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.


Assistant Professor
Center for Social Equity Through Science Education
Early Childhood Education

Contact Information

Send email to Dr. Fisher-Maltese

Phone: (703) 993-4163
Fax: (703) 993-4370

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1100
4400 University Dr.
MS 4C2
Fairfax, VA 22030

Research Interests

  • Mixed methods research
  • Qualitative research
  • Science education
  • Math and science anxiety in pre-service and in-service teachers
  • Underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM-related fields
  • Learning in informal settings, particularly outdoor settings (gardens, farms, nature)
  • Impacts of school garden and farm-to-school programs
  • Working with historically marginalized and/or underserved students
  • Health and wellness
  • Policies related to science education and health and wellness of children

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