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Welcome to the Provost's Blog at George Mason University. This is the official blog of Dr. Peter N. Stearns and it is a forum for insight, a look behind the scenes at the university and thoughtful discussion.

George Mason University Provost, Dr. Peter N. StearnsThe 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

13 Apr Posted by in International | 3 comments

To Russia with Love?

To Russia with Love?

I’m due to take an annual trip to Moscow in a few weeks. Recent events have predictably raised some questions, and while I’m now pretty comfortable with my own answers, the issues have wider relevance.  And of course, each individual has to make his or her own choices. The question is, whether Russia’s takeover of […]

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06 Apr Posted by in Observations, Region | 2 comments

Community Outreach

Community Outreach

One of the features of George Mason which has always impressed me, from my first serious encounter during my interview process in fall 1999, has been its tremendous commitment to community service and outreach. This commitment has, I believe, persisted and even increased, even as the University enhances its global links and its research roles. […]

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Teaching Load

In consultation with the Deans and others, we have decided to clarify a few minimal standards concerning teaching loads. Three preliminaries, and then then rest of the blog simply sets forth the policy. First, as noted below, different units have different specific policies, and it would be counterproductive to pretend to unify them too closely. […]

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30 Mar Posted by in Faculty | 2 comments

Faculty and Staff Morale

Faculty and Staff Morale

I’ve been asked to present a conference paper in October at an educational leadership conference, on the subject of academic personnel morale. By then I’ll be back on the faculty, and it will be interesting to see what my morale is; but that’s another and less interesting topic. I want to venture some remarks now, […]

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23 Mar Posted by in Observations, Students | 7 comments

First Generation

First Generation

Amid the various criticisms of higher education, some of them warranted, others off the mark, one development may not have received the attention it deserves: the expansion of the numbers of college students whose parents had not themselves attended college. At institutions such as George Mason, the changes are genuinely interesting, and arguably encouraging. I […]

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16 Mar Posted by in International | 7 comments

Going More Global

Going More Global

This academic year should chart as a milestone in Mason’s continuing efforts to expand and diversify its programs in global education. The new Strategic Plan sets truly ambitious goals in the global arena – and we’re far from meeting all of them. I confess some concern that, given the sheer number of strategic targets, global […]

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Mason Korea

Mason Korea

I had the great pleasure of participating earlier this week in the official opening of Mason Korea, in Incheon. I have written about the project before, but it’s terrific to see it become reality – hence a special, off-cycle blog. The operation is part of the Songdo Global University campus. It sits in a truly […]

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