Michael Zdanovich

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Michael Zdanovich

Email: mzdanovi@gmu.edu

Phone: N/A

Campus: Mason Korea


Michael has taught as an adjunct academic English instructor at INTO Mason since the fall semester of 2018. He will be joining the Mason Korea faculty to teach AE Core 4 and OCS Level 4 in the spring of 2021.

His career in higher education spans more than 30 years across the United States, much of it having taken place overseas. After teaching high school geography and social studies in Samoa as a volunteer with the Peace Corps, Michael taught undergraduate political science classes at Temple University Japan in Tokyo for a year, and Asian studies, history and political science classes for the University of Maryland University College Asian Division based in Okinawa, Japan for seven years. During that time, he also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) on a part-time basis in a variety of settings. In addition, Michael also taught as an adjunct at several local institutions including American University, Fairfax County Public Schools, George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.  

Michael has a B.A. in International Relations and Anthropology from Beloit College in Wisconsin; a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York City, and reached the “all but dissertation” (ABD) status of a Ph.D. in Political Science and Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He also received a Massachusetts and Missouri high school social studies teaching license after completing teacher training at Washington University in St. Louis and a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification from Northern Virginia Community College. In addition to teaching, Michael has also worked intermittently as a contractor to the Saudi Cultural Affairs Mission in Washington, D.C. and the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia as well as in commercial banking for several years among his many other positions. While he is not teaching, Michael takes interest in researching ancient travel routes, reading about archaeological sites all over the world, and repairing computers and old clocks.