Teaching and Learning

George Mason University provides comprehensive support to faculty to develop professional expertise in the multi-faceted processes of teaching and learning, including working with new educational technologies.

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) provides resources for faculty and graduate assistants to develop themselves fully as teachers, mentors, and colleagues. CTFE provides a variety of resources and programs to enhance teaching skills (including a list of “Teaching FAQs” from faculty and graduate teaching assistants), sponsors events and awards to recognize outstanding teaching, and supports the university’s Students as Scholars program, which increases undergraduate student participation in research and creative activities. CTFE also maintains the resources for new faculty.

The Office of Digital Learning provides extensive resources for faculty, staff, and teaching assistants who wish to design digitally-enhanced courses, whether hybrid or face-to-face. Instructional design support is available to help faculty create innovative teaching and learning experiences at Mason.

As part of meeting Mason’s strategic goal for innovative learning, Mason has committed to rethinking the spaces where faculty and students teach and learn. Find out more about our Learning Environments initiatives. It is also a good idea to know about available IT resources, tools, and support for teaching offered through Mason’s Information Technology (IT) Services.

The Writing Across the Curriculum program is designed to support student writing as a means to critical thinking and deeper engagement in learning, especially in major field programs.  The program provides helpful information for faculty teaching writing-intensive courses, including general resources on teaching with writing, discipline-specific guides to teaching with writing, and resources to which faculty can direct students.

Questions?  Please contact the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence at 703-993-8652.