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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.


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 AU Core Committee

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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,

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Task Force Members

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 th

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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 Ed

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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-centur

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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 an

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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 Unive

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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 work

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Celine-Marie Pascale Professor CAS - Sociology

As a sociologist who studies language, Dr. Pascale's research concerns culture, knowledge and power. She is currently studying the lived experience of poverty in rural and urban communities in the U.S

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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, sh

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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

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