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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:

  • Teach Mason Impact (MI) courses.
  • Mentor students who are interested in tackling global problems.
  • Design 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 while also helping faculty revise existing curricula.

Curriculum Impact Grants:

  • Scaffold undergraduate and/or graduate learning from intellectual discovery to the development of specific knowledge and skills, and culminate in a high impact experience.
  • Engage faculty and staff from multiple units, departments, and divisions in sustainable multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Pilot models of multidisciplinary collaboration that are scalable and have the potential to become new minors, concentrations, or majors.
Summer Team Impact Projects

OSCAR and the Office of Undergraduate Education offers grants for the creation of Summer Team Impact Projects.

Summer team projects are be based around a central theme, question, or problem.

Through these grants we have funded 17 projects that have included over 30 faculty and staff and over 140 students.

Faculty propose a topic and structure that is multidisciplinary in nature in the fall. Accepted projects recruit undergraduate participants in the spring.

These projects are led by at least two faculty members with support from additional faculty members and doctoral students. The faculty team, with support from OSCAR, then hires six to 10 undergraduate students to actively engage with the project.

Faculty use the first week to give the students an academic orientation to the program and the second to help the students develop individual or team components to the larger project.

Students, with faculty mentorship, work on the project for the remaining weeks of the summer, then present 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 10 per grant)
  • Up to $4,000 in supplies.

In addition, where possible, we pursue outside funding and/or collaboration opportunities with community organizations and businesses to generate additional project support.

Submit your proposal by December 2, 2019 to be considered for a 2019-2020 Summer Team Impact Grant

Mason Impact Courses

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

If your course has a project it might qualify as a Mason Impact Plus (MI +) course.  These courses meet all of the Mason Impact (MI) course criteria plus the criteria for one of the following research areas: research and creative activities (RS), Entrepreneurship (ENTR), and Community Engagement and Civic Learning (CECiL).

Add Your Course to the Mason Impact

Mason Impact (MI)

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

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

Syllabus containing:
    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 bold for ease of review.
 

Mason Impact + (Course with an embedded project)

Courses that are Mason Impact + are courses that meet the criteria of MI courses with additional criteria of the appropriate focus area. The focus area can be either Civic Engagement (CECL), Research and Scholarship (RS) or Entrepreneurship (ENTR). All courses must contain an embedded student project. These projects can be team or individual projects and must be communicated or shared in a manner consistent with the student’s discipline.

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 as a Mason Impact + Course, submit the required information for your chosen area:

MI+ CECL (Civic Engagement)
MI + RS (Research and Scholarship)
MI+ ENTR (Entrepreneurship)

 

Mason Impact Co-Curricular Option

Mason Impact Co-Curricular Options are experiences that meet the criteria of Mason Impact with additional criteria of the appropriate focus area. The focus area can be either Civic Engagement (CECL), Research and Scholarship (RS) or Entrepreneurship (ENTR). All Co-Curricular Options must contain an embedded student project. These projects can be team or individual projects and must be communicated or shared in a manner consistent with the student’s discipline.

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 as a Mason Impact Co-Curricular Option, submit the required information for your chosen area:

MI+ CECL (Civic Engagement)
MI + RS (Research and Scholarship)
MI+ ENTR (Entrepreneurship)

 

Mason Impact Focus Areas

CECL (Civic Engagement)

A Community Engaged or Civic Learning (CECL) experience provides the opportunity 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.

The experience may foster, among other things, exploration of one’s role and responsibilities in society; knowledge of and ability to engage with systems and processes; or integrative efforts to address issues as identified with the community or outside partnerships.

 

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. RS projects are encouraged for all fields of study.

RS Impact 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. As an important part of the RS experience, 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).

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.

Entrepreneurship projects should draw from academic research and practice.