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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.

Program Administration

  1. 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

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    (202) 885-3166

  2. Brad Gilligan, Manager, Gen Ed Program & Assessment

    Provost, Office of the

    Send email to Brad Gilligan

    (202) 885-3869

Curriculum Committee


  1. Cynthia Bair Van Dam, Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Literature

    Cindy joined the Department of Literature faculty in 1995. She earned an MA from American University in 1993 and a BA from the University of Nebraska in 1991. Before coming to AU, she taught at Howard University. Her research interests include compos… More

    Send email to Cynthia Bair Van Dam

    (202) 885-2983

Area One Subcommittee: The Creative Arts

  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

  1. 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

Area Two Subcommittee: Traditions That Shape the Western World

  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

  1. Mary Giandrea, Assistant Professor

    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

  1. Jane Hall, Associate Professor

    SOC - School of Communication

    Jane Hall is a professor in journalism and media studies. She specializes in media and politics, particularly issues of special interest to young people, and popular culture. A former weekly commentator on Fox News Channel, she regularly appears on C… More

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    (202) 885-2024

Area Three Subcommittee: The Global and Cross-Cultural Experience

  1. 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

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    (202) 885-6386

  1. William Quirk, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS-World Lang 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

  1. 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.

    Send email to Mirjana Morosini

    (202) 885-6827

Area Four Subcommittee: Social Institutions and Behavior

  1. Jennifer Steele, Associate Professor

    CAS - School of Education

    Dr. Jennifer L. Steele is an Associate Professor of Education at American University in Washington, DC. Her research, which emphasizes quantitative methods that support causal inference, focuses on urban education policy at the K-12 and postsecondary… More

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    (202) 885-3762

  1. Jill Klein, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiative, KSB

    KSB - Information Technology

    Professor Klein brings more than 30 years of IT and banking management experience to the classroom. Jill Klein serves as the Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and New Programs at the Kogod School of Business which includes Business@American prog… More

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    (202) 885-1856

  1. John Willoughby, Professor

    CAS - Economics

    Professor Willoughby has recently returned from a two-year stay in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates where he helped create an undergraduate economics program at the new American University of Sharjah. He has also taught at the American University in Cai… More

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    (202) 885-3759

Area Five Subcommittee: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences

  1. Matthew Hartings, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Chemistry

    Matthew Hartings is striving to develop new uses for metals in biological systems. He currently oversees two research projects—the first entails designing metal-based anti-cancer drugs, and the second involves creating artificial photosynthetic prote… More

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    (202) 885-1778

  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

  1. 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