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September 2014


September 5   - Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Institute
Location: Student Success Center (EPIC) 4041
Dates: Fridays Sept 5 - Oct 10, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Lunch will be provided on the first and last days of the institute (9/5 & 10/10).

Apply by Thursday, August 21 at 5pm.


How might we use digital technologies to spark innovation in our classrooms and at the same time build upon the core skills and pedagogies within our disciplines?  This six-week institute explores this question by introducing instructors in the humanities and social sciences to an array of theories, methods, and technologies associated with the digital humanities.  

Through readings, discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops, participants will:

  • Become conversant with digital humanities methodologies and pedagogies;
  • Gain working knowledge of popular digital tools such as online publishing, social media, and cloud-based collaboration technologies; and
  • Collaborate with fellow institute members, instructors, CIT and CFI staff  to design a fully-realized class-based assignment using digital humanities tools and methodologies.

With the help of the instructors, CIT staff and CFI faculty, and fellow institute members, participants will mobilize digital humanities tools and methodologies to design a fully realized assignment for one of their classes.  Participants will receive a $400 stipend, contingent on full participation in the institute (attending all sessions, completing assignments, and participating in discussion).  One of the guiding principles of the Digital Humanities is that the knowledge we produce needs to be freely accessible.  Accordingly, the work completed by participants will be made publicly available on the institute website.

Facilitator: Seán McCarthy, Ph.D., School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication

Facilitator: Andrew Witmer, Ph.D., Department of History

The institute is sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Letters, Center for Faculty Innovation, and the Center for Instructional Technology.


September 5   - POD
Location: Godwin Hall 356
Dates: Fri 9/5, 10/3, 10/31, 12/5
Times: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Registration Closed


Peer Orientation and Development Groups (PODS) are populated by first year part-time and full-time faculty who meet once a month, but may also get together for other, more informal networking opportunities. Each POD group is co-facilitated by experienced JMU faculty members, and is designed to give participating faculty the opportunity to learn about academic culture at JMU, get to know faculty across the University, and begin formulating focused, targeted goals for professional development and career milestones. Three groups are available:



September 10 - POD Group 2
Location: Rose Library 5230
Dates: Wed 9/10, 10/8, 11/5, 12/3
Times: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Registration Closed


Peer Orientation and Development Groups (PODS) are populated by first year part-time and full-time faculty who meet once a month, but may also get together for other, more informal networking opportunities. Each POD group is co-facilitated by experienced JMU faculty members, and is designed to give participating faculty the opportunity to learn about academic culture at JMU, get to know faculty across the University, and begin formulating focused, targeted goals for professional development and career milestones. Three groups are available:


September 10 - POD Group 3
Location: Rose Library 5230
Dates: Wed 9/10, 10/8, 11/5, 12/3
Times: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Registration Closed


Peer Orientation and Development Groups (PODS) are populated by first year part-time and full-time faculty who meet once a month, but may also get together for other, more informal networking opportunities. Each POD group is co-facilitated by experienced JMU faculty members, and is designed to give participating faculty the opportunity to learn about academic culture at JMU, get to know faculty across the University, and begin formulating focused, targeted goals for professional development and career milestones. Three groups are available:



September 29 - Scholarly Writers' Lockdown
Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


Writers' Lockdowns encourage faculty writers to dive into projects with concentrated time and effort. Held on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings, these mini-lockdowns will help create a regular writing pattern during the academic year. Peace of mind provided -- faculty writers provide the words.  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks.

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

This lockdown is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.

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