Marrissa Dick

Marrissa Dick

Instructor, Liberal Studies
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro;
MS, NC A&T State University; BS, Shaw University
GCB 402-G
Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Marrissa R. Dick earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations with a Specialization in Cultural Studies and a minor in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2012. She also earned a Master’s degree in Adult Education with a Specialization in Training and Development from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2004. Additionally, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Specialization in Business Management from Shaw University in 1997.

Dr. Dick has worked in a collegiate setting for almost twenty years in the capacities of administrator, adjunct lecturer, academic advisor, and, initially, administrative assistant. As an academic advisor, she developed Strategies for Academic Success, a retentive course for students on academic probation. Her professional experience with student retention has enabled her to facilitate post-high school educational sessions that enlighten rising, first-year college students about avoiding the pitfalls of campus life by implementing proactive academic retentive measures while balancing social activities. Dr. Dick is best known for exposing her students to experiential learning while fostering a holistic classroom pedagogy.

Her academic interests include Mis-Educative Experiences and Micro-Aggressive Experiences in the American educational system. Specifically, Dr. Dick is interested in Mis-Educative oppressions inside of the classroom as it relates to African Americans in education, critical race theory, and critical pedagogy. Her academic interests also include Fantasy Theory as a metacognitive defense for oppressive educational environments and qualitative narrative research that consists of phenomenology, autoethnography, and “accidental” ethnography. Her dissertation, An African American Woman’s Educational Journey: Pragmatic and Pedagogical Practices of Fantasy supports her experiential study.

Dr. Dick continues to publish and present in the field of autoethnography. Because of her passion for freedom in educational spaces, she recently co-authored a chapter entitled Critical Andragogy which offers practical advice for faculty teaching underrepresented populations. She is also a contributing author in D.I.V.A. Diaries: The Road to the Ph.D. and Stories of Black Women Who Have Endured: An African American Woman’s Continued Fight for a Pedagogical Education. Remaining true to her work in fantasy, she has authored five African American Contemporary Christian Romance Novels entitled Angel Fire, Cousins, Déjà vu Desires, Letters, and Them’s Eve’s Daughters. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending church, cooking, and traveling.