College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.


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.

This award is presented annually to a CEHD faculty member in recognition of outstanding scholarship. All tenure/tenure track CEHD faculty are eligible.

Nominations may be made by any member of the CEHD faculty, and self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination package will cover the past three years, and will include items such as a statement from the nominee, publications, papers, books, research funding and awards.

The decision will be made by vote of the CEHD Research Committee, chaired by Peter Barcher, Associate Dean for Research, who will be a non-voting member.

The award is presented at the first CEHD faculty meeting of each academic year, where the recipient is presented with a check for $500. The recipient also presents the keynote address at the annual CEHD Research Symposium.

Recipients of this award by year:

Year Recipient
Nelson Cortes, Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Sports Medicine Assessment, Research, and Testing (SMART) Laboratory
Shane Caswell, Associate Professor and Director, Sports Medicine Assessment, Research and Testing (SMART) Laboratory
Erin Peters-Burton, Associate Professor of Science Education and Educational Psychology
Julie Kidd, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
Tom Scruggs, University Professor of Special Education