Dr. Andrae Marak has led the College of Arts and Sciences since July 2016. Since joining Governors State University in 2012, Dr. Marak has played a central role in a number of important initiatives, including the university’s transformation from an upper-division and graduate university to a 4-year regional comprehensive university. He has taken a leadership role in creating the lower division curriculum for GSU’s already existing programs, spearheaded the creation and launch of a series of new undergraduate liberal arts majors and minors, and worked to create new pathways for high achieving students, all the while insuring that High Impact Practices are embedded in them.
A central aim of his work is encouraging student success and college completion. Under his leadership the College of Arts and Sciences has adopted, through curricular design and faculty professional development, student-centered teaching and learning models that allow students to become the co-creators of knowledge and provide them with unique hands-on experiences.
Dr. Marak is a borderlands scholar who examines transnational flows of licit and illicit goods as well as the history of indigenous peoples. He earned his Ph.D. in Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico, a master’s degree in Political Science from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University.
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