Transitions

Posted: September 8, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

This periodic Daily Gazette column highlights the comings and goings of George Mason faculty and staff, as well as promotions and job changes within the university. Send information to gazette@gmu.edu.

Administration

Carrie Addington joins the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) as a publications assistant while working toward an MFA in poetry. She worked as a freelance technical writer and marketing coordinator in Virginia Beach before coming to intern in AWP in October 2003.

Kurt Ankeny-Beauchamp is the new communication coordinator in the Information Technology Unit.

Jennifer Barnard joins the Modern and Classical Languages Department as an administrative program specialist after working as a student assistant in the same office.

John Creuziger joins the College of Arts and Sciences Information Technology and Web Development as a web developer. He most recently served as manager for George Mason’s Data Warehouse Services.

Phyllis Elaine Edwards joins the Association of Writers and Writing Programs as an accounting manager.

Dave Farris is the new chemical hygiene officer based at the Prince William Campus.

Kirsten Hilgeford joins the Association of Writers and Writing Programs as a publications assistant.

Danielle Letendre joins the BIS program as a student records specialist.

Matt Miller joins the College of Arts and Sciences Information Technology and Web Development as a web designer.

Ericka Pearce is the new biosafety officer based at the Prince William Campus.

Will Rees joins the College of Arts and Sciences Information Technology and Web Development as a consultant.

Karen Rosenblum, former vice president for university life, is on leave for this academic year.

Diann Stedman is the radiation safety officer based at the Prince William Campus.

Diane St. Germain joins the Molecular and Microbiology Department as an education support specialist after serving in George Mason’s graduation unit of the Registrar’s Office since 2000.

Mike Walker joins the College of Arts and Sciences Information Technology and Web Development as a systems engineer after serving as a web applications systems developer for the School of Management.

College of Arts and Sciences

Eric Anderson, term assistant professor, English, comes to George Mason from Oklahoma State University, where he was associate professor of English. He specializes in American Indian literature.

Steven Barnes, assistant professor, History and Art History, was a postdoctoral fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.

Lehn Benjamin, assistant professor, Public and International Affairs, comes to George Mason after earning her PhD in city and regional planning at Cornell University. Her research interests include accountability and organizational learning, and her teaching interests include nonprofit management and accountability, social entrepreneurship, and the role of nonprofits in a democratic society.

Amy Best,associate professor, Sociology and Anthropology, comes to George Mason after serving as an assistant professor of sociology at San Jose State University. Best’s research interests include gender, class and race inequalities, youth identity formation, and commodity culture and consumption. Her teaching interests include qualitative research methods and contemporary social theory.

Carl Botan, professor, Communication, comes to George Mason after serving as associate dean of Research and Graduate Programs in the School of Communication and Theatre at Temple University, where he also taught organizational and strategic communication. Botan’s teaching specialties include public relations and strategic issues, campaigns, industrial relations, and quantitative research methods.

Reuben E. Brigety II, assistant professor, Public and International Affairs, comes to George Mason after serving as an assistant professor of international relations at American University and George Mason. His research interests include civilian protections in warfare, strategic theory, and humanitarian assistance.

Cara Cashon, assistant professor, Psychology, comes to George Mason after serving as a research assistant for the University of Texas and as a research consultant for the University of Texas Houston’s Medical School. Her research interests include infant cognitive and perceptual development, and her teaching interests include child psychology and statistics and methods.

Milagros Denis, term instructor, History and Art History, comes to George Mason after serving as a Spanish instructor at Howard University.

Alan Falconer, professor and chair, Geography, was professor of geomatics at the University of Mississippi’s Department of Geology and Geological Engineering. He also served as the executive director of the Mississippi Space Commerce Initiative and as program manager and chief of party for the Spectral Data Corporation’s Regional Remote Sensing Facility in Nairobi, Kenya.

Douglas Falen, term assistant professor, Sociology and Anthropology, comes to George Mason after serving as an instructor and lecturer at Georgetown, George Mason, and the University of Pennsylvania. His teaching interests include African religious experiences, anthropological linguistics, and cultural anthropology.

Steve Garabedian, term instructor, History and Art History, has been an instructor for U.S. History at George Mason since fall 2003.

Carol Gould, professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies, comes to George Mason after serving as professor of philosophy in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Michele Greet, assistant professor, History and Art History, comes to George Mason after serving as an instructor for the Pratt Institute at New York University. Greet’s teaching interests include Latin American art and 20th century art.

Igor Griva, assistant professor, Mathematics, comes to George Mason after serving as a research associate for the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton.

Steven Harris, postdoctoral teaching fellow, History and Art History, comes to George Mason after serving as research scholar at the Kennan Institute in the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Tamara Harvey, assistant professor, English, was assistant professor of English specializing in early American and women’s literature at the University of Southern Mississippi. Harvey specializes in early American literature, women’s literature, feminist theater, and critical theory.

Sana Hilmi, term instructor, Modern and Classical Languages, comes to George Mason after serving as an instructor in foreign languages at Northern Virginia Community College. Hilmi teaches Arabic.

Devon Vail Johnson, assistant professor, Public and International Affairs, comes to George Mason after serving as a research associate in the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard. Her teaching interests include the sociology of the black community.

Todd Kashdan, assistant professor, Psychology, comes to George Mason after serving in the Depression Research and Treatment Program in SUNY Buffalo’s Department of Psychology. Kashdan’s teaching interests include abnormal child psychology and clinical psychology.

Gary Kreps, professor and chair, Communication, previously served as chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute. He was founding dean and professor of the School of Communication at Hofstra University and taught at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Northern Illinois University, Rutgers, Indiana University, Purdue Calumet, University of Southern California, and Chapman University.

Barry Kronenfeld, assistant professor, Geography, was lead instructor in geography at SUNY Buffalo. His teaching and research interests include gradation in vegetation mapping, geostatistics, and spatial statistics.

Robert Lichter, professor, Communication, was president of the Center for Media and Public Affairs since 1984. Lichter directs the Statistical Assessment Service and has been a statistical consultant for the Voter News Service, a media critic and commentator for Fox News, and a cohost of a syndicated radio show, What’s the Story? He taught at Georgetown, Princeton, and George Washington Universities, and has held research positions at Columbia University, Yale University, and Smith College.

Jennifer Marthia, term instructor and undergraduate advisor, Communication, was senior project associate for the George Mason Security Research Collaborative, and program manager and senior analyst for Titan Corporation.

Karen Misencik, program coordinator for Women’s Studies, left the university to work for Georgetown University’s Law School in its Women’s Law and Public Policy Division. She will be the director of two fellowship programs.

Anthony W. Paolitto Jr., term associate professor, Psychology, comes to George Mason after serving as an associate professor and program coordinator at James Madison University. Paolitto’s areas of interest include cognitive assessment, processing disorders, ADHA, and psychological measurement.

Raja Parasuraman, professor, Psychology, comes to George Mason after serving as professor of psychology at Catholic University and as director of its Cognitive Science Laboratory.

Deborah Polayes, term assistant professor, Molecular and Microbiology, comes to George Mason after serving as director of laboratory services for BioDominion and as manager of product development for Life Technologies. Polayes lectures on vectors used in recombinant DNA.

Timur Pollack-Lagushenko, postdoctoral teaching fellow, History and New Media, comes to George Mason after serving as visiting assistant professor at Catholic University of America. His teaching interests include research seminars, cultural history of food in the middle ages, and medieval civilization.

E. Shelley Reid, assistant professor and director of composition, English, was assistant professor of English and associate director of composition for Oklahoma State University. Reid specializes in 20th century American literature, composition, minority American writers, and modern American women writers.

Nicole Rousseau, term instructor, Sociology and Anthropology, comes to George Mason from Howard University, where she currently is completing her doctoral work.

Ramonu Abiodun Sanusi, assistant professor, Modern and Classical Languages, comes to George Mason after serving as a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon. He teaches French.

Zachary Schrag, assistant professor, History and Art History, comes to George Mason after serving as assistant professor in the Department of History at Columbia University. His teaching interests include 20th century United States history, and his research interests include the interactions between Americans and their physical surroundings.

Sufumi So, term assistant professor, Modern and Classical Languages, comes to George Mason after serving as visiting professor in the Graduate School of Language Education and Information Science at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, and as an assistant professor of Japanese and Second Language Acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University. So teaches Japanese.

Jelena Spasojevic, assistant professor, Psychology, comes to George Mason after serving as a research assistant in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and a teaching assistant at Rutgers. Spasojevic’s teaching interests include cognitive behavior therapy and psychopathology.

Michele Strong, postdoctoral teaching fellow, History and New Media, comes to George Mason after serving as adjunct professor of history at Trinity University and as an instructor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her teaching interests include modern Europe, the British Empire, and Western civilization to 1740.

Alexander Villa Benitez, term instructor, Sociology and Anthropology, comes to George Mason after serving as a teaching assistant at the University of Texas.

Yuntao Wu, research assistant professor and assistant professor, Molecular and Microbiology, comes to George Mason after serving as a research fellow in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the National Institutes of Health, where he specializes in HIV and CD4 T-cell research.

Gang Zhou, term assistant professor, Modern and Classical Languages, comes to George Mason after serving as teaching associate and lecturer at the University of California, Davis. He teaches Chinese and his teaching interests include Chinese language, literature, and culture.

College of Nursing and Health Science

Veronica Feeg, professor, will spend the year at the Institute of Medicine as the 2004-05 senior nurse scholar-in-residence at the National Academy of Sciences, sponsored by the American Academy of Nursing and American Nurses Foundation. She will be participating in projects and activities related to her pediatric research interests and focusing on health policy issues that affect children and families.

Mark M. Meiners is the new director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics and professor of health services research and policy. He was previously associate director of the Center on Aging at the University of Maryland. He is the principal investigator and director of the National Program Office of the Medicare/Medicaid Integration Program and Partnership in Long-Term Care, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant programs.

School of Public Policy

John Casey is the new director of the Fairfax Small Business Development Center in the Mason Enterprise Center.

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