The Provost serves as a member of the President’s Executive Council and as senior staff to the Board of Visitor’s Faculty and Academic Standards Committee. The Provost oversees two Vice-Provosts, the Deans of nine colleges and schools, the directors of one academic institute, selected special support programs, and research and outreach centers.
In the accomplishment of these duties, the Provost serves as Chief Academic Officer, with special attention to areas such as curriculum and faculty recruitment and evaluations. As part of the senior management team for the university, the Provost works with deans and directors on strategic issues. In this role, he provides academic leadership and vision, and develops academic policy recommendations.
Contact: Provost Stearns, Phone: 703-993-8776
A recent (Feb. 15) New York Times op-ed on the increasing public irrelevance of much social science research, by Nicholas Kristof, has legitimately won wide attention. Kristof argues that academics themselves must bear much of the blame for the fact that so many really intelligent academic thinkers have little or no role in the crucial […]
In May, Mason will host a one-day conference on the international context and impact of the American Civil War, as part of the Commonwealth’s impressive series of gatherings to commemorate the conflict’s sesquicentennial. I offered to organize the conference some time ago, and it’s great to see it nearing fruition. My qualifications for my role […]
It is always good to report a collective achievement: after years of planning and preparation, and a lot of work by many faculty and staff both in Virginia and in Incheon, Mason’s Korea campus will open in just a couple of weeks. Students move into the dorms right at the end of February, classes start […]
A couple of weeks ago I was asked to give a short talk on the subject of the purpose of universities, to a fairly general audience of people interested in George Mason but not for the most part academics (though some colleagues were there too). I won’t claim my thoughts were terribly profound or original, […]
At Mason, and nationally, student choices are changing. The shifts offer both promise and problem, and they deserve some systematic attention. First, of course, there is a steady increase in students interested in science, engineering, and health professions. This is probably a largely good development, though it stresses faculty and facilities that are relatively expensive […]
As many readers know, the tone of innovation discussions in higher education seems to be changing a bit, compared to last year. Whereas the most vigorous voices a year ago were talking boldly of disruption and defending radical departures like MOOCs, today the bloom has faded a bit. Intelligent discussions about realistic uses of MOOCs […]
This offering features some musings about wellbeing, and specifically the commitment in our Strategic Plan to make Mason a “wellbeing university”, possibly the first ever (though discussions of wellbeing in colleges are gaining ground elsewhere). The musings go in several directions, all reflecting my relative unfamiliarity with this goal (in contrast to our other strategic […]