Supporting Faculty During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mason in spring

The Center for the Advancement for Well-being and Faculty Affairs & Development developed a collection of brief well-being activities you can use in your classroom with your students.

We call these re-wiring activities – rewiring your brain to optimize learning and engagement.

If you have questions about this resource, please contact facaffs@gmu.edu. 

While progress has been made since the beginning of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, concerns for health and safety still significantly impact the way we live, relate, play, and work. Faculty continue to adapt to evolving circumstances that impact not only their life/work , but also their families and children.

In order to support the whole faculty member, Faculty Affairs and Development has compiled a collection of resources that aims to inform your return to campus this fall. If you would like resources that are not covered below, please reach out to Faculty Affairs at facaffs@gmu.edu

HR & Payroll

The resources listed above offer information about logistical resources involving working during the Covid-19 pandemic, including telework resources, leave and return to campus arrangements. 

Teaching & Learning Support

The resources listed above provide faculty guidance and support to navigate how to effectively teach during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Stearns Center has information for all types of teaching styles, including face-to-face, hybrid and asynchronous classes. 

Supporting Wellbeing and Teleworking

Wellbeing

The Office of the Provost weekly newsletter features a well-being tip that addresses stress management, resilience, physical and emotional well-being, and/or mindfulness. Prior issues of the newsletter are available on the Provost website.

Mindful Mason Moments

Facilitated by Mason faculty, staff and students from the Fairfax, Arlington and Sci Tech campuses, these 20-30 min. daily mindfulness sessions are held at noon Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday via Zoom. Visit https://go.gmu.edu/MindfulMason to join any session!

For more information on the mindfulness sessions, contact Millie Rivera, Director of Faculty Diversity, Inclusion and Well-Being, at mriver4@gmu.edu or Katie Clare, University Life and Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at kclare@gmu.edu

Teleworking

All Mason faculty, staff, and students have free online access to NYTimes.com and NYT mobile apps. The New York Times has curated articles and newsletters with a wide variety of information, advice, and resources to support people through the pandemic. 

Research Continuity

This link provides faculty with information about conducting research during the Covid-19 pandemic.