Priority: Research

Our Distinguished Faculty, and the Research Efforts They Lead, are the lifeblood of the university.


Recruiting and retaining the best and brightest scholar-teachers is key to making our campuses and classrooms come alive, opening eyes and minds and sharing the thrill of discovery with the Mason Nation’s pride and joy: our students. Studies show that professors who care personally about individual students and mentor them in long-term projects are essential elements for a successful college experience: one that leads to a lifetime of personal and professional growth.

• We will establish new endowed faculty chairs and fellowships: recruiting, rewarding, and promoting innovation and excellence in scholarship and teaching.

• We will create spaces and networks for faculty innovation, collaboration, and business acceleration.

• We will build on an already powerful culture of faculty–student research, expanding opportunities for experiential learning through work in the lab, studio, and field.