Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning

Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning Across Academic Disciplines (George Mason University Press, 2017) explores strategies for online teaching with an emphasis on distinct approaches for different academic disciplines. The book offers innovative, practical and successful teaching tools from Indiana University East faculty in a wide range of disciplines designed to keep students engaged. With detailed examples, charts and rubrics, Best Practices provides faculty members the tools to design better curriculum and enhance online learning for their students.

Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning Across Academic Disciplines. Edited by Ross C. Alexander. Paperback. 300 pages. George Mason University Press. This book can be purchased from Amazon, or from your favorite independent bookseller. George Mason University Press titles are distributed by the University of Virginia Press.

The George Mason University Press supports the academic mission of George Mason University by publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly works of distinction, written by authors from a wide range of intellectual perspectives, for a diverse, worldwide readership. For more information, contact John W. Warren, Director, George Mason University Press and Mason Publishing Group, 703-993-3636, gmupress@gmu.edu

TEAR:TORN in the Fenwick Gallery

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of works by Erica Hopkins entitled TEAR:TORN. The exhibition will run from December 11, 2017 through February 2, 2018 in the Fenwick Gallery (located on the first floor of the Fenwick Library), with a closing talk by the artist on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 1:30pm in the Fenwick Library Main Reading Room.

About the Exhibition: TEAR: TORN is a collection of mixed media pieces by third-year MFA Painting candidate Erica Hopkins. The work exhibits the journey of self-discovery, defining “ecstasy” through the act of tearing in relationship to being torn. By collaging fragments of papers and photographs of everyday life, the series becomes an action of reconstructing chaos in the confinement of square panels. Buried in the layers of tearing, madness is brought to order, forming a portrait of the artist.

About the Artist: Erica Hopkins, originally from Anchorage, Alaska, has a BA in Art History, with an extensive background in theatre and music. While working on her undergraduate degree, she began creating her own art to better understand the artists she studied. Her work uses the various media of painting, alternative photography, mixed media, video, and sound art to explore themes of identity, psychology, beauty, and destruction. She is currently an MFA Visual Arts candidate in Painting at George Mason University.

About Fenwick Gallery: Located in Fenwick Library, the Fenwick Gallery is designed to enhance and enrich teaching, learning, and culture at Mason. The space is dedicated to exhibiting high quality works by students, faculty, staff and other emerging and experienced artists that highlight aspects of the Libraries’ collections and support Mason’s curriculum and cultural initiatives. For more information about the Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art & Art History Librarian, sgrimm@gmu.edu

Online Resources: Relax + Refresh!

Need to relax as you finish your papers and projects? Thinking about the winter break? Check out what Mason Libraries has for you:

  • Watch Oscar winning independent films, such as Twilight Samurai or The Scent of Green Papaya, in our New World Cinema database, which includes 200 full-length feature films and award-winning short films.
  • Stream a variety of documentaries and social issue films on Docuseek
  • Kick back with one of the 700 recent fiction and non-fiction books housed in Mason Libraries’ Recommended Reads collection in Gateway Library
  • Listen to the blues music of Muddy Waters or folk songs by Bob Dylan in Music Online: American Music.
  • Choose a classic Mozart symphony, holiday music from a dozen countries around the world, or one of the 44,000 tracks of blues, jazz, gospel, ragtime, spiritual, spoken word, and more – available in Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries. 

Mason Libraries’ online resources are available 24/7 – free – for all Mason faculty, students, and staff. For more information or more choices, browse our A-Z list or subject collections of online resources. Enjoy your break – short or long!

Mason Author Titles

We are highlighting some recent publications by Mason authors, representing various academic disciplines and viewpoints. All are available for checkout from the Libraries! Remember, you can find more faculty and alumni publications and profiles over at the Mason Spirit. You can find more titles in the Libraries’ collection by checking out our Faculty Author Collection at bit.ly/masonauthors.


The Chance of Salvation: A History of Conversion in America
Lincoln A. Mullen, Assistant Professor, History and Art History

The Chance of Salvation (Harvard University Press, August 2017) offers a history of conversions in the United States which shows how religious identity came to be a matter of choice. By uncovering the way religious identity is structured as obligatory decision, this book explores why Americans change religions and why the U.S. is both highly religious in terms of religious affiliation and very secular in the sense that no religion is an unquestioned default.


Trump Effect 
Karina V. Korostelina, Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

In Trump Effect (Routledge, October 2016), Korostelina explains how the support for Trump among the American general public is based on three pillars: 1) Trump champions a specific conception of American national identity that empowers his supporters, 2) Trump’s leadership has been crafted from his ability to recognize where and with whom he can get the most return on his investment, and 3) Trump challenges the existing political balance of power within the United States and globally.


Governing Under Stress: The Implementation of Obama’s Economic Stimulus Program
Timothy J. Conlan, Priscilla M. Regan, and Paul L. Posner, Schar School of Policy and Government

Governing Under Stress (Georgetown University Press, January 2017) presents perspectives on the implementation and performance of President Obama’s economic stimulus program, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). It explores the management of ARRA within all levels of government as well as its portrayals in the media and public perception. Contributors draw upon more than 200 interviews and nationwide field research to present insights into the challenges facing public policy and management.


Resolving Structural Conflicts: How Violent Systems Can Be Transformed
Richard E. Rubenstein, University Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Resolving Structural Conflicts (Routledge, January 2017) analyzes how certain social systems generate violent conflict and discusses how such systems can be transformed to create the conditions for positive peace. The book addresses a key issue in the field of conflict studies: what to do about violent conflicts that are not the results of misunderstanding, prejudice, or malice, but the products of a social system that generates violent conflict as part of its normal operations.


The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream
Tyler Cowen, BS Economics ’83, Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics; Distinguished Senior Fellow, F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; and General Director, Mercatus Center

In The Complacent Class (St. Martin’s Press, February 2017), Cowen examines the trend of Americans away from the traditionally mobile, risk-accepting, and adaptable tendencies that defined them for much of recent history, and toward stagnation and comfort. He argues that this development has the potential to make future changes more disruptive.