Phase I: Graduate Education Reimagine Task Force

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Laurence Bray

Associate Provost for Graduate Education,

Office of the Provost 

The Charge

The charge for this group is to consider the current context for and state of graduate education at Mason. The group also is asked, among other critical issues, to consider the benefits and challenges of the prospective creation of a Graduate School at our university that could facilitate consistent and equitable expectations, opportunities both within and across academic unites and enhance structures that support graduate students.

Specifically, the following areas are to be considered:

  • Identify and review Mason’s current graduate education opportunities and associated challenges;
  • Utilizing R1 institutions’ models and best practices, review and consider strategic solutions to could help to overcome these challenges;
  • Suggest operational and structural enhancements that could facilitate the implementation of the proposed solutions;
  • Provide recommendations on what graduate education structure would best align with the University’s mission, vision, overall structure, strategic objectives, and funding allocations, including the prospective forming of a Graduate School at Mason.

The primary goal of the group to create a White Paper that can be presented to the Provost and the President by early fall 2021 that addresses the issues raised, and other associated issues that may be identified.

Town Hall Events

The Mason Community had the opportunity to help shape the future of Mason's graduate education by providing the Task Force with feedback on the draft report. Two town hall meetings were held to engage the community and below are recordings:

November 1, 2021 Town Hall
October 29, 2021 Town Hall

Leadership Team

Task Force Members

Laurence Bray (Chair)
Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Representing: Grad. Ed.

Akitta Robertson (Ex Officio)
Graduate Education Manager
Representing: Grad. Ed.

Andy Hoefer
Assistant Dean, Honors College
Representing: Honors College

Aurali Dade
Associate VP for Research & Deputy Chief Research Officer
Representing: Research

Carey Drews-Botsch
Professor, Chair in Global & Community Health
Representing: CHHS

Cristiana Stan
Professor, Atmospheric, Oceanic & Earth Sc. (COS)
Representing: Faculty Senate

Dawn Anderson Kelley
Assistant Director, Grad. Admissions (CVPA)
Representing: OGAL

Deborah Goodings
Professor and Associate Dean
Representing: CEC

Ellen Drogin Rodgers
Associate Dean, Student & Acad. Affairs (CEHD)
Representing: Grad. Council

Iosif Vaisman
Director, School of Systems Biology
Representing: COS

Jenna Strahm
Senior Marketing Associate (CEHD)*
Representing: GRAC

Jill Deering
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs (Schar)
Representing: GAGAA

Julie Choe Kim
Director, Graduate Student Life
Representing: Graduate Life

Kevin Connor
Master’s student, Business Administration (SBUS)
Representing: GAPSA

Kim MacVaugh
Policy and Government Librarian
Representing: Libraries

Laurence Chalip
Professor, Director, School of Sport, Recreation and Tourism Management
Representing: CEHD

Lisa Kahn
Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies
Representing: CVPA

Marguerite Rippy
Associate Dean, Graduate Academic Affairs
Representing: CHSS

Nuno Garoupa
Associate Dean, Research and Faculty, Director of Graduate Studies, Professor of Law
Representing: Law

Paige Wolf
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
Representing: SBUS

Pallavi Rai Gullo (Ex Officio)
Director, Grad. Academic & Std. Affairs
Representing: Grad. Ed.

Parag Chitnis (Ex Officio)
Associate Professor, Bioengineering, Provost Faculty Fellow (CEC)
Representing: Grad. Ed.

Steven Zhou
Doctoral student, Psychology (CHSS)
Representing: GAPSA

Susan Woodruff
Coordinator, Academic Program Development
Representing: SCHEV

Thomas Flores
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Programs
Representing: Carter

Thys Van Schaik
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs*
Representing: Schar