Janette Kenner Muir is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at George Mason University. Prior to this position, she served as the Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives & Services, and for Undergraduate Education. Currently her primary responsibilities include: the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Accreditation and Program Integrity, Study Abroad and global engagement, Undergraduate and Graduate education oversight, and the Office of Continuing and Professional Education. She manages external academic relations with Virginia Community Colleges, including the successful ADVANCE partnership with NOVA. Dr. Muir also serves as the chief academic liaison to Mason Korea.
Dr. Muir’s academic home is in the College of Humanities and Social Science where she is an Associate Professor in Communication and in Integrative Studies. Her academic life focuses in the areas of political communication, civic engagement and the study of the presidency (from campaigns to spouses). Working with University Life offices, she has helped lead efforts engaging students in political participation on campus. She is an editor of the volume Readings in Political Communication, and has been featured in the Harvard International Review symposium, writing about media, politics and citizen participation. Her recent work focuses on Hillary Clinton in A Companion to First Ladies, published by Wiley Blackwell.
Committed to teaching excellence, Dr. Muir has recognized for the quality of her teaching both at university and national level. She was named a Teaching Fellow for the Eastern Communication Association, and awarded a C-SPAN Fellow for her educational involvement with the cable network. She is a Centennial Scholar in the Communication discipline, past president of the Eastern Communication Association, and past editor of Communication Quarterly, a top-tier journal in the Communication discipline. Dr. Muir served on Mason’s Faculty Senate for five years in the position of Academic Policies Chair, and she served as an elected faculty representative to the Board of Visitors for four years.
Dr. Muir’s Ph.D. is from the University of Massachusetts in the area of rhetoric and political communication. She also has degrees from Wake Forest University (MA, Communication) and Palm Beach Atlantic University (BS, Double major in Behavioral Science and Communication Arts). She lives with her husband, Star Muir, also a Mason professor, in Manassas, VA.