Marilyn Sharif

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Marilyn Sharif


Phone: +1 703 993 4501

Campus: Fairfax

Marilyn K. Sharif, D.A., is Adjunct Faculty for INTO Mason’s Graduate Pathways Program. Since 2018, she has taught INYO 501/502/504, Graduate Transitions for International Students, where she facilitates active learning in face-to-face classrooms and online using virtual synchronous and asynchronous Blackboard technologies. Marilyn is a lifelong learner and advocate for internationalization of higher education.

During an extensive career as an academic advisor at George Mason University’s School of Business, Marilyn earned a Doctor of Arts degree in 2018 from the Higher Education Program, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Mason. Her research interests include internationalization of higher education, sociology of education, and interdisciplinary research methods.

As a doctoral student, Marilyn completed two teaching internships with the Bachelor of Individualized Study Program (BIS) at Mason, earned a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching, and taught BIS 390, The Research Process, as an adjunct instructor. In addition, she served as founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mason Graduate Research, a journal of interdisciplinary research. 

Marilyn studied, lived, and traveled extensively overseas. As an international student at the American University of Beirut, she earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology. She was a professional demographic statistician specializing in Middle Eastern countries with the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Also, she lived with her family in the Yemen Arab Republic where she taught English as a Second Language with the British Council. 

When Marilyn and her family moved back to Virginia, she volunteered in Fairfax County Public Schools as a career counselor.  Also, she serves as a Fairfax County Election Officer, and is active in her local church. Her professional affiliations include NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.