Exercise the Institutional Muscle for Innovation

As the academic year comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to thank you for reading and reacting to my monthly blogs. When I began my first blog on “playing the infinite game,” my aim was to find a new way to share my thoughts—while engaging the Mason community—on a variety of complex and sometimes charged topics, Read more about Exercise the Institutional Muscle for Innovation[…]

The Most Consequential Innovation in Higher Education?

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 should develop online Read more about The Most Consequential Innovation in Higher Education?[…]

What does it mean to be a university faculty?

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 our society offer Read more about What does it mean to be a university faculty?[…]

Dare to Play a Different Game in Online Education

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 to all on Read more about Dare to Play a Different Game in Online Education[…]

Philanthropy in Public Higher Education

Hard as it is to believe it’s November, I hope you’ve been enjoying the change of season. I’ve always found fall invigorating and the best time for reflection. This year, especially, this echoes my sense of events here at Mason. First, let’s celebrate Amazon’s choice of Northern Virginia for one of its second headquarters. Amazon’s Read more about Philanthropy in Public Higher Education[…]

Reconceiving Liberal Arts and STEM Education

I hope you’re back in the swing of the semester. Thank you for the feedback you offered in response to last month’s blog. Your input – especially when drawn from knowledge different from my own – is invaluable. I appreciate it when someone enables me to consider a topic in a completely different perspective. So, Read more about Reconceiving Liberal Arts and STEM Education[…]