Rebecca Fox, Ph.D.

Rebecca K. Fox, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Center for Language and Culture and the Co-Director of the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning Program in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Bilingual in French, she has taught all levels of French in grades K – university and English to adult English language learners. Dr. Fox holds a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Foreign/Second Language Education and Research from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. She received her master’s degree “with distinction” in French literature from George Mason University. In her twelfth year at George Mason University, Dr. Fox is the recipient of the 2010 Mason Teaching Excellence Award and was awarded the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques in 2010. She directs and teaches classes in the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning area, an advanced master’s program aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She also teaches courses in Foreign/World Language Methods, Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research, research methods and action research. She teaches World Perspectives in Teacher Education in the Ph.D. in Education program and regularly mentors doctoral students. In 2010, Dr. Fox’s international work has been supported through three grants. One with the Taiwanese government was in the summer of 2010 where she and colleagues provided professional learning on student-centered and standards-based instruction for Taiwanese teachers of Chinese. She was Co-PI on the U.S.- Russian Teacher Professional Development grant funded by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. She was also researcher and faculty on the Greek Teacher Professional Development Program, funded by the Fulbright Foundation and the U.S. Department of State. In addition to research in inter-cultural communication, her principle research continues to focus on portfolio development and reflection in teacher education and teacher professional learning. Program level portfolio research in the ASTL program focuses on ways that portfolios might be used to measure program effectiveness, teacher learning, and program growth and development through portfolio evaluation. As a researcher for an NEA funded grant, she examined the dimensions of portfolio development as evidences of teaching readiness, manifested in PDS and non-PDS program participants. Dr. Fox’s research and scholarly writing includes book chapters, research and journal articles and reports. Dr. Fox is an active member of several professional organizations, among them the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), and the American Education Research Association (AERA), where she regularly presents research at their professional conferences. She is currently serving as Chair of the Portfolio SIG of the American Education Research Association and is Past Chair of the ACTFL SIG on Research. She is a member of the ACTFL NCATE National Audit Review Board. She is Chair of the Student Standards Commission of the American Association of Teachers of French. She is also a member of Golden Key, Phi Delta Kappa, and of Phi Beta Delta International Honor Societies.