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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 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 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

May Staff Senate Newsletter

The May Staff Senate newsletter is now available! Click here to view the newsletter in your browser.

Time Traveler Summer Camp with the Child Development Center

From the Dinosaur Age to the Digital Age! Register your rising first through sixth graders for the Child Development Center’s exciting Mason Kids Club Summer Camp.

This summer’s camp theme is “Time Travelers,” where children will journey through a different era each week.

For more information, visit

Questions may be directed to or 703-993-2600.

Staff Senate Election Nomination Period Opens in June

Becoming a Mason Staff Senator is a great way to get involved with the university community and have an impact on your workplace. The Senate provides many opportunities to learn about how the university works and network with administrators and staff members outside your unit.

The Senate accepts nominations each June, and elections are held in July. Terms begin in August and are for two years. 2018 dates are below:

  1. Nominations accepted Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 22, at 5 p.m.
  2. Elections held Monday, July 9, through Friday, July 20, at 5 p.m.

The Staff Senate nomination form can be found here: Nomination Form 2018.

Completed forms are due on Friday, June 22, by 5 p.m. All nominations must be submitted electronically to

For questions about the responsibilities of being a senator, contact Christopher Maier, chair of Staff Senate. For questions about the nomination or election process, contact Brett Spencer, parliamentarian of Staff Senate.

Prospective Staff Senator Information Session

Interested in becoming a Mason Staff Senator? Want to learn about how the university functions from a new perspective, network across departments, and contribute to the well-being of your colleagues?

The Staff Senate will hold an information session and discussion for Mason staff who are interested in learning about the nomination and election process, the work of the senate, and what senators do. During the session, you will learn about the structure of the senate, how committees work, the time commitment expected of senators, and enjoy a meet-and-greet with current representatives.

Wednesday, June 6
10:30 to 11 a.m. (during the first half hour of the June Staff Senate General Meeting)
Fairfax: Merten Hall, Room 1201
Arlington: Founders Hall, Room 720 (videoconferencing)
SciTech: Colgan Hall, Room 221 (videoconferencing)

No registration is necessary.

You are welcome to stay for the Staff Senate Business Meeting, which follows the information session. 

If you have any questions, contact  

April Employee of the Month: Samantha Price

Samantha Price, Employee of the Month. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

Heartfelt congratulations to Samantha Price, scheduling manager for University Events, for being selected as the April 2018 Employee of the Month. Read more about Samantha in this Mason News article.

Do you know a superstar? Make sure they receive the deserved recognition and submit a nomination for Mason’s Employee of the Month. Additional information can be found on the Human Resources and Payroll awards page.

Contact Reward and Recognition at with questions.