Bryant T. Marks, Sr. is a minister, researcher, master teacher and human developmentalist. His calling/passion/purpose is to develop the knowledge, wisdom, and skills of others that will allow them to reach their full potential and live their lives with purpose and passion. He is particularly driven to identify the factors that foster the affirmative personal and academic development Black males and create programs and publications that incorporate these factors. Dr. Marks combines research from social, educational, and cognitive psychology with hip-hop, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and African/African American history to engage, inform, and inspire audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Dr. Marks is a tenured professor of psychology at Morehouse College, director of the Program for Research on Black Male Achievement, and Presidential Advisor with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Dr. Marks also served as a Special Advisor to the White House Initiative on HBCUs from January through May of 2016. He is the former director of the Morehouse Research Institute and the Morehouse Male Initiative. Dr. Marks holds a B.A. in psychology and a minor in economics from Morehouse College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. He was an Assistant Professor of psychology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago from 2000-2004. Dr. Marks returned to Morehouse College in the fall of 2004. In addition to being a faculty member at Morehouse College, he also serves as a visitor to the Morehouse College Board of Trustees.
Dr. Marks has taught courses on the psychology of African American males, statistics, research methods, social psychology, racial identity, intergroup relations, and prejudice and racism. He is currently distributing a set of science manuals with a companion DVD that include modules created by African American college students designed to teach concepts in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and psychology. This innovative approach to teaching science is student-centered in that it incorporates the interests and experiences of African American males into each lesson. Participants in the program have reported increased interest in scientific disciplines and have enhanced their overall scientific literacy. Dr. Marks also assists school districts, teachers, and administrators (K-12 and college) with developing best practices for improving the academic achievement of African American males.
Dr. Marks conducts research that focuses on the impact of racial stereotypes on performance, the psychological impact of the Black College experience (with an emphasis on comparing STEM and non-STEM majors), factors related to the retention and graduation rates of Black males in college in the U.S. and abroad, the affirmative personal, leadership and academic achievement of African American males, and innovative practices for teaching males of color. His most publication is a book chapter entitled African American Males at Private Colleges and Universities, to be published in Black Males in Postsecondary Education: Examining their Experiences in Diverse Institutional Contexts.
Dr. Marks has received several teaching awards, serves on numerous national advisory boards including UNCF, The National Black Male Achievement Study, The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Delta Sigma Theta’s Teacher Efficacy Campaign, the American Men’s Studies Association, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He has been interviewed by CBS talk radio, Black Enterprise, CNN, HLN, and The Chicago Tribune, and is a sought-after public speaker. He was included in The Root 100 (a list of one hundred emerging and established African American leaders published by The Root.com, 2009) and served as an expert guest on CNN’s Black in America 3.
Dr. Marks grew up in Queens, New York and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church and St. John’s Baptist Church where he sang in the children’s choir, excelled in Sunday School, and began to develop public speaking skills. While living in Chicago, he was a member of Trinity United Church of God in Christ. He is an ordained minister, currently serving as an Associate Minister at Mt. Welcome Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, GA.
Dr. Marks became a rapper at age 13, a step-master (with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Pi Chapter) during college, a spoken word artist during graduate school, and is currently learning to play the djembe (African drum). He is married to Kimberly Marks and is father to Kimaneshia, Zion-Trinity, and Bryant II.