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CEHD Faculty - Research and Scholarship: Fall 2012

October 24, 2012

The faculty members at George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) have a scholarly impact locally, nationally, and internationally.

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The following are highlights from CEHD's Graduate School of Education and School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism:

Please check this page throughout the fall as more information is added.


  • Fred Bemak was invited to present at the 30th International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa, in August. His presentations were titled “Creating Tomorrow’s Future: Psychologists Working for Human Rights of Vulnerable Children” and “Incorporating Social Justice Multicultural Perspectives Into Graduate Training: A Global Perspective.”

  • Rita Chi-Ying Chung was invited to present at the 30th International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa, in August. Her presentations were titled “Human Rights Issues with Immigrants and Refugees: The Role of Psychologists in Advocacy and Social Justice” and “Creative Experiential Multicultural Graduate Training.”

  • Mark Ginsberg and Colleen Vesely hosted a high-level meeting of international participants during September 12–13 to review and consider early childhood education programs, policies, and associated research needs that could enhance services for immigrants to the United States and Roma families residing in Europe. The dialogue was a follow-up to a recent project, funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation of the Netherlands, which resulted in the publication of a monograph titled “Exploration of the Status of Services for Immigrant Families in Early Childhood Education Programs.”

  • Mark Ginsberg attended the bi-annual conference of the International Step by Step Association (ISSA), Co-Constructing Professional Learning: Pathways Towards Quality, Equity, and Respect for Diversity in ECEC, that was held in Opatija, Croatia from October 15–17. He participated in a keynote session at the conference titled “Critical Success Factors for Professional Learning in the Context of Diversity.” Mark has just completed his second term as president of ISSA, having served as a member of the board of directors, or on other advisory forums, over the last decade.

  • Bill Brozo was an invited speaker at the Literacy for All conference held in Nicosia, Cyprus on September 5. The title of his presentation was “Motivation and Gender Factors in Adolescent Literacy: Policy and Practice Implications.” The conference was sponsored by the incoming Cyprus presidency of the Council of the European Union and unveiled the report, High Level Group of Experts on Literacy, which was sponsored by the European Commission and to which Bill was a respondent in draft form. Bill was the only American scholar invited to this major conference focusing on the state of literacy in Europe and attended by prominent researchers and policy makers from across the continent.

  • CEHD was well represented at an NSF-funded meeting on the learning of online calculus at the University of Helsinki, Finland from October 9–11 that was organized by Eamonn Kelly and Mika Seppala. Calculus instructors from 15 universities in 11 countries use the online calculus course. Participants included Dimiter Dimitrov, who provided expert advice on cognitive modeling; Shuangbao Wang, who advised on programming the underlying platform; Abby Konopasky, a doctoral student and Presidential Scholar, who advised on linguistic analyses; and Shane Gallagher, an IT program alumnus, who advised on data interoperability issues. A follow-up meeting is planned for the spring in Florida. An edited volume on the design and use of such massive open online courses (MOOCs) will form the final product.

  • Shelley Wong was the keynote speaker at a regional professional development conference held September 21–22 in Miragoan, Haiti. The theme of the conference was “Where the Ginkgo Tree Grows: Planting Seeds for Curricular Innovation in English Language Teaching.” The conference theme was selected from the title of Shelley’s 2005 book, Dialogic Approaches to TESOL: Where the Ginkgo Tree Grows.


  • Chung Hun Lee received the Article-of-the-Year Award from the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research for his paper titled “Hotel Overbooking: The Effect of Overcompensation on Customers’ Reactions to Denied Service.” The article was written with Breffni M. Noone from Penn State University.

  • Fred Bemak received a Fulbright Specialist Award and was hosted by Anadolu University in Turkey May 1–20. During his Fulbright, Bemak presented a number of seminars at Anadolu University and Hacettepe University.

  • Anastasia P. Samaras completed her Fulbright Specialist Award at the University of Ioannina in Greece. During her Fulbright, Samaras gave a number of presentations and workshops on self-study teacher research.

  • Marjorie Hall Haley received the Marshall Brannon Award for Excellence in Teaching, Post-Secondary, at a ceremony on October 5 held in Williamsburg, VA. The award, given by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Foreign Language Association, is an annual statewide recognition awarded to one professor who is nominated by colleagues and selected from all of Virginia’s colleges and universities.


  • Erin Peters Burton published “Learning Progressions in Instructional Design: Expectations and Practice of Scientists Becoming Teachers in the Preservice and First-Year Settings” in the Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, 7(2), 1–16. She also published “Using Metacognition to Develop Understanding of the Role of Evidence in Science” in Science Scope, 35(9), 14–19. With A. Garling she published “The Nuts and Bolts of Enzymes” in The Science Teacher, 79(5), 14–15.

  • Marjorie Hall Haley and doctoral student Reema Alsweel published “Bridging Instructional Gaps in Preparing to Teach Millennial Language Learners” in Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 2(5), 865–876. Haley also published “An Online Cultural Exchange in Pre-Service Teacher Education: A Dialogic Approach to Understanding” in the Journal of US-China Education Review, 2(5), 49–54.

  • David Wiggins published the article, “Strange Mix of Entitlement and Exploitation: The African American Experience in Predominantly White College Sport,” in the May issue of the Wake Forest University Journal of Law & Policy, 2, 95–113.

  • Joe Maxwell published the third, expanded edition of his book, “Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach.” The book is published by Sage Publications. He also published “The Importance of Qualitative Research for Causal Explanation in Education” in Qualitative Inquiry 18(8), 649–655.

  • Joe Maxwell published “The Importance of Qualitative Research for Causal Explanation in Education” in Qualitative Inquiry 18(8), 649–655.

  • Bill Brozo and doctoral student Melissa Mayville published an article titled “Reforming Secondary Disciplinary Instruction With Graphic Novels” in the New England Reading Association Journal, 48(1), 11–21. Bill and Melissa have been researching the effects of STEM-related graphic novels on students’ reading competencies and learning in the science classroom.

  • Layne Kalbfleisch’s work on twice exceptional children is featured in a special issue on brain science and the teen brain in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth magazine, imagine. The link to Layne’s article, “Same and Different,” is to pages 14–15.

  • Dimiter Dimitrov and D. V. Atanasov’s article, “Conjunctive and Disjunctive Extensions of the Least Squares Distance Model of Cognitive Diagnosis,” published in Educational and Psychological Measurement, 72(1), 120–238, has been featured in Psychology Progress as one of the “key papers selected from a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals that have been judged to be of major importance in their respective fields.”

  • Jatin Ambegaonkar, D. Krasnow, G. Wilmerding, S. Stecyk, Y. Koutedakis, and M. Wyon published the article, “Electromyographic Comparison of Grand Battement Devant at the Barre, in the Center, and Traveling” in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 27(3), 143–56.

  • Jatin Ambegaonkar, Nelson Cortes, and A. Rickman published the article, “Core Stability and Injuries: Implications for Dancers” in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 27(3), 159–65.

  • Anastasia P. Samaras gave an invited workshop, “Supporting Self-Study of Teaching and Learning for Professional Growth,” on October 18 and a keynote speech, “Designing Olympian Self-Study Teacher Teams,” on October 19 at the 1st English Language Teacher Education Summit, Centre for Foreign Language Education and Teacher Education at Beijing Normal University.


  • Margaret Jones achieved fellow status in the National Strength and Conditioning Association, which is awarded for a record of distinguished leadership, research and service to the organization. She is one of 58 individuals to attain this status.

  • Lori Bland was recently elected to the chair-elect position for the Professional Development Network of the National Association for Gifted Children.

  • Jatin Ambegaonkar has been appointed to the Research Committee of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science from 2012–2014.

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George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) includes two schools, the Graduate School of Education, which is the largest in Virginia, and the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism. CEHD offers a comprehensive range of degrees, courses, licensures, and professional development programs on campus, online, and on site. The college is distinguished by faculty who encourage new ways of thinking and pioneering research supported by more than $75 million in funding over the past five years.

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