College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University


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.

Contact Information

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Phone: (703) 993-5596
Fax: (703) 993-3643

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
West Building 2106
4400 University Dr.
MS 6D2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Diana D'Amico is an assistant professor of education in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Dr. D'Amico is an historian of education and education policy. She completed her dissertation, with the support of a Spencer Fellowship, at New York University in 2010. Her dissertation, "Claiming Profession: The Dynamic Struggle for Teacher Professionalism in the Twentieth Century," received the Politics of Education Association's Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Dr. D'Amico's research examines the development of policy questions surrounding teacher quality and professionalism over the twentieth century, as well as the ways in which the historic organizational structure of the schools informs teacher professionalization. Dr. D'Amico uses this historical framework to engage current policy debates. Her book project is titled _The Failure of Teacher Professionalization: A History_. Dr. D'Amico is also at work on another large-scale project that examines the profile characteristics of teacher applicants in a larger school district.

Housed in the Education Policy Program and affiliated with the History Department, Dr. D'Amico teaches doctoral courses that examine the historical, social and political forces that shape schooling and school policy in the United States. Before arriving at GMU she spent a postdoctoral year at Brown University as a Visiting Assistant Professor. 

Research Interests

  • The history of education and education policy
  • The history of teachers and teaching
  • Teacher quality and assessment
  • Teacher applicant characteristics
  • Teacher professionalization
  • Teacher training
  • Teacher unions and associations