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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

Virginia Stallings

Virginia Stallings

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Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Lyn Stallings is Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at American University. She served as chair of the Faculty Senate in 2009 and Past Chair in 2010. She received the American University... [More]

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Provost, Office of the


Curriculum Committee

Chair

Cynthia Bair Van Dam

Cynthia Bair Van Dam

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Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer

Cindy Bair Van Dam 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. Prior to teaching at AU, she taught at Howard University. Her professional int... [More]

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202-885-2983
CAS - Literature


Area One Subcommittee: The Creative Arts

Cara Gabriel

Cara Gabriel

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Assistant Professor

Cara Gabriel has worked as a theatre practitioner throughout Vermont, Illinois, Michigan, New York, and the Washington, DC, area. Directing credits at American University include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Machinal, The Hundred Dresses, Skin, The Cher... [More]

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202-885-3410
CAS - Performing Arts


Tom Ratekin

Tom Ratekin

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Assistant Professor

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
CAS - Literature


Area Two Subcommittee: Traditions That Shape the Western World

Evan Berry

Evan Berry

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Associate Professor

Evan Berry is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University and Co-Director of the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs master's program. His research interests focus on the role of religious ideas, persons, and organizations in ... [More]

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202-885-2493
CAS - Philosophy and Religion


Mary Giandrea

Mary Giandrea

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Assistant Professor

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
CAS - History


Jane Hall

Jane Hall

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Associate Professor

Jane Hall is a full-time professor of Journalism. She specializes in media and politics, particularly issues of special interest to young people. A former weekly commentator on Fox News Watch, she regularly appears on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” media p... [More]

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202-885-2024
SOC - School of Communication


Area Three Subcommittee: The Global and Cross-Cultural Experience

Jennifer Gumbrewicz

Jennifer Gumbrewicz

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Professorial Lecturer

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
SPA - JLC


William Quirk

William Quirk

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Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Quirk has general 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 pro... [More]

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202-885-6316
CAS-World Lang and Cultures


Wanda Wigfall-Williams

Wanda Wigfall-Williams

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Wanda Wigfall-Williams has negotiated with terrorists, and facilitated dialogues with paramilitary groups. She has developed counter-trafficking campaigns in Eastern Europe, Asia, and West Africa.She has taught graduate-level course at George Mas... [More]

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202-885-2632
SIS-School of Intl Service


Area Four Subcommittee: Social Institutions and Behavior

Jill Klein

Jill Klein

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Executive in Residence

Professor Klein brings more than 30 years of IT and banking management experience to the classroom. Jill Klein is the faculty program director for the Professional MBA and Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and New Programs at the Kogod School of... [More]

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202-885-1856
KSB - Information Technology


John Willoughby

John Willoughby

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Professor

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
CAS - Economics


Area Five Subcommittee: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences

Matthew Hartings

Matthew Hartings

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Assistant Professor

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
CAS - Chemistry


Teresa Larkin

Teresa Larkin

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Associate Professor

Teresa Larkin is an Associate Professor of Physics Education in the Department of Physics. She also serves as Faculty Liaison to the Pre-engineering Program at American University.Dr. Larkin received her BS and MS degrees in Engineering Physics from ... [More]

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202-885-2766
CAS - Physics


Sarah Marvar

Sarah Marvar

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Professorial Lecturer

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CAS - Biology