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The Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University.  Working closely with University administration, we address concerns that have an impact on the quality of work-life for the Mason community.  The work of the Senate is accomplished through open and continuous communication with its constituents.


The Mason Staff Senate works collaboratively with the administration, Faculty Senate, student government, and other university departments to gather and disseminate information on behalf of our constituents.  Once common areas of concern are identified, we work to bring about change that will benefit constituencies across all Mason’s campuses.


With support from the administration, the Mason Staff Senate sponsors annual staff appreciation events, the outstanding supervisor award, and participates in the employee of the month award program.  Staff recognition is paramount at Mason and the Senate works hard to foster Mason’s culture of recognition, making Mason a great place to work

2014 Outstanding Supervisor Award Nomination Period Now Open

Does your supervisor top the charts on best ever boss?  Nominate your supervisor for the 2014 Outstanding Supervisor Award.  The Outstanding Supervisor Award, sponsored by the Mason Staff Senate, is selected based on her or his ability to:

  • Promote collegiality in the department,
  • Be receptive to employee ideas and engage them in the department and/or university goals,
  • Promote and model a positive work-life balance,
  • Acknowledge exemplary performance,
  • Be fair in acknowledging exemplary performance,
  • Encourage professional growth of classified or non-student wage employees,
  • Support the work of classified and non-student wage earners,
  • Support innovation in the department, and
  • Model leadership skills.


  • A supervisor may be of any employment category (e.g., faculty, administrative, professional, classified, etc.) but he or she must supervise classified and/or non-student wage earners.
  • Supervisor must employed at Mason at time of nomination.
  • Nominators must report directly to the nominated supervisor.
  • Nominations must be submitted by classified or non-student wage earners.
  • There may be more than one nominator on each nomination form.
  • Only three nomination forms will be accepted for each nominee. The first three nomination forms received will be reviewed by the committee. Additional nominations will be discarded.
  • All identifying information is redacted before reviewed by the selection committee.
  • Nominations received after the due date will not be considered.
  • Forms must be submitted electronically as a Word document (not PDF) with the nominee’s name in the file name.
  • Nominations forms are to be emailed to
  • Nominations will be accepted between Tuesday, August 1 and Thursday, August 31, 2014.

The winner will be officially recognized during the Outstanding Achievement Award ceremony Tuesday, October 14, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in Dewberry Hall on the Fairfax campus.

Download the Outstanding Supervisor Award Nomination Form 2014

Questions may be directed to Kathrin Breitt Brown, Staff Senate at 3.4141 or

Kim Kalthoff Named July 2014 Employee of the Month

President Ángel Cabrera presents the Employee of the Month award to Kim Kalthoff at a ceremony at Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

President Ángel Cabrera presents the Employee of the Month award to Kim Kalthoff at a ceremony at Fairfax Campus. Photo by Alexis Glenn/Creative Services/George Mason University

Congratulations to Kim Kalthoff for her work as the assistant director of fiscal and administrative operations in the College of Education and Human Development!  Kim’s work is described as being akin to a “well-scripted play.”

Learn more about Kim at this Mason News article.

To learn more about Mason’s recognition programs, click here.

Announcing . . . The New Staff Senate Logo

The Staff Senate is pleased to share it’s new logo!  Designed for us by students in the School of Art, the idea behind the logos is the Staff Senate’s three initiatives–to advocate, appreciate, and educate staff–holding the Mason staff community together.  Whenever you see this logo, know that the Staff Senate is working hard to serve your needs!

Staff Senate Logo

Washington Post Names Mason as one of the Top Workplaces in the D.C. Area

Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 7.57.38 PMGlad they asked us!  We know Mason is a great place to work, now so do all the Post readers!  Read the Washington Post article here.