Joy Hughes

Joy Hughes

Joy Hughes

Senior Advisor: East Asia. Professor: Volgenau School of Engineering

Partnerships, particularly international partnership

Joy Reed Hughes is currently a professor in George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering and also serves as the Senior Advisor on East Asia for the Office of the Provost.

At Mason she serves on the Board of the Confucius Institute and the Board of the GMU-Instructional Foundation.

She formerly served for 16 years as Mason’s Vice President for Information Technology and was interim president of Mason’s campus in Korea during its formative years. She was also the founding head of 4-VA, a partnership between four Virginia universities, the government of Virginia, and the Cisco Systems Corporation and was instrumental in the founding of VA-SCAN, a cybersecurity partnership comprised of most of Virginia’s universities.

Selected Publications

 “A Security Checklist for ERP Implementations,” with Robert Beer, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Volume 30, No. 4, 2007.

“Cybersecurity: Learning the Hard Way,” with Keith Bushey, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Volume 29, No. 4, 2006.

”Business Continuity Planning,” with Keith Bushey, Cathy Hubbs, and Robert Nakles, University Business, September 2006.

“Information System Security Obligations and Electronic Privacy,” Proceedings, Conference of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, November 9-11 2005.

 “Presidents and Campus Cybersecurity,” with Jack Suess, EDUCAUSE Review, November/December 2005. 

“A Cybersecurity Symposium: An Opportunity for Collaboration for Researchers, Security Officers and Funding Agencies,” with Anne Agee and Robert Nakles, Working Papers II of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, edited by Alexander Woolcut and Cristine Pommerening, George Mason University School of Law, October 2004

"The National Electronic Library:  The Environment Personified," with Karyle Butcher,  a book chapter in The National Electronic Library:  A Guide to the Future for Library Managers, edited by Gary M. Pitkin, Greenwood Press, 1996.

“Thoughts on Leadership: An Exchange,” with Karyle Butcher,  College and Research Libraries News, Association of College and Research Libraries, October 1995

“Building a Team-based, Information Services Organization,” with Charlene Grass,  Building Partnerships: Computing and Library Professionals, Library Solutions Press, 199.

"Empowering Users as Members of the Computer Center Team," CAUSE/EFFECT, 1993.

"Applying Change and Organizational Theories in a Library Reorganization," CAUSE/EFFECT, Winter 1991.

"The Clay Technology Lab:  A Joint Project of the Library, Computer Center, and Educational Technology Center,"  On-CUE, Carnegie Mellon University, September 1997.

"Computer-Aided-Design,"  On-CUE, Carnegie Mellon University, Spring 1987.


2013  U.S. Patent No. 8,640,250.  "System and Method for Managing Superior/Subordinate Technology Interactions", with Steve Wattenmaker.

2013  Information Week Top 500 Innovative IT Organizations in the United States.

2013  Computerworld Laureate in the Collaboration Category

2011  Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award and Medal presented by Confucius Institute Headquarters, People’s Republic of China.

2008  Named as one of the top 100 IT Leaders in the nation by Computerworld.

2007  Recognized by the Information Security Executives Association for outstanding national leadership.

2006  Recognized by the March of Dimes as a “Heroine in Technology.”

2009, 2006, 2002, and 2000    Virginia Governor’s Award for Innovation in Technology (Awards for Mason’s Virtual Computing Lab, Cybersecurity Program, Technology Across the Curriculum Program, and the Implementation of Finance System).

2006  Installed in the Rider University Alumni Science Stairway of Fame (Awarded for outstanding executive leadership).

2004  Principal Investigator on the grant funded SURA Cybersecurity Symposium

2001  EDUCAUSE National Award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning.  (Awarded to George Mason University for the Technology Across the Curriculum Program.)

1999  Gault Award (Awarded for outstanding inter-unit collaboration at George Mason University).

1985  Award of the Four Chaplains, the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation (Awarded for activities that promote brotherhood and inter-racial understanding).

Service Activities

Currently serve on the Board of Technology Goddesses, a national organization that works with Girl Scouts to develop their technology expertise. 

Have served as the chair of the Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Group, the Chair of the  Cybersecurity Working Group of the Southeastern Universities Research Association and the co-chair of the Educause/Internet2 Security Task Force.

Served as a member of some 15 advisory boards at the university, state and national levels.

Courses Taught

George Mason University
Discrete Structures: IT 102  Volgenau School of Engineering
Doctoral Dissertation: HE 999 College of Humanities and Social Science

Rutgers University
Graduate:  Theory of Evaluation
Undergraduate: Calculus I, Calculus II


Ph.D.   Information Systems  (1990), The Union Institute, Cincinnati, OH.

M.S.     Computer Science (1986), New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ.

Graduate Work: (40 credits) Statistics  Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

M.S.     Mathematics (1975), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 

Recent Presentations

June 2018  “Using Technology to Increase Student Performance”  The International Teacher Training Center, Beijing, China.

June  2018  “Strategies to Increase World Ranking of Selected Disciplines”, Beijing Language and Cultural University, Beijing, China.

December 2017 “Strategies for Teaching Effectively in the United States” The International Teacher Training Center, Beijing, China.

April  2013  “Collaborating Across Universities to Reduce the Cost of Instruction and Increase Effectiveness”  Consero Higher Education Technology Forum, San Diego, CA.

December 2012  “The Role of Community Culture in Increasing the Success of Large-Scale Change Projects”  Presidents’ Forum, Seventh Confucius Institutes Conference, Beijing, China.

October  2012 “The 4-VA Initiative” The Virginia Joint Commission on Technology and Science, Fairfax, VA.

September 2012     “Meeting Local Needs vs. Achieving Long Term Outcomes: The Conundrum for Confucius Institutes.”  Beijing Language and Culture University Presidents’ Forum, Beijing, China.

August 2012 “STEM Initiatives and Solutions that Make a Difference”, CIO Executive Summit, Washington DC.

March 2012  “4-VA”  Virginia State Council on Higher Education, Newport News, Virginia 

March 2012 “Mobile Challenges and Strategies” discussion topic leader at the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.

June 2012 “How is Mobile Affecting Your Business and Enterprise Architecture?” NVTC panel presentation, Sprint, Inc., Reston, Virginia

May 2012 “Responsibility without Authority?  Strategies to Improve Security in a Distributed Environment,”  Virginia College and University Auditors, Fairfax, VA

Dissertations Supervised

Qing Gao, Trust under Pressure: Sustaining International Partnership of Higher Education (2021)