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Mark Giles

Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies



Dr. Giles is a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He served as Director of the African American Studies program at the University of Texas at San Antonio from fall semester 2011 to spring semester 2014. Among his many accomplishments in that role, Dr. Giles expanded the pool of highly qualified adjunct instructors, completed major curriculum revisions including creating new courses and guiding the process for approval of two AAS courses into the UTSA core curriculum. He also taught several AAS classes. Dr. Giles is active in the Critical Race Studies in Education Association serving as Vice President from 2011-2012, and President from 2012-2014.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Afro-American Studies from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Miami University-Ohio, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. Dr. Giles completed his doctorate degree in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with a focus on Higher Education Administration and a minor in 20th century United States history. Prior to joining UTSA, he served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University-Ohio. His scholarship and teaching interests include 20th century African American educational history, African American spirituality and leadership, and critical race studies. He brings extensive professional experiences in urban community affairs, post-secondary academic support services, and diversity-focused administrative positions. In addition, Dr. Giles has experience working with middle-school students’ college aspirations, non-traditional college students, and urban educational issues.