Mason Appointed Interim Associate VP For Research And Sponsored ProgramsPublished: August 20, 2012
Andrew “Zed” Mason, associate dean for research and graduate studies for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) at CSULB, has been appointed interim associate vice president (AVP) for research and sponsored programs at the university. He replaces T.C. Yih, who accepted a similar position at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Mason will begin serving in his new position at the start of the fall semester.
Reporting directly to Provost Donald Para, Mason will provide university-wide leadership and vision for the support and expansion of research, scholarship, creative activities and grant and contract activities at CSULB. He will also guide the implementation and advancement of university research goals, policies and practices.
“The importance of supporting faculty research and creative activity is critical to the future of the university. Zed Mason will be a dedicated and tireless advocate for research support for faculty, including research that involves students,” Para said in announcing the appointment. “As an associate dean with CNSM, he has worked with colleagues to develop and create a significant number of successful grant proposals. In addition to an impressive record in research, he is also known as a highly effective mentor for faculty of all ranks.”
Managing the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Mason will oversee all university policies and procedures relating to research, including external grant and contract proposal development, pre-award processes and post-award grant and contract administration; research and regulatory compliance; internal research award programs and university research centers; and intellectual property issues. Additionally, he will promote research integrity and monitor research ethics and conflict of interest issues.
“In honesty, the decision to move away from being a faculty member and an active ‘bench-level’ researcher to an administrative position was not a trivial one,” Mason noted in making his decision to accept the appointment. “There comes a time, however, when one realizes that service is more important than personal goals and ambitions.
“As a faculty member, I know the importance of research and scholarly activity, not just for meeting tenure and promotion criteria, but for professional development and self-esteem,” he added. “Also, from personal experience, I understand the profound impact that research experiences can have in elevating the career aspirations of students, enabling them to reach their full scholastic potential.
“As the interim associate vice president for research, I saw an opportunity to place myself in a position of advocacy for something that I have a great passion for, and to give back to the institution that has invested in me,” he concluded. “My hope is that by promoting faculty research and scholarship involving students, I can bring opportunities to faculty for continued personal growth, as well as providing challenging, empowering and transformative experiences for students that will take them on a path of exploration, self-discovery and life-long learning.”
Mason will work closely with the academic deans and associate deans and collaborate with offices across the university, including the University Foundation. He will be in charge of multiple research offices and facilities and direct a staff of 22.
A professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and founding director of CSULB’s Institute for Integrated Research in Materials, Environments and Society, Mason earned his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Wales. He specializes in the areas of aquatic toxicology, cell biology, atomic spectroscopy and analytical electron microscopy.
Mason came to CSULB as a research associate professor in 1985 with the Molecular Ecology Institute and in 1989 joined the tenure-track faculty in the Biology Department. Since then, he has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as three book chapters, and has secured approximately $5 million of external funding to support university research, infrastructure and curriculum development. During his tenure, he also has provided research opportunities for more than 80 students in his laboratory, many of whom have gone to Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs.