CHSS Digest

September 20, 2022

CHSS Digest September 20, 2022
Announcements & Resources
Dean Ann Ardis re-appointed to five-year term

Dean Ann Ardis re-appointed to five-year term

The Office of the Provost has announced that Ann Ardis has been re-appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Call for nominations: CHSS Staff and Administrative Faculty Advisory Council

Call for nominations: CHSS Staff and Administrative Faculty Advisory Council

The college is seeking nominations for the newly formed CHSS Staff and Administrative Faculty Advisory Council. Staff and administrative faculty members, please read the draft council charter and consider nominating yourselves by COB September 23 (photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash).

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Coaching for Inclusive Excellence courses in September

Coaching for Inclusive Excellence courses in September

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development will offer Coaching for Inclusive Excellence (CoFIE) this month, with courses designed to support efforts to recruit, hire, and retain a diverse faculty body.

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Nominations for Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence are due December 6

Nominations for Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence are due December 6

The Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence, to be announced in spring 2023, recognize outstanding members of our community for excellence in teaching, research, social impact, and diversity & inclusion. Learn more, and submit your nominations by December 6.

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Series from University Life strengthens support for students

Series from University Life strengthens support for students

The nine-part Faculty Engagement series from University Life seeks to provide information about Mason students and services, hear faculty perspectives and insights from the classroom, and identify the ways our collective work in student success intersects and overlaps.

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Connect with CHSS alumni

Connect with CHSS alumni

The CHSS Office of Development and Alumni Relations has some ways that you can help engage with our alumni and strengthen their ties to Mason.

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Department and program milestones

Department and program milestones

Does your unit have an anniversary or milestone this year? Please contact Nikki Jerome Ouellette and Anne Reynolds so we can help spread your news! (Image by PhotoMIX Company from Pexels.)

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Instructional Guidelines & Support
Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference coming September 30

Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference coming September 30

The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning invites all faculty and staff to the 14th annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, to be held in-person on September 30, 2022.

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Short and long-term expectations for faculty who have students in need of an extended absence (including isolation or quarantine)

Short and long-term expectations for faculty who have students in need of an extended absence (including isolation or quarantine)

With the coming of cold and flu season, the Provost's Office offers a reminder on how to best work with students requesting time away from class for illness (image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay).

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Research News
Grants.gov down one week in September

Grants.gov down one week in September

Grants.gov is migrating their services to the cloud and will be down from Friday, September 23, 2022 at 12:01 AM ET through Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET.

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2022 National Humanities Conference November 10-13

2022 National Humanities Conference November 10-13

The National Humanities Conference program is posted, and conference organizers are accepting late breaking session proposals until October 7, 2022. NEH Chairs Shelly Lowe, Natalia Molina, and Viet Thanh Nguyen are among the presenters. NHC Equitable Access travel grants are available; apply by September 30.

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AAR invites 2023 Rome Prize applications

AAR invites 2023 Rome Prize applications

For over a century, the American Academy in Rome (AAR) has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Rome Prize winners work at AAR's campus and are the core of the Academy's residential community.

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Guidance and training on export control regulations

Guidance and training on export control regulations

The Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) has created two brief online training modules in Mason Leaps covering topics related to export and sanctions compliance.

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Have questions about seeking external funding?

Have questions about seeking external funding?

CHSS researchers are invited to reach out to the college's "Pre-Award" Research Administration staff when opportunities for external funding (grants, contracts, fellowships, etc.) arise.

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Fall 2022 Center for Humanities Research residential fellow talks announced

Fall 2022 Center for Humanities Research residential fellow talks announced

The Center for Humanities Research has announced its fall 2022 series of talks centering on its annual theme, Connecting/Not Connecting: Formations of Community, Solidarity, Alienation, Antipathy. Each of the talks will be in a hybrid in-person and virtual format.

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Community resilience amidst tragedy

Community resilience amidst tragedy

On the fourth anniversary of the 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue that left eleven people dead, journalist Mark Oppenheimer discusses the community that surrounds the synagogue, and how the residents of Squirrel Hill countered the antisemitism and hatred behind the attack.

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HR News
Opt-out deadline for Hybrid Voluntary Contribution increase

Opt-out deadline for Hybrid Voluntary Contribution increase

Employees who are Virginia Retirement System (VRS) Hybrid Retirement Plan members may opt out of the automatic 0.5% increase to voluntary contributions that will occur on January 1, 2023. The opt-out period is from September 16, 2022 through December 15, 2022.

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Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day micro-sessions

Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day micro-sessions

Did you miss this summer’s Faculty-Staff Enrichment Day? Didn’t get a chance to attend all the sessions that caught your eye? Not to worry! The Organizational Development and Learning team is bringing back select sessions as standalone workshops this fall (image by Wynn Pointaux from Pixabay).

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Religious holiday calendar

Religious holiday calendar

As part of Mason's commitment to inclusive excellence, University Life has compiled a calendar of religious holidays, and asks faculty and staff to consider this resource when scheduling important activities (image by tigerlily713 from Pixabay).

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CHSS in the Media

In the Washington Post, Crystal Anderson discusses allure of K-drama television

Crystal Anderson, faculty member in the African and African American Studies program, discusses a long-standing Black and Latino fandom for Asian movies, which feeds into a contemporary interest in Korean culture.

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Two faculty members featured on With Good Reason radio program

Two faculty members featured on With Good Reason radio program

Two English department faculty members, Professor Kyoko Mori and Assistant Professor Lijung Zhang, are featured on Virginia Humanities' With Good Reason radio program this month (image by Michaela from Pixabay).

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Kevin Matthews speaks on Queen Elizabeth and England's Tory Party on CGTN

In two separate interviews on the China Global Television Network, Kevin Matthews, assistant professor in the Department of History and Art History, discusses the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the election of Prime Minister Liz Truss.

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In Bloomberg and Washington Post, Tyler Cowen discusses factors impacting labor market decisions

In the Washington Post and Bloomberg, economics professor Tyler Cowen considers factors that may contribute to a slow labor market recovery following a recession.

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On Apple Podcasts, Todd Kashdan talks about the value of anger

On the Apple Podcast, The Greatness Machine, psychology professor Todd Kashdan discusses the importance of anger and its value for questioning a status quo and making changes.

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In the National Interest, Christopher Coyne addresses calls for military growth

In the National Interest, economics professor Christopher Coyne notes that concerns about the growth in government should also inform questions about increasing the size of the military.

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Events & Deadlines

Visiting Filmmakers Series: Leola Calzolai-Stewart, Rachell Shapiro, and Kiley Kraskouskas, The American Diplomat

Clock Icon for Wednesday, September 21, 2022  6:00 PM to  8:00 PM EDTWednesday, September 21, 2022 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

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The story of three Black diplomats who broke racial barriers at the US State Department during the Cold War. Asked to represent the best of American ideals abroad while facing discrimination at home, they left a lasting impact on the Foreign Service.

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Fulbright Schuman Conference on Diversity in Higher Education

LaNitra Berger, director, African and African American Studies program, delivers keynote address

Clock Icon for Thursday, September 29, 2022  6:15 AM to  6:45 AM EDTThursday, September 29, 2022 6:15 AM to 6:45 AM EDT

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LaNitra Berger, director of Mason's African and African American Studies program, will offer the virtual keynote speech at the Fulbright Commission in Brussels's 2022 Conference on Diversity in Higher Education. The conference is free and open to the public; registration ends September 26.

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Digital Activist Communities, Contemporary Ukrainian Studies, and the Making of The February 24th Archive

University of Texas-Austin Historian Steven Seegel

Clock Icon for Monday, October  3, 2022  3:00 PM to  4:15 PM EDTMonday, October 3, 2022 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM EDT

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Food for Thought: The GMU Center for Psychological Services 6th Annual Fundraiser

The GMU Center for Psychological Services 6th Annual Fundraiser

Clock Icon for Monday, October  3, 2022  6:00 PM EDTMonday, October 3, 2022 6:00 PM EDT

Join us at Leidos' Global Headquarters for the GMU Center for Psychological Services 6th Annual Fundraiser, Food for Thought. Help the Center reduce its waitlist of over 200 children, teens, adults, and veterans for affordable mental health services while participating in our one-of-a-kind auction, sampling culinary delights, and sipping signature cocktails. Learn more and purchase your ticket now! one.bidpal.net/foodforthought

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“Alienation and Belonging” Roundtable: A Discussion about the CHR’s Community Engaged History Project

Clock Icon for Thursday, October  6, 2022  7:20 PM to  8:45 PM EDTThursday, October 6, 2022 7:20 PM to 8:45 PM EDT

Map Icon for Hybrid Event: Merten 1204 or via Zoom (registration required; link below)Hybrid Event: Merten 1204 or via Zoom (registration required; link below)

Associate Professor Gabrielle Tayac will moderate this roundtable discussion among the researchers engaged in the CHR's public humanities project, Shifting Cultural Landscapes in Northern Virginia.

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Public Humanities Showcase with Lloyd Wolf, Sushmita Mazumdar, Lara Ajami, and Dewey Tron

A Panel moderated by Catherine Olien

Clock Icon for Friday, October 14, 2022  2:00 PM to  4:30 PM EDTFriday, October 14, 2022 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT

Map Icon for Hybrid Event: Horizon Hall 6325 on MasonHybrid Event: Horizon Hall 6325 on Mason's Fairfax Campus or via Zoom (registration required; link below)

Please join the Center for Humanities Research in its first public humanities showcase, intended to highlight the possibilities of this methodology to form a bridge between the academy and the community.

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