Samuel L. Frye

Samuel L. Frye

Samuel L. Frye

Concentration Head, Social Entrepreneurship

Associate Professor

Community development, housing access and rights, social policy, hyperlocal governance, entrepreneurship and leadership, and the production of space and place.

Dr. Frye is a faculty member of the School of Integrative Studies where he works with students pursuing a minor in Nonprofit Studies and serves as the Social Entrepreneurship concentration head for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degree. A trained sociologist, Dr. Frye is passionate about helping communities make sense of and navigate economic, social, political, and environmental change, while contributing to a greater understanding of the role of local government and nonprofit organizations in mediating change.

Dr. Frye is committed to improving curricula and teaching through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Most recently, he has studied the impact of collaborative learning in nonprofit studies education with the goal of closing the theory-to-practice gap prevalent in applied disciplines.

During his time at Mason, Dr. Frye has served the university in various capacities, including Capital Planning representative to the Faculty Senate, CHSS Faculty Workload workshops, CHSS Faculty Assembly Term Faculty Ad Hoc Committee, and several faculty and director re-appointment and search committees.

In addition to his teaching, scholarship, and service, Dr. Frye has 10 years of professional experience designing, evaluating, and improving programs and services for local government and nonprofit organizations.


Ph.D. Administration and Leadership Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

M.A. Sociology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

B.A. Art, The Pennsylvania State University