I am currently working with the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence (CTFE) which is an office at Mason that offers a range of opportunities for instructors. I was hired under Laura Lukes who is the Assistant Director for the office. As the office is working on various projects and programs, I assist in database analysis and management to measure effectiveness of Provost courses and CTFE events and programs that are being implemented. I usually spend my time updating the website, entering data into the designated software, and creating and reviewing materials distributed in events sponsored by the office.
I would say that I learn something substantial every week. Being around faculty, I gain insight to their efforts to create a beneficial environment for their students. I was unaware that some instructors meet on their days off to discuss ways to engage students in lecture and encourage class participation. The staff at CTFE are involved in a great deal of programs provided for faculty and I discovered how dedicated they are to listening to the concerns of that the teaching staff have and developing ways to improve these concerns for the future of George Mason University.
My major here at George Mason is communication with a concentration in public relations. My field requires creativity, interpersonal communication, and individual capability. PR involves creating and implementing communication efforts for a specific organization or business and I feel as though I am doing just that as a Research Assistant for CTFE. I spend my day getting familiar with software that I will have to use in future positions, updating the website, and creating advertisements—which are all duties that I may very well be assigned in my career. Overall, I am appreciative of this position that I have been granted at the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence. I work with individuals who are dedicated to making a difference in their environment, which is exactly what I plan to do in my career.