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
I didn’t have much contact with the world of educational consultants before I became Provost. As department chair and then dean, I certainly benefited from outside advice, but this came mainly in the form of external reviewers from other schools who could provide some independent perspective on programs. A bit of money changed hands but […]
Mason has long prided itself on being entrepreneurial, and this remains a strength. The new Vision statement and its Mason “IDEA” highlight the characteristic. For what it’s worth, I have always relished the notion, and have always hoped that I could both support and capitalize on the entrepreneurial spirit. So, a few thoughts about being […]
As we near a decision about a project to increase significantly the number of international students at Mason, at both graduate and undergraduate levels, a word on the most commonly asked, and perfectly appropriate, question. Why do this? Note that my answer applies to our strategic commitment to grow the numbers, regardless of the current […]
Amid the various discussions of higher education and all sorts of innovative strategic planning (including here at Mason), I wonder what has happened to a concern that surfaced a couple of years ago, about the average out-of-class time that college students put into their studies. The data were worrisome, in suggesting a several-hours-per-week reduction over […]
This blog is about an interesting problem, to encourage further discussion. It is NOT the harbinger of some drastic new policy – just an invitation to discuss, think out of the box, etc. (Does anyone think inside boxes anymore?) The issue is a double one: providing offices for faculty and making sure faculty are appropriately […]
It’s no secret that Mason, like a number of public universities, is actively partnering, or considering partnerships with, various for-profit organizations. Of course educational institutions have long done this in some nonacademic sectors, like food service, where commercial firms can arguably do a more efficient job, with more economies of scale, than the universities themselves. […]
Folks who like to talk about disrupting conventional higher education – and some who offer active alternatives – often focus on the entry-level courses as particular targets for rethinking. They point out that lots of these courses are taught in large lecture formats, with passive learning at best and, not infrequently, high rates of student […]