Doctoral Program Opportunities at George Mason University (USA)

George Mason University is seeking candidates interested in pursuing a doctorate in the field of health and physical education. Funding is available for well qualified candidates. Core coursework will focus on analysis of teaching in PE, curriculum theory, and mentorship and supervision. Extensive coursework in teacher education and research methods will prepare candidates for positions in physical education teacher education at the university level. Doctoral candidates will be supervised by Dr. Dominique Banville and Dr. Risto Marttinen. Dr. Banville’s research centers on mentoring of pre-service and in-service teachers, and the secondary school curriculum. Dr. Marttinen’s research focuses on after-school physical activity programming, the integration of academic subjects and technology into physical education, and student attitudes toward physical education.

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. Mason is classified as a top-tier research intensive (R-1) university by the Carnegie foundation. Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree-programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, and Manassas, as well as learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunity to collaborate and create. Mason’s Fairfax campus is metro accessible to Washington D.C. and surrounded by excellent public schools with rich histories of research collaboration.

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