Dr. Mark R. Ginsberg
Mark R. Ginsberg, PhD is the dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. George Mason University, located in Fairfax, Virginia, is the largest university in Virginia with over 33,000 students. Consistently identified by U.S. News and World Report as a "national university to watch," George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. The university is a leading example of the modern, public university.
Dr. Ginsberg's career spans more than a 30-year period as a professor, psychologist, and as a skilled administrator. He has published extensively in the areas of education, psychology, human development, and human services. In addition, he has lectured and presented at over 200 conferences, seminars, and other educational meetings and professional development events both within the United States and internationally.
Dr. Ginsberg served as the executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) from January 1999 until June 2010. Prior to joining NAEYC, Dr. Ginsberg was chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Services in the Graduate Division of Education at The Johns Hopkins University and a member of the faculty of both the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Ginsberg held the position of executive director of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy in Washington DC, from 1986 to 1993. From 1981 to 1986 he was a senior member of the management staff of the American Psychological Association.
He is the current past-president of the International Step by Step Association, a nongovernmental organization of 30 education-focused NGOs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He also is a past-president of the Society of Psychologists in Management, a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Maryland Psychological Association, and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Ginsberg completed his master's degree in 1978 and his doctoral degree in 1981 at The Pennsylvania State University, after having been awarded a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Cortland. He also completed a fellowship in clinical psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine. In 2006, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the State University of New York.
He is married to Elaine A. Anderson, chair of the Department of Family Science at the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. They have two grown children, Andrew and Robert.