ITEST: Game Design
Through Mentoring and Collaboration


Kevin Clark, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator) is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Instructional Technology program in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. He holds both bachelors and masters degrees in computer science from North Carolina State University as well as a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his work in academia, Dr. Clark worked as a designer and senior program manager for Lightspan, Inc. (currently Plato Learning), a leading provider of educational software and interactive media. Dr. Clark's research interests focus on the design and development of online learning environments, the role of gaming and media in formal and non-formal learning, and the use of technology in learning with underserved populations. Dr. Clark has been selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster Candidate, with the goal of applying his research to international settings. Contact at

Kimberly Sheridan, Ed.D. (Co-Principal Investigator) is an Assistant Professor of Education, with a joint appointment in Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development and in Art and Visual Technology in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is developing a new research center on cognition and the arts at George Mason University. Prior to coming to George Mason in 2006, Dr. Sheridan was a Research Specialist at Harvard University�s Project Zero, where from 2001-2006 she primarily focused on the Studio Thinking Project which developed a framework for analyzing studio classrooms and identified the habits of mind developed through studio instruction in the visual arts. She is a co-author of the book, Studio Thinking: The real benefits of visual arts instruction (in press Summer 2007 from Teachers College Press) and has published articles on learning and cognition in arts and media. She has extensive experience in providing professional development for studio teachers in visual art and design. Contact at

Rick Kelsey (site coordinator, 2007-2010) currently serves as the Technology Director for McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC. Mr. Kelsey also serves as the Director for The Institute of Urban Game Design. Previously, Rick had worked as the Department Chair at Jeb Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia. Before entering the field of education, Mr. Kelsey's career included a twenty-five year focus in healthcare management. Mr. Kelsey served in the role of Vice President of several prestigious hospitals and healthcare firms. From 1977 to 1980, Mr. Kelsey served as Director of the prestigious King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Kelsey's education includes a MBA in Healthcare Administration from Temple University and a Master in education from American University. He has taught Healthcare Administration courses as an adjunct professor at St. Joseph's University, Temple University, and Kind Faisal University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Erin Peters, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Education in the College of Education and Human Development and Assistant Director of the Center for Restructuring Education in Science and Technology at George Mason University. Dr. Peters has authored several publications and made presentations on the application of educational psychology strategies to science instruction, developing scientific epistemologies in teachers and students, and alternative forms of nature of science instruction. She has fifteen years of experience in secondary public school where she received several national teaching awards and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent Science. Dr. Peters continues working in innovation in engineering education through her work with middle school girls in engineering, which was featured in the Washington Post, and her involvement in drafting National K-12 Engineering Standards. Contact at

Sheri Bonaglia Gushta (external evaluator) is an educational consultant with professional expertise in quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods, student development, program development and implementation, and survey design and analysis. Mrs. Gushta has served as a research associate for the the American Institutes for Research where she was involved in the U.S. Department of Education�s Single Sex Schools Evaluation project. Mrs. Gushta has also served as a consultant for the the Interim Assessment Initiative for Chicago, Illinois and has been a classroom teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. Contact at

Neda Khalili (graduate research assistant) is a Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University in the Instructional Technology program. She has a Master's degree in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University. Her interests include educational media, educational game design, and online learning environments. She currently maintains this website. Contact at

Asia Williams (graduate research assistant) is working towards a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology at George Mason University. Her research interests include academic self-efficacy of adolescents, particularly for students of color in urban areas. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a BA in English. Contact at

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0737667. ©ITEST at George Mason University, 2007