Ginsberg Named Dean of College of Education and Human Development

Posted: January 15, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: January 13, 2010 at 3:51 pm

By Jennifer Edgerly

Mark Ginsberg. Photo courtesy of Mark Ginsberg

Mark R. Ginsberg, executive director and CEO of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), has been appointed dean of Mason’s College of Education and Human Development, effective Aug. 1.

“Mark Ginsberg brings an exciting background in educational research and management that will clearly benefit not only the college but the university as a whole,” says Mason Provost Peter Stearns.

“This is a challenging time for education, and Mark will help reshape our work in teacher training in ways that take advantage of new opportunities and new visions.”

Prior to joining NAEYC in January 1999, Ginsberg served as the chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, and as a faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he has maintained an affiliation.

Before working at Johns Hopkins, he was the executive director of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a senior member of the professional and management staff of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C.

“I am excited to be joining such an innovative institution, and I am honored to become the next dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University,” says Ginsberg.

“This is a very exciting time for the fields of education and human services, as well as the programs of the School of Recreation, Health and Tourism. I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students, as well as university administrators, partners and friends, to further support the college as a national leader in the programs it offers.”

Ginsberg holds a PhD and a master of science in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University. He also completed a fellowship in clinical psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Ginsberg earned his bachelor of science in psychology from the State University of New York at Cortland. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Human Letters by the Board of Regents for the State University of New York in 2006.

Senior Associate Dean Martin E. Ford is currently serving as acting dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

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