Radner Appointed New M.A.I.S. Director

Posted: July 24, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

John Radner, associate professor of English, has been named the new director of the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.) program. His duties officially began on July 5.

The majority of M.A.I.S. students are attracted to the degree because they wish to design a graduate program to meet the unique needs of their individual careers and life plans. “I’m interested in the creative challenge,” says Radner. “I like helping students figure out what they want to study and finding ways of combining disciplines.”

Radner has had a great deal of experience with multidisciplinary courses. When he first joined George Mason in 1975, he was on a committee that helped develop the B.I.S. degree, which is an undergraduate version of the M.A.I.S. degree. He helped design PAGE 130: Conceptions of the Self, and he worked with faculty from the departments of Sociology and Anthropology, English, History and Art History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Psychology, and the College of Nursing and Health Science to develop a university course on utopia, and later a New Century College Learning Community on utopia.

Radner has served as the director of graduate and undergraduate studies as well as associate chair of the English Department. “I’ve done a lot of administrative work,” he says. “I like listening to people and working with faculty in different ways. I have an eclectic set of interests and maybe an eclectic set of abilities. I’m looking forward to meeting more people from other departments.”

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