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The Task Force on General Education

In May 2015, Vice Provost Lyn Stallings brought together a group of faculty and administrators from across the University to develop a vision for a new intellectual core.


  1. Cynthia Bair Van Dam, Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Literature

    Cindy Bair Van Dam is a compositionist who joined the Department of Literature faculty in 1995. In addition to teaching in the Writing Studies Program, Cindy is also the Chair of the General Education Committee and serves as the Faculty Director of t… More

    Send email to Cynthia Bair Van Dam

    (202) 885-2983

  2. Peter Starr, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

    CAS - Dean's Office

    Peter Starr joined American University as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in July 2009. In this role, he is responsible for 324 full-time faculty in 17 departments, 1820 undergraduate majors, 979 graduate students and over 40% of all enrollm… More

    Send email to Peter Starr

    (202) 885-2446

Task Force Members

  1. Jesse Boeding, Adjunct Instructor

    KSB - Academic Programs - UG

    Send email to Jesse Boeding

    (202) 885-1912

  2. Laura BonDurant, Associate Dean for Academic Administration

    SOC - School of Communication

    Laura BonDurant joined the SOC in Janauary 2010. Prior to her role in the SOC she served as the Director of the Center for Academic Success at The Catholic University of America. Previously she was the Assistant Dean at Georgetown University's School… More

    Send email to Laura BonDurant

    (202) 885-2054

  3. Mary Clark, Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost

    Academic Affairs, Office of

    Mary Clark is Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law and Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost of American University. Dean Clark teaches in the area of Higher Education Law, Women’s Legal History, Legal Ethics, … More

    Send email to Mary Clark

    (202) 885-2155

  4. Mary Giandrea, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - History

    Mary Frances Giandrea is the author of Episcopal Culture in Late Anglo-Saxon England, the first full-length study of the many roles, both secular and religious, of bishops in tenth and eleventh-century England. Her research interests include Anglo-Sa… More

    Send email to Mary Giandrea

    (202) 885-2752

  5. Jennifer Gumbrewicz, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Jennifer Gumbrewicz is a successful attorney, experienced professor, and proven leader with a long career in legal practice, research and communications. A graduate of AU’s School of Public Affairs and Washington College of Law, she also received her… More

    Send email to Jennifer Gumbrewicz

    (202) 885-6386

  6. Patrick Jackson, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Learning

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is currently Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Professor of International Relations in the School of International Service. He previously taught at Columbia University and New York University. He received his Ph.… More

    Send email to Patrick Jackson

    (202) 885-2036

  7. Sarah Marvar, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Biology

    Dr Sarah Marvar is a renal physiologist and her research has focused on the role of the kidney in hypertension and the influence of oxidative free radicals in renal injury. Dr Marvar is currently working on introducing Open Educational Resources for … More

    Send email to Sarah Marvar

    (202) 885-6538

  8. Celine-Marie Pascale, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

    CAS - Dean's Office

    As a sociologist who studies language, Dr. Pascale's research concerns culture, knowledge and power. She is currently engaged in a study of the discursive production of risk in US media accounts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Through a sy… More

    Send email to Celine-Marie Pascale

    (202) 885-2524

  9. Virginia Stallings, Associate Professor

    CAS - Math & Statistics

    Lyn Stallings is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at American University. She served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies from 2011 to 2016. In her role as Vice Provost, she launched new honors and scholars programs and le… More

    Send email to Virginia Stallings

    (202) 885-3166

  10. Jessica Waters, Assistant Professor

    Provost, Office of the

    Jessica Waters is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs as well as an adjunct faculty member at the Washington College of Law. Her research focuses primarily on reproductive rights law. Her … More

    Send email to Jessica Waters

    (202) 885-2301