Erika Berner Appointed Acting Dean of UAE Campus

Posted: October 10, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dan Walsch

Erika Berner, a graduate of Mason and former adjunct faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development from 1988 to 1998, has been named acting dean of the university’s Ras Al Khaimah Campus in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She replaces David Wilsford, who stepped down from the directorship of the UAE campus for personal reasons.

Since 2003, Berner served as assistant dean for academic affairs and chair of the liberal arts department of the UAE campus of American University. Prior to that, she was a lecturer at Dubai University (1999 – 2003) and served as supervisor of instructional technology, math and sciences at Zayed University (1996 to 1998).

Berner has more than 15 years management and administrative experience and more than 20 years liberal arts teaching experience at the university level. During her career, she has chaired university standing committees to rewrite polices regarding issues ranging from grades to class sizes and helped build a liberal arts department consisting of faculty members from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.

She earned her MEd in Secondary Education in 1990 and her PhD in Education in 2003 from Mason. Her undergraduate degree in history was from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey.

Fall classes are currently underway at Mason’s UAE campus. The university continues to move forward toward establishing a fully-operational campus within the next three years.

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