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.

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Phone: (703) 993-3513
Fax: (703) 993-5300

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1505
4400 University Dr.
MS 1E8
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Shelley Wong is an Associate Professor at George Mason University in Multicultural/ESL/Bilingual Education. She began her teaching career in teaching English at a girls middle school in Hong Kong where she went as a Chinese American to study Cantonese and learn about her cultural roots over thirty years ago. Over the years has taught English as a Second language in adult school, high school, community college, university intensive English programs, and teacher education programs in California, Ohio, New York, and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She has also taught ESL/Bilingual classes for community organizations, churches and trade unions. Before coming to George Mason, Shelley was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and an associate professor in the Foreign/Second Language Education with a Specialization in Language, Literacy and Culture at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

She received her BA in Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz (U.C.S.C.), her California teaching credentials, TESL certificate and MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from UCLA, and her Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics from Columbia Teachers College.

Shelley served on the Board of TESOL from 1996-1999, was Chair of the Teacher Education Interest Section and served on the Sociopolitical Concerns Committee of TESOL 2002-2005. She was the recipient of the TESOL Heinle and Heinle Excellence in Teaching Award, presented in 2003 at the TESOL Annual Convention, Baltimore, Md.

Research Interests

  • Dialogic approaches to teaching and research; sociocultural approaches to literacy, academic achievement for racial, cultural and language minority students, critical discourse analysis.
  • Educators perspectives on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Book talk: April 1, 2012, 9am Washington DC

Recent Publications

Examining Education, Media, and Dialogue under Occupation: The Case of Palestine and Israel

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