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November 2014

November 19 - To Teach and To Research for Diversity and Social Justice
Location: Rose 5211.

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What role and responsibility do we have in promoting diversity and social justice? Whether this happens in the classroom as educators or in our disciplinary communities as scholars, how can we make an impact? In this session, facilitators will discuss their experiences as educators and scholars of diversity and social justice, as related to gender, nationality, ethnicity, and beyond.  The audience will engage in conversation about creating more inclusive practices and social structures. A key goal of this roundtable is to learn from each other and identify ways to impact our JMU community.


Dr. Jennifer Byrne is an associate professor in Political Science. She teaches courses in social justice on topics such as minority politics, environmental justice and animal welfare. Her research overlaps with issues of social justice involving refugee identity and the conservation of endangered species.

Dr. Jessica Davidson is an associate professor in the Department of History. She is the former Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Minor.  Her research is in fascism and gender in Spain with a recent focus on film, historical memory, and sexuality.

Dr. Eric Pappas is a professor of Integrated Science and Technology. He has been at JMU since 2003 and currently teaches courses on cognitive processes and behavior change. Eric’s teaching, research, and publishing focus on social justice and social change through intentional self-development.


Dr. Olga Pierrakos is an Associate Professor in Engineering.   A strand of her research focuses on gender and engineering education.  

November 21 - 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

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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