelle in 2009 and the Educational Opportunity Fund at Raritan Valley Community College in 2014. Recognized as a Teacher of Excellence by Chi Omega on multiple occasions, she was likewise inducted to the National Women’s Leadership Forum by the American Council on Education in 2014 and received the Insight Into Diversity Giving Back Award for Administrators in 2017. In the coming years, Dr. Marks hopes to lead the Raritan Valley Community College in launching the Adult College while continuing to support their new director of diversity, equity and inclusion.

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