The business foundations area is unique to the School of Business.
The area is devoted to guiding undergraduate students to an understanding of business in various contemporary contexts, merging liberal education with the study of business, and providing students with the intellectual and practical tools to chart their own path to success.
As such, foundations faculty promote the integration of learning across disciplines and between academic and experiential to develop learning outcomes that are essential for work (professional context), citizenship (social/global/legal context) and life (high impact practices and authentic assessments that promote student interest and exploration). This broad mandate requires a faculty team with an equally broad array of academic backgrounds, skills, and professional experiences, combined with a sincere commitment to teaching excellence. Some of our faculty have advanced degrees, including PhDs in history, writing and rhetoric, higher education, political science, and business, while others are seasoned business professionals holding JDs and/or MBAs.
Working in a highly collaborative professional environment the foundations faculty use a team-teaching approach to ensure a high degree of excellence and consistency throughout the core curriculum, while also encouraging innovative programs that reflect new and leading-edge trends and frontiers. As an area, foundations faculty often act as a bridge between the School of Business and other Mason departments through curriculum and extra-curricular initiatives. This approach facilitates the sharing of teaching best practices gained from participation in academic and professional associations and conferences, deep study of the academic literature, and of course direct experience gained teaching multiple classes every semester. The rich and ongoing interactions of such a diverse faculty community have allowed foundations to pioneer original approaches to business education while making a smooth transition to providing instruction across the full range of modalities.
The foundations faculty are committed to anti-racism and inclusive excellence in higher education, playing an integral role in building an inclusive educational environment within the School of Business. Foundations faculty also work with the School of Business’ Business for a Better World Center on developing and teaching useful, relevant courses.
Primary subject areas of Foundations Faculty are:
Personal and Professional Skills
Success in college and in business requires a wide range of competencies beyond a particular specialization in one of the core business functions. Foundations faculty have created a set of courses that provide Mason business students with skills ranging from critical thinking and self-reflection to time management, working in teams, and effective oral and written communication for business. Students come out of this program with increased self-confidence, and the ability to be up-and-running at a company from day one.
Business in the Societal and Global Contexts
Business has never operated in a vacuum, but in today’s increasingly complex and interconnected global society, leaders must understand how businesses of all types fit into various social, political, and economic contexts. The Foundations faculty leverage their diverse academic and professional backgrounds to provide our students with an understanding of the important roles business can play locally, nationally, and globally. They also ensure that Mason business graduates understand the moral and ethical imperatives that should inform corporate behavior to drive both sustainability and long-term profitability.
Business in the Legal Context
Foundations faculty maintain their connection to the law by participating in conferences and professional associations, and maintaining appropriate licensure. They provide our students with a survey of the legal environment of business, emphasizing legal concepts and legal reasoning to prepare students to recognize legal problems and to formulate appropriate responses. They also provide our students with knowledge on the federal and state court systems, constitutional and administrative law, business torts and crimes, contracts and business ethics.
Business Foundations Area Faculty
See the School of Business Faculty Directory for all faculty members, including adjunct faculty.
Business Foundations Area Research
- September 12, 2022
- August 30, 2022
- March 23, 2022
- Integrating Liberal Education, Business, and High-Impact Practices: The Case of George Mason University's School of BusinessJanuary 14, 2022
- March 1, 2021
Business Foundations Faculty Media Mentions
- April 18, 2023
- April 17, 2023
- November 23, 2022
- November 18, 2022
- November 17, 2022