Special Events


UPCOMING EVENTS


OPPORTUNITY: Grants-Full curriculum, course, and project SDG’s

Apply for funds to offer an inquiry-based curriculum or project experience for students.  See OSCAR page for more information.

Full Grant Proposals DUE: February, 15, 2017


OPPORTUNITY: Faculty Conversations about Teaching

Supported by: The Office of Digital Learning and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence

These events are designed as a space for faculty to share and discuss teaching and learning experiences with peers, collaboratively exploring new ways to address common challenges and opportunities.  We have redesigned our previous “Lunch and Learn” format to be more interactive and participatory, focusing now on conversations and discussions rather than presentations.   These on-site sessions will be facilitated by Mason faculty and will provide participants with opportunities to share best practices for teaching in any format.

Conversation #1: Inclusive Teaching

In our faculty conversation about inclusive teaching, we hope to  address approaches to engaging diverse students, strategies for helping students to discuss challenging issues or to think critically about diversity and inclusion, and/or ways to modify assignments or feedback to make learning more broadly accessible.

When? Wednesday, February 8, 2017,  12-1:30 pm

Where?  Fenwick Library 1014B

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/february-2017-faculty-conversations-about-teaching-inclusive-teaching-tickets-31067819685

Conversation #2: Re-Engaging/Re- Energizing Your Students

In our faculty conversation about  “re-engaging” students, we hope to address strategies to design assignments to make learning personally meaningful to students; to establish positive teacher-student relationships;  and to enhance collaborative learning.

When? Thursday, March 9th, 2017, 12-1:30 pm

Where? Fenwick Library 1014B

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-2017-faculty-conversations-about-teaching-re-engaging-your-students-tickets-31068464614

Conversation #3: Partnering with Mason Libraries for Student Success

Mason Librarians can partner with faculty to design assignments, to locate digital resources, and to provide students with library research strategies and support, and much more! We will discuss the value added of partnering with Mason librarians for your teaching and for student success in your courses.

When? Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 12-1:30 pm

Where? Fenwick Library 1014B

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/april-2017-faculty-conversations-about-teaching-partnering-with-mason-librarians-for-student-success-tickets-31068262008

 

For more information about each conversation, please visit http://odl.gmu.edu/faculty-conversations/.

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OPPORTUNITY: Graduate Student Life Write-In

Looking for a way to make progress on your dissertation, thesis, or paper? Graduate Student Life’s Write-In Day will give you group accountability and a space to write with other Mason graduate students who are also serious about getting writing done. Graduate Student Life will provide the space, coffee, meals, and snacks.

Bring your computer, any other necessary materials, and most importantly, your personal commitment to working diligently and productively.

When? Spring 2017: Saturday, April 8, 8:30am-5:00pm

Location? TBA

Who Should attend? Open to all graduate students

Registration: For the Fall 2016 Write-In Day will begin on Sept. 28. Registration for the Spring 2017 Write-In Day will begin in late February.

For more information and online registration, visit http://gradlife.gmu.edu/write-in-day/. If you have any questions, contact Julie Choe Kim, Director of Graduate Student Life, at ychoekim@gmu.edu or Austin A. Deray, G.A. of Graduate Student Life, at aderay@gmu.edu.


OPPORTUNITY: Applications for PROV701: Preparing for Careers in the Academy Program [Graduate students]

Proposals accepted early-late March every year.  See page for more details, deadlines, and information about what topics are covered in sessions.

Who can apply? Graduate students (PhD and MFA) who are considering a career in academia and will be on the academic job market the year of the PROV701 program or the following year and have some teaching or TA experience (or expect to have in the future).

The purpose of this program is to help PhD students and MFA students in those fields in which this is the terminal degree (e.g. Visual Arts) to prepare for future academic careers and to strengthen their instructional effectiveness.


OPPORTUNITY: Apply to have your capstone/research experience course designated as an RS course

See OSCAR page for more information.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2017


OPPORTUNITY: Thriving in Graduate School Workshop Series

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence and Graduate Student Life present “Thriving in Graduate School,” a professional development workshop series designed for Mason graduate students to explore the opportunities and challenges of graduate school with an eye toward facilitating your success in graduate education and in your career. Join Dr. Laura Lukes, Assistant Director for the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence, and invited guest facilitators to learn strategies for making the most of your graduate program at Mason.

All workshops will be held on Friday afternoons (times may vary) in Robinson B108 at the Fairfax campus. Registration is required; spaces are limited. Visit http://gradlife.gmu.edu/thriving/ for more information on the workshops.

Location: Robinson B108

 Workshop 1: Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me? Planning Now for the Career You Want Later

Friday, January 27, 2017, 1:30-2:50pm

The purpose of this workshop is to help you identify and communicate the career goal you have for your graduate degree and help you to develop a professional development plan that will help you reach that goal.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll first outline the general career paths that graduate degrees afford. Next, we’ll identify the major components of a typical graduate program timeline. Finally, we’ll explore some resources, opportunities, and activities beyond your graduate program requirements that you may want to include in your graduate student experience plan to help you reach your career goals.

Register now for the Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me? Planning Now for the Career You Want Later workshop.

 Workshop 2: Creating a Publication Plan and How to Write a Lot

Friday, February 10, 2017, 1:30-2:50pm

Wondering what’s involved with writing and submitting a paper for publication? Looking for ways to improve your writing and increase your writing productivity? This workshop will discuss some strategies and provide an outline of resources available to support graduate student writing (dissertations, papers, etc.) at Mason.

Register for the Creating a Publication Plan workshop now.

Workshop 3: How Do People Learn? Implications for Teaching

Friday, February 24, 2017, 3:00-4:15pm

In this interactive workshop on learner-centered teaching, graduate students interested in developing their teaching and presentations skills will gain a basic understanding of how the brain works to learn information and several strategies to facilitate learning in the classes they teach and in their own learning. This workshop is for anyone interested in developing teaching skills: teaching assistants, teaching volunteers, conference presenters, and guest speakers. We will introduce you to practical skills you can use right away while also offering you resources and ideas for expanding your teaching repertoire.

Register for the How Do People Learn workshop now.

Workshop 4: Becoming a College Instructor

Friday, March 3, 2017, 3:00-4:15pm

Interested in teaching in the future? Teaching currently and thinking about making some changes to your course? In this workshop, we will first explore your teaching values and how to talk about your teaching. Then, we’ll identify different opportunities to gain teaching experience. Finally, we’ll discuss an overview of how to effectively document your teaching experiences to get hired (syllabi, portfolios, and philosophies).

Register for the Becoming a College Instructor workshop now.

Workshop 5: Creating an Academic Brand and Strategies for Networking

Friday, March 24, 2017, 1:30-2:50pm

Looking for ways to start getting recognized in your field? Want to boost the visibility of your research? In this workshop, we’ll discuss what an academic brand is and outline steps to identify and create your own academic brand plan. We will also identify resources and strategies for networking and developing professional relationships in your field both in person and virtually. There will also be an opportunity to practice your elevator pitch!

Register for the Creating an Academic Brand workshop now.

Workshop 6: Communicating Your Research

Friday, April 7, 2017, 1:30-2:50pm

Looking for ways to communicate your research to a broader audience or colleagues or potential employers? Does your 30-second elevator pitch last 5 minutes? In this workshop, we’ll identify communication strategies and ways to think about your research with a general audience in mind. GMU TV will also share strategies, tools, and tips for presenting yourself on camera to virtual audiences (e.g., recording lectures, presentations and webinars via Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.). As time allows, we will also practice some of these strategies in small groups.

Register for the Communicating Your Research workshop now.

Workshop 7: Planning for the Academic Job Search

Friday, April 21, 2017, 1:30-2:50pm

Interested in a career in academia or exploring the alt-ac track? The nature of higher education is constantly shifting, and in this workshop we will explore some recent trends, discuss types of institutions and academic career paths, and outline key components of the academic job search process. Tips and resources for the academic job search will also be highlighted.

Register for the Planning for the Academic Job Search workshop now.


PAST EVENTS


BROWNBAG: Lunch & Learn- “Creating Community and Inclusions through Active Learning”

Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence , Office of Distance Education and Learning Support Services.

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who teach

Thursday, December 8, 2016
12:00-1:30pm, Research Hall 163, Fairfax Campus

Please bring your own lunch. Space is limited. RSVP-please visit the series page.

OPPORTUNITY: Friday Faculty Write-Ins

Sponsored by Writing Across the Curriculum and CTFE

Our Faculty Write Ins offer uninterrupted work time, a distraction-free work place, and a supportive community of peers. Join us to connect with other faculty writers on campus and to set the tone for a productive academic year.

Date: Most Fridays from August 2 through December 9

Time: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: Engineering 1602

See more information and register on the Faculty Write-Ins page

OPPORTUNITY: Graduate Student Life Write-In

Looking for a way to make progress on your dissertation, thesis, or paper? Graduate Student Life’s Write-In Day will give you group accountability and a space to write with other Mason graduate students who are also serious about getting writing done. Graduate Student Life will provide the space, coffee, meals, and snacks.

Bring your computer, any other necessary materials, and most importantly, your personal commitment to working diligently and productively.

Location? TBA

Who Should attend? Open to all graduate students

Registration: For the Fall 2016 Write-In Day will begin on Sept. 28. Registration for the Spring 2017 Write-In Day will begin in late February.

For more information and online registration, visit http://gradlife.gmu.edu/write-in-day/. If you have any questions, contact Julie Choe Kim, Director of Graduate Student Life, at ychoekim@gmu.edu or Austin A. Deray, G.A. of Graduate Student Life, at aderay@gmu.edu.


BROWNBAG: Lunch & Learn- “Using Portfolios as a Tool for Synthesizing Student Learning”

Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence , Office of Distance Education and Learning Support Services.

Presenters: Dr. Andrew Wingfield (Integrative Studies) and Dr. Scott Bauer (Education Leadership)

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who teach

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
12:00-1:30pm, Research Hall 163, Fairfax Campus

Please bring your own lunch. Space is limited. RSVP-please visit the series page.


OPPORTUNITY: GRADReCon-Graduate Student Research Connections Day

Supported by University Libraries, Graduate Student Life, and Learning Services

Build your productivity, research, and writing skills at GRADReCon! Graduate Student Life and University Libraries have partnered with other offices to provide a day of workshops on topics essential to your success in grad school.

When? November 4, 2016

9:00am-5:00pm

Location? Fenwick Library

Who Should Attend? Open to all graduate students

For full details including the schedule, check here.


OPPORTUNITY: Summer Team Project Grants

Sponsored by OSCAR

OSCAR is introducing a new opportunity for summer research projects based around a central theme, question, or problem to achieve the following goals:

  • Increase student participation in undergraduate research, scholarship, or creative projects
  • Promote interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty, and faculty and students
  • Prepare faculty to apply for external funding (NSF REU Sites, NEH, NIH, and others)

Projects will be run by at least two faculty members, and include from four to ten undergraduate students. Faculty will propose a research topic and structure in the fall and accepted projects will recruit undergraduate participants in the spring. Faculty will be expected to use the first week to give the students an academic orientation to the program, and the second to help the students develop individual or team projects. Students will work, with faculty mentorship, on the project for the remaining weeks of the summer, and will present their results at the Summer Celebration of Student Scholarship.

Each faculty will be given a $3000 stipend, and the students will earn $4000 for their work over the summer. There are also some funds available for supplies or travel needed for the project.

Student projects can be individual or team-based.

Fall proposals are due November 2, 2016.

Please visit, Summer Team Project Grants for more information on deadlines, processes, and detailed scheduling.


OPPORTUNITY: Zotero Workshop

Sponsored by University Libraries

Do you loathe writing up bibliographies or figuring out the right way to put in an in-text citation?  Do you struggle to organize all of your sources?

Get Zotero!

Zotero is an open source citation management software program created by George Mason University. This event is open to ALL students and faculty!

This workshop will show you how Zotero can help with…

  • Capturing and Collecting Your Source Information
  • Organizing Your Sources
  • Creating Citations and Bibliographies
  • Cloud Storage via Zotero Sync
  • Collaboration via Zotero Groups

Date: Every Friday from August 26, 2016 – November 18, 2016

Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Fenwick Library, Suite 2100 – SP@RC

If this day or time isn’t ideal for you, or your groups, schedule please contact me at cmagee@gmu.edu and I will be happy to schedule a special session!

Register at:  http://library.gmu.edu/workshops


OPPORTUNITY: Dissertation Completion Grants

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost

 Dissertation Completion Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to doctoral students in the final semester of their dissertations. These grants enable student to focus full time on research and writing, improving quality of the work, and shortening the time to compete their degrees.

Who can apply? All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be A full-time doctoral student
  • Must have completed course requirements, passed all required written and oral exams, and have advanced to candidacy
  • Must communicate regularly with their dissertation chairs
  • Must be able to complete dissertation by the summer 2017 dissertation submission deadline

Applicants must submit materials to the Office of the Provost by Friday, October 21. Recipients will be notified by Monday, November 7, 2016.

Grant amount is $10,000.

Tuition amount is up to 3 credits of $999 for the Spring 2017 semester.

No assistantship or outside employment may be held during the award period.

Please see, http://provost.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017-Dissertation-Completion-Grant-Info.pdf for more information.


OPPORTUNITY: Arlington Networking Event for Mason Students, Faculty, and Staff with Diverse Identities

This networking event is an opportunity to establish a supportive and inclusive University community by fostering inclusion and graduate student success on campus.

This program will include light refreshments, brief remarks, and an opportunity to meet others with diverse backgrounds.

When? October 20, 2016

5:00pm-7:00pm

Location? TBA

Who Should attend? Open to all Mason students, faculty, and staff of color or diverse backgrounds including the LGBTQ community

Visit, http://gradlife.gmu.edu/events/building-community-in-arlington-networking-event-for-mason-students-faculty-and-staff-with-diverse-identities/ for more information or email gradlife@gmu.edu


OPPORTUNITY: Freedom and Learning Forum

  Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends

Supported by the Office of the President, University Life, and the Doing What Matters committee

This semester’s Freedom and Learning Forum will focus on Policing Race: Critical Analyses of National Trends. Dr. Wendi Manuel-Scott, Director of African and African American History and Associate Professor of History and Art History will moderate the forum. We invite you to join us for this engaging dialogue with extraordinary thought leaders as they discuss the national climate and examine current issues focused on policing and crimes against people of color.

 When? October 19, 2016

4:30-6:00PM

Location? Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

Who Should Attend? Open to all students and staff

To RSVP for this event, visit https://freedomandlearningforum.eventbrite.com.


OPPORTUNITY: PROV 601-Thriving in Graduate School (Cohort-based professional development)

PROV 601 has been designed for students to explore the opportunities and challenges of graduate school with an eye toward facilitating their success as graduate students at Mason and in their career. The seven seminar sessions encourage students to begin thinking about where they want to be after completing their degree program, and how to position themselves to get there by improving the visibility and impact of their research in scholarly and professional communities.

When? Program runs spring semester 2017; Applications due October 18, 2016

Who should attend? Open to all graduate students (all stages of degree process)

–>See here for more information and updates!


OPPORTUNITY: Nominations Now Accepted for 2016 Digital Learning Awards

Sponsored by: The Office of Digital Learning

The Digital Learning Award is part of the annual Human Resources Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony. Funded by the Office of Digital Learning, this award includes a $500 stipend and is given to both a faculty member and a staff member whose efforts support quality online course offerings at Mason.

When?   Submit completed nomination forms to odl@gmu.edu by close of business on Monday, October 17.

For more information:  Contact the Office of Distance Learning at odl@gmu.edu or 703-993-8978. Also be sure to Visit the website to review award criteria and the nomination form.


OPPORTUNITY: Request for Proposals for teaching in Active Learning Technology (ALT) Classroom

Proposals accepted through October 13, 2016.  See our new Learning Environments pages for more details about the ALT classroom, including a video showing what you and your students can do in the room. Find out more about submitting a proposal by clicking here.

Who can apply? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who team teach with a faculty member


OPPORTUNITY: 2017 Teaching Excellence Awards

Outstanding teaching is an integral part of Mason’s mission and is deserving of significant recognition. The Teaching Excellence Awards are both institutional recognition and a monetary acknowledgement of the significant work that faculty members devote to course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and undergraduate and graduate mentoring. We urge you to take this opportunity to recognize teaching excellence at Mason; please nominate someone you view as an outstanding educator for this honor.

These awards are open to all faculty members with at least 3 years of teaching experience at George Mason. In addition, Mason offers a Teaching Excellence Award for special recognition in General Education and in Technology-Enhanced Teaching. Nominees for the General Education award should have taught general education courses at least three of the last six years. Nominations from students, faculty members, or administrators are welcome.

Nomination Deadline: October 11, 2016

Please see here for more information regarding the selection process and criteria!

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence.


BROWNBAG: Lunch & LearnHow Social Media Builds Community in Online and Face-to-Face Courses”

Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence , Office of Digital Learning and Learning Support Services.

Presenters: Dr. Perry Threlfall (Sociology and Anthropology) and TBD

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who teach

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
12:00-1:30pm, Research Hall 163, Fairfax Campus

Please bring your own lunch. Space is limited. RSVP-please visit the series page.


OPPORTUNITY: Apply to have your capstone/research experience course designated as an RS course

See OSCAR page for more information.

Application Deadline: October 5, 2016


WORKSHOP: “Supporting Emerging Adults in the Modern Public Research University”

Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence, the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, the Higher Education Program, the School of Integrative Studies, and University Life

Special guest and workshop leader Dr. Jeffrey Arnett will share his research on emerging adults (ages 18-29) and engage all participants in discussing and designing strategies we can use to translate his findings into support for Mason students who are in this stage of life. Dr. Arnett is currently Research Professor of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, author of Emerging Adulthood, and founding president of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood.

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who teach, as well as staff or administrators who support student development at Mason

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

12:00-2:00pm
Merten Hall 1201
Click here to register and to see more information (Space is limited!)


2016 INNOVATIONS in TEACHING & LEARNING (ITL) CONFERENCE

ITL is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and graduate students at Mason to share their teaching and learning insights with colleagues across disciplines.  Each year, a new theme is selected based on relevant teaching and learning issues with an invited keynote highlighting the conference theme.  This year’s theme is “Cultivating Creative and Reflective Learners.”

Who should attend?  Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who are interested in teaching

When? Friday, September 16, 2016

Time and Location? Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (Registration and light breakfast starts at 8:00 am)

Registration required–discounts for volunteers, adjunct faculty, and graduate students.

–>See our ITL page for more details, registration, session and pre-conference workshop information.


OPPORTUNITY: Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School: Graduate School Reading Strategies

Sponsored by Graduate Student Life

In the first workshop of this year’s series, Graduate School Reading Strategies, learn techniques for reading research articles, texts, and other literature to increase comprehension and application of knowledge in an efficient way.

Date: September 16, 2016

Time: 10:30 – 11:45 am

Register at http://gradlife.gmu.edu/maximizing-productivity-workshops/.


WORKSHOP: Thinking in 3D-Teaching with Lego Serious Play to explore complex concepts

**NOTE: This is a special pre-conference workshop–registration for the Innovations in Teaching & Learning conference required.  Select combo ticket when registering.**

Who should attend?  Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who are interested in teaching

When? Thursday, September 15, 2016

Time and Location? 2-4pm, Research Hall 163


OPPORTUNITY: Gradstravaganza: Graduate Student Welcome

Sponsored by Graduate Student Life, Office of Student Involvement, Office of the Provost, and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA).

All new and continuing Mason graduate students are invited to Gradstravaganza, Mason’s annual graduate student welcome event! Join fellow Mason grad students for FREE food, mini-workshops highlighting strategies for success in graduate school, connections with campus resources, door prizes, and giveaways, including special Mason Grad Student t-shirts! Remember to bring your Mason student ID with you!

When? Friday, September 9, 2016

Who Should Attend? All graduate students are welcomed!

Check out  http://gradlife.gmu.edu/gradstravaganza/, for more information!


OPPORTUNITY: Graduate Student Open House

Sponsored by Graduate Student Life & Mason Libraries

Welcome to Mason! Mason graduate students are cordially invited to stop by and meet your subject librarian, get an overview of key research services, programs and tools in your discipline, tour Fenwick Library, enjoy some refreshments, and learn how we can help you succeed at Mason. See what’s in it for you. Join us!

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: Fenwick Library 1014A&B


BROWNBAG: Lunch & Learn– “Strategies for Keeping Students On-Task & Managing Disruptive Behaviors”

Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence and the Office of Digital Learning.

Presenters: Dr. Richard Craig (Communication) and Dr. Angela Miller (Research Methods, Educational Psychology)

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who teach

Thursday, September 8, 2016
12:00-1:30pm, Research Hall 163, Fairfax Campus

Please bring your own lunch. Space is limited. RSVP-please visit the series page.


OPPORTUNITY: Request work-study research assistantship positions

Funds available to hire an undergraduate research assistant to help you with your research.  See OSCAR page for details.

Priority deadline to request student worker is Friday, September 2, 2016


WORKSHOPS: Faculty Refresh Workshops

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence

Who should attend? New and returning faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who teach

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

1:30-4:15pm

Workshops:

  • Embedding inquiry in assignment design (1:30-2:45; Mason Hall D3)

    How can you better support student research projects in your classes? The classic “paper on topic X” invites students to just summarize. We’ll help you develop questions, problems, and assignments that emphasize the critical inquiry of research projects.

  • Grant writing basics (1:30-2:45; Mason Hall D5)

    What strategies will best help you develop your research agenda and get your next grant? A panel of faculty will share their experiences as they secured external funding, built collaborations, worked with Mason research offices, and balanced competing demands to advance their research, scholarship and creative works.

  • Doing what matters: Building capacity to facilitate difficult discussions (1:30-4:15; Mason Hall D23)

    How do we engage and support students in authentic discussions about challenging issues? In this two-part session, we will use case study scenarios to explore classroom challenges and offer tips and strategies for effectively facilitating difficult conversations. Specific suggestions for writing inclusive syllabi and creating classroom environments that are experienced as open and welcoming for Mason’s diverse student learners also will be shared.

  • Student engagement the first week and beyond (1:30-2:45; Mason Hall D3)

    How can we keep student engagement levels high as the days shorten and the workload grows? Join us as we identify challenges that faculty and students face, and then design semester-long strategies for supporting active learning in all our courses.

  • Jumpstart your writing agenda (1:30-2:45; Mason Hall D5)

    Are you writing as often, as attentively, as productively as you want to be? We’ll explore the work-habits and attitudes that are often shared by prolific writers, and discuss ways that any writer who is seeking to be more productive can adopt effective new strategies.

Click on the latest schedule.


 

(UNIVERSITY-WIDE) NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost

Who should attend? Term and tenure track faculty newly hired for the 2016-2017 academic year and faculty who started Spring of 2016.

Monday and Tuesday, August 22-23, 2016

Time and Location–8:30-4:30 (both days), Center for the Arts

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.

RSVP required–Please email ctfe@gmu.edu


(UNIVERSITY-WIDE) NEW ADJUNCT FACULTY ORIENTATION

Sponsored by Human Resources and the Office of the Provost

Who should attend? Adjunct faculty newly hired for the 2015-2016 academic year

Time and Location– Saturday, August 20, 2016

9:00-4:30pm, (Allan and Sally) Merten Hall 1201

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided to all-day participants.  See here for more information.

RSVP required–Please email ctfe@g


OPPORTUNITY: Summer Cohorts for the Career Influencers Network

Sponsored by University Career Services

University Career Services is excited to offer summer sessions of our Career Influencers Network. This three-part series will allow faculty, staff, and administrators across campus to come together to learn how to best support students as they strive to become career ready and achieve post graduate success. Supporting the career readiness of students is a top priority for the President and Provost as outlined in the institution’s strategic plan. Faculty, staff, and administrators all possess a shared responsibility in producing 100,000+ career ready Mason graduates by 2024.

About the Career Influencers Network

  • Each cohort will complete three 90-minute sessions
  • Sessions will be held once per week for three weeks
  • Advance registration is required
  • All Career Influencers will be eligible for annual awards and recognition as measured by student and employer referrals
  • Receive a certificate upon completion

Learning Objectives

After completing the three-part series, Career Influencers will be able to:

  • Develop a common definition of career readiness and related competencies for new college graduates
  • Work effectively with students seeking career advice
  • Articulate the best steps for students to take throughout the various stages of career development and degree progression at George Mason University
  • Understand the services and expertise provided by University Career Services
  • Differentiate between the types of experiential learning opportunities available for students
  • Identify the proper methods of working with employers in compliance with NACE standards
  • Learn how to use HireMason and other digital resources available through University Career Services

 

Upcoming Cohorts:

Cohort 1: July 6, 13, & 20

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/career-influencers-network-summer-2016-cohort-1-tickets-25176583840

Cohort 2: July 26, August 2 & 9

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/career-influencers-network-summer-2016-cohort-2-tickets-25176755353

Cohort 3: July 28 (single day)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/career-influencers-network-summer-2016-single-day-cohort-tickets-25177429369

For any additional questions, please visit University Career Services webpage or feel free to contact Sean McGowan.


OPPORTUNITY: Mental Health First Aid Training

 Sponsored by Mason’s Counseling and Psychological Services and University Life

 Mason’s Counseling and Psychological Services and University Life are pleased to offer Mental Health First Aid Training at no cost. Help make Mental Health First Aid as common as CPR. Take advantage of this professional development opportunity at one of three summer sessions!

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing and mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

This 8-hour training will be split into two 4-hour sessions. You must attend both days of the session that you register for.

Registration is required, please see dates below!

Upcoming sessions:

Session 1 – May 23 and 24 from 1-5:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-first-aid-tickets-25033416623

Session 2 – June 1 and 2 from 1-5:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-first-aid-tickets-25033486833

Session 3 – July 28 and 29 from 9-1:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-first-aid-tickets-25033516923

 

For more information about the program, please visit, http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/

 


OPPORTUNITY: Undergraduate Online Course

 Sponsored by the Office of Distance Education

 Office of Distance Education is pleased to invite applications for development support and funding for online undergraduate courses to pilot in Summer 2017. Online course development can help support university strategic goals and academic unit priorities by increasing opportunities for summer enrollment, expanding access for students, and addressing campus space needs.

Required:

  • Proposed course must be at the undergraduate level
  • Only one course may be submitted per faculty member

Preference will be given to:

  • Full-time faculty (exceptions may apply for adjunct faculty who partner with full-time faculty or course coordinators)
  • Courses taught fully online (100%) (versus partially online)
  • Courses for Mason Core (General Education) requirements
  • Courses with high section counts or enrollment (specifically those that are usually taught in Robinson Hall)
  • Courses that lead to online completion of minors

Please see complete timeline and participation requirements before applying at: http://masononlinefaculty.gmu.edu/course-development/

Mason Online will host information sessions for faculty interested in applying for course development support.

  • Blackboard Collaborate Session: Wednesday, May 18th from 12-1pm (Contact distance@gmu.edu for details.)
  • Drop-in Session: Thursday, May 19th from 11:00am-1:00pm in JC 243

Faculty interested in developing an online course are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria below and complete the application by Friday, June 3, 2016


 

OPPORTUNITY: Mason’s Global Collaborative Classroom (GCC) Program

Supported by: Mason’s Office of Global Strategy and its Center for Global Studies, Center for Faculty and Teaching Excellence, Office of Distance Education, Learning Support Services, and CISCO Systems

 In a Global Collaborative Classroom, a Mason faculty member partners with an international peer to co-teach a course (or substantial sections of a course), engaging Mason students with students from one of Mason’s partner universities abroad through interactive technologies.

Our pilot GCC, a social work course co-taught with Jamia Millia Islamia Central University in New Delhi, India, is wrapping up now and four courses are set for Fall2016.

The current round of funding will support classes running in Spring 2017. Mason faculty members who are selected will each receive funding of up to $3000 in support for the transformation of their existing courses into GCC courses.

Faculty who participate in creating a GCC course will benefit from the following:

  • A grant of up to $3000 in support for the transformation of your course into a GCC
  • Instructional design and operational support to incorporate virtual team teaching
  • An opportunity to engage with a faculty peer abroad and establish opportunities for future collaboration
  • A new innovative approach to bring to your teaching
  • GCC training that includes team teaching, global learning, online instructional training and tools
  • Promotion of student interaction with international peers through your course
  • All faculty who submit a proposal will receive valuable feedback on your course through a competitive peer review process

For complete information on course requirements and proposal details, please visit the website: http://cgs.gmu.edu/gcc

For questions, contact Richena Purnell-Sayle at mglobal@gmu.edu or 703-993-4064

Proposals are due June 10, 2016!


OPPORTUNITY: Faculty Writing Retreat

Sponsored by the Writing across the Curriculum program, the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence, and the Office of the Provost.

Who Should Attend? Mason Faculty

Spring Retreat: May 23-25, 2016

Need to get started or make headway on a writing project? Would you enjoy the opportunity to meet with other Mason faculty to discuss your writing and your current projects? Would you find it helpful to work in a small group of other dedicated writers, to discuss the goals you set for yourself as a writer, and the ways you are organizing your projects(s)?

This retreat offers participants uninterrupted work time, a distraction-free work place, a supportive and collegial community of peers, and sessions on the habits of mind and resources that support writing productivity. Participants will be able to connect with other faculty writers (from across departments and programs), work in small groups around individual needs, and reflect on the routines that support success.

Please see here for more details.

Submit applications and questions electronically to wac@gmu.edu.

Deadline: Tuesday, May 10, 2016


WORKSHOP, INFORMATION, AND PLANNING SESSION: “Making the Most of Active Learning Classrooms”

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who are or are curious about teaching in an active learning classroom

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

8:30am -4:30pm, Exploratory L102 (ALT Room)

Interested in teaching in one of the new active learning classrooms on campus?  Wondering where these spaces are located? Already teaching in an ALC and looking for tips and activity ideas? Come join us for a day long workshop in which we will explore the new learning spaces on campus and what it is like to teach in these spaces.  Experienced ALC instructors will also share their insights and strategies for curriculum planning and making the most out of these spaces.  All are welcome (tenure-track/tenured faculty, term, adjunct, graduate students, administrators, staff)!  Lunch is included, but space is limited. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Please register here: http://masonalcday.eventbrite.co


BROWNBAG: Lunch & Learn-Designing and teaching for all learners

Presented by: Dr. Anya Evmenova (Special Education) and Korey Singleton (Assistive Technology)

Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence , Office of Distance Education and Learning Support Services.

Design and deliver content in accessible and multiple formats to reach any audience with diverse learning preferences.

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who teach

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
12:00-1:30pm, Research Hall 163, Fairfax Campus

Please bring your own lunch. Space is limited.RSVP-please visit the series page.


OPPORTUNITY: The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)

NSCS is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers and Mason’s chapter is seeking a new faculty advisor. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and gives out a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day. NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is a recognized organization at over 330 campuses across the country.

NSCS’s current advisors will roll off at the end of this semester but are available to help you transition into the role if you are interested in serving as the faculty advisor.

If you are interested in learning more about the advisor position please contact Raechel Timbers at rhester@gmu.edu

Please apply by May 1, 2016


OPPORTUNITY: Q & A with Engaging Imagination author, Alison James

 Offered by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence’s Spring Reading Group

Who should attend? All are welcome (even if not participating in reading group)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

12-1:30pm

Location: (Allan and Sally) Merten Hall 3001

Join us for a conversation about helping students become creative and reflective thinkers with the author of this year’s CTFE Spring Reading Group selection, Engaging Imagination. Electronic copy of book is available through the library.  Alison James will be virtually attending through one of Mason’s telepresence rooms, so space is limited.

Please register here: http://ctfesrgaj.eventbrite.com


OPPORTUNITY: Fenwick Fellowship 2016-17

 Offered by George Mason, University Libraries

 Who should apply? Mason Faculty members

The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. Tenured, tenure-track, and term (multi-year appointment) faculty at George Mason University are eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. It is requested that previous Fenwick Fellow recipients do not submit proposals.

The 2016-2017 Fenwick Fellow will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by the Fenwick Fellow in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

The Fellowship provides

  • one award of $5,000 to be used for the acquisition of library research materials that may be needed for the Fellow’s research project, as well as associated research costs (e.g., research assistant support, survey costs, defrayal of conference costs when specifically required for the Fellow’s research project, and other related incidental costs).

use of an office in Fenwick Library for the term of the Fellowship (August 29, 2016 – August 11, 2017).

Details on the application process are online. For additional information, please contact Debra Hogan, Executive Assistant to the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, at 703-993-2491 or dhogan1 at gmu.edu.

The deadline is Wednesday, April 20, 2016


OPPORTUNITY: Announcing the 2016 Annual Mason Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award Call for Nominations

  • Three awards will be made to tenure track or tenured faculty who are within ten years of receipt of the terminal degree and have been at Mason for a minimum of three years.  This means no earlier than July 1, 2006.
  • Each award will be $5,000 (taken either as a lump sum with taxes withheld, or as a $5,000 university account to support the scholarly activities of the recipient).
  • Anyone can nominate an individual.  Nomination letters should be no more than one page with the individual’s CV attached, submitted electronically.
  • A faculty selection committee will choose from five to seven (estimated) finalists who will be asked to provide the committee with the names of three outside references.  The committee will contact the references and ask for letters of recommendation that will focus on the individual’s rising prominence in his/her field.
  • The selection committee will include at least five senior scholars at Mason with expertise representing a distribution of fields.  The selection committee is comprised of University Professors and Distinguished Professors at Mason.
  • The winners of this award will be formally announced in the fall of 2016.
  • The nominee’s CV MUST adhere to the guidelines below:

CV Guidelines

  • Delete everything that is in preparation, in progress or under review (for publications and grants)
  • Separate authored books from edited books.
  • Delete everything related to teaching including courses taught and their evaluations, teaching materials prepared, teaching presentations, teaching awards received, etc. Leave only PhD and MS student advising and clearly identify graduated students and year of graduation.
  • Delete everything related to undergraduate advising
  • Delete all service not relevant to research/scholarly work
  • For editorial work: delete paper reviewing work. Only include editor-in-chief or member of editorial boards of journals
  • Delete all funding provided by GMU. Only external funding should be shown.
  • For publications: include total number of citations and h-index
  • For journal publications include journal impact factor
  • For conference publications: only applicable to some fields in which full papers are submitted and are peer reviewed. Include conference acceptance rate.
  • For grants:
    • Indicate the total amount of each grant award! For each grant indicate the following:
    • Funding agency
    • Project name
    • Period of performance
    • Total amount
    • Amount to Mason if different from total amount
    • Amount attributable to the nominee
    • Complete list of PI/co-PIs
  • Submit all documents in PDF (no Word please).All nominations must be received by the office of the Vice President for Research by April 15, 2016 via email to vprexec@gmu.edu.

WORKSHOP: (Thriving in graduate school series): “Planning for the academic job search”

Presented by Dr. Jamie Lester (Associate Professor, Higher Education Program), Dr. Laura Lukes (Assistant Director, CTFE) and TBD; Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence and Graduate Student Life 

Who should attend? Open to all graduate students (all stages of degree process)

Friday, April 15, 2016
1:30-2:50pm
Location: Robinson B106 (subject to change)

Interested in a career in academia or exploring the alt-ac track? The nature of higher education is constantly shifting and in this workshop we will explore some recent trends, discuss types of institutions, academic career paths, and outline the key components of the academic job search process.   Tips and resources for the academic job search will also be highlighted.

Space is limited!  Please register here


OPPORTUNITY: Call for contributions: The Power of Play in Higher Education

Presented by Dr. Alison James, University of the Arts London, Chrissi Nerantzi, Manchester Metropolitan University

With no current academic text for teachers, academic support staff, and researchers in higher education that focuses on how, why and when to adopt playful pedagogic strategies to good effect, Dr. Alison James and Chrissi Nerantzi are exploring options with publishers for a book they are co-editing tentatively titled, The Power of Play in Higher Education; this would be a groundbreaking text uniting playful pedagogies in university teaching across the world in a single publication.

They want to emphasize that play is an important and untapped element of higher order thinking and enquiry by providing the opportunity to show how in-depth, rigorous and theorized examples of playful pedagogies can enhance the higher education student experience.

They are inviting colleagues around the world to send them an expression of interest for either:

  1. A chapter detailing a scholarly case study of innovations with play in a higher education setting with discipline and context clearly specified
  2. A short pen portrait of an innovation using play
  3. A visual or digital resource for play in higher education that they have created and which is fully copyright cleared

Proposals due Tuesday, April 12, 2016

 See Call for contributions Power of Play in HE for more details.


OPPORTUNITY: Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2016

 Presented by Graduate and Professional Student Association and Graduate Student Life

Who should attend? Any and all professional students

April 4-8, 2016

Join the Graduate and Professional Student Association and Graduate Student Life in celebrating Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week 2016! During this week, we honor the contributions of Mason’s 10,000+ graduate and professional students.

 Events will be added as they are confirmed; the final schedule will be ready by late March, here (http://gradlife.gmu.edu/appreciation-week/). Please contact gradlife@gmu.edu with any questions.


 OPPORTUNITY: Applications for PROV701: Preparing for Careers in the Academy Program [Graduate students]

Proposals accepted early-late March every year.  See page for more details, deadlines, and information about what topics are covered in sessions.

Who can apply? Graduate students (PhD and MFA) who are considering a career in academia and will be on the academic job market the year of the PROV701 program or the following year and have some teaching or TA experience (or expect to have in the future).

The purpose of this program is to help PhD students and MFA students in those fields in which this is the terminal degree (e.g. Visual Arts) to prepare for future academic careers and to strengthen their instructional effectiveness.


BROWNBAG: Lunch & Learn-Promoting active learning in classes of all sizes

Presented by: Dr. Joanna Boyette (Mathematics) and Dr. Keith Renshaw (Psychology)

Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence , Office of Distance Education and Learning Support Services.

Build active communities of learners in your course, whether big lecture classes or small seminars, online or face-to-face.

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who teach

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
12:00-1:30pm, Research Hall 163, Fairfax Campus

Please bring your own lunch. Space is limited.RSVP-please visit the series page.


OPPORTUNITY: TEACH-IN-Pathways to Inclusive Excellence

Dear Colleagues,

On Tuesday, April 5th the Office of the Provost will host Doing what matters: Pathways to inclusive excellence. This first-of-a-series event is intended both to create awareness about inclusive excellence and to encourage our community to begin a deeper level of dialogue about the needs and experiences of our student body.

We work at one of the most diverse college campuses in the country and Mason’s diversity is a source of strength and pride. At the same time, diversity does not ensure inclusion, and we know that members of our community, including our students, still experience racism, micro-aggression’s, and other acts of incivility.

This event will start a series of conversations that help us to identify ways to support students throughout their educational journeys. We believe that now is a critical time for Mason faculty and staff to recommit to providing a learning environment that actively values diversity of identities and experiences in the classroom and throughout campus.

The event will include an introduction by President Cabrera, followed by a keynote address by Dr. Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. After a brief intermission, we’ll share students’ stories, and engage in facilitated conversation about how we can begin doing what matters, and create pathways to inclusive excellence.

Please join us for all or part of our afternoon program. Space is limited. Please register today at https://www.regonline.com/rsvp-april5.


WORKSHOP: (Thriving in graduate school series): “Communicating your research”

Presented by Dr. Susan Kehoe (Director, Academic Strategies, Information Technology Services), Dr. Richard Wood (General Manager/Executive Producer, GMU-TV, ITS Academic Strategies), Dr. Laura Lukes (Assistant Director, CTFE) and Peter West (National Science Foundation); Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence and Graduate Student Life 

Who should attend? Open to all graduate students (all stages of degree process)

Friday, April 1, 2016
1:30-2:50pm
Location: Robinson B106 (subject to change)

Looking for ways to communicate your research to a broader audience or colleagues or potential employers? Does your 30-second elevator pitch last 5 minutes? In this workshop, we’ll identify communication strategies and ways to think about your research with a general audience in mind. GMU TV will also share strategies, tools, and tips for presenting yourself on camera to virtual audiences (e.g., recording lectures, presentations and webinars via Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.). As time allows, we will also practice some of these strategies in small groups.

Space is limited!  Please register here


WORKSHOP: Career Pathways for PhDs [Graduate students]

Friday, March 25, 2016, 2:00-4:00pm

University Career Services Resource Room (Student Union Building I, 3400)

Wondering what careers are available with a doctoral degree? Interested in exploring career options beyond academia? Join Graduate Student Life, University Career Services, and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence for a workshop on exploring and preparing for multiple career pathways for PhD students on Friday, March 25, 2016.

Please bring a laptop or tablet and your resume or CV with you for use during exercises during the workshop. Please note that the workshop will not include time for resume/CV critiques. Please also bring your Mason ID with you.

Sponsored by  Graduate Student Life, University Career Services, and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence at George Mason University.

Spaces are limited! Register today at https://mason-phd-careers.eventbrite.com. Please contact gradlife@gmu.edu with any questions.


OPPORTUNITY: Call for Proposals- 2016 Innovations in Teaching & Learning conference

Proposals DUE Monday, March 21, 2016.

Theme: “Cultivating Creative and Reflective Learners.” Our keynote speaker, Dr. Alison James, is the co-author of the 2014 book, Engaging imagination: Helping students become creative and reflective thinkers.

Proposals are being accepted for a variety of session types, including compact sessions, interactive presentations, poster session, and our Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) lightning talks session.

This year we especially encourage proposals that describe or demonstrate strategies, activities and assignments that challenge students to embrace learning as a creative and reflective process. Topics can include, but are not limited to, technology-enhanced strategies and tools, teaching in active learning classrooms, designing classes for engaged learning, working with international and multilingual students, inquiry and research-based courses, strategies for mentoring and advising, incorporating mindfulness and well-being into learning, and experiential learning.

See page for more details, deadlines, and information about what topics are covered in sessions.

Who can apply? All faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.), staff, and graduate students who are teaching or supporting courses


WORKSHOP: (Thriving in graduate school series): “Creating an academic brand and networking strategies”

Presented by Ann Garner (Associate Director, Career Development, University Career Services ) and Dr. Laura Lukes (Assistant Director, CTFE); Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence and Graduate Student Life 

Who should attend? Open to all graduate students (all stages of degree process)

Friday, March 18, 2016
1:30-2:50pm
Location: Robinson B106 (subject to change)

Looking for ways to start getting recognized in your field? Want to boost the visibility of your research? In this workshop, we’ll discuss what an academic brand is and outline steps to identify and create your own academic brand plan. We will also identify resources and strategies for networking and developing professional relationships in your field both in person and virtually. There will also be an opportunity to practice your elevator pitch!

Space is limited!  Please register here


WORKSHOP: Virginia Data Management Bootcamp

Presented by University Libraries

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.), staff, and graduate students

Day 1-Data Organization, Data Documentation, Rights and Access, Copyright, Finding and Reusing Data, and Sharing Data.  These are all basic, foundational concepts for working with research data.
March 9, 2016; 9:00-4:30pm
Location: Fairfax Campus

Day 2-Workshops: Cleaning data with open refine, R from scratch (for beginners), Creating data management plans with the DMPTool

March 10, 2016
starting at 9 and ending at 12:15pm
Location: Fairfax Campus

Online access to free learning materials has allowed educators, like you, more freedom and c

Space is limited!  Please register here


BROWNBAG: Lunch & Learn-Getting students to think critically through undergraduate research

Presented by: Dr. Susan Bond (Religious Studies) and Dr. David Luther (Biology)

Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence , Office of Distance Education and Learning Support Services.

Explore opportunities to foster critical thinking in your course through undergraduate research projects.

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who teach

Thursday, March 3, 2016
12:00-1:30pm,(Allan and Sally) Merten Hall 1201, Fairfax Campus

Please bring your own lunch. Space is limited.RSVP-please visit the series page.

 


WORKSHOP: (Thriving in graduate school series): “Becoming a college instructor”

Presented by Dr. Laura Lukes (Assistant Director, CTFE); Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence and Graduate Student Life 

Who should attend? Open to all graduate students (all stages of degree process)

Friday, March 4, 2016
1:30-2:50pm
Location: Robinson B106 (subject to change)

Interested in teaching college in the future? Teaching currently and thinking about making it a career?  First, we’ll explore your teaching values and how to talk about your teaching. Then, we’ll identify different opportunities to gain teaching experience.  Finally, we’ll discuss an overview of how to effectively document your teaching experiences to get hired (syllabi, portfolios, and philosophies).

Space is limited!  Please register here

 


SEMINAR: (STEM-DBER Series): “A Teaching-Focused Avenue for Faculty Interaction”

Presented by Dr. Jill Nelson (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Dasha Gerasimova (College of Education and Human Development)

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who teach

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
12:00-1:00pm
Location: Research Hall, Showcase

The SIMPLE Cross-Disciplinary Seminar is an interactive session that will provide Mason faculty from across STEM an opportunity to engage with other faculty to discuss teaching interests, challenges, and techniques. We will start the session with a brief introduction to the NSF-funded SIMPLE Project, which aims to promote teaching innovation at Mason through a network of ongoing teaching development groups. Attendees will then have a chance to join small group conversations on teaching topics of interest. We will close the session by bringing attendees back for a large-group discussion to share takeaways and insights from the cross-disciplinary conversations. Information about how to participate in the ongoing teaching development groups supported by the SIMPLE Project will also be provided. More information is available at simple.onmason.com.

More details can be found HERE.

 


WORKSHOP: “Creating a dynamic classroom experience using open educational resources”

Presented by Jane Rosecrans, Karyn Pallay and Josh Watson (J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College) and Claudia Holland (George Mason University Libraries)

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who teach

Friday, February 26, 2016
1:30-3:30pm
Location: Fenwick Library 1014A&B; Fairfax Campus

Online access to free learning materials has allowed educators, like you, more freedom and creativity than ever to tailor their courses. You have the freedom to reuse all types of media, to modify content to suit your pedagogy and your students’ learning styles, and to create completely new material. Furthermore, you have the opportunity to reduce textbook costs for your students!

But how do you know when content on the web can be modified and reused? Can you rely on the purported quality of, for example, open textbooks? What can you do to share materials you create with a broader audience and still get credit for the time and effort you put into them? Why consider using anything but the traditional textbook you have selected for a course? You might already be using open resources in your courses. Are you making this cost-savings known to potential enrollees?

The Virginia Community College System is a nationally recognized leader in using and building open educational resources. Join this experienced team of faculty in an interactive two-hour workshop to explore answers to these questions and learn more about the following topics:

  • Why OER?
  • Defining OER Terms and Concepts
  • Finding and Evaluating OER and free course materials
  • Building an OER Course
  • Understanding Creative Commons Licenses and Applying them to your own course materials
  • Evaluating the Quality and Effectiveness of OER materials in your course
  • OER and Student Success and Retention

The University Libraries wants to hear how your use of open resources can be supported.

Space is limited!  Please register here

 


WORKSHOP: (Thriving in graduate school series): “How do people learn? Implications for teaching”

Presented by Dr. Laura Lukes (Assistant Director, CTFE); Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence and Graduate Student Life 

Who should attend? Open to all graduate students (all stages of degree process)

Friday, February 19, 2016
1:30-2:50pm
Location: Robinson B106 (subject to change)

In this interactive workshop on learner-centered teaching, graduate students interested in developing their teaching and presentations skills will gain a basic understanding of how the brain works to learn information and several strategies to facilitate learning in the classes they teach and in their own learning. This workshop is for anyone interested in developing teaching skills: teaching assistants, teaching volunteers, conference presenters, and guest speakers. All graduate students are welcome. We will introduce you to practical skills you can use right away while also offering you resources and ideas for expanding your teaching repertoire.

Space is limited!  Please register here

 


OPPORTUNITY: Leadership Legacy Program 

This program is designed for faculty and staff who are committed to furthering their leadership development. A significant goal of the program is to increase the number of faculty and staff prepared to assume leadership responsibilities at all levels of the institution. Please see theLeadership Legacy website for more information.

Who? Faculty and Staff

Applications due: February 12th

 


OPPORTUNITY: Call for nominations: David J. King Teaching Award

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2016 David J. King Teaching Award, Mason’s award that honors an individual for their career contributions to the overall educational excellence of the university. Nominations are due February 4. For more information, please visit the awards page.

 


WORKSHOP: (Thriving in graduate school series): “Creating a publication plan and how to write a lot”

Presented by Dr. Susan Lawrence (Director, Writing Center, English),  Dr. John Warren (Head, Mason Publishing Group, Digital Programs and Services, University Libraries), Dr. Claudia Holland (Head, Scholarly Communication and Copyright Office, University Libraries) and Dr. Don Gallehr (Associate Professor, English); Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence and Graduate Student Life 

Who should attend? Open to all graduate students (all stages of degree process)

Friday, February 5, 2016
1:30-2:50pm
Location: Robinson B106 (subject to change)

Wondering what’s involved with writing and submitting a paper for publication? Looking for ways to improve your writing and increase your writing productivity? This workshop will discuss some strategies and provide an outline of resources available to support graduate student writing (dissertations, papers, etc.) at Mason.

Space is limited!  Please register here


WORKSHOP: Web & Document Accessibility

Presented by Assistive Technology Initiative

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who teach

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
12:00-1:00pm
Location: SUB I

Workshop Description:
Do you know if your electronic documents are accessible to those with visual impairments using screen reader software? What about those with learning disabilities who use text to speech programs? Ever wonder if these assistive technologies can access a PDF that is saved as an image? In this workshop, we’ll walk through some simple things you can do to check documents and use Mason systems to provide more accessible options.
Contact us if you have any questions atati@gmu.edu<mailto:ati@gmu.edu>. We look forward to seeing you there!

 


BROWNBAG: Lunch & Learn-How Student Feedback Improves Course Experiences 

Presented by: Dr. Anne-Marie Balzano (College of Education & Human Development) and Joe Balducci (Manager of Online Learning Resources)

Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence , Office of Distance Education and Learning Support Services.

In the first of our spring series, faculty will share approaches for collecting and using student feedback to improve teaching and learning experiences in a course. Dr. Anne-Marie Balzano, who builds and teaches online and face-to-face courses in CEHD’s Education Leadership program, will share her lessons learned, and Joe Balducci, Manager of Online Learning Resources, will demonstrate Blue Pulse, a new tool that can be integrated with Blackboard to collect student feedback.

Who should attend? Faculty (tenure, pre-tenure, term, adjunct, etc.) and graduate students who teach

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
12:00-1:30pm, Research Hall 163, Fairfax Campus

Please bring your own lunch. Space is limited.RSVP-please visit the series page.

 


WORKSHOP: (Thriving in graduate school series): “Why didn’t anyone tell me? Planning now for the career you want later”

Presented by Dr. Cody Edwards (Associate Provost, Graduate Education, Office of the Provost),  Ann Garner (Associate Director, Career Development, University Career Services ), Dr. Laura Lukes (Assistant Director, CTFE) and Dr. Kay Agoston (Graduate Fellowship Director, Office of the Provost); Co-sponsored by Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence and Graduate Student Life 

Who should attend? Open to all graduate students (all stages of degree process)

Friday, January 22, 2016
1:30-2:50pm
Location: Robinson B106 (subject to change)

Congrats! You made it into graduate school, now what? It takes more than required coursework and a thesis/dissertation (a graduate degree) to build the career of your dreams. The purpose of this workshop is to help you identify and communicate the career goal you have for your graduate degree and help you to develop a professional development plan that will help you reach that goal. In this interactive workshop, we’ll first outline the general career paths that graduate degrees afford. Next, we’ll identify the major components of a typical graduate program timeline. Finally, we’ll explore some resources, opportunities, and activities beyond your graduate program requirements (including information on applying for graduate fellowships) that you may want to include in your graduate student experience plan to help you reach your career goals.

Space is limited!  Please register here

 


OPPORTUNITY: Request for Proposals to teach a Global Collaborative Classrooms (GCCs) course

Co-sponsored by Office of Global Strategy, the Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence, Office of Distance Education, Learning Support Services, and CISCO Corp.

GCC’s are courses that engage Mason students with students from a university abroad using interactive technologies.  In a GCC, a Mason faculty member partners with an international peer to co-teach a course by linking their two existing courses.  The key components of GCCs are integrated collaborative learning activities across classes and global understanding learning goals.

Proposals due January 15, 2016.

See here for more details.