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.

PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Dean, CEHD Administration

Contact Information

Send email to Dr. Ginsberg

Phone: (703) 993-2004
Fax: (703) 993-2001

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 2103
4400 University Dr.
MS 2F1
Fairfax, VA 22030


Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. The College of Education and Human Development was recently ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s Top 50 best education schools in the country. George Mason University, located in Fairfax, Virginia, is the largest public research university in Virginia with nearly 34,000 students. It is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields and a leading example of the modern, public university.

Dr. Ginsbergs career spans more than a 30-year period as a professor, psychologist, senior administrator in higher education institutions, and leader of human service and national professional associations. He has published extensively in the areas of education, psychology, human development, and human services. He has lectured and presented at over 200 conferences, seminars, and other educational meetings and professional development events both within the United States and internationally.

Dr. Ginsberg served as the executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) from January 1999 until June 2010. Prior to joining NAEYC, Dr. Ginsberg was Chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the Graduate Division of Education at The Johns Hopkins University and a member of the faculty of both the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Ginsberg held the position of executive director of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in Washington DC, from 1986 to 1993. From 1981 to 1986 he was a senior member of the management staff of the American Psychological Association which he joined after serving as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Rochester.

He is a nationally elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and the internationally respected non-profit organization, Parents as Teachers. In addition, Dr. Ginsberg is a past-president of the International Step by Step Association, a nongovernmental organization of 30 education-focused NGOs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the Society of Psychologists in Management. He also is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Maryland Psychological Association, a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a member of the American Educational Research Association and American Society of Association Executives, of which he was elected to serve on the national Board of Directors.

Dr. Ginsberg completed his masters degree in 1978 and his doctoral degree in 1981 at The Pennsylvania State University, after having been awarded a bachelors degree from the State University of New York at Cortland. He also completed a Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine. In 2006, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the State University of New York.

He is married to Elaine A. Anderson, chair of the Department of Family Science in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. They have two grown children, Andrew, a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, and Robert who is employed in a leadership position at the Stanley Black & Decker Corporation.