College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University


School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Dean's Blog

Education Builds Nations

In a recent address, the President of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Dr. Sharon Robinson, declared that "education is the engine of democracy." This is a compelling premise.

Activism IS Patriotism

Today, in America, questions frequently are raised about the “patriotism” of Americans. Some argue that devotion and loyalty to country, a hallmark of patriotism, is synonymous with agreement with those in power. Others suggest that the “sounds of democracy” are the expressions of independence associated with “voices of dissent.” I define freedom as the opportunity “freely” to offer an opinion and perspective that differs from the empowered, or even from the majority. It is a fundamental tenet of our democracy that all have a voice, with due regard and respect for the rule of law. Assuring these freedoms is the very definition of patriotism.

Truthful NOT Neutral

Universities have a special responsibility to serve the public and society with fidelity to more than what one believes – to have fidelity with what we know. Academics have a very special responsibility to articulate positions backed by evidence. When we write, we accurately must report evidence that supports the positions we take and perspectives that we infer. Science is about facts and scientific ethics demands appropriate methodology, rigor and accuracy in reporting. There can be alternative explanations for what led to observable phenomena – and debates about such distinctions. However, there are no alternative facts.

…I Have a Dream…

It is a momentous time for our nation. It is a time of change yet also an opportunity both to remember the sage legacy of our wisest leaders as well as to affirm our own personal and professional values.

As our nation remembers the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, we reflect about the principles he espoused, lived and stood-for. He led as he sought change. Among Dr. King’s most well-known oratories was his declaration in August 1963, on the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial, that “I have a dream.” He dreamt then, as many of us still dream today, for racial justice and equality.