Editor’s Blog: Tenured professors are teaching less and researching more

Mason’s strategic plan, passed late last semester, outlined a commitment to boost research funding and incorporate more research into undergraduate programs.

Part of this transition has raised discussion about how faculty will spend their time, and finding a balance between research and teaching.

Support to extend benefits to LGBTQ faculty, staff shown by administrators, students, staff

In the months leading up to the November state elections, Mason’s faculty senate, president and student government spoke out about their desire to see health benefits extended fully to LGBTQ faculty and staff.

Under Virginia’s current constitution, Mason cannot extend health benefits to the partners and families of LGBTQ faculty and staff members because of how the commonwealth defines marriage.

State policies prohibit the university from using state money for practices that conflict with state law.

OPINION: Support for same-sex faculty benefits misguided

Throughout the fall semester, the powers that be at Mason have been trying to advance their vision of progress regarding LGBT rights.

In October, the Mason Faculty Senate approved a resolution calling for the expansion of partner benefits for same-sex couples employed at Mason.

Adjunct faculty pay, benefits not on par with comparable universities

While adjunct professors are an essential facet of the instructional faculty at Mason, they are hired per-class, meaning they do not receive all of the benefits nor the pay of full-time faculty.

INFOGRAPHIC: Faculty Pay at Mason

With ongoing forums and discussions about Mason's budget, here is everything you need to know about faculty pay at Mason:

Committee appointed to search for new provost

On Sept. 5, President Ángel Cabrera announced a new search committee to find George Mason University's next provost. Dr. Peter Stearns, who has served as Mason's provost since 2000, announced that he would retire in June 2014.

Let’s Talk: Tyler Cowen and the Study of Women in the Arts

This is a first of a series profiling George Mason professors and their current and/or past work.

Mason ranked among best places to work over 50

This hasn’t been the first time that Mason received high marks from the American Association of Retired People. The university has been a winning institution of the senior citizen advocacy group’s “50 Employers for Workers Over 50” four other times in the past six years.

Mason was among three other employers in Virginia to be recognized by the AARP, including Virginia Commonwealth University.

Opinion: Memes from Mason's Arlington Graduates

Arlington Campus Founders Hall (Photo by Evan Stancil)










Faculty promotion and tenure to undergo changes

The method through which George Mason University faculty are promoted and awarded tenure are expected to undergo potentially controversial changes.

On March 20, Mason’s Office of the Provost met with the Board of Visitors to discuss those changes.

“[We’re proposing] a different structure for the university appeals committee, and reducing the role of the Board of Visitors in the appeals process,” said Peter Stearns, provost for the university.