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Nominations for Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence

Dear Colleague,

I am inspired every day by our faculty’s work inside and outside of the classroom. I hear your thoughtful commentaries in media, witness your passionate performances at the Center for the Arts, learn about your discoveries from our deans, and celebrate your teaching and mentorship at various university-wide events. The success of our institution is built on your extraordinary achievements.

With generous donations from the Beck Family, John Toups, United Bank, and community leaders in honor of Earle C. Williams, George Mason University will again recognize outstanding faculty with the Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence. These awards are designed to honor the recipient faculty for their excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, social impact, and diversity and inclusion. I am pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2022-23 academic year.

Nominations are invited from across the entire Mason community through December 6. Recipients will be selected by a team of faculty representatives and senior leaders.  

To nominate a faculty member, please write a letter explaining why the person is competitive for the award that directly responds to the relevant award criteria and submit it to  For additional details about the criteria and the nomination process, please visit the nomination page


This is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the outstanding faculty who shape the lives of thousands of students, advance their field’s frontier of knowledge, and contribute to our global and local communities.

It is my privilege to honor and support outstanding members of our institution. Your work ensures that Mason remains an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.


Dr. Gregory Washington