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Term Faculty Information

Mason would be unable to thrive without our term faculty. We must recognize term faculty contributions in a systematic and inclusive way.

With term faculty making up a significant portion of full-time instructional and full-time research faculty, it is critical to create and maintain an environment that values term faculty members’ work and contributions to Mason’s teaching and scholarly communities and its national reputation. Mason strives to be an institution where term faculty are supported in reaching their professional and career goals. Term faculty contribute to campus life and institutional success in a wide variety of ways, such as teaching, advising students, providing administrative leadership, university service, and more.

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Term Faculty Committee

The Term Faculty Committee was convened in fall 2019 to oversee and facilitate the implementation of the recommendations put forward by the Term Faculty Task Force. The Task Force worked from spring 2017 through fall 2018 to explore the opportunities for career development for term faculty at Mason and to address their concerns and challenges. The Task Force presented its final report and recommendations to the Provost in December 2018. 

Mission and Core Values

The Term Faculty Committee seeks to improve the status and quality of term faculty experiences through informing inclusive and sustainable policies and practices that promote the contributions and livelihood of the term faculty. We will pursue meaningful pathways for career progression and recognize the varied contributions that term faculty make to our institutional mission. We aim to foster an institutional culture in which term faculty positions are viewed as productive and rewarding career opportunities.

  • Our work is driven by a sense of urgency in order to make meaningful progress
  • We believe that all faculty have the right to participate in governance decisions that affect them
  • We will operate with openness and transparency
  • Our actions are designed to support term faculty wellbeing
  • We embrace the “spirit of possibility”

Term Faculty Committee Roster
Name Department Title Email
Kim Eby (co-chair) Faculty Affairs and Development Associate Provost keby1
Cindy Parker* (co-chair) School of Business Associate Professor cparker8
Irene Bruno* Volgenau School of Engineering Professor ibruno
John Cantiello* College of Health and Human Services Associate Professor jcantiel
Brian Fitzpatrick* College of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Professor bfitzpa2
Karyn Kessler INTO Mason Academic Director kkessle3
Michelle Lim Human Resources and Payroll Director, Strategic HR Services and Faculty Consulting mlim1
Ellen Rodgers  College of Education and Human Development  Associate Dean erodger1
Solon Simmons School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Associate Professor ssimmon5
Paul So College of Science Professor and Chair paso

* denotes term faculty member

Term Faculty Evaluation Process

The work of the Term Faculty Task Force has resulted in a rich process for multi-year contracts and faculty promotion. It enables term faculty to be recognized for their dedication to teaching and learning and their long-term commitment to Mason. The guidelines provided underscore the possibility for promotion, but the adherence to these guidelines does not guarantee automatic multi-year commitments and promotion. The following factors will also be taken into consideration with the evaluation process:

  • Departmental resource needs and commitments
  • Enrollment trajectory for the unit
  • Dean’s office commitment to the local academic unit
  • Provost’s support for the renewal and promotion