People

Kevin Clark, Director

(George Mason University)

Serves as the Director of the Center. Dr. Clark is Professor in the Learning Technologies division in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University. He holds both a bachelors and masters degree in computer science from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his work in the academy, Dr. Clark worked as a designer and senior program manager for Lightspan (now Plato Learning), a leading provider of educational software and interactive media.

Gordon Berry, Senior Advisor

(University of California, Los Angeles)

Is Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Education and information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His special areas of research are counseling psychology and the study of media and social behavior. His more than 20 years of consulting with television and media organizations included consulting on programs such as: Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Barney and Friends, That's So Raven, Liberty Kids and many others.

Glynda Hull, Senior Advisor

(University of California, Berkeley)

Is Professor of Language and Literacy, Society, and Culture at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include writing in and out of schools; multi-media technology and new literacies; adult learning and work; and community, school, and university collaborations.

Spencer Crew, Affiliate

(George Mason University)

Is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of American, African-American and Public History at George Mason University. He served as president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for six years and was director at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.

Nada Dabbagh, Affiliate

(George Mason University)

Is a Professor in the Instructional Technology Program at George Mason University. She teaches graduate courses in Instructional Design, Applied Learning Theory, Web-Based Learning, and is the author of the book Online Learning: Concepts, Strategies, and Application.

Marjorie Haley, Affiliate

(George Mason University)

Is a tenured Professor of Education and Director of Foreign Language Teacher Licensure in the Graduate School of Education. She is a former Spanish, French, German, and ESL teacher of 14 years, and she teaches Foreign Language methods and ESL methods courses as well as doctoral courses in Brain-compatible Teaching and Learning, Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition Research.

Wendi Manuel-Scott, Affiliate

(George Mason University)

Is an Associate Professor and Director of the African and African American Studies program. Her interests include Caribbean history, African American history, and the African Diaspora.

Erin Peters-Burton, Affiliate

(George Mason University)

Is the Donna R. and David E. Sterling Endowed Professor in Science Education and Director of the Center for Social Equity through Science Education. Her research agenda is focused on helping all students build self-awareness of how they learn science and engineering. She works to help students see themselves as “science-minded” and help teachers create classrooms that support student skills to develop scientific knowledge. To accomplish this, she pursues research projects that investigate ways that students and teachers can use self-regulated learning theory in science and engineering, as well as how inclusive STEM schools can help students succeed.

Kimberly Sheridan, Affiliate

(George Mason University)

Is an Associate Professor of Education, whose research takes a sociocultural perspective on learning in the arts and media, with a particular focus on how this learning is situated in diverse and changing contexts with the advent of new digital technologies. Dr. Sheridan is conducting ethnographic studies of makerspaces, emergent spaces involved in creative production that often involve youth and adults combining art, engineering and new technologies, to understand how these communities emerge, function and evolve to support learning.

Debra Sprague, Affiliate

(George Mason University)

Is an Associate Professor in Elementary Education and her research interests focus on the use of technology to support teaching and learning, and educational video games in K-12 environment. Dr. Sprague is currently the editor for the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education. She spent eight years teaching on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico.

Kristien Zenkov, Affiliate

(George Mason University)

Is an Associate Professor in Literacy Education and the co-director of the "Through Students' Eyes" project, which asks urban high school and middle school youth to document with photographs and writing what they believe are the purposes of school. His research interests include Literacy/English education, urban teacher education, social justice and education.

Kimberly Scott, Affiliate

(Arizona State University)

Kimberly A. Scott is an Associate Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department and the Executive Director of the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, whose goal is to drive the discourse and experiences of underrepresented girls in STEM by owning, generating and critiquing the collective body of scholarship on, and offering culturally responsive programs for, girls of color (e.g. African American, Native American, Latina, and Asian American) and STEM education.

Cynthia Winston-Proctor, Affiliate

(Howard University)

is a Professor of Psychology and the principal investigator of the Identity and Success Research Lab. Dr. Winston-Proctor is also is the Principal and founder of Winston Synergy L.L.C., a psychology and research consulting firm. As a leading narrative personality psychologist, Dr. Winston-Proctor's career is devoted to understanding identity, as well as the psychology of race, racism, and success within lives.

Hasani McIntosh, Graduate Research Assistant

(George Mason University)

is a doctoral student with over ten years experience in the entertainment industry working as a digital media artist for Disney, Nickelodeon, and Bravo. Hasani also worked with the Smithsonian’s Science and Education Research Center to build an educational video game, and most recently he worked with the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He's also served as a researcher for the University of Florida’s Human Centered Computing Lab and the Digital Worlds Institute contributing to educational gaming projects as Art Director. A native of California, Hasani graduated from San Jose State University with a B.F.A. in Animation. He then went on to achieve a M.S. in Digital Arts and Sciences from New York University.

Safiya Isman, Work Study Student

(George Mason University)

is an undergraduate student at George Mason University majoring in Global Community Health with a minor in Public Health. With hopes to pursue accelerated master’s program for Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners. Having an experienced background with the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program at NOVA providing a series of free college access and planning workshops for first generation college students.

Caroline Winter Taylor, Work Study Student

(George Mason University)

is an undergraduate student at George Mason University majoring in communications. Passionate about politics and social justice, she has actively campaigned for human rights, participated in protests, rallies, and is an active participant in the American political process. Attending George Mason is a dream come true for Caroline.