Faculty Resources

1. FACULTY CHANGES TO UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS AND COURSES 

(as set forth by the ESP Curriculum Committee (ESPCC)

Please click to download and view the document that explains this process in detail.

2. EVALUATION OF ESP GRADUATE STUDENT PERFORMANCE – BLOOMS

 (Required by all faculty members who serve on dissertation or thesis committees)

The SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – accreditation) mandates that all academic programs evaluate the performance of graduate students with regard to the stated learning outcomes and objectives of the respective programs.

For the MS program, this will include a standardized measure of performance for the comprehensive examination (for those completing an individual project), a thesis or project research proposal, and the thesis defense. For the PhD program, this will include the qualifying examination, the dissertation proposal, and the dissertation defense.

The standardized instrument for the evaluation of these activities is the ESP Graduate Blooms Evaluation form, which is a modification of Bloom’s Taxonomy. This form was adapted by D. Sklarew (Oct. 2008) and will be very helpful in preparing for your proposal and final defense!

The Graduate Program Director will NOT sign any students’ signature page without the required Blooms Evaluation. The form must be sent to the Graduate Office at sbloomqu@gmu.edu.

RATING CRITERIA:  Faculty will evaluate student performance for each of the six hierarchical categories as 4,3,2,1 or 04 being the highest – (with quarter part  increments for flexibility) with the understanding that it will be progressively more difficult to earn a high grade as one proceeds up the hierarchy from “Remembering” to “Creating.”

3. ENDORSEMENT OF NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS (required)

As you agree to take on new graduate students, it is now required for you to send the Graduate Office a full letter of endorsement (rather than just a couple of sentences) including why the student is a good match for you and why the student’s potential research topic is suitable.  This could influence your potential advisees’ chances of getting into the program.  This is a new Executive Committee requirement

4. FACULTY HANDBOOK

The GMU Faculty Handbook defines and describes the conditions of full-time instructional, research, and clinical faculty employment; the structures and processes through which the faculty participates in institutional decision-making and governance; and the academic policies of the University as established by its Board of Visitors.

The provisions of the Faculty Handbook are incorporated by reference in all full time instructional, research, and clinical faculty employment contracts. These provisions are binding on the University and on individual faculty members. The Faculty Handbook governs the employment relationship of individual faculty members, and sets forth the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of faculty members and of the University. Faculty and academic administrators are expected to read the Faculty Handbook and to be familiar with its contents.

5. GUIDELINES FOR FACULTY TO ADVISE MASTER’S AND DOCTORAL STUDENTS

Please refer to the documents below which are very helpful in navigating the graduate programs in Environmental Science and Policy. These documents were approved by the Executive Graduate Committee to assist faculty and students.

Masters student Guidelines and Timelines

Doctoral student Guidelines and Timelines

6. FORMING A COMMITTEE

By the end of the fourth semester of course work, in consultation with your primary advisor, you MUST form a Dissertation Committee with at least four members for doctoral students and three members for master’s students.

Dissertation Committee Chair and Member Guidelines

7. GRADUATE COURSES

Graduate studies in Environmental Science and Policy is an interdisciplinary program at George Mason University. Therefore, appropriate courses may be found in a number of academic units within Mason.

The graduate-level courses listed below either have an environmentally related theme or they have been used as part of an ESP graduate student’s coursework plan. This list has been compiled from recent Mason course catalogs and is not intended to be comprehensive OR representative of current course offerings.

PDF version

Excel version

Since there are courses that are regularly being created by the Department and other Departments, there may be courses that would count as a methods, natural science, or policy course but have not yet been added to the spreadsheet. Please email the Graduate Program Manager if you, a faculty member, has a new graduate course you would like to add to the spreadsheet.

Every student is required develop an individualized Program of Study to meet their specific needs in consultation with their advisor by the end of the second year. For current course offerings, consult the Schedule of Classes. For all course offerings, please consult the GMU University Catalog.

8. AUTHORSHIP GUIDELINES

Department of Environmental Science and Policy Guidelines for Authorship (PDF)

As drafted by the Ad Hoc Committee on Authorship Issues, September 26, 2012 and minor revisions, November 2, 2012 – Approved by ESP Faculty November 6, 2012

Objective: Recognizing that the research enterprise necessitates effective, attributed communication of original works by scholars, the faculty of the Department of Environmental Science & Policy outline below general guidelines for attribution of authorship for intellectual property. Because the definitions and appropriate order of authorship differ among the various disciplines and professional journals, as may standards for “substantial” and “scholarly efforts” or the extent to which authors must participate, students and faculty of the Department and their collaborators are encouraged to read and discuss these guidelines prior to entering into, at the inception of, and/or at critical stages of collaborative research and academic partnerships.

9. FINAL SUBMISSION SIGNATURE PAGES AND PROCESS

All students are required to submit their thesis or dissertation to University Dissertation & Thesis Services in the library to Sally Evans, the UDTS Coordinator. A format review is mandatory for all students who are writing a thesis or dissertation. All ESP students are required to print one hard copy of their thesis or dissertation, include the signature page (signed), and submit it to Sally Evans for binding.  She will send a bound copy to the Department to be included in the ESP Conference Room Library (Room 3006).

10. PAST THESES AND DISSERTATIONS

Looking for a student’s MS thesis or PhD dissertation?  Visit the Abstracts page.