Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Van Dusen as Interim Director of the new Master of Arts in Global Human Development program. This two-year degree is designed to prepare graduates to be change-makers and leaders in development practice in the dynamic world of the 21st century. The first students will be enrolled in September 2012.
Dr. Van Dusen comes to this assignment after a distinguished career in development, in both the public and private sector and in academia. She worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for 25 years as both a social scientist and senior manager, serving in Washington in USAID’s Bureau for Policy and Program Coordination, Bureau for Asia and the Near East, Bureau for Science and Technology and Bureau for Global Programs, Field Support and Research. She has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Save the Children/US and Interim CEO of EnterpriseWorks/VITA.
Dr. Van Dusen has taught courses on development at SFS since 1999 and has also taught at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She serves on the boards of a number of international non-profits and foundations and has advised for-profit companies and private foundations on strategies to achieve development impact.
“Dr. Van Dusen is already well-known to the development community and to the School of Foreign Service, where she has taught as a full-time visiting professor and as an adjunct over the years,” said SFS Dean Carol Lancaster. “With her unique combination of academic and practical experience, I know she will help establish a master’s program that will become one of the premier programs of its kind.”
Dr. Van Dusen received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Her doctoral research focused on social change in the Arab world and the impact on women and the family. She has published articles on social indicators, health and poverty, women and family in the Arab world, foreign aid reform and most recently on education system reform in the developing world. She also received her master’s from Johns Hopkins SAIS as well as a B.A. from Wellesley College.
The Global Human Development degree will provide students with exposure to the theories and accumulated knowledge of development – including economic development and social, political and cultural elements of development – as well as practical skills, such as program and project design, monitoring and evaluation, budgeting, accounting and finance, and statistical methods for development. The program will also provide students with a unique opportunity to blend theory and practice through a summer program in a developing country, a capstone project to provide consulting assistance to public, private and not for profit development agencies, and an innovation lab to introduce students to technology and development innovations. The goal of the program is to prepare students for the challenges of working in different development organizations and environments. Learn more at ghd.georgetown.edu.