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October 2014


October 23 - Reinventing Yourself at Mid-Career
Location: Student Success Center Room 1075

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In this roundtable targeting mid-career professors, participants will discuss ways to reinvent themselves in order to enhance the vitality of their work. Reinvention might involve making significant changes to one’s teaching, research, and/or community engagement – or adopting new roles and responsibilities within the University or profession. Discussion facilitators will share their own stories of reinvention and join other participants in discussing the multiple pathways to renewal and reinvention post-tenure. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in self-reflection about their place in the profession, generate ideas for reinvigorating their careers, and develop connections with other mid-career faculty at JMU. 

Facilitators:  
Natalie Kerr Lawrence, Ph.D., Center for Faculty Innovation
Beth Eck, Ph.D., Department of Sociology
Traci Zimmerman, Ph.D., School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication



October 24 - Writing Renewal Retreat

Fri, 10/24 from 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM; Sat 10/25 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sun 10/26 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Camp Horizons Retreat Center - Click here for directions

Meals will be provided. Overnight stay encouraged, yet optional. 

Registration Closed


Seeking renewal for writing projects? Engage in a three-day writing retreat with a community of faculty writers at Mountain Valley Retreat Center at the base of Massanutten Mountain near Harrisonburg, VA.  Stimulate creativity and reconnect with scholarship passions as you reflect, dialogue, and engage in writing.  Enjoy contemplative practices such as nature walks, quiet centering/mindfulness meditation, music, and more.  Renew your sense of inspiration and hope as you move toward completion of a writing project. Overnight stay encouraged, yet optional. Meals and housing will be provided courtesy of CFI.

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

  • Developing metacognitive awareness of writing process and habits
  • Advancing a writing project
  • Practicing peer review
  • Generating tips for writing productivity
  • Appreaciating contemplative practivices for increasing focus, awareness, and well-being
  • Renewing enthusiasm for scholarly writing

Facilitator: Edward J. Brantmeier, Ph.D., Department of Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education & Center for Faculty Innovation

Facilitator: Cathryn Molloy, Ph. D., Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication

Faciltator: Jennifer Byrne, Ph. D., Political Science

Facilitator: Shari DeLeo Scofield, Coordinator of Mad4U


October 24 - Scholarly Writers' Lockdown
Location: Rose Library 3311

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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.

October 24 - Islamic State, National Security, and Peace
Location: Rose Library, Third Floor Flex Space

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The self-described Islamic State has rapidly become a central focus of a multifaceted debate. Is the ongoing military response proportional to the threat? What is the role of social media in transforming single acts of violent extremism into a global concern? Is the group calling itself Islamic State in fact part of Islam? What should we even call the group: IS? ISIL? ISIS? This flashpoint brings faculty experts in terrorism, world religion, and national security together to discuss IS, foreign policy, and asymmetric conflicts in the age of asymmetric religious conflicts.

Faciltators:

Frances Flannery, PhD, Associate Professor of Religion, Department of Religion and Philosophy; Director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Terrorism and Peace

Timothy Walton, PhD, Professor of Intelligence Analysis, Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Danielle Widmann Abraham, PhD, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy



October 27 - Scholarly Writers' Lockdown
Location: Rose Library 3311

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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.


October 28 - Artful Science: From STEM to STEAM
Location: Rose Library room 3311

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This roundtable will explore the shift from STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) to STEAM, wherein the arts are as intertwined with STEM disciplines as they have been since the origins of human history.  As noted by John Maeda in Scientific American, the arts and sciences are “two of the last places reserved for open-ended inquiry, for failure to be a welcome part of the process, for learning to occur by a continuous feedback loop between thinking and doing.”  What does it mean to add art and design to the STEM equation?  How might this movement create deep, cross-disciplinary learning experiences for our students and faculty?  

Facilitator
John R. Jungck, Ph. D., Department of Biological Sciences, University of Delaware

Sponsor
College of Science and Mathematics



October 31 - The 7000 Mile Journey: Fulbright Experiences in South Korea
Location: Duke Hall Court; lunch will be provided at 12.

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Professor Sang Yoon, JMU’s first two-time Fulbright Scholar, will discuss her experiences of both teaching and researching in South Korea. Professor Yoon embarked in cross-cultural exchanges through teaching graphic design at Hong Ik University in 2007 and at Kyung Hee University in 2013. In this scholarly talk, Professor Yoon will also share research from her 2007 study, “The Street Graphics of Seoul” and her 2013 study, "Making of Culture in Seoul Business Signboards." Faculty interested in a particular Fulbright project that featured cross-cultural exchange as foundational to the teaching and research process will find value in this scholarly talk.

This scholarly talk is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Appreciate the dynamics of cross-cultural exchange between JMU and Korean students; and
  • Appreciate the opportunities and challenges of a Fulbright experience.

Facilitator: Sang Yoon, M.F.A., School of Art, Design and Art History

Cosponsors: Office of International Programs, Office of Diversity, and School of Art, Design, and Art History


October 31 - 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.

October 31 - Here to Help (H2H) Workshop
Location:  Festival Conference and Student Center: Highlands Room; light breakfast will be served.

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This workshop, followed by discussion, will introduce participants to the benefits that direct engagement can have with individual students as they face the challenges of balancing their academic careers and the other spheres of life as a college student. Learning from experts from the Health Center, the Office for Substance Abuse, and Counseling Services, will explore the many existing programs that help support students in lead successful lives on campus, and how faculty can serve as a referral point for students seeking these resources.  Participants who join the H2H program will receive a sticker for their office door to publicize their participation in the program and their willingness to help students seeking resources.

After the H2H training session, faculty will be able to identify:

  • Signs of distress in students and steps they can take to assist students
  • Disruptive classroom behavior and develop an intervention plan to reduce its occurence
  • A dangerous student
  • Actions they can take to help mitigate risk

Facilitators:  
Amy Sirocky-Meck, Associate Director, Substance Abuse Prevention
Tia Mann, Assistant Director, Substance Abuse Prevention
David Onestak, Director, Counseling Center
Elizabeth Howley Assistant Director, Sexual Assault Prevention

Co-sponsors:  Here to Help


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