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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.

College of Education and Human Development

CEHD Faculty - Research & Scholarship: May 2012

May 2, 2012

The faculty members at George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) have a scholarly impact locally, nationally, and worldwide. See below for the latest faculty news.

Additional faculty information from CEHD's Graduate School of Education and School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism is also on the Faculty News page.


  • Len Annetta was one of the Nifty 50 speakers at the second USA Science and Engineering Festival held April 28 and 29 in Washington, D.C. The Nifty 50 includes the top 50 scientists and educators in the United States who are doing cutting-edge work. Annetta was the keynote speaker on Feb. 27 in Fullerton, Calif., for the Boeing Corporation and California State University Informal Science Institutions Collaborative Symposium to Promote Science Education. The title of his address was “Constructionist Science Learning: Bridging Out-of-School Time With In-School Time Through Serious Educational Games.”

  • John Nauright was the featured speaker on Feb. 17 at an international seminar on the state and practice of sports history held at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. The seminar was co-hosted by the University of Utrecht and the Mulier Institute.

  • Anastasia P. Samaras gave a keynote presentation on March 5 titled “Supporting Self-Study of University Teaching and Learning for Professional Growth” that was sponsored by the University Teaching and Learning Office of the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.


  • Fred Bemak was awarded the Association for the Specialist of Group Work Professional Advancement Award at the American Counseling Association conference in San Francisco on March 23.

  • Erin Peters Burton and Jennifer Suh were recognized as “Teachers of Distinction” at the 2012 Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony held on April 9. Teachers of Distinction are teachers who have consistently demonstrated a dedicated commitment to providing students with meaningful learning experiences at Mason.

  • Rita Chi-Ying Chung was awarded the American Counseling Association (ACA) Kitty Cole Human Rights Award at the ACA Diamond Jubilee Gala Awards Dinner at the ACA conference in San Francisco on March 24. She was also awarded the Association for the Specialist of Group Work Professional Advancement Award at the same conference.

  • Maggie Daniels and Yoosun Chung have been selected to receive 2012 Teaching Excellence Awards. The awards are both institutional recognition and a monetary acknowledgement of the significant work that faculty members devote to course planning and preparation, curriculum development, innovative teaching, advising, and undergraduate and graduate mentoring.

  • Diana D'Amico received the Politics of Education Association's Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation, “Claiming Profession: The Dynamic Struggle for Teacher Professionalism in the Twentieth Century.” She completed her PhD at New York University in 2010. She will be recognized at the American Educational Research Association's 2012 Convention in Vancouver.

  • Debra Sprague received an award on March 7 for her outstanding service as the editor of the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 2001-12, from the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education during its annual conference in Austin, Texas.

  • Donna R. Sterling was named a Distinguished Service Professor by the Office of the Provost in recognition of her record of scholarly and service contributions. The honor is among the highest academic ranks for Mason faculty. She is one of only four faculty members to receive the appointment in Mason's history. Sterling was also awarded a Special Presidential Distinguished Service Award by the Virginia Association of Science Teachers “in recognition of her leadership and exemplary contributions as a science educator to quality science education in Virginia.” The award was presented in Roanoke in November 2011.


  • Nelson Cortes and colleagues published “Landing Technique Affects Knee Loading and Position During Athletic Tasks” in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. With colleagues, Cortes published “Two Different Fatigue Protocols and Lower Extremity Motion Patterns During a Stop-Jump Task” in the Journal of Athletic Training.

  • Matthew Ferry was awarded the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education 2011 Metzler-Freedman Exemplary Paper Award for his article, “The Cycle of Social and Emotional Pedagogy: Rhythm and Junctures.” The article was published in collaboration with Nate McCaughtry and Pamela Hodges Kulinna.

  • Wendy Frazier and Erin Peters Burton published “Voices From the Front Lines: Alignment of Reform Documents and Master Teacher Instruction” in School Science and Mathematics.

  • Rachael Goodman published an article with colleague Cirecie West-Olatunji from the University of Florida titled “Entering Communities: Social Justice-Oriented Disaster Response Counseling” in the Journal of Humanistic Counseling Education and Development. She also published with Paul Gorski from New Century College an article titled “Is There a Hierarchy of Oppression in U.S. Multicultural Teacher Education Coursework?” in Action in Teacher Education. With colleague Michael Brubaker from the University of Cincinnati, Goodman wrote a chapter titled “Client Advocacy: In Action” in the book “Professional Counseling Excellence Through Leadership and Advocacy.”

  • Bev Shaklee and Supriya Baily edited the book “Internationalizing Teacher Education in the United States,” which was published in March by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Mason faculty contributed several chapters, including: “The Critical Role of Language in International Classrooms” by Becky Fox; “Redefining Vulnerability in American Schools: Reaching and Teaching Students After International Crises” by Baily; “STEM Disciplines and World Languages: Influences from an International Teacher Exchange” by Wendy Frazier, Fox and Margret Hjalmarson; “Pedagogical Diversity and the Need for Contextually Responsive Teacher Education in the United States” by Rachel Grant and doctoral student Maryam Salahshoor; and “Expanding Horizons Through Technology for Teachers and Students” by Debra Sprague. In addition, Shaklee contributed the final chapter titled “Concluding Thoughts: Developing Opportunities to Internationalize Teacher Education.”

  • Shahron Williams van Rooij published “Training Older Workers: Lessons Learned, Unlearned and Relearned from the Field of Instructional Design” in Human Resource Management, as well as “Open Source Learning Management Systems: A Predictive Model for Higher Education” in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning.

International impact

  • Karen Berlin and Kris Ganley of the Virginia Department of Education Region 4 Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at Mason hosted three visitors from Bangladesh and one from Saudi Arabia Feb. 21-23 to review programs for students with autism spectrum disorders in Loudoun County Public Schools. TTAC and Loudoun County Public Schools are involved in a two-year professional development grant through the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders to implement quality programs and evidence-based practices for learners on the spectrum.

  • Estela Landeros-Dugourd, Training and Technical Assistance Center assistive technology coordinator, is working through Rotary International to develop a project in India that will include the construction of toilets in rural schools, as well as local training for teachers and students in how to improve personal hygiene and avoid infectious diseases caused by contaminated water. She attended a conference in Paris on March 13 and presented at a roundtable that included several representatives from UNESCO, a delegate from Water Without Borders, the director of the Institute of Geography at La Sorbonne and a member of the French Academy of Agriculture.


  • Mary Stone Hanley had her play, “The Name Game,” selected for the DC Black Theater Festival. It will be produced on July 1 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C.

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