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Organization and Staff

Academic Organization in the University

The Executive Vice President and Provost oversees instruction, research, student affairs, and all of the administrative activities associated with these ventures.

Name

Title/Office

Assistant/Phone

Mark R. Ginsberg

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President

Sarah Parnell
703-993-5399

David Burge

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Holli Hurst
703-993-5487

Aurali Dade

Interim Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact

Natalie Davis
703-993-2268

Vacant

Vice President for Academic Innovation and New Ventures

Vacant

Rose Pascarell

Vice President for University Life

Laura Bell
703-993-8760

Laurence Bray

Associate Provost, Graduate Education Kristin Amaya
703-993-6382

Gesele Durham

Associate Provost, Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Karen Manley
703-993-8834

Kimberly Eby

Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Development

Stevie Kelly
703-993-5876

Cody Edwards

Associate Provost, Sustainable Earth & Exec. Dir., SMSC

Vacant

Renate Guilford

Associate Provost, Academic Administration

Diane Jordan
703-993-8767

Janette Muir

Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives and Services

Miki Kaplan
703-993-5791

Bethany Usher

Associate Provost, Undergraduate Education

masonue@gmu.edu
703-993-3794

Brian Gibson

Director, Global Education Office

Global Education Office
703-993-2154

John Zenelis

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

Debra Hogan
703-993-2491

Biographies

Mark R. Ginsberg, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President

Mark R. Ginsberg is Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of George Mason University, the largest public research university in Virginia and a Carnegie research-one (R1) institution. He joined the University in 2010 as the dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Mason, with over 38,000 students, is a Carnegie Tier 1 university that is the largest public research university in Virginia. Dr. Ginsberg's career spans more than a 35-year period as a professor, psychologist and skilled administrator. He has published extensively in the areas of education, psychology, human development and human services. In addition, he has lectured and presented at over 200 conferences, seminars and other educational meetings and professional development events, both within the United States and internationally.

Dr. Ginsberg served as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) from January 1999 until June 2010. Prior to joining NAEYC, Dr. Ginsberg was chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the Graduate Division of Education at The Johns Hopkins University and a member of the faculty of both the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine. He had served as a member of the Hopkins full-time and part-time faculty for more than 25 years. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Ginsberg held the position of Executive Director of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy from 1986-93. From 1981-86 he was a senior member of the management staff of the American Psychological Association, after having been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Ginsberg serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the respected international organization, Parents as Teachers. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Hopecam, a non-profit organization that supports children with cancer and their families and as an appointed member of the Fairfax County Successful Children and Youth Policy Team. He is a Past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and had served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions and the Board of Directors of the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. He also is a past-president of both the International Step by Step Association, a nongovernmental organization of education and child/youth development focused NGOs in Europe and Central Asia, and the Society of Psychologists in Management.

Dr. Ginsberg is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Maryland Psychological Association, a Clinical Member and Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a member of the American Counseling Association, American Educational Research Association, National Association for the Education of Young Children and American Society of Association Executives of which he was elected to serve on the national Board of Directors. Dr. Ginsberg completed his master's degree in 1978 and his doctoral degree in 1981 at The Pennsylvania State University, after having been awarded a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1975. He also completed a Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine. In 2006, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the State University of New York.


David Burge

David Burge has served as Vice President for Enrollment Management at George Mason University since July 2015. Before coming to Mason, he served as Executive Director of Admission Services at Arizona State University and oversaw the execution of new student enrollment strategy for undergraduate and graduate, domestic and international students. Other professional experience includes the University of Kansas and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, holding senior leadership roles within each institution’s Office of Admissions and Scholarships.

He is currently the immediate past-president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC,) a professional organization of more than 15,000 school counselors and college admission professionals. Prior to serving in the NACAC Presidential Cycle, Mr. Burge served as President of the Great Plains Association for College Admission Counseling, an affiliate of the national organization. He has recently served on a number of panels/sessions focusing on the role and impact of public higher education – the Social Mobility Symposium, TargetX User Conference, and as the welcome speaker at the annual meeting for NACAC.

A native Kansan, his academic background includes two degrees from the University of Kansas: an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in Educational Policy and Leadership.


Aurali Dade

Dr. Aurali Dade is Interim Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact. She previously served as the Associate Vice President for Research Innovation where she was responsible for developing and implementing university strategy for fostering a dynamic, supportive and growing research ecosystem. Dr. Dade also rovided leadership for the Research and Innovation Initiatives (RII) team which includes programs, offices, centers and institutes that are focused on supporting, connecting, communicating about, and convening researchers internally and with external partners.

Dr. Dade has a PhD in Environmental Science, an MS in Biology, and a BS in Environmental Biology. She has taught university classes focused on data ethics, risk, environmental science, and biology. Dade serves as the PI for the Earth Commission Subcontract to the Mason Institute for a Sustainable Earth, served as co-PI for the HHS funded grant: Promoting Research Integrity in Multidisciplinary and Multiteam Based Science Initiatives (2017) and PI for the HHS funded grant: Supporting Responsible Research Organizations: A Framework for Engaged Research Managers and Administrators (2016). She has published articles related to research administration and integrity, sustainability, and biology. She also served as the lead editor and author of two chapters for: Implementing a Comprehensive Research Compliance Program: A Handbook for Research Officers, a book published by Information Age Press in 2015..


Rose Pascarell

Rose Pascarell is Vice President for University Life at George Mason. She has held several leadership positions in the University as Associate Vice President for University Life, Associate Dean for Campus Life and Associate Director of the Women's Studies Research and Resource Center. Ms. Pascarell's leadership work in University Life has focused on increasing student engagement and academic success, and the building of just communities.

Ms. Pascarell has worked on campus climate and multicultural/diversity issues for the last fifteen years. Her teaching and workshops focus on race, class, gender, sexuality; and the formation of just community through the examination of difference. Ms. Pascarell earned a B.A. in Sociology, Criminology, and Conflict Analysis at the State University of New York at Albany. Her M.A. in Sociology is from George Mason University.


Laurence Bray

Dr. Laurence Bray joined the Office of the Provost as the Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Education in July 2019; the position became permanent in February 2020. Prior to her new role, she has overseen a wide range of departmental, school and university-wide educational and research activities as a faculty member and administrator in the Department of Bioengineering. Some recent activities have involved developing new innovative programs, creating student professional development support, leading program assessment and accreditation, and receiving internal and external funding for a variety of projects. 

Dr. Bray is a mentor, a teacher, and a researcher with significant administrative experience. As the 2017 Mentorship Excellence Award winner and the 2018 Teacher of Distinction Recognition recipient, Dr. Bray has been dedicated to student success inside and outside the classroom. In addition, she has received the 2017 Innovative Spirit Award demonstrating her work around innovation and new initiatives. Dr. Bray has also published widely and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to the basic fundamentals of neuroscience using experimental, computational and behavioral approaches. 

Prior to joining Mason, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the Brain Laboratory at the University of Nevada, where she earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. She graduated with her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Bioengineering and Biological Sciences, respectively from Clemson University.


Gesele Durham

Dr. Gesele Durham joined George Mason University in 2019 as Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning.  By deploying her research, statistical, and strategic planning skills, Gesele’s work focuses on the production and use of analytics, providing meaningful assessment and planning, and enabling data-informed decision-making that advances Mason’s strategic goals.

Prior to joining Mason, Dr. Durham was the Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While there, she created the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, initiated campus-wide discussions regarding data governance and resource development, implemented innovative campus tools aimed at strategic initiatives such as persistence and completion, access to strategic data for planning, and assessment of student learning and program outcomes.

A frequent contributor to national conversations on the advancement of analytics and strategic planning, she currently serves as the secretary on the executive board for the APLU’s Commission on Measurement, Information and Analysis.  In the past she also served on the APLU’s board for the Voluntary System of Accountability, Product Advisory Councils for the EAB for both the Navigate/Student Success Collaborative as well as the Academic Performance Solutions tools, and as a member of the Peer Review Corp and mentor for the Persistence and Completion Academy for the Higher Learning Commission.

With a doctoral degree in Political Science from Binghamton University, she began her academic career at the University of Minnesota Morris as faculty before relocating to Wisconsin. After serving as the assistant director for the multi-disciplinary International Studies program at UW-Madison, she transitioned to the newly created role of enrollment data manager within the UW-Madison Graduate School. She also served one year with the General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C. evaluating international environmental agreements. Originally from central Illinois, Dr. Durham attended Illinois State University for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in Political Science. 


Kimberly Eby

Kimberly Eby joined the Mason faculty in 1996. An associate professor in the School of Integrative Studies, she is also affiliated with Women and Gender Studies and the department of psychology. In 2002, she was awarded the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award. Her scholarly and professional interests include issues surrounding violence and gender, leadership, organizational development and change, and collaboration and community building across a variety of contexts. She was a consultant for the National Learning Communities Project and continues to present at national meetings and consult with individual institutions on topics such as leading institutional change; learning space design; interdisciplinary collaboration; working with student and faculty diversity; and other issues related to faculty, teaching, learning, and leadership.

Dr. Eby served for nine years as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) and Associate Provost for Faculty Development, providing programming, consultations, and professional development support to Mason faculty and graduate students, with an emphasis on teaching and learning. She has collaborated with campus leaders on multiple institution-wide curricular, strategic, and leadership initiatives, including Mason’s award-winning Students as Scholars program, the Leadership Legacy Program, various diversity and inclusion efforts, and the Learning Environments Group (LEG).

Currently she serves as Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Development. In this role she is responsible for all matters pertaining to Mason faculty’s professional well-being and development, including assisting with faculty career development, recognizing faculty excellence, cultivating academic leadership, and implementing policies and practices that support faculty at Mason. Dr. Eby earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Community Psychology from Michigan State University and her undergraduate degree from Indiana University at Bloomington.


Cody Edwards

Cody Edwards is the Associate Provost for Graduate Education at George Mason University. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Edwards served as the founding director of the College of Science’s STEM Accelerator Program. Dr. Edwards is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. Prior to coming to Mason, he was an Assistant Professor and Curator of Mammals at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Since arriving at George Mason University in the fall of 2004, Dr. Edwards has taught 8 different undergraduate and graduate courses and has served on numerous departmental, college, and university committees including the Student Value and Affordability Visioning Group. He also served on the Faculty Senate (2011-13). Outside of Mason, he has served on seven international/national professional society committees and served as the Associate Editor for The Southwestern Naturalist, a nationally distributed journal published by the Southwestern Association of Naturalists (SWAN). In addition, Dr. Edwards has served as advisor or committee member for 32 graduate (Ph.D. and M.S.) and 13 undergraduate students.

Dr. Edwards’ research philosophy encompasses the full multiplicity of conservation and evolutionary biology. For example, his research activities have ranged from impacts of military training on small and medium sized mammal communities, the ecological and conservation impacts of introduced rodents on endemic Galápagos Islands rodents, to population and conservation genetics of leaf litter frogs (Costa Rica and Panama), swans (Alaska and Virginia), rodents (Canada, Central and South America, Mexico, United States), black rhinoceros (South Africa; collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Freeman, New Century College), and black howler monkeys (Belize; collaboration with Dr. Sylvia Vitazkova, New Century College). Recent research efforts have focused on development and assessment of innovative pedagogical strategies. His research program provides high school, undergraduate, and graduate students the opportunity to gain knowledge and engage in research in a multidisciplinary environment that fosters independent thought and encourages the formation of their own research projects and/or the progression of an existing one. His scholarly contributions are illustrated by numerous publications, conference and invited presentations, and research funding in excess of $1.6 million dollars.

Dr. Edwards received a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Angelo State University and a Ph.D. in Zoology from Texas Tech University. He is committed to student success, training, and excellence, and in educating the next generation of global citizens/leaders.


Renate Guilford

Renate Guilford is the Associate Provost of Academic Administration at George Mason University and is responsible for the financial and personnel support for the Office of the Provost. Ms. Guilford joined Mason in 1991 as an analyst in the Summer Term Office and worked her way up to become the Director. In 2007, she was appointed Assistant Provost and asked to lead the budget and enrollment planning initiatives for the university.

Reporting to the Provost, she has led the Office in facilitating numerous change initiatives across Mason, including the supporting the development of new academic programs, the restructuring of administrative functions within key enrollment services operations to create Enrollment Central, the creation of International Branch campuses and International partnerships, she played a key role in the development of the Honor’s College and continues to support its ongoing success. Ms. Guilford provides leadership and support to new academic enterprises, research administration, and multiple other efforts within and across Mason’s schools and central support units. 


Janette Muir

As Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives & Services at Mason, Janette helps to manage the engine that makes academic innovations happen. With a long history as a faculty member and administrator at Mason, she has built a solid foundation for working with both internal and external stakeholders in fostering relationships and dealing with change management. In her role with the New Ventures team, she supports the creation of new initiatives on campus and addresses the policy areas and systems that need to be considered in supporting academic changes.

Janette Muir’s PhD is from the University of Massachusetts in rhetoric and political communication. She also has degrees from Wake Forest University (MA, Communication) and Palm Beach Atlantic University (BS, Double major in Behavioral Science and Communication Arts). Her academic life focuses on political communication, civic engagement, and the study of the presidency. Committed to teaching excellence, Janette has been nationally recognized for the quality of her teaching, and she is a past recipient of the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award. She is a Centennial Scholar in the Communication discipline, is past president of the Eastern Communication Association, and past editor of Communication Quarterly, a top-tier journal in the communication discipline.


Bethany Usher

Dr. Bethany M. Usher, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, takes students to graveyards as she is a biological anthropologist who studies cemeteries from both osteological and archaeological perspectives to understand the social structure and health of past communities. She is passionate about getting students to apply their classroom experiences and learn how fun and exciting it is to tackle intellectual challenges.

Dr. Usher directed the Students as Scholars initiative through the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), and served as an Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) at Mason from 2010-2016. She chairs the Councilor for Undergraduate Research Program Directors Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), and was Co-Chair of the CUR National Meeting in 2014, Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All. Prior to joining Mason in January 2010, she was faculty at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where she established the Center for Undergraduate Research and served as its Director. At SUNY Potsdam, Dr. Usher was an Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology and past chair of the Anthropology Department. She has a long history of collaborating with undergraduate researchers.


John Zenelis

Mr. Zenelis has been leading Mason’s libraries for the past eighteen years. From 2001 to June 2013, he also fulfilled responsibilities as Associate Vice President for Information Technology. Beginning July 2013, he assumed responsibility for the GMU Press. He joined George Mason University from Temple University where he served in senior administrative roles in the university’s library system. Earlier, he held progressively higher-level management positions at the Columbia University Libraries. He began his career in research librarianship at The Research Libraries, The New York Public Library.

Under Mr. Zenelis’s leadership, Mason’s library system has transformed into a significant, dynamic, and innovative organization. Its services and programs closely align with the academic and research programs of the university’s schools and colleges. Having emerged into a research-level library, it is steadily accruing national recognition for Mason with significant advances including: the completion of the impressive state-of-the-art Fenwick Library addition; the newly-launched Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC); robust growth in collections (especially digital scholarly resources), and noteworthy special collections; Mason Publishing’s enterprise–level service with specialized information and research materials to learners and researchers; implementation of a host of programs and services in the forefront of academic research librarianship; and accomplished library faculty and staff able to anticipate and meet the rapidly evolving needs of Mason’s academic and research programs. Mr. Zenelis also implemented the Libraries’ development/advancement program with accomplishments that include: securing donor funds, grants, and appraised in-kind gifts; establishment of an external Library Advisory Board; endowments for library collections and programs; a growing number of estate planning commitments; grants-seeking activities resulting in successful funding for a variety of educational- and collections-related projects from foundations and government agencies; and development of the Libraries’ naming opportunities proposal.

He represents Mason in his area of responsibility externally, serving actively or recently in leadership roles, with these organizations: Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, Washington Research Libraries Consortium, Library Advisory Committee of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the landmark Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) program, and The Center for Research Libraries. Mr. Zenelis’ educational background includes political science with degrees from Temple University (B.A.) and the Graduate School & University Center, The City University of New York (M.A.), and library and information science (MLS) from the University of Pittsburgh.