Pre-Service Teacher Summer 2023 Institute

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George Mason University’s ACE-STEM Project Team is excited to host Summer Institute 2023 in June! ACE-STEM stands for “Advancing Content-Integrated Education for English Learners with a STEM Focus,” and is a multi-year grant project funded by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) in U. S. Department of Education. Starting Fall 2022, our Cohort 1 Teachers from Prince William County Schools began their 5-course studies to earn the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) as a part of this project and are comprised of content and ESOL teachers from PK-12th Grades.

For ACE-STEM Summer Institute 2023, we are expanding the learning opportunities to pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and educational leaders from our region. Through various presentations and interactive workshops, participants will learn about cutting-edge topics such as content-language integrated STEM education, Translanguaging, ChatGPT, Universal Design for Learning, Media Literacy, Family & Community Engagement, and more! A stipend of $100 per day will be offered.

If you are a Mason student and a PRE-SERVICE teacher, and would like to attend the 2-day event from (6/21-6/22), show your interest by completing the short survey using this link. Please email us at with any questions you might have.

Feel free to check out our program at our website:


Well-Being Opportunities for Students

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Read below for two well-being opportunities for students in Fall 2023: Mental Health First Aid and Explore Resilience! Interested in enrolling in either or both courses? Visit Patriot Web today!

Mental Health First Aid

Enroll in a fall semester section of UNIV 372: Mental Health First Aid for 0-1 credit. Through your participation in the course, you have the option to earn a Mental Health First Aid certification. This course will help you become more familiar with a variety of mental health challenges and explore how stigma may affect help-seeking behaviors. You will also learn basic skills to help someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. 

UNIV 372 CL1 CRN 75998

  • August 24 – October 5
  • Thursdays 9:00 – 10:15
  • Online via Zoom with Katie Clare

UNIV 372 001 CRN 75999

  • October 19 – November 30
  • Thursdays 9:00 – 10:15
  • Fairfax Campus with Patrice Levinson
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Explore Resilience in Fall 2023

Enroll in UNIV 170 or 370: Explore Resilience in Fall 2023 for 0-1 credit to explore and enhance resilience while earning a digital credential

UNIV 170 CRN 79137 or UNIV 370 CRN 79138

  • October 19 – November 30
  • Thursdays 12:00 – 1:15
  • Online via Zoom
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Mason Korea GPA Position Available

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The Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) is hiring a new Graduate Professional Assistant (GPA) for Mason Korea Student Engagement! This role will serve in direct support of Mason Korea engagement efforts in Fairfax. Learn more about the duties, qualifications, and how to apply below!


The duties of the GPA for Mason Korea Student Engagement will be split between serving Mason Korea students who transitioned to the Fairfax campus and supporting OIPS Engagement Team with general international students’ engagement needs. The GPA will be responsible for the delivery and promotion of engagement and leadership opportunities for Mason Korea students. This position reports to the OIPS Associate Director of Engagement and Assessment, but is expected to work directly, as requested, with the Assistant Dean for University Life and maintain ongoing communication with appropriate stakeholders pertaining to all efforts related to Mason Korea.

Required Skills:
  • Enrolled full-time in one of George Mason University’s graduate programs for the Fall 2023–Spring 2024 academic year;
  • Strong ability to multi-task and manage competing demands in a fast-paced, dynamic, and diverse environment;
  • Exceptional professionalism and a strong work ethic;
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion;
  • Innovative thinker with the ability to take initiative on ideas and projects;
  • Collaborative team player with ability to remain flexible around office and programmatic needs;
  • Excellent computer skills in all Microsoft applications;
  • Experience with marketing and graphic design;
  • Experience with website, newsletter, and multimedia content maintenance;
  • Ability to get from building to building to promote and support events and services;
  • Ability to present, facilitate, and coordinate meetings and events as needed on behalf of University Life and OIPS.

Time Commitments

The GPA position is designed for a 20-hour per week work commitment. The exact schedule may be flexible, depending on needs of the unit. At times, the work may require extended hours and/or night or early morning, or weekend hours.


The Graduate Professional Assistant position will be paid a stipend of:

  • $18,522.00, will be paid on the 1st and 16th of the month for the duration of employment contract period;

Other terms for the position contract include:

  • Tuition grant up to the 6 graduate credits at the equivalent in-state rate, not to exceed $4,800.00 per semester; master’s degree students (with exception of MFA students) who are out-of-state do not receive in-state tuition rates;
  • Participate in the University Life Graduate Staff Academy each month, as class schedule allows;
  • The GPA position is a 9-month contract, August 10, 2023 – May 9, 2024, with the possibility of renewal for a second academic year;

To Apply

To apply, please submit a:

  • Letter of interest,
  • Resume,
  • Fall schedule of classes, and
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

via Handshake (posting #7862977) or to the address listed below. In your application materials, please include:

  • your G#,
  • graduate degree program, and
  • your expected date of graduation

For best consideration, please submit your application by 11:59PM May 25, 2023.


Dr. Yali Pan

Associate Director for Engagement and Assessment

Office of International Programs and Services

4300 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 20330

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Just-in-Time Hiring Fair

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Just-in-Time Hiring Fair

If you’re searching for a job or internship, our final career events of the academic year are just for you! Join us for a day of job search workshops, resume reviews, and a career fair featuring employers seeking to fill immediate openings. 90+ companies and organizations will be recruiting at the Just-In-Time Hiring Fair on Monday, May 22 from 1 to 4 pm in the lower level of the Johnson Center (Dewberry Hall). 

Schedule of Events

90 Minute Job Search, 9:00 am to 10:30 amHybrid, Merten Hall 1201 and via Zoom Just-In-Time Workshop 2023: 90 Minute Job Search | Handshake (

This interactive workshop will take you through a streamlined 3-step process for how to find, prioritize and proactively contact prospective employers. You will make progress on your job search during the session and leave with a proven strategy for success. To fully participate, we recommend you use a laptop or desktop computer for this session to access the online resources. Join us in-person in Merten 1201 or via Zoom. 

Interviewing with Confidence, 10:45 am to 12:15 pm, Hybrid, Merten Hall 1201 and via Zoom 

Just-In-Time Workshop 2023: Interviewing with Confidence | Handshake (

Great resumes lead to interviews; great interviews get you the job. Interview preparation is an essential part of any successful job search. In this workshop you’ll learn what to do before, during, and after an interview to showcase your relevant skills, education and experience. By popular demand, we’ve added insights into the salary negotiation process to this workshop. Join us in-person in Merten 1201 or via Zoom. 

Career Studio, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, Merten Hall 1202 

Just-In-Time Workshop 2023: Career Studio | Handshake (

Career Studio is your one-stop shop for career fair prep. Drop in to Merten 1202 between 9:30 and noon for personalized feedback on your resume and Handshake profile, help developing your personal pitch, and guidance on identifying employers right for you at the Just-In-Time Hiring Fair that afternoon. Bring your laptop to update your resume in time for the fair. 

Just-In-Time Hiring Fair, 1 pm to 4 pm, JC Dewberry Hall 

Just-In-Time Hiring Fair

90+ employers will be at the Just-in-Time Hiring Fair on May 22 from 1 to 4 pm. Representatives will be hiring for full-time roles, part-time jobs and internships. If you’re ready for your next career opportunity, don’t miss this event! Bring copies of your resume.


Three CEHD Students Awarded Fellowships

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Three students in the College of Education and Human Development were awarded fellowships for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Read this news story for more, and learn more about each student below.

Ninamarie Avedissian

Ninamarie Avedissian, pursuing an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship.

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“As an avid language learner, I want to utilize the methods that have helped me learn languages, such as translating songs, in my future ESOL classroom and help students see the beauty in learning another language.

Through participating in CLS Spark, I hope to expand my cultural awareness and gain inspiration for culturally inclusive activities I can implement in the classroom. I hope to better understand the challenges Arabic-speaking students may face when learning English and create meaningful connections with students and families of Arabic backgrounds.”

Ninamarie Avedissian

Trinidee Baker

Trinidee Baker, graduating this spring with an MEd in Education Leadership, was awarded the Presidential Management Fellowship.

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“I chose the Education Leadership program because I wanted to advance my career within the educational realm. I also hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, which helped me develop leadership and relationship-building skills.

I have taught English as a Second Language for the past 10 years and I have held various leadership positions during my teaching journey. I have a desire to positively affect the lives of people and I am dedicated to being a lifelong learner. As a recipient of the Presidential Management Fellowship, I hope to continue to use my teaching skills to help others and continue to fight for equitable and fair treatment for all.”

Trinidee Baker

Melissa DeLury

Melissa DeLury, pursuing a PhD in Education with specializations International Education and Research Methodology, was awarded the Cosmos Scholars Grant.

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“I chose International Education and Research Methodology as my primary and secondary specializations. My career before Mason was rooted in international education: working in higher education settings, conducting research as a graduate student at Trinity College Dublin (2013-2015) and Fulbright Scholar in India (2017-2018), and currently working as an Education Technical Manager in international development. I wanted to explore the role of history education in facilitating peace and/or conflict in postcolonial settings via listening to the experiences of teachers and students.

My Cosmos Grant will allow me to work with Queens University Belfast by visiting different schools in Belfast to understand both the role of history education in current contexts, and the meanings that teachers and students make to narrations of past conflict. I hope to continue working internationally to explore how history education can facilitate peace through using more participatory methods.”

Melissa DeLury