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The General Education Program is the cornerstone of AU's undergraduate curriculum, and draws on the expertise of faculty and staff from throughout the university. The program is administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, with curricular oversight from the General Education Curriculum Committee, chaired by Cynthia Bair Van Dam.

General Education Committee

  1. Jessica Waters, Dean of Undergraduate Education & Vice Provost for Academic Student Services

    Provost, Office of the

    Jessica Waters is the Dean 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 recent w… More

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    (202) 885-2301

  2. Brad Knight, Manager, AU Core & AU Core Assessment

    Provost, Office of the

    Send email to Brad Knight

    (202) 885-3869

  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

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    (202) 885-2983

  1. Lindsey Green-Simms, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Lindsey Green-Simms’ teaching and research focuses on African and post-colonial film and literature. Her particular interests include globalization, technology, gender and sexuality studies, and Nollywood video-film production. Professor Green-Simms’… More

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    (202) 885-6466

  2. E. Andrew Taylor, Associate Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    E. Andrew Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Arts Management Program, exploring the intersection of arts, culture, and business. An author, lecturer, and researcher on a broad range of arts management issues, Andrew has also served as a consulta… More

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    (202) 885-1601

  3. Tom Ratekin, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Literature

    Professor Ratekin teaches courses in twentieth-century literature and film. His interests include modern British, American, and world literature, postmodernism, literary theory, consumer culture, psychoanalysis, genre studies and the memoir. His book… More

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    (202) 885-6341

  1. Ellen Feder, Professor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    Ellen K. Feder is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy and Social Policy. She works at the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and critical race theory, particularly as these relate to matters of social pol… More

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    (202) 885-2931

  2. 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

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    (202) 885-2752

  3. Margot Susca, Professorial Lecturer

    SOC - School of Communication

    Margot Susca (Ph.D., Florida State University) is a professorial lecturer in SOC's journalism division who also heads the weekend M.A. program in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. She teaches courses in reporting, journalism ethics, children's med… More

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    (202) 885-3345

  1. William Quirk, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - World Languages and Cultures

    Dr. Quirk has research interests in German, English and French from Romanticism to the present. Within German he focuses on both the Age of Goethe and Modernism, with special emphasis given to Kleist, Nietzsche and Kafka. His present book project, ti… More

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    (202) 885-6316

  2. Mirjana Morosini, Instructor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Mirjana Morosini is an historian of modern Europe. Her work focuses on comparative history of ethnic politics, ethnic conflict, and nationalism, borderland identities, cultural history, and the history of science and technology.

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    (202) 885-6827

  3. Susan Glover, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Government

    Professor Glover teaches and does research in the field of comparative politics, with a concentration on Africa. Her past work has focused on democratic transition and consolidation in multi-ethnic states. She has lived and worked in southern Africa,… More

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    (202) 885-2674

  1. Jennifer Steele, Associate Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Jennifer L. Steele is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at American University, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research, which emphasizes quantitative methods that suppor… More

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    (202) 885-3762

  2. Alexandra Mislin, Associate Professor

    KSB - Management

    Professor Mislin’s research focuses on how financial incentives as well as social factors including trust, social perceptions, emotions, and the tracking of obligations, influence behavior when people interact. Her current work examines how these fac… More

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    (202) 885-1919

  3. David Kearns, Associate Professor

    CAS - Psychology

    Research interests:animal models of drug abuse and addiction treatment; the effects of drug cues on behavior; conditioning and learning; extinction; theories of learning; animal models of gambling.Recent publications:Kearns, D. N., Tunstall, B. J., &… More

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    (202) 885-1711

  1. Teresa Larkin, Associate Professor

    CAS - Physics

    Teresa Larkin is an Associate Professor of Physics Education in the Department of Physics. She also serves as Director and Faculty Liaison to the Dual-degree Engineering Program.Dr. Larkin received her BS and MS degrees in Engineering Physics from So… More

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    (202) 885-2766

  2. 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

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    (202) 885-6538

  3. Jessica Uscinski, Senior Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Physics

    Jessica Uscinski recently joined the Physics Department at American University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2008. She received her PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Arizona in 2008. Her research primarily involves investigating t… More

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    (202) 885-3505