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.

Contact Information

Send email to Diane Loomis

Phone: (703) 993-4496
Fax: (703) 993-4497
Email: dloomis (

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Krug Hall 211D
4400 University Dr.
MS 1F2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Diane Loomis is Transition Coordinator for Region IV.  Her professional interests and experiences relate to educating and supporting individuals with disabilities.  Presently, she contributes to Virginia's efforts at successful transition of students with disabilities from high school to adult life. She was Assistant Professor at Gallaudet University, where she directed a music program for deaf students. She worked for the American Association of College for Teacher Education in the area of special education and on a special project to advance individuals with disabilities as professional educators.  At the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development she was an advocate for housing for disabled people.  She received a Ph.D. in Education in 2007 from George Mason University.

Research Interests

  • Self-Determination for Students with Disabilities
  • Transition for Students with Disabilities

Recent Publications

  • Maxwell, J. & Loomis, D. (2002). Mixed method design: an interactive model in A. Tashakkori & C.Teddlie (Eds.) Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social and Behavioral Research. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Darrow, A. & Loomis, D. (1999). Music and deaf culture: images and their interpretation by deaf and hearing students.  Journal of Music Therapy, 36, 88-109.