Opportunities to Network and Share

Faculty Conversations about Teaching are designed as a space for faculty to share and discuss teaching and learning experiences with peers, collaboratively exploring new ways to address common challenges and opportunities. These on-site sessions will be facilitated by Mason faculty and will provide participants with opportunities to share best practices for teaching in any format. All members of the Mason community interested in teaching (i.e., faculty, students, administrators, staff) are welcome to participate in Faculty Conversations.

Fall 2018 Faculty Conversation Dates:

Creating Inclusive Spaces for Mason Students
Thursday, October 11, 2018
12:00 – 1:15 pm
Fenwick Library 1014B
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Doing Your Own Classroom Research
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
12:00 – 1:15 pm
Fenwick Library 1014B
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Previous Events

Small Changes: Quick Tips for Better Teaching

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
At the September Faculty Conversation, facilitators shared their strategies for implementing and sustaining change. Participants were asked to share and recommit to small changes they have made and want to make.


  • Graziella Pagliarulo McCarron, Ph.D., Term Assistant Professor, Head of Social Entrepreneurship Concentration (MAIS), and Head of Social Justice & Human Rights Concentration (MAIS) in School of Integrative Studies
  • Katherine Rosenbusch, Ed.D., Term Assistant Professor of Management, George Mason University School of Business


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Transforming Your Teaching Through Course Redesign

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
In our final Faculty Conversation of the semester, we discussed tips for making revisions to classes, assignments, materials and teaching. Faculty shared ideas and experiences about strategies for course redesign and teaching transformation, and learned more about the Stearns Center Course (Re)Design Academy.


  • Mary Shumann, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, Sport Management, School of Recreation, Health & Tourism, College of Education & Human Development
  • Robert Pierce, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Term Faculty, Business Foundations, School of Business


Mason Impact: Creating Engaged Citizens and Well-Rounded Scholars Prepared to Act

Thursday, March 8, 2018
How can we can deepen students’ learning and development to create engaged citizens and well-rounded scholars prepared to act? Discussion in our March Faculty Conversation focused on strategies to give Mason students opportunities to participate in Mason Impact activities, with emphasis on undergraduate research, civic engagement, global learning, and entrepreneurship. Faculty shared ideas and experiences about how to implement Mason Impact into courses and programs.


  • Jesse Guessford, Ph.D., Associate Director of Undergraduate Education, Associate Professor of Music, Director of Music Technology, School of Music, College for Visual and Performing Arts
  • Laurence Bray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Bioengineering, Volgenau School of Engineering
  • Laura Wheeler Poms, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Global and Community Health, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, College of Health and Human Services


Small Changes, Big Learning... It's A Teaching Share-A-Thon!

Thursday, February 8, 2018
February’s Faculty Conversation focused on re-energizing our teaching strategies and practices. We discussed how small changes in our teaching can result in big learning for students. Mason faculty shared their assignments and activities related to creating active learning classes, working with teams and groups, and improving critical thinking.


Teaching Without Textbooks: Collaborating and Developing OER for Your Course

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
In our Faculty Conversation, we discussed strategies for “teaching without a textbook”, i.e., creating and adapting course materials from a wide variety of sources, to better address course learning outcomes. Mason faculty shared how they’ve created, adapted, and incorporated open educational resources (OER) and non-traditional textbooks in their courses.


  • Catherine Saunders, Term Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Joyce Johnston, Adjunct Faculty, Department of English, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Sean Dunaway, Term Instructor, Language Education, INTO George Mason University, Provost Office


How to Increase Quality Feedback and Save Time

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
In our October Faculty Conversation, we addressed strategies for using feedback to achieve greater learning. How can we provide our students with feedback that is goal-directed, tangible, actionable, timely and ongoing? What are some workload and time management tips (e.g., use of technology, rubrics, etc.) to allow for richer and timely feedback?


  • Jered Borup, Graduate School of Education, College of Education and Human Development
  • Michelle LaFrance, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, English Department, College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Promoting Critical Thinking and Critical Reading

Thursday, September 14, 2017
How can we help our students “dig deeper” in what they are reading or viewing or hearing? How may we guide students in processing information, communicating information, and in crafting arguments?


  • Julie Miner, Department of Global and Community Health, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Psyche Ready, Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences


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