The Engaged Teacher-Scholar (ETS) program offers faculty support in creating and sharing evidence-based teaching and learning scholarship. The goal of the ETS Program is to recognize JMU faculty who engage in meaningful evidence-based teaching and learning scholarship.  The program aims to support faculty growth in a process of becoming ETS leaders across JMU’s campus. Engaged Teacher-Scholars view teaching and learning from a scholarly point of view.  Whether their work is called Discipline-based Education Research, Teaching Inquiry, or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, these scholars are educators who engage in evidence-based teaching and learning scholarly activities. Faculty chosen to participate as ETS leaders will receive a $1000 in professional development funds for the year to support their professional goals.

Benefits to being an Engaged Teacher Scholar include:
  • Being recognized for evidence-based teaching and learning scholarship.
  • Serving as a liaison between CFI and department/college on ETS initiatives.
  • Supporting JMU colleagues (within her/his department or college) with ETS efforts.
  • Being a part of JMU’s Community of Engaged Teacher Scholars
  • Receiving a $1000 in professional development funds to support personal ETS efforts (i.e. disseminate ETS work, attend ETS Professional Development opportunities, travel to ETS conferences, workshops, etc.)
Apply to join the ETS program

Applications for the program are due in the spring semester for the following academic year. Check back here for future application information.

Click here for a PDF preview of the application. 

During the academic year, Engaged Teacher-Scholars will…
  • Work with CFI to develop a plan for and offer ETS events each semester to their Unit-College and University-wide (examples include journal clubs, workshops, roundtables, methodology review, etc.). 
  • Make progress on their evidence-based teaching and learning scholarship project(s).
  • Participate in a community of Engaged Teacher-Scholars.
  • Attend CFI-organized or other professional development opportunities.
Engaged Teacher Scholar Program outcomes

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Advancing individual SoTL projects.
  • Catalyzing unit-level teacher-scholar conversations.
  • Generating university-wide dialogue on high-impact practices.


Faculty participants will make progress toward these outcomes: 

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity,
  • Practicing the integration of scholarship with teaching and other career aspirations,
  • Practicing the integration of scholarship and teaching, and
  • Integrating knowledge of student development models in teaching philosophies and practice.
ETS Leaders 2018-2019

Tiara Saufley Brown, Education Programs, College of Education

Diana Galarreta, Foreign Language, College of Arts & Letters

Gilpatrick Hornsby, Hart School, College of Business

Cindy Klevickis, Integrated Science and Technology, College of Integrated Science & Engineering

Katya Koubek, Education Programs, College of Education

Shana Meganck, School of Communications, College of Arts and Letters

Ahmad Salman, Integrated Science and Technology, College of Integrated Science & Engineering

Engaged Teacher-Scholar Program Liaisons

2018-2019: Dayna Henry, Health Sciences, College of Health and Behavioral Studies

Previous ETS Program Liaisons:

Ray Rodriguez, Education Programs, College of Education

Anthony Tongen, Math & Statistics,

Ashley Taylor Jaffee, Middle, Secondary & Mathematics Education

Previous Engaged Teacher-Scholars

Elise Barrella, Engineering

Shannon Conley, Integrated Science and Technology

Katie Dredger, Middle, Secondary & Mathematics Education

Samy El-Tawab, Integrated Science and Technology

Mollie Godfrey, English

Heather Griscom, Biology

Joseph Harsh, Biology

Erika Metzler Sawin, Nursing

Amanda Sawyer, Middle, Secondary & Mathematics Education

David Shonk, Hart School of Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Management

Alexis Stevens, Math & Statistics

Budimka Uskokovic Tenney, Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Cassie Williams, Math & Statistics

Emily York, Integrated Science and Technology

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