January 2020 Mason Core Agenda

Mason Core Committee Agenda
January 30, 2020
Merten 3300, 1:00-2:30pm

  1. Discussion about history and purposes of higher education (1:00pm)
    What do we think the goals of Mason undergraduate education should be?
    How does that intersect with our Mason Core outcomes?
  2. Review proposals (1:45pm)


Category Proposal Survey Link New?
IT AVT 377: Cyberpunk yes
GU BENG 475: Intellectual Property, Regulatory Concepts and Product Development yes


  1.  Preview plans for remainder of semester (2:15pm)
    1. February 20: catalog deadline, preliminary conversations about Samaine’s findings
    2. March 26: in-meeting retreat to look at assessment and conversation summaries, propose a plan of action
    3. April Faculty Senate meeting (likely April 1, could be pushed to April 22 or 29): present findings and proposal to Senate
    4. April 23: TBA

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December 2019 Mason Core Agenda

Mason Core Meeting Agenda
Thursday, December 12
Merten 3300


  1. Discuss University of Virginia’s new general education program and policy documents from SACSCOC and SCHEV.
  2. Update on online program development
  3. Review and vote on course proposals


Category Proposal Survey Link New?
QR MATH 272: Mathematics for the Elementary School Teachers II yes
CAP SOCI 416: Internship in Sociology I yes
IT SOCI 431: Survey Research yes

November 2019 Mason Core Agenda


October 2019 Mason Core Agenda


September 2019 Mason Core Agenda

Mason Core Agenda
September 12, 2019
1:00-2:30pm, Merten 3300

1-      Welcome and introductions

2-      Elect a chair

3-      Orientation

  1. What is the Mason Core?
  2. What is general education?
  3. How do we review proposals?
  4. How will we use this year to learn together and prepare for conversations about what is next

4-      Getting faculty input during the upcoming year: Samaine Lockwood, Mason Core Faculty Fellow

  1. ITL session
  2. Core Conversations
  3. Focus Groups

5-      ITL session planning


September 12 agenda and readings

Faculty Fellow for Mason Core

Faculty Fellow for the Mason Core

Office of Undergraduate Education, George Mason University

Application Due: April 19, 2019

Position Dates: June 2019-May 2020


The Office of Undergraduate Education and the Mason Core Committee are searching for a full-time faculty member to serve as a Faculty Fellow for the Mason Core.  The faculty fellow will work to facilitate faculty conversations about the Mason Core and gather evidence about what is and is not working well in the Core.  The faculty fellow will share information and work closely with the Mason Core Committee as the committee explores possible ways to strengthen the Mason Core.

Specific responsibilities, Summer 2019:

  • Attend the AAC&U Institute on General Education and Assessment (June 4-7, 2019) as part of Mason’s team.
  • Debrief and plan with team the week following the Institute
  • Participate in Mason Core planning with the team in mid-August


Specific responsibilities, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020:

  • Facilitate and engage in conversations with faculty across campus to understand a range of perceptions of and experiences with the Mason Core. This engagement will likely include a series of workshops as well as individual conversations.
  • Summarize and analyze findings from these conversations.
  • Gather and create a library of resources about existing general education models and implementation processes.
  • Attend Mason Core Committee meetings and regularly present findings to share with the Committee.


Preferred qualifications:

  • Expertise in the scholarship of teaching and learning in undergraduate education, with an emphasis on high impact practices and/or general education.
  • Familiarity with the Mason Core and interest in learning about general education programs at a range of universities.
  • An understanding of and value for faculty professional development and an interest in working with faculty to improve undergraduate core courses.


Successful applicants will have strong interpersonal and communication skills; a collaborative mindset and willingness to listen; strong leadership and organizational skills; and the ability to simultaneously see the big picture and track small details.

This position will begin as early as Summer 2019 and continue through the 2019-2020 academic year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The position will report to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and serve in partnership with the Mason Core Committee. In addition to full travel reimbursement for attending the AAC&U Institute, the summer work will be compensated with a $500 stipend. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the position carries a $2500 stipend per semester, with the potential to negotiate a one-course release time per year (as arranged with the local academic unit).  During the academic year, this position will require approximately 10 hours per week.

Please send a current vita, letter of interest, and the names of three Mason references who can speak to your experiences and fit for this position by 5pm on Friday, April 19, 2019, to masoncor@gmu.eduwith the subject heading Faculty Fellow: Mason Core. If you have questions about the position, please email


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Help Page

The Registrar’s Office has compiled resources to assist you with submitting course proposals in CIM:

Please note that Mason Core is considered a specialty designation. Any brand new courses must first receive complete approval through Undergraduate Council before they can be [re-]submitted requesting the Mason Core designation. The Mason Core Committee will review course proposals on a rolling basis (please see schedule for details).

Any questions regarding submissions can be directed to the Program Specialist for Undergraduate Education:

For assistance with proposal creation, submitters are welcome to contact a member of the committee responsible for overseeing their target category. Visit the Committee Membership page for details. Submitters are also welcome to utilize resources provided by theStearns Center for Teaching and Learning as well.

Please direct any questions regarding Courseleaf to the Registrar’s Office or your department’s catalog author or refer to the FAQs above.