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Career Connection Faculty Award

Award nominees 2016

About the Award

The Career Connection Faculty Award is an annual award celebrating Mason faculty and staff who make a positive impact on students' career goals, employment plans, or graduate school preparation. Recipients go above and beyond the expectations of their role and devote extra time and energy to helping students prepare for life after Mason. Nominations are made by students in the early part of each spring semester. Find out more about the nomination criteria.

Dr. Michael E. von Fricken with his students as he receives his award.

Dr. Michael E. von Fricken Global & Community Health

2018 Award Winner: Dr. Michael E. von Fricken

Dr. Michael E. von Fricken is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Global and Community Health in the College of Health and Human Services. His research interests include vector-borne disease surveillance, control, and pathogen discovery. He has ongoing projects in Kenya, Mongolia, and Haiti focusing specifically on emerging pathogens transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks, and has conducted international training workshops on appropriate field methodology and data management for vector borne disease research. His work has had a direct impact guiding treatment policies of Rickettsial infections in Mongolia and the management of malaria in Haiti. He received his PhD from the University of Florida and completed his postdoctoral fellowship with Duke University, Division of Infectious Disease. He is now currently a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park, and holds a Visiting Scientist designation with the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) Diagnostic Systems Division, based out of Fort Detrick, MD.

2018 Award Nominees

College of Education and Human Development
  • Brenda Wiggins
  • Craig Esherick
  • Julie Aylsworth
  • Michael Richardson
  • Paula Cristina Azevedo
  • Tina Jones
College of Health and Human Services
  • Brian Gillette
  • John Shiver
  • Laura Poms
  • Leah Jewett
  • Michael E. von Fricken
  • Panagiota Kitsantas
  • Phillip Zane
  • Shannyn Snyder
  • Stephen Brown
  • Tammy George
  • Virginia Blair
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Alexandria Petrassi
  • Andrew Novak
  • Benedict Carton
  • Blake Calamas
  • Bradley Radovich
  • Carla Burns
  • Charlotte Gill
  • Christina Tyler Wenks
  • Dae Young Kim
  • Dan Walsch
  • Daniel Afzal
  • Danielle Rudes
  • David Kaufmann
  • Donald R. Gallehr
  • Douglas Wulf
  • Elizabeth Benson
  • Erin Quinlivan Murdoch
  • Eugene Rossi
  • James J. Willis
  • Jennifer Rose
  • John Samaha
  • Joseph Killiany
  • Julie Owen
  • Justin Ramsdell
  • Kara Tappan
  • Kathalene Razzano
  • Kimberlie Fair
  • Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco
  • Larry Guerin
  • Linda Chrosniak
  • Linda Seligmann
  • Lisa Bauman
  • Marek Sojka
  • Maziar Valamotamed
  • Megan Tucker
  • Michael E. Hurley
  • Nicholas M. Hertz
  • Omar Alkhonini
  • Rachel Jones
  • Rodger Smith
  • Rosemarie Zagarri
  • Sheri Huerta
  • Suzanne Mims
  • Thomas Rustici
College of Science
  • Alexandra Masterson
  • Charles Madden
  • Deborah Polayes 
  • J. Reid Schwebach
  • Jason White
  • Joanna Jauchen
  • Mary A Nelson 
  • Matthew Rice
  • M'bark Baddouh
  • Steven Schluchter
  • Valerie Olmo
  • Younsung Kim
College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Asma Chaudhary
  • Christopher A Gregg
  • Greg Grimsby
  • Lisa Thrasher 
  • Rachel Debuque
  • Reese Quiñones
  • Robert Dieterich
Honors College
  • Blake Silver
Mason Korea
  • Gyu Tag Lee
  • Vias Nicolaides
  • Douglas Kent Zimmerman
  • Heon Jung (Leo)
Schar School of Policy and Government
  • Delton Daigle
  • Heba El Shazli
  • Jennifer Victor
  • Peter Mandaville
School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Douglas Irvin-Erickson
School of Business
  • Bret Johnson
  • Cheryl Druehl
  • Christine Landoll
  • Cindy Parker
  • Derek Horstmeyer 
  • Gary Brooks
  • Ian Messing
  • Jackie Brown
  • James W. Wolfe
  • Jehanzeb Cheema
  • Lisa Gring-Pemble
  • Long Chen
  • Michael Nolder
  • Paul Harley
  • Robert Pierce
  • Shelly Canterbury
  • Steven J. Pilloff
University Libraries
  • Maoria Kirker
University Life
  • Kathryn Mangus
Volgenau School of Engineering
  • Brett Hunter
  • Burak Tanyu
  • Carolina Salvador Morales
  • Colin Reagle
  • Emanuela Marasco
  • Joseph Risi
  • Kathryn Laskey 
  • Kinga Dobolyi
  • Mark Snyder
  • Niloofar Ramezani
  • Sidhartha Sikdar
  • Tamara Schweinsberg
  • Thomas Winston
  • Yariv Ephraim
  • Yutao Zhong

Past Award Recipients

2017: Dr. Dann Sklarew, College of Science

Dr. Dann Sklarew is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Science and the Associate Director of the Potomac Environmental Research Education Center (PEREC). As a Smithsonian Fellow, he developed a nitrogen budget for the Rhode River basin (MD), validating demographic and agricultural census data. For EPA's Office of Water, he contributed to policies on watershed management and storm water pollution control. Dr. Sklarew has investigated various ways to help diverse partnerships address common ecological problems, including producing and writing a video documentary, Turning the Tide: Sustaining Earth's Large Marine Ecosystems; directing the UN-sponsored IW:LEARN project, and participating in a collaboration of international experts examining Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley.

2016: Carla Fisher, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Carla L. Fisher joined George Mason University in 2011 as an assistant professor in the department of communication. Prior to joining Mason she was an assistant professor with Arizona State University where she also served as coordinator of research in the Family Communication Consortium. 

Dr. Fisher received her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University with a focus on family, health, and aging communication. She was a National Institute on Aging (NIA) Pre-doctoral Fellow completing interdisciplinary training in human development/aging that included a minor and graduate certificate in gerontology as well as international studies at the Institute of Gerontology, University of Jönköping, Sweden. Recently she was selected for post-doctoral training in health behavior theory in the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) fifth Advanced Training Institute. 

2015: Cindy Parker, School of Business

Dr. Cindy Parker received her bachelor's, master's, and PhD in organizational psychology from George Mason University and has been as assistant professor of management at George Mason for 10 years. 

Before coming to Mason, Dr. Parker worked for over nine years in private industry as a management consultant, focusing on a variety of human resource initiatives. Her previous work experiences include: Consortium Research Fellow at the Army Research Institute, statistician at the American Medical Student Association, associate research scientist at the American Institutes for Research, and assistant vice presidents at Aon Consulting.

Her consulting assignments focused on enhancing human potential and effectiveness at work and included such projects as development, validation, and implementation of employee selection and assessment procedures, leadership assessment and development, job analysis and competency modeling, development and validation of performance management systems, and product development.

At Mason, Dr. Parker teaches two human resource management courses in the School of Business and serves as the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Dr. Parker is a five-time recipient of the School of Business Undergraduate Teaching Award.

2014: Brian Alexander, Schar School of Policy and Government

Brian Alexander is an adjunct instructor in George Mason University's Department of Public and International Affairs, where he has been a student since fall 2007. His approach to scholarship is similar to his approach to teaching: to engage in creative critical thinking on issues of power and justice while actively participating in the professional worlds of public policy and politics.

In addition to his work as a student and instructor at George Mason, Brian works as a government relations professional. He has worked for firms such as Booz Allen Hamilton and IBM, and he currently advises small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations on change management and government affairs. He lives in Alexandria and enjoys most of all spending time with his wife Caroline and their two daughters, Kitty (five) and Phoebe (three).