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George Mason University

For Department Chairs

Strong departmental leadership is vitally important to George Mason University.

The responsibilities covered by departmental leaders cover the gamut of operations in the academic environment.

Department heads:

  • Oversee teaching quality
  • Maintain and modify applicable educational programs
  • Promote faculty governance
  • Evaluate and support faculty performance
  • Monitor budgets
  • Manage staffing
  • Provide input and suggestions to deans, directors, and the academic community.

George Mason University acknowledges and honors the hard work involved in the tasks of department leaders.


Department Leader Rosters:

College of Education and Human Development
Title/Unit Name Email Phone
Dean, College of Education and Human Development Mark Ginsberg mginsber 3-2004
Division Director, Advanced Professional Teacher Development and International Education Rebecca Fox rfox 3-4123
Division Director, Child, Family, and Community Engagement Julie Kidd jkidd 3-8325
Division Director, Education Leadership Farnoosh Shahrokhi fshahrok 3-2009
Division Director, Educational Psychology, Research Methods, & Education Policy Michelle Buehl mbuehl 3-9175
Division Director, Elementary, Literacy, and Secondary Education Amy Hutchison ahutchi9 3-2166
Division Director, Learning Technologies Nada Dabbagh  ndabbagh 3-4439
Director, PhD in Education and Human Development Margret Hjalmarson mhjalmar 3-4818
Director, School of Kinesiology Dominique Banville dbanvill 3-3579

Director, School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Robert Baker  rbaker2  3-3727
Division Director, Special Education and disAbility Research Pamela Baker pbaker5 3-1787


College of Health and Human Services
Title/Unit Name Email Phone
Dean, College of Health and Human Services Germaine Louis glouis 3-1918
Interim Chair, Global and Community Health Larry Cheskin lcheskin 3-6264
Chair, Health Administration and Policy P.J. Maddox pmaddox 3-1982
Chair, Nutrition and Food Studies Larry Cheskin lcheskin 3-6264
Chair, Rehabilitation Science Andrew Guccione aguccion 3-4650
Interim Director, School of Nursing Cheryl Oetjen coetjen 3-1954
Interim Chair, Social Work Emily Ihara eihara 3-2023


College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Title/Unit Name Email Phone
Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences Ann Ardis aardis 3-8720
Director, African and African American Studies Program Mark Hopson mhopson 3-4414
Chair, Communication Anne Nicotera anicoter 3-1090
Interim Chair, Criminology, Law and Society James Willis jwillis4 3-4387
Director, Cultural Studies Denise Albanese dalbanes 3-1160
Chair, Economics Daniel Houser dhouser 3-4856
Chair, English Debra Lattanzi Shutika dshutika 3-1170
Interim Director, Global Affairs Johanna Bockman jbockman 3-9185
Director, Higher Education Daniel Chen pchen23 3-6363
Chair, History and Art History Brian Platt bplatt1 3-1253
Dean, Honors College Zofia Burr zburr 3-1110
Director, Individualized Study Kurt Lazaroff klazarof 3-4572
Director, Interdisciplinary Studies Meredith Lair mlair 3-8762
Chair, Modern and Classical Languages Rei Berroa rberroa 3-1228
Chair, Philosophy Rachel Jones rjones23 3-3431
Chair, Psychology Keith Renshaw krenshaw 3-5128
Chair, Religious Studies Abdulaziz Sachedina asachedi 3-5449
Director, Russian and Eurasian Studies James Levine jlevin2 3-1223
Director, School of Integrative Studies Kelly Dunne kdunne 3-1454
Chair, Sociology and Anthropology Amy Best abest 3-1426
Director, Women and Gender Studies Angie Hattery ahattery 3-2897


College of Science
Title/Unit Name Email Phone
Interim Dean, College of Science Ali Andalibi aandalib 3-1362
Chair, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences Jim Kinter ikinter 3-5700
Chair, Biology Geraldine Grant ggrant1 3-4292
Chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry Gerald Weatherspoon grobert1 3-1456
Acting Chair, Computational and Data Sciences Jason Kinser jkinser 3-3785
Chair, Environmental Science and Policy Alonso Aguirre aaguirr3 3-7590
Director, Forensic Science Mary Ellen O'Toole motoole2 3-5059
Chair, Geology and Geoinformation Science Dieter Pfoser dpfoser 3-6029
Director, GeorgeSquared Bill Hahn whahn2 3-7054
Interim Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience Saleet Jafri sjafri 3-8420
Chair, Mathematical Sciences David Walnut dwalnut 3-1478
Chair, Physics and Astronomy Paul So paso 3-4377
Director, School of Systems Biology Iosif Vaisman ivaisman 3-8431
Executive Director, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Cody Edwards cedward7 3-4564


College of Visual and Performing Arts
Title/Unit Name Email Phone
Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts Rick Davis rdavi4 3-8624
Director, Arts Management Aimee Fullman afullman 3-8719
Director, Computer Game Design Sang Nam snam5 3-4362
Director, Film and Video Studies Giovanna Chesler gchesler 3-1100
Director, School of Art Hasan Elahi helahi 3-8898
Director, School of Dance Susan Shields sshields 3-3197
Director, School of Music Linda Monson lmonson 3-5082
Director, School of Theater Ken Elston kelston 3-1120


INTO Mason
Title/Unit Name Email Phone
Executive Director, INTO Mason Todd Rose trose2 3-2150
Academic Director Karyn Kessler kkessle3 3-5014

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Title/Unit Name Email Phone
Dean, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Alpaslan Ozerdem aozerdem 3-1300
Director, MS Program Agnieszka Paczynska apaczyns 3-1364
Director, PhD Program Terrence Lyons tlyons1 3-1366
Director, Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Program Mara Schoeny mschoeny 3-9191


Schar School of Policy and Government
Title/Unit Name Email Phone
Dean, Schar School of Policy and Government Mark Rozell mrozell 3-8171
Program Director, Biodefense Greg Koblentz gkoblent 3-1266
Program Director, Government and International Politics Robert J. McGrath rmcgrat2 3-4567
Program Director, International Commerce and Policy Ken Reinert kreinert 3-8212
Program Director, International Security Ellen Laipson elaipson 3-4161
Program Director, Organization Development & Knowledge Management Tojo Thatchenkery thatchen 3-3808
Program Director, Political Science Mariely Lopez-Santana mlopezs1 3-9479
Program Director, Public Administration - Undergrad Robert J. McGrath rmcgrat2 3-4567
Acting Program Director, Public Administration - Master's Jim Burroughs jburroug 3-2956
Program Director, Public Policy - Master's Bonnie Stabile bstabile 3-8566
Program Director, Public Policy - PhD Sita Slavov sslavov 3-3171
Program Director, Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics Laurie Schintler lschintl 3-2256


School of Business
Title/Unit Name Email Phone
Dean, School of Business Maury Peiperl mpeiperl 3-1880
Chair, Accounting JK Aier jaier 3-4546
Chair, Business Foundations Jackie Brown jbrown39 3-2598
Chair, Finance Alexander Philipov aphilipo 3-9762
Chair, Information Systems and Operations Management Nirup Menon nmenon 3-3723
Chair, Management Masoud Yasai myasai 3-1859
Chair, Marketing Laurie Meamber lmeamber 3-1847


Volgenau School of Engineering
Title/Unit Name Email Phone
Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering Kenneth Ball ball 3-1500
Chair, Bioengineering Michael Buschmann mbuschma 3-3564
Director, Computer Forensics and Data Analytics Bob Osgood rosgood 3-5443
Chair, Computer Science Huzefa Rangwala hrangwal 3-3826
Director, Undergraduate Cyber Security Engineering Program Peggy Brouse pbrouse 3-1502
Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering Monty Hayes hayes 3-1569
Chair, Information Sciences and Technology Andre Manitius amanitiu 3-1570
Chair, Mechanical Engineering Oscar Barton obarton2 3-4160
Chair, Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering Sam Salem osalem 3-1687
Chair, Statistics Jiayang Sun jsun21 3-4732
Chair, Systems Engineering and Operations Research John Shortle jshortle 3-3571