On Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom

January 27, 2020 Welcome back to a new semester! For me, the start of a new year is a good time to refresh our thinking on things around us. Given that we are entering a year of presidential election, I have been reflecting on what makes our democracy work. As an immigrant, what strikes me Read more about On Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom[…]

On Multidisciplinarity

March 18, 2019 One of the things that I started doing as soon as I came to Mason was to highlight the value of multidisciplinary collaboration in research and learning. I’m not the only one: since the 1960s, multidisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity have been a frequent topic in academic discourse. Globally, the past two decades have Read more about On Multidisciplinarity[…]

What Does It Mean to be a University Faculty?

February 19, 2019 Most of us who chose to pursue an academic career were drawn to the intellectual freedom it offers. We enjoy tremendous freedom in deciding our scholarship areas and career path. No one tells us what we should or shouldn’t teach in our classrooms. If you think about it, few other occupations in Read more about What Does It Mean to be a University Faculty?[…]

Rethinking Academic Excellence

January 23, 2019 Welcome back and best wishes for the new calendar year! For me, the start of a new semester seems like a good time to refresh our thinking on things around us. To some that might sound like a platitude, but I could not be more sincere. I have been reflecting on what Read more about Rethinking Academic Excellence[…]

Dare to Play a Different Game in Online Education

December 19, 2018 Here we are at the semester’s end and the close of 2018, a time that naturally spawns reflection on our accomplishments. Just a few days ago, the new Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education once again placed Mason in the top tier (or R1) of research universities in the U.S. Congratulations Read more about Dare to Play a Different Game in Online Education[…]

Highlight of Accomplishments, Disappointments and Vision for the Future

[2018-APR-06] When I arrived at Mason almost four years ago, I was thrilled by the opportunity to serve one of the most dynamic public universities in the nation. I was inspired by Mason’s Strategic Plan, which describes an innovative, diverse, entrepreneurial, and accessible institution of higher education that values collaboration, learning, and social engagement. Most Read more about Highlight of Accomplishments, Disappointments and Vision for the Future[…]