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Teaching


For more than a century, James Madison University – founded as a college for teacher educators – has prided itself on excellence in teaching and learning.  JMU faculty members carry forward this tradition through innovative courses and groundbreaking pedagogies. The Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI) provides an array of inclusive, evidence-based workshops, institutes, communities, and consultations designed to encourage, foster, and support excellence in teaching and learning. 

Teaching programs are designed for faculty to make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices
  • Creating assignments and/or courses that support higher-level learning (deep learning)
  • Designing and offering courses or curricula that align learning objectives, assessment, and learning activities
  • Articulating how current pedagogical choices reflect disciplinary norms
  • Practicing the integration of scholarship and teaching
  • Integrating knowledge of student development models in teaching philosophies and practice