Term Faculty Task Force

The Term Faculty Task Force convened in spring 2017 to explore the opportunities for career development for term faculty at Mason and to address their concerns and challenges. With term faculty making up approximately 30% of full-time instructional faculty and 98% of full-time research faculty at Mason (as of Fall 2016), it is critical to create and maintain an environment that supports term faculty members’ work and contributions to Mason’s teaching and  scholarly communities and its national reputation.

Mission & Charge: The Term Faculty Task Force is charged with (a) identifying challenges and difficulties, as well as career development and advancement opportunities for term faculty, and (b) generating recommendations to address those challenges and opportunities. Among the myriad issues related to the well-being of the term faculty, the task force should address such issues as compensation, release time, promotion, contract lengths, responsibilities and expectations, performance evaluation, and others as appropriate.

Events and Updates

Community Forum (Nov. 6th, 2017) Presentation Slides


Term Faculty Task Force Members

Kim Eby (co-chair)Faculty Affairs and DevelopmentAssociate Provostkeby1
John Cantiello* (co-chair)Health Administration and PolicyAssistant Professorjcantiel
Karen AlcaldeBoard of Visitors (BOV) representative
Laurence Bray*Bioengineering Associate Chairlbray2
Brian Fitzpatrick*EnglishAssistant Professorbfitzpa2
Al Fuertes*School of Integrative StudiesAssociate Professorafuertes
Michelle LimHR and PayrollHR Faculty Initiatives Managermlim1
Joseph Marr*Computational and Data SciencesAssociate Professorjmarr2
Cindy Parker*ManagementAssistant Professorcparker8
Keith RenshawPsychologyAssociate Professorkrenshaw
Larry RockwoodBiologyChair and Professorlrockwoo
Ellen RodgersCollege of Education and Human DevelopmentAssociate Deanerodger1
Girum UrgessaCivil, Environmental, and Infrastructure EngineeringAssociate Professorgurgessa
* denotes term faculty member