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Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Dr. Pallab Sanyal

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Pallab Sanyal is an associate professor of Information Systems, and a Dean’s Scholar at the George Mason University School of Business. He is also serving as the director of MBA programs. Pallab received his PhD in Information and Decision Sciences, an MBA in Finance, and an MIS all from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Technology from the Indian Institutes of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, India. Read his full biography here.

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MS in Data Analytics Engineering

MS in Data Analytics Engineering

James Baldo

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James Baldo’s engineering career has provided him with a broad foundation of knowledge and experience in engineering systems responsible for detecting, identifying, tracking, and predicting the behavior of objects based on multiple sources of data. Baldo’s work environment has been greatly affected by big data, which resulted in his utilizing new technologies and analytical methods. Baldo’s experience and skill in leading engineering teams has been instrumental in navigating the needs and expectation of business owners, as well as managing, galvanizing, and synergizing teams of talented engineers.

Baldo’s experience as a practicing engineer has provided him with a great appreciation in educating engineers with a solid foundation in mathematics, science, statistics, and engineering. As an instructor, Baldo packages theory and practice in his courses to prepare students for addressing real world problems. Read his full biography here.

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Masters in Economics

Masters in Economics

Christopher Coyne

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Christopher Coyne is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the Associate Director of the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center. He is the Co-Editor of The Review of Austrian Economics, The Independent Review, and Advances in Austrian Economics. He also serves as the Book Review Editor for Public Choice. In 2008, Coyne was named the Hayek Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, and in 2010 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy & Policy Center at Bowling Green State University. Read his full biography here.

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MS in Health Informatics and Graduate Certificate

MS in Health Informatics and Graduate Certificate

Dr. Green-Lawson

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Dr. Zakevia D. Green-Lawson is the program coordinator for the online Master of Science in Health Informatics program in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) within the Department of Health Administration and Policy (HAP). Green-Lawson’s research interests are health information exchange (HIE), interoperability, electronic health records (EHRs), cultural competency, global informatics, health informatics and information-management curriculum development and redesign, online learning, and andragogy within health informatics and information management. Green-Lawson’s research has been published in the Journal of American Health Information Management Association, the Journal for Nurse Practitioners, and the Maryland Nurse News and Journal. Green-Lawson’s teaching responsibilities include the Introduction to Health Informatics, Health Data: Vocabulary and Standards, and Consumer Health Informatics. Read her full biography here.

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MS in Learning Design and Technology

MS in Learning Design and Technology

Dr. Nada Dabbagh

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Nada Dabbagh is Professor and Director of the Division of Learning Technologies in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. She holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Design from The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Science in Math Methodology and Operations Research from Columbia University. Dr. Dabbagh teaches graduate courses in instructional design, e-learning pedagogy, and cognition and technology in the Learning Design and Technology (LDT) and the Learning Technologies Design Research (LTDR) programs. In 2003, Dr. Dabbagh received the George Mason University Teaching Excellence award, Mason’s highest recognition for faculty members who demonstrate exceptional skill in and commitment to their teaching and learning practice. Read her full biography here.

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Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Cheryl Oetjen

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Dr. Oetjen is an Associate Professor for the MSN & DNP programs in the School of Nursing. Oetjen’s educational interests include nursing leadership, advancing the role of nurses in health care, and quality care of children and adolescents. She is an expert on pediatric care — most of her career has been focused on improving quality care and removing barriers to access for vulnerable and uninsured children. During her doctorate program, her capstone project focused on the quality care of children with asthma. Read her full biography here.

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Master of Professional Studies in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Master of Professional Studies in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Dr. Afra Ahmad

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Dr. Afra Saeed Ahmad is the program director of the online Master’s of Professional Studies in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She received her BA in Psychology (2008), MA (2008) and PhD (2016) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology right here at George Mason University! Afra worked as an assistant professor of management at Zayed University in Dubai for three years before returning home to Mason. Read her full biography here.

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Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Dr. Emily Ihara

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Dr. Emily S. Ihara is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Work. Ihara’s research interests focus on interventions, policies, and system changes necessary to eliminate health inequities for vulnerable populations. She uses a mixture of quantitative, qualitative, and agent-based modeling techniques to identify the conditions that may lead to health inequities and the subsequent policy levers and interventions that may work to decrease and eliminate them. Prior to coming to Mason, Ihara was a congressional health policy fellow in the House of Representatives and has previously worked as a researcher, policy analyst, and clinical social worker for various organizations. Read her full biography here.

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Master of Education in Special Education and Graduate Certificates

Master of Education in Special Education and Graduate Certificates

Dr. Jodi M. Duke

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Dr. Duke is an Associate Professor in the Division of Special Education and Disability Research. She is also the Academic Program Coordinator of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Program.

Dr. Duke received a B.S. in Elementary Education from University of Michigan, a M.S. in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University, and an Ed.D. in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on postsecondary transition and college supports for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities. Read her full biography here.

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TESOL (MEd Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction)

TESOL (MEd Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction)

Dr. Joan K. Shin

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Joan Kang Shin, PhD is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers and has provided professional development programs and workshops to English language teachers both in-person and online in over 100 countries around the world. She is also an expert in online TESOL education and conducts research on building international virtual communities of practice for English teachers. In 2016, Dr. Shin was named one of the 30 Up and Coming Leaders of TESOL by TESOL International Association. At Mason, she is PI for an externally funded grant project called Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) Global Online Courses and MOOCs through the American English (AE) E-Teacher Program funded by the Department of State and administered by FHI 360. Read her full biography here.

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