Mark S. Giles
Mark S. Giles, PH.D., was named as Director of Programs
for AAC&U’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and
Global Initiatives in February 2004 and is the new editor
of Diversity Digest. Mark came to AAC&U from Indiana
University, where he was serving as Special Assistant
to the Vice President of Student Development and Diversity.
In that capacity, Mark assisted the Hudson and Holland
Scholars Programs, which are designed to recruit and
retain minority and underrepresented high-achievers.
Before that, he served as director of the community
and school partnerships program, an early college outreach
initiative designed to promote academic excellence and
college aspirations among minority and low-income Indiana
middle school students.
At Indiana, he also helped to create an online diversity
course on the dynamics of race and interracial communications,
and was the primary researcher for an award winning
historical exhibit on the black experience at Indiana
University from 1816 to 2002 (see www.indiana. edu/~oma/AA/entrance.html).
Mark has also taught and co-taught courses at the graduate
and undergraduate levels in a wide range of subjects:
contemporary issues in higher education, enrollment
management and underrepresented students, college student
activism of the 1960s, community colleges, the black
church in America, and black student experience in college.
Mark completed his Ph.D. in educational leadership
and policy studies, with a concentration in higher education
administration, at Indiana University. His dissertation
was on the distinguished African-American theologian
Howard Thurman. Mark has worked in higher education
for the past ten years. He earned his B.A. in African-American
studies at the University of Cincinnati, and his M.S.
in college student personnel at Miami University in
Mark replaces Heather D. Wathington, who left AAC&U
to become senior research officer at the Lumina Foundation.