Faculty/Staff Profile

Mary Alice Varga

Mary Alice Varga, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: 678-839-6092 | Fax: 678-839-6153

Email:  maryv@westga.edu

Office: Education Annex 143


    Dr. Mary Alice Varga is an Assistant Professor of Educational Research in the Department of Educational Technology and Foundations in the College of Education. She teaches graduate-level courses on research methodology and school and classroom assessment. She also serves on doctoral dissertation committees throughout the College of Education. Her primary research focuses on student grief and bereavement in higher education. Mary Alice is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Mixed Methods International Research Association, the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, the Southern Association for College Student Affairs, and is an Advisor representative for Mendeley, a world-wide reference manager and academic social network.


    • B.S., Biology, Shenandoah University, 2005
    • M.Ed., College Student Personnel, Western Carolina University, 2008
    • Graduate Certificate, Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2012
    • Graduate Certificate, Qualitative Research Methods in Education, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2012
    • Ph.D., Educational Psychology and Research, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2013

    Courses and Sections

    • Courses Taught
      • CEPD-8184 (Research Seminar I)    
      • CEPD-8194 (Research Seminar II)    
      • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess)    
      • EDSI-9960 (Research Design)    
      • EDSI-9962 (Qualitative Research Methods)    
      • EDSI-9998 (Research for Doc Dissertation)    
      • SLPA-6784 (Resrch Meth in Spch-Lang Path)    
      • UWG-1101 (First Year Univ. Experience)    
    • Spring 2014 Sections
      • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess) Section: N02   [View Syllabus]
      • EDRS-6342 (School and Classroom Assess) Section: N01   [View Syllabus]
      • CEPD-8194 (Research Seminar II) Section: N01   [View Syllabus]

    Selected Publications

    • Varga, M. A., McClam, T. M., & Hassane, S. H. (Accepted for publication). Grief experiences among Female American and Arab college students. OMEGA Journal of Death and Dying.
    • McClam, T. & Varga, M.A. (2014). Grieving students in helping professions. Journal of Human Services, 34(1), 94-99. [View Publication]
    • Varga, M. A. & Paulus, T. P. (2014). Grieving online: Newcomers' constructions of grief in an online support group. Death Studies, 38(7), 443-449.. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2013.780112 [View Publication]
    • Varga, M. A. & Paletti, R. (2013). Life span issues and dying. In D. K. Meagher & D. E. Balk (Eds.), Handbook of Thanatology: The essential body of knowledge for the study of death, dying, and bereavement (2nd Ed, pp. 25-31). New York, NY: Routledge.
    • Paulus, T., Phipps, G., Harrison, J., & Varga, M. A. (2012). Re-envisioning instructional technology research in higher education environments: A content analysis of a grant program. Journal of Computing in Higher Education 24(3), 164-181. doi: 10.1007/s1 [View Publication]
    • Woodside, M., McClam, T., Diambra, J., & Varga, M. A. (2012). The meaning of time for human service professionals. Human Service Education, 32(1), 4-20. [View Publication]

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