Faculty Recognition & Internal Funding Opportunities

The Office of the Provost oversees and administers a broad spectrum of awards, programs, and funding initiatives that support and recognize faculty. These funding and award decisions are guided by a strong belief in and commitment to transparency, fairness, and the peer review process.

Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transitions (CAART)

  • Academic Advisor of the Year Award – Recognizes and rewards undergraduate academic advisors who have had a positive impact on students and recognizes excellence in advising across the Mason community.

The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning

  • Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award – Recognizes and rewards excellence among adjunct faculty members for course planning and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and mentoring.
  • Teaching Excellence Award – Recognizes and rewards excellence among full-time faculty members for course planing and preparation; curriculum development; and innovative teaching, advising, and mentoring.
  • David J. King Teaching Award – Recognizes a faculty member who has made significant, long-term contributions to the overall educational excellence of the university.
  • Digital Learning Award – Recognizes both a faculty and a staff member whose efforts support quality online course offerings for the university.

Office of the President 

Office of the Provost

  • Emerging Researcher, Scholar, Creator Award – Recognizes faculty members who show exceptional promise in their disciplines or fields of study.
  • Distinguished Service Professors – Recognizes individuals whose careers have had a major impact on their field or on the university community that goes well beyond ordinary levels of service.
  • University Professors – Recognizes current members of the faculty of great national or international reputation whose substantial research, scholarship, or arts credentials have set them apart.
  • SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award – Sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), the Outstanding Faculty Awards recognize and reward excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, and public service among Virginia institutions. The process of selecting and managing Mason’s nominees is coordinated by the Office of the Provost.
  • Provost PhD Awards – Provide supplemental funding to Mason PhD programs to strengthen their ability to recruit highly competitive students and grow their program’s reputation.
  • Study Leave for Tenured Faculty – Provides paid temporary leave for the support of advancing scholarly research, creative activity, and/or teaching, including the development of innovative teaching approaches and methods.
  • Summer Research Funding – Provides support for tenure-track and tenured faculty to engage in scholarly activity during the summer months.
  • 4-VA Collaborative – Provides support for collaborative research that crosses institutional boundaries; STEM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math); and course redesign. Funded and supported by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Office of the Provost oversees the 4-VA grant program.

Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR)

  • OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Awards – Recognizes and rewards outstanding Mason community members who mentor undergraduate students in their research and creative work and who foster a culture of student scholarship on campus.
  • OSCAR Student Excellence Awards – Recognizes and rewards outstanding undergraduate students who participate in research and creative activities.
  • Course Scholarship Development Grants – Provide support for the design or redesign of courses in which students participate in the creation of original scholarly or creative projects, typically resulting in an RS designated course.
  • Curriculum Scholarship Development Grants – Provide support for creating scaffolded learning experiences for students as they progress through an academic program and develop an understanding of scholarly work in the discipline or field.
  • Summer Team Project Grants – Provide support for summer research projects based around a central theme, question, or problem. Projects will be run by at least two faculty members and include from four to ten undergraduate students.

University Libraries

  • Fenwick Fellow Program – Provides support to Mason faculty members who pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field.
  • Distinguished Library Faculty Award – Recognizes a library faculty for their exceptional performance in their scholarship and service.

University Life

  • University Life Faculty Fellows Program – Provides support for Mason faculty to collaborate with University Life departments on projects that connect faculty interests and expertise with University Life and student needs.
  • University Life Programming Grants – Provide support to programs that build community; promote faculty/staff/student interactions; celebrate cultural diversity; use the institution’s technology resources; increase collaboration across units within the university; and coordinate and align with University Life events.