Center for International Education

Collaboration for Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Research (2015-2017)

Lead Faculty: Year 2 - Drs. Rebecca Fox and Anastasia Samaras; Year 1 - Drs. Rebecca Fox and Supriya Baily

Additional Contributing Faculty: Drs. Scott Bauer, C. Stephen White, Beverly Shaklee, Debra Sprague, Anya Evmenova, Ilham Nasser, April Mattix Foster, Nancy Holincheck.

Funded: $432,556

The goal of the Collaboration for Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Research (CFETR) is to foster collaboration and strengthen person-to-person ties between the U.S. and Pakistan through faculty exchanges, joint research and scholarly work to further the collective understanding of effective pedagogical practices and expand research competencies.Through this initiative, Faculty Fellows from the University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Lahore, Pakistan, will participate in academic seminars developed at George Mason University and engage in research initiatives with Mason faculty in their fields. These activities are designed to expand academic capacity and infuse cross-cultural knowledge and international mindedness into educational practice. The project will bring two groups of 20 UMT Faculty Fellows each (total of 40) to the Mason campus, the first in Spring 2016 and the second in Fall 2016, for seminars, cultural exchanges and research. The seminars will cover a range of topics, including innovations in pedagogy and practice, curriculum refinement, marginalized populations in higher education, technology integration and performance-based assessments. The program's ongoing learning will be enhanced through online meetings and webinars. A highlight of the collaboration will be a UMT Research Conference for CFETR Faculty Fellows in Spring 2017 in Lahore, where Fellows and other faculty participants from the two universities will share the results of their work. UMT and Mason faculty also will disseminate their joint research through participation in international conferences and publications. The project is funded by the U.S.-Pakistan University Partnerships Program of the U.S.-Pakistan Academic Linkages Program of the U.S. Department of State Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Islamabad.

For more information, please see the CFETR website at