SIS Welcomes Five New Faculty Members!

SIS Welcomes Five New Faculty Members

The School of Integrative Studies is happy to welcome one new tenure-track professor, two new term assistant professors, one new term associate professor and one new term instructor!

Dr. Julia Shadur received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests focus on the intergenerational transmission of addiction and emotion dysregulation, and examines both basic and prevention research questions regarding the development of emotion regulation among young children of substance-dependent caregivers. She will be teaching INTS 316-Introduction to Childhood Studies this fall.

Dr. Samuel Frye received his PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His research interests focus on how residents and local governing bodies in small cities, towns and rural communities navigate social, economic, and political change. He also has 10 years of professional experience working in nonprofits organizations. He will be teaching INTS 204-Leadership Theory & Practice this fall.

Dr. Aoi Yamanaka, a native to Japan, received her PhD in Higher Education from George Mason University. Her research interests are related to social justice in higher education, globalization of higher education, cultural leadership, and civic engagement in a diverse environment. This fall she will be teaching INTS 391-Introduction to Integrative Studies and INTS 406-Global Leadership. Dr. Yamanaka will also maintain advising hours for our students.

Dr. Mark Thurston, who spent many years at Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, is now officially teaching full time for School of Integrative Studies. Dr. Thurston earned his PhD in Psychology from Saybrook University in San Francisco. His research interests include mindfulness, conflict transformation, the role of intentionality in groups, and aspects of consciousness which can be experienced in the dream state. He will be teaching INTS 355-Mindfulness, Meaning and Well-Being and INTS 475-Well-Being and Self-Care for Helping Professionals this fall.

Susan Howard is currently pursuing her PhD in Environmental Science & Public Policy here at George Mason University and she holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She combines theoretical models and evidence-based research with her practical field experience in more than 20 countries to help students understand systemic solutions to complex health and environmental problems. This fall she will be teaching two sections of INTS 210 – Sustainable World and INTS 375-Health, Medicine & Society.