Office of the Provost Welcomes New Members to Its Team

Posted: October 6, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Ferraro

As a university with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, Mason strives to educate a new generation of leaders for the 21st century, nurture and support students and faculty and maintain an international reputation for superior education.

One of the goals of Mason’s Office of the Provost is to provide leadership and service to achieve the university’s academic mission. Recently several new staff members have joined the office, and Provost Peter Stearns appreciates the varied backgrounds of each individual and looks forward to their contributions.

“Each individual brings a wealth of experience to their positions, and I look forward to working with and learning from all of them,” says Stearns.

Roger Stough, who has been at Mason since 1990, joined the Office of the Provost in July as the vice president for research and economic development. In this position, Stough’s responsibilities include providing policy guidance and operational management relevant to research and technology transfer, coordinating the university’s federal relations and research activities and overseeing the Office of Technology Transfer.

Efforts to turn Mason “green” took a step forward when Sharon deMonsabert, associate professor of civil, environmental and infrastructure engineering in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, joined the Office of the Provost on a half-time basis as the first fellow for sustainability curricula. DeMonsabert will coordinate with the Sustainability Committee and work on designing undergraduate and graduate sustainability learning opportunities for students with technical and nontechnical backgrounds and interests.

Michelle Marks, associate professor in the School of Management, secured the second half-time faculty fellow position when she became a faculty fellow for graduate education. In this position, Marks will work closely with the provost and vice provost for academic affairs on issues relating to graduate education. Specifically, her responsibilities will include working on graduate funding, including graduate health insurance, and program approval for new degree programs.

Yuko Whitestone, assessment analyst, and Sarah Baker, assessment specialist, have joined the Office of Institutional Assessment (OIA), which reports directly to the associate provost for institutional effectiveness. Whitestone and Baker will work to further the goals of OIA in providing a superior educational experience for all Mason students by being a resource to all members of the university community on matters pertaining to assessment and curricular and program improvement.

The associate dean for business development in the College of Health and Human Services, Goodlett McDaniel, will also serve as the associate provost for distance education. In this position, he will focus on the processes and products needed to create and deliver online programs to better serve Mason stakeholders. McDaniel will also help to support and expand high-quality distance education programs that support the university’s mission and build new opportunities for students to attend Mason.

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