Who We Are

Kimberly K. Eby, Ph.D.keby1@gmu.edu
Associate Provost for Faculty Development
Director, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning

Kim is a community psychologist with broad interests in domestic violence; violence and gender; and collaboration and community building in a variety of contexts, especially in interdisciplinary teaching and learning. A faculty member at Mason since 1996, she taught primarily in the School of Integrated Studies, an undergraduate integrated and interdisciplinary studies program. In addition to the School of Integrated Studies, she is a Women’s Studies faculty member and affiliate of the Department of Psychology. In 2002, she was awarded the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award.

She has co-edited an interdisciplinary reader on violence and gender and written about faculty roles in interdisciplinary collaborative work; collaborative learning; pedagogical strategies in teaching about controversial and sensitive issues; and responding to the needs of domestic violence survivors. She was a consultant for the National Learning Communities Project and continues to present at national and regional meetings, as well as individual institutions on topics such as leading institutional curricular change, developing interdisciplinary curricula, faculty collaboration, working with student and faculty diversity, and other pedagogical issues.


Ashleen Gaydaagayda1@gmu.edu
Administrative and Program Specialist

Ashleen graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Visual Technology, concentrating in digital art and animation with a minor in English. Prior to joining the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence in July 2008, she held positions of both mentor and student administrative supervisor at the Student Technology Assistance Resource Center while pursuing her studies. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Arts Management, concurrent with a graduate certificate in Special Events in Arts Management.


Bethany M. Usher, Ph.D. busher@gmu.edu
Director, Students as Scholars Initiative
Associate Director, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning

Bethany UsherBethany spends as much time as possible in graveyards – she is a biological anthropologist who studies cemeteries from both osteological and archaeological perspectives to understand the social structure and health of past communities. Bethany directs the Students as Scholars initiative through the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), and serves as an Associate Director of the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning. She is also a Councilor for Undergraduate Research Program Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Prior to joining the CTFE in January 2010, she was faculty at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where she established the Center for Undergraduate Research and served as its Director. At SUNY Potsdam, she was an Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology and past chair of the Anthropology Department. She has a long history of collaborating with undergraduate researchers.