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

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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.

PhD, University of Delaware
Associate Professor
Tourism and Events Management

Contact Information

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Phone: (703) 993-9047
Fax: (703) 993-2025
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George Mason University
Science and Technology Campus
Katherine G. Johnson Hall 228A
10890 George Mason Circle
MS 4E5
Manassas, VA 20110


Dr. Abena Aidoo, is an Associate Professor in the Tourism & Events Management (TEM) program, in the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, at George Mason University (Mason).  During the almost 7 years she has been at the University, she has taught a wide variety of courses such as, Heritage and Cultural Tourism, Tourism Planning and Policy, Introduction to Tourism Management, Ecotourism, the Administration of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Organizations, and Women and Tourism.

For a little over 3 years, Dr. Aidoo served as the Fieldwork Experience Coordinator for the TEM program, during which she revamped the curriculum of the two required internship courses to enhance the overall experience for students and the partner agencies.

In addition to serving on committees at different levels in the University, Dr. Aidoo has sought to work closely with industry partners, participating in a variety of activities, and she currently serves as a board member for the Greater Prince William chapter of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging, and Travel Association.

Prior to coming to Mason, Dr. Aidoo worked on her doctorate degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, with an emphasis on Tourism Development, at the University of Delaware (UD).  At UD, in addition to the work on her dissertation, she worked with esteemed public service faculty on issues surrounding poverty, including food stamps, the revitalization of an abandoned neighborhood, and housing.  She received her Master of Human Resource degree from Clemson University, after which she worked as a Residence Life Coordinator at Georgia Institute of Technology.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Ghana.

As a Commercial Clerk at the Embassy of the United States in Accra, Ghana, she worked to promote U.S. exports to, and to facilitate U.S. investments in, Ghana.  In this position, she was integrally involved in various activities, including the organization of large-scale events for the Department of State and the Department of Commerce, in Accra, Ghana.

Research Interests

  • Heritage and Cultural Tourism
  • Tourism Planning and Policy
  • Tourism as a Socioeconomic Development Strategy
  • Ecotourism
  • Tourism in Sub-Saharan Africa

Courses Taught This Semester