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3456 Martha Custis Drive Alexandria, VA 22302 757-880-2561 mford11@gmu.edu

Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Emphasis: Higher Education & Cultural Studies
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030
Master of Science in Education, Emphasis: Higher Education
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, Emphasis: International Relations
Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA 23606

Expected, May 2018

May 2008
May 2005


Higher Education professional with over nine years experience in academic and student affairs at both private
and public institutions of higher education
Experienced in both student development initiatives as well as student engagement in both academic and extracurricular activities
Proven success in increasing online and interactive resources for education purposes as well as increasing student
involvement in large and small scale programming events
Experienced with strategic planning initiatives and vision setting for higher education units

Director for Undergraduate Academic Services
February 2011-Present
School of Business, George Mason University
Research trends of Mason business students in relation to academic success, find significant factors that impact
students performance and tailor program resources for maximum student academic excellence
Supervise five full-time academic advisors for the School of Business, including completion of yearly
evaluations, semester goal-setting and provide opportunities for relevant professional development both on and
off campus
Oversight of Masons School of Business international education endeavors and resources for Songdo Campus in
Republic of Korea
Run monthly advising reports on number of students advisors have made contact with via walk-in advising,
appointments, phone-calls and e-mail advising, utilize this information for reporting purposes
Created PACE (pace.gmu.edu) for business students, utilized online resources for creation of an interactive stepby-step online advising tool to promote academic success of business students
Oversee academic related services for an undergraduate student population of 3,600 including orientation,
registration, restrictions, curriculum oversight, requests, graduation clearances and other duties as related
Approve or deny courses for study abroad programs for all business classes for business and non-business majors
Implement 35 new orientation sessions per year for the School of Business, including presenting to large groups
of students and parents, updating relevant materials for new students, and attend all reception events
Run graduation reports for students who have not cleared to graduate, identify why student is not cleared to
graduate and communicate with student what needs to be accomplished for a successful graduation
Compile weekly information for the School of Business blog pertaining to upcoming events, policy and
curriculum updates/changes, and faculty updates
Work closely with faculty to identify high performing students for scholarship purposes, undergraduate teaching
assistantships within the business college and potential research opportunities
Utilize retention software to identify business students most likely not to return to Mason and contact students via
targeted outreach plans

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Create and implement targeted outreach to students who are in academic distress and utilize SalesForce to track
progress made with students and resources provided to students
Execute weekly staff meetings for advising staff, invite guest speakers, plan fun and engaging activities for staff,
and utilize meeting time to update staff regarding important information
Develop and implement several programming activities per academic year including a sell-out WelcomeFest
event, faculty mentor lunches with high performing students as well as site visits and field trips for UNIV 100 and
LLC students
Review student requests pertaining to study elsewhere, reevaluation of credit, prerequisite waiver, change of final
exam and other requests totaling 250 or more per semester
Design and implement two staff retreats per year for staff of 15 full-time employees
Teach University 100 Business and Economics sections for 28 first-year students, plan weekly lessons, invite
guest speakers related to topic of choice, grade weekly writing assignments, hold office hours and research new
trends pertaining to entrepreneurship and business
Facilitate the Living and Learning Community for Business and Economics students, meet weekly with LLC
students, host late-night academic events for residence hall students, plan two off-campus events for LLC students
directly related to business and economics
Academically advise business students regarding course selection, long range plan for graduation, undergraduate
curriculum, graduate school application processes and ensure students are aware of Mason policies and
Founding member of the Mason Academic Advising Network, facilitate planned trainings for faculty and staff
advisors, connect Mason advisors with various advising units on campus, lead monthly roundtable meetings to
discuss advising topics and plan monthly brown bag lunch events
Active member of the School of Managements Strategic and Vision Planning Leadership Committee
Evaluate over 200 applications for scholarship for School of Management students, identify high performing,
need-based and involved students for scholarship
Analyze weekly admission reports for enrollment percentages, report data to Dean and Associate Dean and assist
with FTE projections for the School of Management

Assistant Director of Student Activities

June 2008-January 2011
Office of Student Activities, Syracuse University
Advised 40 diverse student organizations regarding University policies, event planning, budget management and
other relevant information
Advised the programming board at Syracuse University comprised of 10 student directors, worked with students
to plan and implement forty to fifty diverse events each semester for Syracuse University students, faculty and
Co-Created and Associate Director of the Values Academy at Syracuse University, a now annual conference for
the support and growth of culturally based fraternities and sororities on colleges campuses throughout the
Created and conducted an advisor training for Syracuse University faculty and staff advisors each semester in
order to update advisors regarding important funding information and Syracuse University policies and
procedures regarding recognized student organizations on campus
Worked with Carrier Dome staff to implement a spring concert for 15,000 plus attendees, utilized programming
board to choose artist/s and market the event to the community
Organized monthly events such as large-scale concerts, speakers, lectures, assembly meetings, trainings and
various other extracurricular activities for students, faculty, staff and public
Oversight of contractual negotiations and risk management assessments, contracted with over forty individuals
and organizations each semester, made sure contract was within legal requirements of Syracuse University
Oversight of a multi-million dollar programming budget to be used for diverse and educational extra and cocurricular events for Syracuse University students, faculty and staff
Worked closely with Alumni Development to bring high profile alumnus back to campus for programs and
student outreach

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Conducted training workshops for undergraduate and graduate students regarding officer training and transition,
recruitment, marketing, diversity initiatives, budget management and event planning
Created a training for recognized student organizations to educate members about policies, event planning, and
budget management
Assisted with development and implementation of a new Student Leadership Institute for students, assisted
creating the courses and activities required for the Leadership Institute completion
Co-Facilitated Student Leadership Institute retreat in upstate New York for fifty student leaders each semester,
developed activities and learning objectives for weekend-long retreat
Created training sessions for values, membership, enrichment and leadership geared towards culturally based
organizations and their members
Supervised higher education practicum students and graduate assistant working for the Office of Student
Activities, held weekly meetings with students, completed goal setting activities and conducted monthly

English Conversation Teacher

September 2008-January 2011

The Lillian and Emanuel Slutzker Center for International Services, Syracuse University

Taught English conversation courses for non-native English speakers for students, visiting scholars, faculty and
staff of Syracuse University
Planned weekly lesson plans to assist students with their English conversation and speaking skills
Assisted international students with career development and job placement through resume creation, cover letter
review and interview communication skills
Provided outside the classroom training to further assist students with their English speaking skills, including
community visits to restaurants, museums and events where the students were able to practice English in a public
setting as well as conducting trainings on popular informal English and slang terms to non-native speakers
Taught useful skills necessary for preparing students for the TOEFL exam and conducting practice TOEFL
questions and exercises

Graduate Assistant for Programming

August 2006-May 2008
Office of Student Activities and Leadership, Old Dominion University
Advised executive members of the Student Activities Council (SAC) Programming Board
Solely responsible for creation and implementation of two-week long homecoming events including concert,
parade, pageant and alumni reunion
Created and implemented Leadership Lecture Series workshops for students about multicultural awareness and
global competency and officer training and transition
Implemented and programmed various events for a diverse campus including late night events, homecoming
events, comedy events, concerts and other campus events
Completed diversity training with Office of Intercultural Relations and facilitated workshops on diversity for
students, faculty, and staff
Assisted with creation of the FOREIGNERS organization to assist with international students transition to the
University, now largest organization at ODU
Coordinated planning, marketing and implementation of leadership development, conflict resolution, diversity
initiatives and program planning seminars

Admissions Counselor
August 2005-August 2006
Office of Admissions, Virginia Wesleyan College
Recruited potential college students from high- schools across the United States and abroad
Reviewed admission applications and made admission decisions on behalf of Virginia Wesleyan College
Counseled and advised high-school students about admissions, scholarship, financial aid and enrollment

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Worked with Dean of Enrollment on target strategies for enrollment as well as marketing campaign for VWC

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James MacGregor Burns Symposium Scholarship Awardee
George Mason University Staff Exchange Program at Hohenheim University, Germany
Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society, Member
Phi Alpha Theta, International History Honor Society, Member
American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Member
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Member
National Academic Advising Association
Order of Omega, Greek Honor Society, Member
Golden Key, International Honor Society, Member
Alpha Phi
Alpha Phi, Alpha Chapter Recruitment Advisor
International Student Peer Advisor
NACA National Conference Intern

April, 2015
November, 2013
August 2006-present
August 2007-December 2010
March 2010-present
August 2009 December 2010
August 2006-May2008
September 2007-January 2008

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS ___________________________________________________

Making Strengths Stick: A Strengths Based Advising Model National Academic Advising Association-Las
Vegas, October 2015
Set Your PACE to the Greatest Advising on Earth through Technology- National Academic Advising
Association- Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2013
Where's Our How-To Guide?: The Millennial Supervisor in a Multigenerational Office
National Academic Advising Association-Denver, Colorado October, 2011, 2014, 2015
The Economic Crisis and the Private University-Panel Presentation, American College Personnel Association
Boston, MA, March 2010