Two academic units at Mason welcomed new deans over the summer. Edward Rhodes began as dean of the School of Public Policy (SPP) on July 1, and Mark R. Ginsberg started his tenure as dean of the College of Education and Human Development on August 1.
Rhodes has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and studied American national security policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he earned a master’s and a doctoral degree. After brief stints teaching at Cornell, Stanford, and Harvard universities, he joined the faculty at Rutgers University. He eventually became dean of social and behavioral sciences for the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers.
Rhodes was also an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fulbright Fellow overseas. He worked in the Pentagon on the chief of naval operations’ strategy and concepts staff. In addition, Rhodes has served on the State Department advisory committee, overseeing the preparation of the official record of American foreign policy.
Ginsberg was executive director and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Education of Young Children beginning January 1999. Prior to that, he was chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University and a faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he has maintained an affiliation. Previous to his work at Hopkins, he was the executive director of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a senior member of the professional and management staff of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C.
Ginsberg holds a PhD and an MS in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University. He also completed a fellowship in clinical psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine. He earned a BS in psychology from the State University of New York at Cortland. He also was awarded an honorary doctoral degree of human letters by the Board of Regents for the State University of New York in 2006.