CHSS Digest

January 11, 2022

CHSS Digest January 11, 2022
Announcements & Resources
University announces COVID booster, testing requirements

University announces COVID booster, testing requirements

Mason president Gregory Washington has notified faculty, staff, and students of booster and testing requirements for the spring 2022 semester.

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New Adjunct Faculty Success Workshop to be held January 15

New Adjunct Faculty Success Workshop to be held January 15

The next New Adjunct Faculty Success Workshop will be held virtually on Saturday, January 15, 2022, from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. Please register now to ensure you receive event updates in a timely manner and early access to the orientation materials.

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Phillips Collection announces 2022 internships

Phillips Collection announces 2022 internships

The Phillips Collection has announced paid internship opportunities for 2022, suitable for students interested in learning about aspects of arts and non-profit administration. Applications are due February 6.

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CSPS-Korea launches seminar series with film screening and panel discussion

CSPS-Korea launches seminar series with film screening and panel discussion

A Mason Impact Project mini grant has allowed a team of Mason Korea students and one Mason Korea alumna to establish the CSPS-Korea Knowledge in Motion Series, which launched in late November with a seminar on refugees.

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CHSS congratulates winter 2021 doctoral graduates

CHSS congratulates winter 2021 doctoral graduates

At Mason's Winter Graduation, December 16, 2021, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomed 68 new PhDs to its community of scholarship.

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Instructional Guidelines & Support
Hypothesis social annotation tool now available

Hypothesis social annotation tool now available

Faculty are invited to learn how the Hypothesis social annotation tool can facilitate online discussion of web pages and PDFs; a series of workshops are available in January.

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Guidance for working in active learning classrooms

Guidance for working in active learning classrooms

The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning has compiled resources and workshops for faculty to best utilize the features of the active learning classrooms in Horizon, Innovation, Peterson, and Exploratory Halls.

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Research News

Save the dates! Spring 2022 events hosted by CHSS Research

CHSS Research has some exciting events planned for February and March 2022, including a Sponsor Talk about National Science Foundation CAREER awards versus standard grants and a series of three workshops focused on research and grant writing strategies for the humanities and social sciences.

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Spring 2022 Workshop Series: How to be an anti-racist researcher

Critical scholars have long recognized that theory and research methods are deeply entrenched in the production of structural racism and systemic oppression of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC). In support of Mason's commitment to anti-racism and inclusive excellence, CEHD has created a workshop series to introduce a new way of producing knowledge - new tools that center an explicitly anti-racist and decolonizing stance, that can allow us to expose, challenge, and potentially repair some of the harms previously committed by and in the name of "research."

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ORIEI sponsored seed funding opportunities for Spring 2022

The Office of Research Innovation and Economic Impact (ORIEI) is excited to announce two new seed funding opportunities.

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Sloan Foundation adds its support to the Mercury Project

The Social Science Research Council is proud to announce that a new grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation will support the Mercury Project, dedicated to building the evidence base for an effective and equitable infodemic response.

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CHSS in the Media

On WTOP radio, Gabrielle Tayac describes Mason's land acknowledgement statement

In WTOP news, Associate Professor Gabrielle Tayac, a faculty member in the Department of History and Art History and a member of the Piscataway Indian Nation, explains the importance of Mason's acknowledgement of the indigenous people who lived on the land where the university now stands.

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In New Haven Register, Tyler Cowen discusses Yale's and Princeton's COVID policies

In an opinion article, Tyler Cowen, economics professor and general director, Center for Study of Public Choice, comments on the COVID policies of Yale and Princeton, including their efforts to restrict off-campus student activities.

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On Politifact, Vincent Geloso helps correct 'Christmas Carol' salary comparison

In a piece on the Politifact site, assistant economics professor Vincent Geloso is one of several economists who help to add understanding to the 1843 salary of Charles Dickens's Bob Cratchit character and how that salary compares to today's wages.

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In Washington Post, James Maddux discusses ways to counter ambivalence to change

James Maddux, University Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology and senior scholar, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, contributes to a Washington Post article that considers ambivalence as a barrier to making positive health changes.

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On Cleveland.com website, Justin Ramsdell comments on 2021 carjackings

Associate Professor Justin Ramsdell, Department of Psychology, comments on the spike in carjackings in Cleveland in 2021 and how it may be the result of the coronavirus pandemic’s detrimental effect on teens.

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HR News
Five-part skillshop series to navigate crucial conversations

Five-part skillshop series to navigate crucial conversations

Mason's Human Resources and Payroll team invite faculty and staff to attend its series on handling challenging conversations. This is a five-part series; attend some or all and learn how to polish your skills for communicating effectively when the stakes are high.

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January 1 brings new hourly minimum wage schedule

January 1 brings new hourly minimum wage schedule

A reminder that on January 1, Virginia's hourly minimum wage increased to $11.00, as part of legislation approved by the General Assembly. This change impacts student wage, work-study, and non-student wage employees whose hourly rates were below $11.00 per hour.

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Commonwealth's Financial Wellness Newsletter

Commonwealth's Financial Wellness Newsletter

Your financial independence and wellness will remain our top priorities in 2022. Please check out this month's financial wellness newsletter, which includes details of available financial education offerings and resources.

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Events & Deadlines

Research and Scholarship at Mason Orientation and Refresher

Mason Research Development Services

Clock Icon for Wednesday, January 19, 2022  9:00 AM to  2:00 PMWednesday, January 19, 2022 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Meet Andre Marshall, Mason’s vice president for research, innovation, and economic impact, at the Second Annual Research and Scholarship at Mason Orientation and Refresher, to be held virtually on January 19, 2022 from 9:00am – 2:00 pm.

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Grant Seeking and Grant Writing 101

Mason Faculty Affairs and Research Development Interactive Workshop Series

Clock Icon for Wednesday, January 19, 2022  2:30 PM to  4:00 PMWednesday, January 19, 2022 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Obtaining funding for your research, scholarship and creative activity is an integral part of many academics’ lives. Knowing both how to find funding and meet the requirements of the funding opportunity is key. Moreover, grant writing and developing a successful grant proposal is completely different from other forms of academic writing – and it’s a tough skill to teach yourself. Join this interactive workshop designed to help you identify funding opportunities, explore general differences in funders and funding opportunities, and learn about key elements of successful proposals.

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I Love My Librarian! Award Presentation honoring George Oberle

Clock Icon for Saturday, January 22, 2022  3:30 PMSaturday, January 22, 2022 3:30 PM

View the online presentation of the 2022 I Love My Librarian! award, honoring George Oberle, assistant professor, Department of History and Art History, director of the Center for Mason Legacies, and history librarian with University Libraries.

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National Science Foundation CAREER awards versus standard grants

CHSS Research Sponsor Talks Series

Clock Icon for Wednesday, February  9, 2022 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMWednesday, February 9, 2022 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Dr. Jeff Mantz and colleagues from the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) will discuss strategies for deciding between applying for the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) versus a standard grant proposal, particularly for SBE. They will also talk about general best practices for applying for NSF funding.

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Strategic Planning for Productive Research Careers with Dr. Barbara Endemaño Walker, Research Development Professional

CHSS Research

Clock Icon for Thursday, February 17, 2022  2:00 PM to  4:00 PMThursday, February 17, 2022 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

CHSS Research and Faculty Affairs and Strategic Initiatives will host a workshop, Strategic Planning for Productive Research Careers, presented by Dr. Barbara Endemaño Walker, Research Development Professional. This workshop is one of three workshops by Dr. Endemaño Walker that CHSS Research is sponsoring focused on research and grant writing strategies for the humanities and social sciences.

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Proposal Writing 101 with Dr. Barbara Endemaño Walker, Research Development Professional

CHSS Research

Clock Icon for Thursday, February 24, 2022  2:00 PM to  4:00 PMThursday, February 24, 2022 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

CHSS Research will host the workshop, Proposal Writing 101, presented by Dr. Barbara Endemaño Walker, Research Development Professional. This workshop is one of three workshops that CHSS Research is sponsoring focused on research and grant writing strategies for the humanities and social sciences.

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Anatomy of a Winning Proposal with Dr. Barbara Endemaño Walker, Research Development Professional

CHSS Research

Clock Icon for Monday, March  7, 2022  2:00 PM to  4:00 PMMonday, March 7, 2022 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

CHSS Research will host a workshop, Anatomy of a Winning Proposal, presented by Dr. Barbara Endemaño Walker, Research Development Professional. This workshop is one of three workshops that CHSS Research is sponsoring focused on research and grant writing strategies for the humanities and social sciences.

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