"Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently."

- Maya Angelou

Link to my Curriculum Vitae




  • Ed.D. Education - Higher Education Leadership - Nova Southeastern University 

  • Ed.S. Education Specialist - Nova Southeastern University 

  • M.A. Sociology - Sociology - University of Central Florida

  • B.A. Sociology  - Sociology, minor Political Science - University of Central Florida 



Scholarly Expertise


My research and expertise is primarily in student persistence to graduation and teacher education.  As such, the following are some topics that I can speak about ( as well as facilitate workshops on):


  • Student Success: First-gen students persistence to graduation

  • Teacher Success: Transformative teaching & learning

  • Teacher Quality: Teacher preparation and training 


Selected Publications


Margarit, V., & Kennedy, J. (2019). Students’ Variables Predicting Timely Graduation at a Community College.  Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 19 (6), 2019 







Dr. Val Margarit is an educational leader, faculty trainer, speaker, and author.  Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience/neuroplasticity, education, and social behavior. She has won numerous teaching awards, including Teacher of the Year, and the Free to Choose Excellence in Education award. She created a massive open online course The Complete GuideAchieving Success in College and Beyond and has been teaching and training online for the past 10 years. Her books include the best-selling “Why Not You? How to Become an Empowered Woman and The Successful Student Mindset



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