February 2023

Announcements from Human Resources and Payroll

New Classified Staff Performance Management Cycle

As a reminder, beginning in 2023, Mason will transition the classified staff performance management cycle to an April 1 to March 31 cycle. 

Implementing this new cycle has several benefits, including: less disruption to the beginning of the new academic year, increased efficiency for managers and staff with the aligning of classified staff and administrative/professional (A/P) faculty evaluation timelines, and alignment of the university’s performance cycle with the state’s budget approval timeline.  

For classified staff, this transition will result in a shortened evaluation period of October 25, 2022 to March 31, 2023. Evaluations will open in MasonLEAPS around March 1, 2023 to kick off the new cycle. The new anticipated performance evaluation timeline for classified staff and A/P faculty will then take place from March 1, 2023 to April 30, 2023. We recognize that this will result in many classified staff and A/P faculty experiencing multiple evaluations and ratings in a 12-month period. We view this as a positive in that employees will experience increased communication and understanding about job expectations and performance – which is responsive to the feedback so many of you have offered.  

Information sessions regarding these changes will be held virtually on February 16, February 23, February 28, and March 6. A/P faculty and classified staff are invited to sign up for these sessions via MasonLeaps.

For more information, read the full announcement from Human Resources.

Outstanding Achievement Awards: Nomination Deadline Approaching

The last day to nominate your colleagues for Outstanding Achievement Awards is Feb. 25. There are 16 award categories open, including excellence in customer service, diversity and inclusion, and teamwork, as well as special awards for outstanding members of the adjunct faculty, Housing and Residence Life, and Mason alumni. 

Visit the Outstanding Achievement Awards website for more information. 

Apply to the Leadership Legacy Program

Applications are now open for the 2023-2024 cohort of the Leadership Legacy Program. Leadership Legacy is designed for full-time Mason faculty and staff who are committed to furthering their leadership development, whether they are newly entering a leadership role, wish to prepare for alternative positions, or simply wish to strengthen their capacity to lead from their current position. 

The deadline to submit applications is March 20, 2023. For more information, visit the Leadership Legacy website.