Mason Impact for Faculty

Mason Impacts Students; Students Impact the World

Influence lives. Provide guidance. Be a role model. By participating in the Mason Impact program, you can help students see a multitude of possibilities, and inspire them to believe they can change the world.

Your willingness to be generous with your time, to share your knowledge, and to inspire a passion for lifelong learning among our students are some of the reasons we're proud of our faculty at Mason. 

Mason faculty have multiple opportunities to be a part of the Mason Impact program by:

  • Teaching Mason Impact (MI) courses.
  • Mentoring students who are interested in tackling global problems.
  • Designing innovative multidisciplinary curriculum.

Mason Impact Grants for Faculty

Curriculum Impact Grants

These grants support educational innovation that enhances the Mason Impact program. The grants support the development of cross-unit, multidisciplinary curricula.

  • Engage with world issues and challenges by connecting to the UN Global Goals
  • Scaffold undergraduate and/or graduate learning from intellectual discovery to the development of specific knowledge and skills, culminating in a high-impact experience.
  • Engage faculty and staff from multiple units, departments, and divisions in sustainable multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Pilot models of scaleable multidisciplinary collaborations that have the potential to become new minors, majors, or graduate degrees.

For more information on Curriculum Impact Grants visit here.

Summer Team Impact Projects

The Office of Student Scholarship Creative Activities, and Research and the Office of Undergraduate Education offer grants for the creation of Summer Team Impact Projects.

Summer team projects are be based around a central theme, question, or problem. Where faculty propose a topic and structure that is multidisciplinary in nature.

These projects are led by at least two faculty members with support from additional faculty members, staff, and graduate students. The research team, with the support of the Mason Impact staff, then hires six to 10 undergraduate students to actively engage with the project over the summer. 

Students work on the faculty-defined project over the summer presenting the results at the Summer Celebration of Student Scholarship.

Funding support includes:

  • Up to $9,000 for faculty and staff (maximum of $3,000 per person)
  • Up to 2 graduate students at $6000 each
  • $4,000 each for participating undergraduate students (six to ten per grant)
  • Up to $4,000 in supplies.

For more information about Summer Team Impact Projects visit here.

Micro Grants

If you are teaching a Mason Impact (MI), a Research and Scholarship (RS), a Community Engagement and Civi Learning (CECL), or a Career, Industry. and Entrepreneurship  (ENTR) course, you are eligible for a MICRO grant. These grants are for materials, supplies, class trips or other expenses that you need to teach your Mason Impact course. Faculty are eligible for this grant once an academic year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the semester.

To apply for this grant, follow this link https://webportalapp.com/sp/login_saml/microgrant 

Senior Kara Wright talks about a summer research project during the OSCAR Summer Celebration in the MIX at Fenwick on Mason's Fairfax Campus. The event included 70 poster presentations by 113 students.

Senior Kara Wright talks about a summer research project during the OSCAR Summer Celebration in the MIX at Fenwick on Mason's Fairfax Campus. The event included 70 poster presentations by 113 students.

Mason Impact Courses

Mason Impact Courses (MI) provide the skills and knowledge for students to tackle global questions and challenges.

If students are tackling large questions in your course, it might qualify as a Mason Impact Plus (MI +) course.  These courses meet all of the Mason Impact (MI) course criteria plus the student complete a project in one of the following areas: Research and Creative Activities (RS), Career, Industry, and Entrepreneurship (ENTR), and Community Engagement and Civic Learning (CECiL).

Proposals are reviewed by the Faculty and Curricular Activities Committee which meets three times each semester. 

Faculty and Curricular Activities Committee Schedule

Proposals Due Meeting Date Meeting Time  Meeting Location
8-Oct 22-Oct 11am-12pm Zoom
5-Nov 19-Nov 1pm-2pm Zoom
3-Dec 16-Dec 10am-12pm Zoom

 

Add Your Course to the Mason Impact

Mason Impact (MI)

Mason Impact Courses provide the skills and knowledge for students to tackle global questions and challenges.

To be considered as a Mason Impact Course, you will need to submit a syllabus with the following information:
    1. Mason Impact Logo
    2. Description of how your course connects with the Mason Impact.
    3. Mason Impact learning outcomes. Feel free to use our language or write your own. Please make the pertinent objectives are in bold for ease of review.

To submit your course, talk to your catalog editor and have them check the Mason Impact (MI) box in CIM and attach your syllabus.

Mason Impact + (Course with an Embedded Project)

Mason Impact + courses meet the criteria of MI courses plus contain an embedded student project. These projects can be completed by a team or individual projects and must be communicated or shared in a manner consistent with the student’s discipline outside of the classroom. Students can then submit their completed projects to receive a special transcript designation displaying the title of their project.

A Mason Impact + Course must also select a focus area for the student projects:

Mason Impact + Research and Scholarship (RS) Course
Mason Impact + Community Engagement and Civic Learning (CECL) Course
Mason Impact + Entrepreneurship (ENTR) Course

To be considered as a Mason Impact Course, you will need to submit the following information

1.Syllabus containing:

  • Mason Impact Logo
  • Description of how your course connects with the Mason Impact.
  • Mason Impact learning outcomes. Feel free to use our language or write your own. Please make the pertinent objectives are in bold for ease of review.

2. Narrative (as a pdf file, no more than 4 pages, reponding to the following questions):

  • What is the rationale for designating this course as Mason Impact + in your desired focus area?
  • Explain how this course meets the course criteria?
  • How does your course fit into the educational career of an average student enrolled in the course?
  • How will student work meet the project criteria?
  • How does student learning progress through the course to aid students in the development of the skills needed to complete their project?

3. A project description for the student project

4. Map portions of the student project to Mason Impact student learning outcomes

5. Letter of support from chair or dean (additional letters of support can also be included)

To submit your course, talk to your catalog editor and have them check the Mason Impact (MI) box in CIM and attach your syllabus.

Mason Impact Co-Curricular Option

Mason Impact + Co-Curricular Options are non-course-based experiences that meet the criteria of Mason Impact + courses and must contain an embedded student project. These projects can be completed by a team or individual projects and must be communicated or shared in a manner consistent with the co-curricular experience.

A Mason Impact + experience must also select a focus area for the student projects:

Mason Impact + Research and Scholarship (RS)
Mason Impact + Community Engagement and Civic Learning (CECL)
Mason Impact + Career, Industry, and Entrepreneurship (ENTR)

 

Students will have the option to submit their completed projects to receive a special designation displaying the title of their project on their transcript.

To be considered for Mason Impact + Co-Curricular Option please submit the following:

1. Program Description and/or student requirements with:

  • Mason Impact Logo
  • Description of how this experience connects with the Mason Impact.
  • Mason Impact learning outcomes. Feel free to use our language or write your own. Please make the pertinent objectives bold for ease of review.

2. Narrative (as a pdf file, no more than 4 pages, responding to the following questions):

  • What is the rationale for designating this experience as Mason Impact + in your desired focus area?
  • How does your course fit into the educational career of an average student participating in your co-curricular program?
  • How does the project the students will complete match the focus area criteria ?
  • How does student learning progress through the program to aid students in the development of the skills needed to complete their project?

3. A project description for the student project

4. Map portions of the student project to Mason Impact student learning outcomes

5. Letter of support from chair or dean (additional letters of support can also be included)

 Submit your Co-Curricular Option

Mason Impact Focus Areas

CECL (Civic Engagement)

A Community Engaged or Civic Learning (CECL) experience provides opportunities for students to engage in a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge, resources, or service in a context of partnership and reciprocity with the community (local, regional/state, national, global) for the purpose of community engagement.

A CECL Experience will leverage the knowledge and resources of the Mason community with those of the public and private sectors to prepare engaged citizens; strengthen civic responsibility and the community-engaged learner; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

Projects in an MI+CECL are in association with social agencies, service or civic organizations, public policy initiatives, or faith communities on behalf of long-term social change or helping to solve immediate problems and alleviate present suffering.

RS (Research and Scholarship)

A research or creative activities (RS) experience provides the opportunity for students to engage in the process of generating and sharing undergraduate research and creative inquiry.

Students engaged in these types of activities make a genuine intellectual or creative contribution to their field and take ownership of their project and process regardless of field of study.

RS Projects may include: a research paper, a research poster, a public presentation, a public performance or showing, or a large-scale creative work in manuscript form. All projects must be presented in a public forum appropriate to the research area or the creative field.

ENTR (Entrepreneurship)

An entrepreneurship (ENTR) experience provides the opportunity for students to engage in the process of identifying and solving problems to create stakeholder value. Entrepreneurship can result in commercial activities (non-profit or for profit) and draw from academic research and practice.

Entrepreneurship projects may include launching a business or social impact venture, and can come in the form of a project plan, social impact plan, prototypes, white paper, community report, feasibility report, change plan, etc. In addition, as an important part of the ENTR experience, all projects must be presented in a forum appropriate to the project and the discipline.

Mason Impact logo

Right click the logo and download image to place on your syllabus