Alger Family Faculty Endowment Award Criteria 

The Alger Family Faculty Endowment offers an award that is held by a full-time instructional faculty member for a period of one year.  Selection for that award will be based on criteria established by the Academic Council. 

Criteria for Award

In recognition of JMU’s commitment to become the national model of the engaged university, this award honors a faculty member who possesses a record of achievement in engaged learning, civic engagement or community engagement.

  • Engaged Learning – Developing deep, purposeful and reflective learning, while uniting campus and community in the pursuit, creation, application and dissemination of knowledge.
  • Civic Engagement – Advancing the legacy of James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, by preparing individuals to be active and responsible participants in a representative democracy dedicated to the common good.
  • Community Engagement – Fostering mutually beneficial and reciprocal partnerships, ranging from local to global, that connect learning to practice, address critical societal problems and improve quality of life.

Full-time instructional faculty who hold the rank of Associate Professor or above and who have served JMU for a minimum of three years are eligible. 


Nominations: Colleges are invited to make one nomination for each award. Nominations must be made through the dean and supported by the nominee’s academic unit.  Documents to be included in the nomination packets are described below. Nominations should be submitted to the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship by March 9, 2018 and award will be made by March 30, 2018.

Selection Process

  • Selection committee includes: Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship (chair), Faculty Senate representative and two members from Academic Council appointed by Provost.
  • Committee recommends recipients to the Provost who makes award.
  • Nomination packets are due by March 9, 2018 and should include the faculty member’s current CV and a nomination letter of no more than three pages from the dean, unit head or unit PAC addressing the nominee’s record of accomplishment in one or more of the award criteria.   
  • Selection will occur by March 30, 2018.


  • Terms of award: One-year award, non-renewable
  • Award use: May be used as a salary supplement or to support instruction or research

Guidelines for preparation of nomination letter and personal statement

A nominee must possess a record of achievement at JMU in any of three areas of engagement reflected in JMU’S strategic plan: engaged learning, civic engagement and/or community engagement.  Nomination letters should discuss candidates’ accomplishments at JMU, and in the profession, demonstrating clear evidence of the nature, level, and/or degree of a nominee’s contributions.  Examples may include but are not limited to:    

  • Developing new opportunities for students to foster the learning of the concepts, values and practices of engagement. 
  • Seeking connections that engage constituents to be part of a global network aimed at achieving mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Expanding service and collaborations provided to the local community, region, and beyond in a way that is mutually beneficial to the university and the community partner.
  • Fostering an environment of collaboration across colleges, schools and departments.
  • Increasing the opportunities for students to participate in engaged-learning experiences.
  • Expanding experiential learning/mentoring/networking opportunities.
  • Involving students in research and creative activity.
  • Developing curricular and co-curricular activities aimed at elevating civic knowledge and action.
  • Implementing civic engagement academic activities on campus and with external partners.  

Alger Family Faculty Award Recipients


Dr. Lori Britt 
Professor, Communication Studies 


Dr. William O'Meara 
Professor, Philosophy and Religion


Dr. Linda J. Hulton
Professor and DNP Coordinator, Nursing

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