Lunch Session: Social Lunch Hosted by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Bethany Usher, Ph.D. [Conversation Starter: The Future of College General Education: Balancing liberal arts knowledge, technical skills, and “soft skills" (30 mins)


  • Bethany Usher George Mason University



Want to meet other faculty and staff at Mason? 

Join us for this informal conversational session. 

As a participant, after a few brief remarks about the future of general education from the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Bethany Usher, Ph.D., you will be put into a smaller “lunch table” break out group and asked to:

  • introduce yourself,
  • share what courses you are teaching,
  • share what you are excited about for teaching this semester,
  • share what concerns you have,
  • share your teaching tips,
  • listen to tips from others,
  • talk about the ITL sessions you attended or whatever else teaching-related you want to talk about!

Author Biography

Bethany Usher, George Mason University

Dr. Bethany M. Usher, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, takes students to graveyards - she is a biological anthropologist who studies cemeteries from both osteological and archaeological perspectives to understand the social structure and health of past communities. She is passionate about getting students to apply their classroom experiences and learn how fun and exciting it is to tackle intellectual challenges. Usher, who earned a BA in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Virginia, an MA in Bioarchaeology from Arizona State, and her PhD in Biological Anthropology from Penn State, has previously been a professor at SUNY Potsdam (2000-2010).

Usher’s current research focuses on studying human health, growth, diet, and community structure from cemeteries. She studies archaeological cemeteries (focusing on Tirup, a Danish medieval graveyard) as well as modern Anabaptist burial grounds.





TUESDAY 12:15pm-12:45pm