Dr. Sara Makris is the dean of Walden’s School of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Studies and dean of The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences. Her scholarship emphasizes educational theory and inclusive teaching, with a focus on teacher identity, from secondary classrooms to higher education settings. Dr. Makris earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in the University of Maryland, College Park’s Minority and Urban Education unit. She earned her MA in Leadership in Teaching at the Notre Dame University of Maryland and her BA in liberal arts at Sarah Lawrence College.
Throughout her over 20 years of experience in education, Dr. Makris has held a variety of roles. She has taught secondary English and served as a department chair in the Baltimore City Public School System. She has served as a university supervisor for pre-service teachers in Prince George’s County, Maryland, as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate courses covering topics such as diversity and inclusion in the classroom, English teaching methods, and research. Dr. Makris has developed curriculum for English language learners and a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs at Walden University, the University of Liverpool, and the University of Roehampton London.