Cover Photo Image

Engagement. You're already doing it. Now let's show the world.


JMU's vision is to be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and with the world.

When we say this, we’re not introducing a new idea to JMU. We have been involved in the pursuit of engaged learning, community engagement and civic engagement for years. All three engagement aspects foster the learning and development process: knowledge-creation and applying that knowledge to solve real world problems that affect all of us. Students at an engaged university like JMU learn both in and out of the classroom, connecting meaningfully with faculty, staff and peers so that the entire JMU community is involved in the learning and development process.

Engagement Highlight

On Being an Engaged and Enlightened Citizen

How do we make sure our college graduates are engaged and enlightened citizens? Listen in as President Alger discusses JMU's approach to fulfill Madison's vision of an educated, engaged and enlightened citizen. 

View more highlights

Engagement at JMU is...

Engaged Learning
Jesmine Torres-Roberts and Curtis Kapsak in the DNA sequencer lab.

Developing deep, purposeful and reflective learning, while uniting campus and community in the pursuit, creation, application and dissemination of knowledge.

Learn more

Community Engagement
Engineering's annual sophomore year bike project to design bicycles for local mobility-challenged clients.

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.

Learn more

Civic Engagement

Madison Vision Series Class Visit John Bridgeland

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.

Learn more

    Top Stories

  • Paul Bogard Professor's second book gets down to earth

    Paul Bogard's The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are, gets readers to think about a natural resource that is largely taken for granted.

  • Engagement Fellows A meaningful engagement

    JMU's opening trio of Engagement Fellows has completed a rewarding year of public service.

  • mm-jennifer-marshall-portrait.jpg Finding her brave

    Jennifer Marshall ('01) transformed her battle with mental illness into triumph and galvanized a movement

  • Shahn-students 'Drawing on the Left'

    Duke Hall Gallery exhibition featuring Ben Shahn could qualify as destiny at work.

  • David Vaughn - COB Learning Complex Supply, demand and opportunity

    David Vaughn ('17) plans to become a "2020 Visionary" for the College of Business Learning Complex.

Read More

Back to Top