Engaged leadership is vital to the health of the scholarly community. The Office of the Provost empowers decision makers, supports instructors, and encourages researchers.
An inclusive community committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world...
Our students are challenging us more than ever to create an accessible, innovative and inclusive learning environment where all members of the university community are welcomed, valued and supported.
The university now serves 36,000 students, and 2017's incoming class is the largest, most diverse and strongest academically in our history. The pace and scale of growth can seem overwhelming at times as it puts greater demands on our faculty, staff and infrastructure. But as we grow in size, we are also rising to the challenge of meeting those demands by differentiating our educational experience, strengthening our research and innovation enterprise, and continuing to cultivate a diverse and inclusive learning environment.
The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President is fully engaged in supporting and fueling initiatives to these ends.
The Student Experience Redesign is a university-wide collaborative project aimed at scaling our systems and infrastructure to provide students better and more personalized guidance to curricular and co-curricular opportunities.
Faculty Enrichment and Support:
The new Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning highlights our commitment to supporting faculty excellence in teaching and educational innovation by providing integrated and state-of-the-art instructional design, as well as active collaboration across disciplinary boundaries.
Our investments in multidisciplinary research are bearing fruit; early successes include a 10-year Center of Excellence grant from the Department of Homeland Security in which faculty from six academic areas will collaborate on thwarting transnational crime. A Commonwealth appropriation for the Institute for Biohealth Innovation (IBI) will help establish our research/clinical partnerships with Inova and the UVA Health System.
Open, Transparent, and Respectful Communication:
With Mason’s mission as our guide, it is critical we remain a model of civil and informed discourse, a space where people of all backgrounds, perspectives and convictions can thrive and be free to express themselves without fear. By supporting faculty and professional staff in facilitating difficult dialogues and discussions, we are ensuring our increasingly diverse student body has the support to succeed both in and out of the classroom.