Fall 2021
Issue 40
CPS Leads - A Quarterly Digest
Message from the Dean
I am thrilled to welcome the entire GW College of Professional Studies community to the fall 2021 semester! Whether you are engaging online or in person, returning or new, this is a great time to join us as we celebrate our bicentennial and bring people onto campus for the first time in many months.

To our returning students and faculty - many, many thanks for your patience, dedication, and perseverance over the last year-plus. Your efforts allowed us to continue to be a community of engaged, active scholars through incredibly challenging times.

We hope you enjoy the stories in our September newsletter. We invite you to connect with us on social media to find out what else is going on at the College between issues.

Melissa Feuer, CPS Interim Dean
Mark S. Wrighton to Become Interim GW President Jan. 1
Mark S. Wrighton
George Washington University President Thomas J. LeBlanc will retire at the end of the fall 2021 semester, it was announced at a Faculty Senate meeting on Friday. Mark S. Wrighton, a former chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, will serve as GW’s interim president starting Jan. 1.

Paralegal Studies Program Gains American Bar Association Approval
ABA logo
The CPS Paralegal Studies program has met the approval of the American Bar Association (ABA) for the excellence of its curriculum, faculty and administration, the only such program granted the designation in Washington, D.C.

The CPS program joined a cadre of elite national institutions with the designation after undergoing a rigorous assessment.

Getting to Know Tierney Pitzer: New IT Program Director
Tierney Pitzer began her position as program director for the Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program July 1. She has more than 20 years of industry experience in software programming and IT project management in the DMV area, plus 10 years of teaching in higher education.

Now that Professor Pitzer is settling into her new role, we wanted to give our readers a chance to get to know her a little better.

Publishing Students Contribute to Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations
More than a dozen GW Master of Professional Studies in Publishing students were able to gain “real world industry experience” while participating in a special projects editing course this summer.

The students, under the direction of Publishing program director and associate professor John Warren, and faculty member Randy Townsend (MPS 2011), contributed to volunteer efforts for the August 25 publication of the Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations.

Toolkit Creative Commons
Homeland Security Student Receives INSF Scholarship

Master’s degree student in homeland security Trishi Malhotra to receive an INSF scholarship to pursue a career in national security. Her exceptionally strong academic record, and personal story, gave her an edge in the highly competitive scholarship selection process.

What’SUP GW: Student Run Podcast Now on Spotify

Want to learn about #parkequity from leading experts? Listen to the what’SUP GW,” a new, student-run podcast organized and produced by students enrolled in CPS’s master’s degree program in Sustainable Urban Planning (SUP). The podcast, launched Aug. 29, explores diverse topics around sustainable urban planning. 

Staff Announcements: New Faces, New Roles & Official Hires
Kogan Plaza at GW campus with welcome GW flag in GW colors
CPS administration is happy to report we have officially filled a number of positions that were on hold during the pandemic.

This includes hiring three employees you may have already met in their temporary roles working for CPS, new roles for three existing staff members, and the onboarding of three additional staff members. Congratulations to all and welcome to our newest CPS staff members! 

Mary Paradis
Double Alumna Leading the Way for the Next Generation of Leaders

Congratulations to College of Professional Studies (CPS) double alumna, Mary Paradis, BPS ’18, MPS ’20, on her new position as Chief of Police & Executive Director of Public Safety at The University of Mississippi Medical Center. She pursued both her academic degrees from CPS while working full time.

Recent Cybersecurity Boot Camp Graduate Shares Experience

"What I received from the course far exceeded my expectations," wrote Mark, a recent graduate from the GW Cybersecurity Boot Camp, an intensive program, offered through GW’s College of Professional Studies in partnership with Trilogy Education, a 2U, Inc. 

GSPM Announces New Fellows
GSPM fellows
The Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University announced the appointment of former U.S. Reps. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.) and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.) and former Obama administration senior official and Capitol Hill staffer Dana Gresham as GSPM Fellows for the 2021-22 academic year.

Michael Steele on the right and GSPM faculty member on the left, moderating
Michael Steele Shared His Perspective on the State of American Politics 

The former Maryland lieutenant governor and Republican National Committee chair spoke about citizen engagement, bipartisanship and servant leadership at a Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) MasterClass Series event this summer. 

Innovate GW I-Corps Program
NSF I-Corps Grants for Customer Discovery and Prototype Development

The InnovateGW I-Corps Site Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, awards grants of up to $3,000 to GW students, faculty or staff members who wish to explore possible applications of their research or technology to solve problems that could lead to a broader impact in society. Next workshop offered Sept. 17.

Step Up to the Mic Program Spotlight with 4-Time Emmy Award Winner Jan Fox
What can the famous American actress, singer, businesswoman and humanitarian Dolly Parton teach us about authenticity and effective communication? In this brief video clip 4-time Emmy Award winner and former news anchor Jan Fox, who leads our Executive Communications: Step Up to the Mic Program, shares her experience interviewing Dolly.

Discover how you can apply those same tools to expand your sphere of influence and become a more comfortable public speaker. Would you like to learn the communication tools that will advance your career, cure your “speaker jitters”, and inspire others to follow your lead? Find out more about the GW Center for Excellence in Public Leadership's (CEPL) Step Up to the Mic program. Next dates: September 22-23 and 29-30, 9 AM - 1 PM (EST)
In the Media

Upcoming Virtual Events
All of these virtual events are free and open to the GW community & the public, unless otherwise noted.
Democracy Reset: How Far is Too Far?
Saturday, September 18, 2021
9:30 AM-1:30 PM EDT
Free | Virtual

Please join us on Saturday, September 18th for a series of scholar and practitioner panels on the state of U.S. democracy in 2021.
Women in Cybersecurity
Thursday, October 21, 6 PM - 7 PM EDT
Free | Virtual

Join us for an engaging and informative panel where experts in cybersecurity and technology share their stories and provide tips for women pursuing careers in these mission-critical fields.

Joining the discussion will be Ms. Teri Takai, Venture Partner & Chair, State CIO and Council, and Ms. Lydia Payne-Johnson, JD, CIPP, GW Director of IT Security, Information Management, and Risk.
2 women cybersecurity event speakers
Hold the Date: GW Ethics in Publishing Conference Returns
GW Tempietto
Monday, Oct 18, 2021, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Free | Virtual

The theme of this year's conference is Equitable Publishing. Topics include equity, inclusion and identities in the workplace, diversifying internships and hiring, accessibility, and sustainability in the publishing landscape. The conference will be held live and virtually on two separate days.

Hosted By: Master of Professional Studies in Publishing Program.

  • The Association of University Presses (AUPresses)
  • The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)
Please check the following websites for many additional events going on throughout the College:
GW College of Professional Studies | 571-553-0320 | Email Us | https://cps.gwu.edu