George Mason University offers multiple resources to enable faculty to pursue ongoing professional development.
The Leadership Legacy Program provides formal coaching to selected faculty and staff to explore what leadership means in the context of a university setting, and how individuals can best meet challenges, manage change, and work effectively in a changing university environment.
Individual academic departments may have formal or informal practices for providing opportunities for mentoring by a senior faculty member. However, some faculty also wish to work with a mentor from a different department in order to obtain a different perspective. The Center for Teaching & Faculty Excellence can assist departments in creating mentoring programs for individual faculty who which to be mentored.
Mason Horizons is an “observeship” program (akin to an internship) for tenured instructional and research faculty. The program offers a temporary placement (e.g., in the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, or University Life) and provides an opportunity for seasoned faculty to consider a transition into administration. Mason Footsteps provides a similar opportunity for administrative/professional faculty and classified staff to examine possible next career steps.