Professor, Educational Foundations
Dr. Dianne L. H. Mark is a professor in the Department of Foundation, Literacy & Technology in the Spadoni College of Education at Coastal Carolina. Previously, as the College dean, she provided oversight and leadership to undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as The Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning & Community Engagement. Prior to coming to Coastal Carolina University, she served as the dean of the College of Professional Studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania after serving almost ten years at the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University. At Central Michigan University she was the associate dean of the college and also a tenured, full professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development. She has also been a faculty member at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and was the Director of the Career Opportunities Program (COP). This was a three way partnership between Drake, the Des Moines School District and Des Moines Area Community College to increase the number of teachers of color in the district. Dr. Mark grew up in Flint, Michigan and received a B.S. in Physical Education from Michigan State University; a M.S. in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College, a M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-Buffalo). In 2009, she received recognition as a distinguished alumnus from her high school alma mater, Flint Central High School.
Dr. Mark was one of the recipients of the Minority Opinion Magazine's 2008 Minority Achievement Award and completed training from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for the Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP) to become a member of National and the State of South Carolina Board of Examiners. She attended the Harvard Institutes program on leadership; The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's New Dean's Institute, the American Council on Education/Office of Women in Education program and served as a board member of The Michigan chapter of the American Council on Education. She has held membership in the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni, the American Educational Research Association and the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities. Additionally, she has served as a board member on the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), where she served on the Executive Committee.
Her research focus has been on issues related to school, community and family partnerships and urban education; and has been a reviewer for the Journal of Teacher Education and Urban Education, where she has twice been the guest editor; and she serves on the editorial board. She co-authored a text book title, Cultural Journeys: Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults, has published articles, and a chapter in an edited book. She has presented at international, national and state conferences and has had the opportunity to travel to Ghana, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Beijing, and South Africa. She has co-facilitated workshops and seminars on Teaching for Equity, Action, and Change in Higher Education (AERA), Celebrating Our Professional Identity: Shared Knowledge and Advocacy (AACTE), and Everything you wanted to know about Holmes… But were Afraid to Ask (AACTE/Holmes Dissertation Retreat & Symposium).
She and her husband, Eddie, have been married since 1980. They currently reside in Conway, South Carolina and have two adult daughters, Tashi and Talia.