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About Us

The CTFE offers a range of learning and support opportunities for instructors across Mason’s campuses, whether you are just getting started or have years of experience. We invite you to learn more about us by following the links below, and to explore our online resources and visit us at the Center to learn about available programs and support. If you don’t find what you are looking for, please contact us. We look forward to working with you.

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Our Mission

The mission of George Mason University’s Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) is to provide leadership in promoting, supporting, and celebrating educational excellence. We pursue our mission through working with Mason faculty to enhance their skills as educators, as reflective practitioners in their disciplines, and as scholars in teaching, learning and research. CTFE seeks to promote a climate of shared intellectual exploration and openness and to advocate for academic initiatives related to educational and faculty enhancement. CTFE collaborates with academic, academic support, administrative, and University Life offices to offer resources and support to faculty from across the Mason community at all stages of their academic careers, including graduate students, part-time faculty, and full-time faculty.


Core Values

Integrity

~ as exemplified by our attention to the highest ethical standards in all domains

Inclusivity

~ as exemplified by our commitment to fostering a diverse community that welcomes the ideas of faculty and graduate students of all backgrounds, across all disciplines and fields of inquiry

Support

~ as exemplified by our focus on a personalized professional development approach for the members of our community and by fostering faculty and graduate student success

Collaborative Leadership

~ as exemplified by our commitment to working with our partners and key stakeholders to provide robust teaching and learning environments for our students through ongoing professional and curricular development

Authenticity

~ as exemplified by striving to model promising practices and our core values in all of our actions and challenging ourselves to consistently achieve our best

Scholarship

~ as exemplified by our attention to researching and sharing innovative practices for teaching and learning and encouraging the integration of scholarship with teaching and learning


Who We Are

Kimberly K. Eby, Ph.D.keby1@gmu.edu
Associate Provost for Faculty Development
Director, Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence

Kim is a community psychologist with broad interests in domestic violence; violence and gender; and collaboration and community building in a variety of contexts, especially in interdisciplinary teaching and learning. A faculty member at Mason since 1996, she taught primarily in New Century College, an undergraduate integrated and interdisciplinary studies program. In addition to New Century College, she is a Women’s Studies faculty member and affiliate of the Department of Psychology. In 2002, she was awarded the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award.

She has co-edited an interdisciplinary reader on violence and gender and written about faculty roles in interdisciplinary collaborative work; collaborative learning; pedagogical strategies in teaching about controversial and sensitive issues; and responding to the needs of domestic violence survivors. She was a consultant for the National Learning Communities Project and continues to present at national and regional meetings, as well as individual institutions on topics such as leading institutional curricular change, developing interdisciplinary curricula, faculty collaboration, working with student and faculty diversity, and other pedagogical issues.

 

Ashleen Gaydaagayda1@gmu.edu
Administrative and Program Specialist

Ashleen graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Visual Technology, concentrating in digital art and animation with a minor in English. Prior to joining the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence in July 2008, she held positions of both mentor and student administrative supervisor at the Student Technology Assistance Resource Center while pursuing her studies. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Arts Management, concurrent with a graduate certificate in Special Events in Arts Management.

 

Bethany M. Usher, Ph.D. busher@gmu.edu
Director, Students as Scholars Initiative
Associate Director, Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence

Bethany spends as much time as possible in graveyards – she is a biological anthropologist who studies cemeteries from both osteological and archaeological perspectives to understand the social structure and health of past communities. Bethany directs the Students as Scholars initiative through the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), and serves as an Associate Director of the CTFE. She is also a Councilor for Undergraduate Research Program Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Prior to joining the CTFE in January 2010, she was faculty at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where she established the Center for Undergraduate Research and served as its Director. At SUNY Potsdam, she was an Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology and past chair of the Anthropology Department. She has a long history of collaborating with undergraduate researchers.


Faculty Fellows

Shannon N. Davis, Ph.D.sdaviso@gmu.edu
Associate Professor, Sociology & Anthropology
CTFE Faculty Fellow

Shannon joined George Mason University in 2006, where she is a faculty member in the Sociology & Anthropology department. Her research interests are twofold: gender inequality in the negotiation of family life and gender ideologies. She is a proponent of undergraduate research, and she won an OSCAR Mentor Award in 2012 for her mentorship of undergraduate scholars. She also received a Teaching Excellence Award in 2013.

 

Paul C. Gorski, Ph.D.pgorski1@gmu.edu
Associate Professor, New Century College
CTFE Faculty Fellow

Paul joined George Mason Universityin 2002 as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education; he is currently a faculty member in New Century College. His passion is social justice activism, and he received the 2011 Faculty Vision Award and a Teaching Excellence Award for General Education in 2013.

 

Lisa M. Lister, MFAllister1@gmu.edu
Assistant Professor, English
Assistant Director, Composition
CTFE Faculty Fellow

Lisa joined George Mason University in 2005. She is a faculty member in the English department, where she is also the Assistant Director of the Composition program. Her teaching emphasis areas include active learning and learning transfer. She received a Teaching Excellence Award in 2012.


Coordinating Circle

The Coordinating Circle is comprised of representatives from units that lead cross-campus initiatives or that provide academic support services to students, faculty and staff across campus.  Coordinating Circle meets regularly throughout the academic year to ensure open channels of communication and effective collaboration across campus-wide curricular initiatives and resources.  

Jan Arminio
Director, Higher Education Program

Kimberly Eby
Director, Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence
Associate Provost for Faculty Development

Michelle LaFrance
Director, Writing Across the Curriculum

Susan Lawrence
Acting Director, The Writing Center

Goodlett McDaniel
Associate Provost for Distance Education

Janette Muir
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

Shelley Reid
Director, Composition Program
Associate Professor, English

Diane Smith
Associate University Librarian, Research and Education Services

Joy Taylor
Director, Learning Support Services, Division of Instructional Technology

Bethany Usher
Associate Director, Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence
Director, Students as Scholars Initiative


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Campus Partners

Campus Partner Description
Division of Instructional Technology (DoIT) DoIT fosters and supports the University community in the use of technology for research, teaching, and learning. It is organized into the following departments: Classroom and Lab Technologies, Educational Media Services, and Learning Support Services.
Graduate Student Life Graduate Student Life is a single location where information relevant to graduate and professional students may be easily accessed; it is complementary to the websites of academic programs; and it offers graduate students a virtual method of connecting with one another.
Human Resources and Payroll Human Resources and Payroll aims to provide exemplary customer service and promote a fair, equitable, ethical, and quality working and learning environment for all employees and members of the University community in support of the mission of George Mason University.
MasonLeads MasonLeads is a site offering a wide range of leadership programs and initiatives for members of our campus community. The goal is to engage Mason students, faculty, staff and alumni in creating a socially conscious, civically engaged, and global campus community through leadership at all levels of our institution.
Office of Disability Services (ODS) ODS implements and coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services that afford equal access to university programs and activities.
Office of Institutional Assessment (OIA) OIA seeks to support institutional effectiveness and the university’s mission of providing a superior educational experience for all our students by: assessing student learning outcomes; providing support for and managing academic program review; conducting survey and focus group research; supporting regional accreditation and strategic planning; being an assessment resource to the university community; and promoting best practices in assessment and the use of assessment information for improved decision-making.
Office of Institutional Research and Reporting (IRR) IRR functions as the official source of institutional information. The mission of IRR is to define, collect, analyze, maintain, and disseminate official institutional data, and to provide official institutional information to both internal and external constituents for the purposes of describing, documenting, and publishing institutional information and measures of effectiveness.
Online Education Mason Online provides students with the opportunity to take the same classes offered on campus in an online format. Many distance education courses may be completed at home, while stationed abroad, or while traveling.
Students as Scholars Students as Scholars aims to foster a culture of student scholarship through increased participation in and celebration of scholarly activities. The initiative helps students to see their education as a process of scholarly inquiry, where scholarship is valued as a core practice of the George Mason University student experience.
University General Education The General Education website offers a variety of resources for faculty who are interested in submitting a course for consideration by the General Education Committee; provides a list of approved Gen Ed courses; and outlines the requirements that all undergraduates seeking a baccalaureate degree at George Mason University must complete.
University Libraries The University Libraries website contains online catalogs, links to databases, and valuable reference sources.
University Life University Life enhances students’ in- and out-of-class experiences, in addition to facilitating interactions among faculty, staff, and other students. These resources help students achieve academically, stay healthy, get involved with campus life, find jobs, and identify resources to enrich their learning.
University Writing Center The Writing Center offers both in-person and online writing assistance for students, including online writing guides, reference guides, and style manuals. Additionally, the Writing Center provides assistance to faculty who are interested in holding in-class writing workshops, developing effective writing assignments, or evaluating students’ writing.
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) WAC focuses on writing as a pedagogical tool that enables students to develop critical, analytical, and imaginative thinking to address complex social issues, and on faculty development in support of excellence in teaching.