Center for Faculty Innovation

Call for Faculty Associates

Mon, 16 May 2016 12:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Call for Faculty Associate—Scholarship and Academic Culture, Center for Faculty Innovation

Please consider joining a dynamic, innovative team of instructional faculty who are dedicated to enhancing academic culture at JMU.

Applications are now being accepted for Faculty Associate –Scholarship Area and Faculty Associate -Academic Culture positions in the Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI). The CFI works to enhance academic culture by encouraging excellence in teaching, scholarship, and career planning for JMU faculty. Faculty Associates are full-time, 10-month JMU instructional faculty who receive a course release or stipend during the fall and spring semesters. Joining a diverse and collaborative team for up to three academic years, Faculty Associates contribute substantially to the development, delivery, and evaluation of programs that support the development of JMU faculty. In addition to the specific qualifications detailed below, all applicants must possess an interest in university faculty development, be well organized, and be willing to work collaboratively on team-based initiatives.

Scholarship Area Faculty Associate
The CFI encourages applications from faculty who have interest in and/or experience working on initiatives involving the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) or engagement (SoE), grant writing, undergraduate research, scholarly writing programs, and/or research methodology. Respecting the diversity of scholarship that JMU faculty engage in, the CFI offers inclusive, evidence-based enrichment opportunities. Scholarship Programs create a vibrant community of scholars engaged in mindful, scholarly pursuits, both individually and collectively. Ideal candidates will be accomplished practitioners whose scholarship experiences align with one or more of the areas indicated above. Preference will be given to a candidate who will focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Read more about the Scholarship Area here

Academic Culture Faculty Associate

The CFI encourages applications from faculty who have interest in and/or experience working at the intersection of faculty development, student learning, and assessment.  This position will focus on a project called Learning Improvement by Design (LID), which partners select academic units with the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) and the CFI, with the goal of redesigning curricula to accomplish gains in student learning outcomes. Ideal applicants will possess some or all of the following characteristics: knowledge of evidence-based pedagogies, awareness of trends and innovations in assessment, and consultation skills. 

Candidates will be selected in May/June of 2016.  Positions may begin on a part-time basis in the summer of 2016.  Faculty Associates receive a course release per academic semester (negotiated with the academic unit head) or a $3,000 stipend for their work. 

Application Materials

  1. Cover letter, indicating relevant experience and/or interest.
  2. Current Curriculum Vita.
  3. Letter of nomination (generally nominations are provided by peers or administrators with knowledge of your work and strengths as a faculty member).
  4. Endorsement statement from your Academic Unit Head (AUH). Endorsements need only indicate support and can take the form of the following:

"I support  ___________________'s application for the position of CFI Faculty Associate.
Name: __________
Title: ___________"

Application Process

Submit items 1 and 2 to by May 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm.  Ensure that items 3 and 4 are also submitted by the deadline. For cases in which the AUH is also the nominator, the AUH should submit each document separately, but may supply both as part of the same email.  Questions may be directed to Ed Brantmeier ( for the Scholarship Area position and Cara Meixner ( for the Academic Culture position.  

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