The Most Consequential Innovation in Higher Education?

April 23, 2019 You may recall that in December I shared my thoughts about why we need to expand Mason’s online education. This spring, we have had extensive campus engagement through town hall meetings, panels, roundtables, and invited speakers. In many of these sessions, we began to shift our focus from why to how Mason Read more about The Most Consequential Innovation in Higher Education?[…]

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?[…]

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[…]

Dare to Play a Different Game

September 4, 2019 Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and look forward to a great start to the new academic year. I may have met those of you who just joined Mason at the welcome orientation. If not, I hope to meet and talk with you soon. For now, as I Read more about Dare to Play a Different Game[…]

Looking Back on a Remarkable Year

(2018-MAY-30) Dear Colleague: As the academic year winds down, and after sending off more than 9,000 graduates, it is a good time to reflect on our accomplishments and challenges. By any measure, it’s been a remarkable year together. Looking Back on a Remarkable Year Mason continues to be one of the most innovative and inclusive Read more about Looking Back on a Remarkable Year[…]

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[…]

Creating the Best University for the World

(2017-SEPT-26) Dear Colleagues: As the new academic year gets underway, I want to take this opportunity to share with you my excitement for the year ahead. With Mason’s significant enrollment growth and expanding diversity, our students are challenging us more than ever to create an accessible, innovative and inclusive learning environment where all members of Read more about Creating the Best University for the World[…]

Reflections on the First Year

(2015-MAY-19) Dear Colleagues: As we wrap up the academic year, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our exceptional faculty and staff for your hard work, dedication, and great achievements for another outstanding year.I would also like to reflect on my first year at the university and our progress toward reinforcing and strengthening Mason’s Read more about Reflections on the First Year[…]