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.

PhD, Texas A&M University
Tourism and Events Management

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Phone: (703) 993-4698
Fax: (703) 993-2025
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George Mason University
Science and Technology Campus
Katherine G. Johnson Hall 224
10890 George Mason Circle
MS 4E5
Manassas, VA 20110

Office Hours

By Appointment 


Dr. Brayley is an internationally recognized scholar who has published dozens of manuscripts, presented at international conferences and symposia, and co-authored three widely adopted textbooks. He has worked as a city administrator, government consultant, and educator in Canada and the United States. He has served in leadership positions in professional associations (including President of the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association), and is active in several organizations that support tourism development in Northern Virginia.

Research Interests

Socio-cultural impacts of tourism, with emphasis on the reciprocal impacts of tourism and sacred sites

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