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 Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning provides resources for faculty, instructors and graduate assistants to develop themselves fully as teachers, mentors, and colleagues. The Stearns Center provides a variety of resources and programs to enhance teaching skills and design digitally-enhanced courses, sponsors events and awards to recognize outstanding teaching, and supports increasing undergraduate student participation in research and crative activities through the university’s Students as Scholars program. There are many easy-to-access resources and guides, including a list of “Teaching FAQs” from faculty and graduate teaching assistants. Digital Learning provides extensive resources, including instructional design support to help faculty create innovative teaching and learning experiences at Mason.

For resources for new faculty, please visit or contact Faculty Affairs and Development.

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 Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at 703-993-6200.