Provost's Newsletter

About the Provost's Newsletter

The Provost issues a weekly newsletter during the academic year that highlights graduate education, undergraduate education, faculty affairs, academic innovation and new ventures, university life, Mason in the news, and a variety of upcoming meetings that involve faculty and staff. To read past issues, click on the links below. If you have a story suggestion, please email gmuprov@gmu.edu.

Spring 2021 Semester

  • February 24, 2021
    Faculty Should Not Ask Students for COVID Test Results; Exposure Guidance for Those Who Have Been Vaccinated and Then Exposed to COVID; Get Zoom Updates; General Faculty Meeting Set for March 17; Tenure Clock Extension Update
     
  • February 17, 2021
    Mason Vision Series kicks off Feb. 22; Anti-Racism Inclusive Excellence Town Hall Set for Feb. 23; Patriot Learning Pod Accepting Students; Stearns Center Establishes YouTube Channel
     
  • February 10, 2021
    RRP&T Processes for Term & Tenure-line Faculty; Gift Card Scam Targets Mason Faculty; Highlights of Feb. 3 Faculty Senate Meeting; Submit Nominations for the Jack Wood Award AND Outstanding Achievement Awards
     
  • February 3, 2021
    In Lieu of Spring Break, We Suggest Mason Meeting Free Week; Changes Student Evaluations of Teaching; Anti-Racist & Inclusive Pedagogy Team Members Needed; Winners of 2021 Provost’s Summer Team Impact Projects Competition
     
  • January 27, 2021
    Provost Ginsberg Thanks Faculty & Staff; Reminder of National Guard Deployment & Mason’s Military Activation Policy; Changes to Disability Services Student Support & Testing Center; Faculty Spotlight; Weekly Well-Being Tip
     
  • January 20, 2021
    Covid Vaccine Schedule for Virginia and Mason; Messages from the Stearns Center; Introduction of Faculty Affairs Well-Being Program; STIP Announced; Library Announcements; OLLI Offers Virtual Lifelong Learning Classes

 

Fall 2020 Semester

  • December 16, 2020
    Congrats to the 2020 Graduates!; Beloved Mason Employee Amy Speed Passes; VPR Candidates to Give Public Presentations; Academic Video Online Now Available; 2020 Spirit of Advising Excellence Awardee Announced
     
  • December 9, 2020
    Holiday Message from Provost Ginsberg; Spring Semester Academic Plans Announced; Help Needed for COVID Testing; Changes Coming to Blackboard Navigation
     
  • December 2, 2020
    COACHE Summary Reports Available; Changes to Mason Study Abroad Programs for Spring; Elsevier Journal Access; Admissions Office Announces Spring 2021 Virtual Event Lineup; Mason Ranked #1 in Cybersecurity by OnlineU
     
  • November 18, 2020
    The Impact Gov. Northam's New COVID Measures Will Have on Mason; Campus Operations Through January RPT Process Update; Faculty Well-Being; Interim Deans Named for Proposed School of Computing; QEP Committee Members
     
  • November 11, 2020
    Provost's November blog on the meaning of the harvest; Launch of the Military, Veterans, & Families Initiative; Student COVID Survey
     
  • November 4, 2020
    Rose Pascarell Named as Pillar of the Profession by NASPA Foundation; Nominations for Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence Due Jan. 8; Submit Nominations for 2020 Spirit of Advising Excellence Award
     
  • October 28, 2020
    Faculty Encouraged to Complete Evaluation of Administrators; Student & Faculty Resources Available for the Election; Captioning/Transcription Services During COVID; 2020 Celebration of Distinction to be Held Nov 10
     
  • October 21, 2020
    Submit Textbook Orders to Bookstore by Oct 30; New Student Evaluations of Teaching Tool Launched for Fall 2020; Library Produces New Resource Guide on Anti-racism, Black Lives Matter & Civic Action; Recipients of 2020-21 4-VA@Mason Awards Announced
     
  • October 14, 2020
    Short & Long-Term Expectations for Faculty w Sick Students in Classes; Deadline to Request Use of Instructional Spaces Following Thanksgiving Nov 20; Addressing Respondus Questions About Video Monitoring
     
  • October 7, 2020
    TTIP Faculty Thematic Hiring Initiative; Faculty Spotlight; Flu Shot Clinic Scheduled for Oct 13; Download and Share Health and Well-Being Resources Available for Students
     
  • September 30, 2020
    RPT Information Session Set for Oct 2; Guidance Available Regarding COVID Student Notifications for Faculty Teaching Online; Guidelines for Accepting/Returning Written Materials in the Classroom
     
  • September 23, 2020
    No Fall Break, Mason Closed Election Day & Thanksgiving Pivot; New Center for Humanities Research; New Dean of Admissions, Executive Director for Enrollment Services; Faculty Invited to Participate in AshokaU 2021 Exchange
     
  • September 16, 2020
    RPT Reminder for Eligible Faculty; Locked Classroom Openings to Coincide with 25LiveSchedule; Download COVID Guidance Charts for Those On Campus; Update to FAQs on Faculty IP Rights
     
  • September 9, 2020
    Faculty Must Use Mason Email Address for All University Business; Notes Regarding Classroom Access; Fall Break, Election Day & Thanksgiving; Fellowships Office Expands; Assistance for Students w/ Sensory Impairments
     
  • September 2, 2020
    Faculty Purchasing Equipment for Teaching at Home; Faculty Can Reserve Demo Rooms to Record Lectures; Faculty Should Establish Emergency Virtual Teaching Coverage
     
  • August 26, 2020
    Election Day Information; Message on Faculty Evaluations; Student Lab Kit Waivers; More Faculty FAQs; Micro-credentials at Mason; Cyberinfrastructure Survey; Upcoming Events
     
  • August 24, 2020
    Thank you letter to faculty and staff... please know how much I appreciate all that you have done & continue to do to make #MasonNation safe. Also check out photos /descriptions of classrooms
     
  • August 19, 2020
    The Mix; Faculty Tours of Classrooms/Technology; Syllabus Information; Library Announcement; Office Connectivity; New OIEP Website

Spring 2020 Semester

  • August 12, 2020
    Classroom Cleaning Protocols; Carol Urban to Lead Mason's COVID Surveillance & Testing; Quentin Alexander Joins Mason as Senior Director of Advising; Kamaljeet Sanghera to Serve as Interim Exec Dir of IDIA
     
  • August 5, 2020
    HR Provides Details on Voluntary Temporary FTE Reduction Option; Work Modification Form Update; Dr. Justin Sutters Named SACSCOC Faculty Fellow; HathiTrust Emergency Access Online Lending Program Extended; FAQs Posted
     
  • July 29, 2020
    Copyright Ownership FAQ Coming Soon; Library Announces Pickup and Return Dates; Clarification Released on ICE Restrictions for International Students
     
  • July 22, 2020
    Summary of faculty town hall on copyright language; an update on international students; promotes a webinar to help faculty use Zoom to enhance class strategies; & encourages faculty to place their book orders
     
  • July 15, 2020
    July 21 Town Hall on Copyright Ownership, Federal Limits on Academic Activities, Hybrid Academic Advising Plans are Underway, Bookstore Requests Students Purchase Textbooks Online & New After-hours Crisis Service for Students
     
  • July 8, 2020
    Apply Today for SACSCOC Faculty Fellowship; Libraries Establish New Center for Mason Legacies; Business Process Toolkit Available Through MasonLEAPS; Curriculum Impact Grant Recipients Announced
     
  • July 1, 2020
    Aurali Dade Named Interim VP for Research, Innovation & Economic Impact; Explanation of Copyright Ownership of Scholarly Materials & Online Education Delivery; GEO Offering Virtual International Education Experiences
     
  • June 24, 2020
    You Must Take Online Training Before Returning to Campus; Scheduling for Fall 2020 Classes Moving Forward; Libraries Shares OER Information for Faculty
     
  • June 17, 2020
    Friday classes cancelled to observe Juneteenth; June 24 Town Hall to address campus reopening; Webinars to help faculty with online classes; Resources available for supporting Black Lives Matter & activist well-being
     
  • June 10, 2020
    There will be 2 course development primers offered this summer & Institute for Digital Innovation will Officially Launch June 23
     
  • June 3, 2020
    Faculty planning to teach online fall classes should contact Stearns Center for course development assistance
     
  • May 27, 2020
    Update on Student Evaluations of Faculty; Stearns Center Provides Examples of Syllabus Language; Summer Orientation Goes Virtual; College of Science to Host Weekly Webinars on Pandemics
     
  • May 21, 2020
    Student evaluations of faculty for fall 2020 will be done in an online format & shares resources to help faculty prepare for the summer
     
  • May 19, 2020
    Link to provide input to help university leaders decide on actions for Fall 2020 semester; Library extends due dates to 9/30; CHSS Hosts Weekly Webinar on COVID-19 & a reminder to sign up for June Faculty Weekly Writing Challenges
     
  • May 14, 2020
    Deb Crawford's new job opportunity at the Univ of TN-Knoxville, has the semester's final message from the Stearns Center & provides a Mason FACTs update
     
  • May 12, 2020
    deadline for grade submissions, where to find the documents on how to hold a successful virtual event & be able to download the most recent RPT session
     
  • May 7, 2020
    Deadlines for annual assessment reporting in Tk20, David J. King Award & Distinguished Library Faculty Award recipients, & the Virtual Celebration of Student Scholarship
     
  • May 5, 2020
    Mason's new electronic MOU system and a number of new events in the graduate school, undergraduate school, the Mason International Collaborative’s Research Committee, & Institute for a Sustainable Earth's webinar series
     
  • April 30, 2020
    Board to Host Listening Session on Mason's Budget; Admissions Office Shares Details on How to Host Successful Virtual Events on May 6; Participate in Q&A Session with Finalists for Senior Director of Advising; Summer 2020 Graduate Assistant Hiring Guidance; Mason Teaching Excellence Award Winners Announced; Mason Professional Development Program Offers Educational Opportunities; Industrial Immersion Program Hosts Project Presentations May 1
     
  • April 28, 2020
    Fall 2020 registration will begin May 1; Highlights of virtual Spring Preview for 1,800 prospective students; Changes made to Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services Amid COVID
     
  • April 23, 2020
    Deferring Study and Tenure-Track Leave; Increase in GA Minimum Compensation Rates; Update on the Electronic MOU System
     
  • April 21, 2020
    Changes in the Academic Innovation and New Ventures Office; next RPT meeting, virtual experiences for prospective students; changes to summer orientation
     
  • April 16, 2020
    Faculty tips for managing their time; notes that faculty maintain ownership of IP created during Spring and Summer 2020
     
  • April 14, 2020
    Covers David Wu's final day as Provost; revised report on Mason’s proposed School of Computing
     
  • April 9, 2020
    Managing Feedback to Students; Selective Withdrawal Extended; Alterations to Graduate Policies; Bob Baker Named Interim Dean of CEHD; International Research Sharing Session Set for Friday, May 8
     
  • April 7, 2020
    All Summer Courses to be Held in Online Format; Please Participate in the COVID-19 Risk Assessment; University Life Website Maintaining Repository for Messages Sent to Students; Virtual Workshop for Curricular Impact Grants Scheduled for April 17; Spring 2020 Withdrawal Option and Alternative Grading Updates for Graduate Courses; Malerie Gamblin Named Academic Advisor of the Year Award
     
  • April 2, 2020
    RPT Process Extended; Selective Withdrawal Period Extended to May 11; Student Information on Spring 2020 Grading Options; Changes Announced for Academic Standing During Spring 2020; Scanning Needs Must be Submitted in by April 4; Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm Named Dean of College of Science
     
  • March 31, 2020
    Mark Ginsberg Named Interim Provost and Executive Vice President; Grading Options Announced for Spring 2020; Deadline Extended to April 7 for Distinguished Mentoring Fellows; April 14 Term Faculty Committee Forum Cancelled; April 17 is Deadline to Rank QEP Proposals

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