Center for Faculty Innovation

Call for Faculty Associates

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Please consider joining a dynamic community of educational developers collaborating to create opportunities for professional growth and development at JMU.

Application materials are due March 12, 2018, at 5 PM.

Applications are now being accepted for Faculty Associate – Scholarship Area, Faculty Associate – Career Planning Area, and Faculty Associate - Research and Assessment 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. CFI 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 creation, delivery, and evaluation of programs that support the development of JMU faculty. In addition to the specific qualifications detailed below, all applicants must be interested in university faculty development, well organized, and willing to work collaboratively on team-based initiatives.

CFI is committed to working as a team of educational developers that represents diverse viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences. We especially seek applicants committed to advancing inclusivity in educational development programs and spaces pertaining to teaching, scholarship, and career planning.

Candidates will be selected by April 9, 2018. Positions may begin on a part-time basis in the summer or full-time in the fall. Faculty Associates receive a course release per academic semester (negotiated with the academic unit head) or a $3,000 stipend for their contributions to the CFI.

Scholarship Area Faculty Associates 

The CFI encourages applications from faculty who have interest in and/or experience working on initiatives involving the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), engaged scholarship, grant writing, undergraduate research, scholarly writing programs, scholarly skill development, consultations, building scholarly communities, and/or research methodology (including qualitative and mixed methods). Respecting the diversity of scholarship that JMU faculty engage in, the CFI Scholarship Area aims to foster inclusive communities that enhance scholarly productivity through high impact practices. Ideal candidates will be accomplished practitioners whose scholarship experiences align with one or more of the areas indicated above. Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to multiple initiatives. Read more about the Scholarship Area.

Career Planning Area Faculty Associates
The CFI’s Career Planning Area invites applications from faculty who are want to contribute to, and create new, programs that help orient new faculty to JMU, support faculty career planning processes at all career stages, foster a multifaceted and active mentoring culture at JMU, help faculty maintain a healthy workplace culture and work-life balance, and provide opportunities for faculty to work on career success documentation. Besides developing new programs, faculty associates in the Career Planning Team contribute to the New Faculty Orientation and New Faculty Academy as well as the Academic Portfolio Institute. We encourage faculty with a wide range of experiences to apply, including those with interests in mentoring, work-life balance, part-time and adjunct faculty, mid- and late-career faculty, and diversity in faculty careers and career needs. Read more about the Career Planning Area.

Research and Assessment Associate

The CFI invites applications from faculty to support the ongoing evaluation, assessment, and research of educational development initiatives. We are particularly interested in faculty who may have served as departmental assessment chairs or who have rich, varied methodological experiences. 

Application Materials

  1. Cover letter, indicating relevant experience and/or interest, including the candidate’s experience working and contributing to diverse professional environments.
  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 following form:

"I support  ___________________'s application for the position of CFI Faculty Associate.

Name: __________Title: ___________"

Application Process

Submit items #1 and #2 to by March 12, 2018, at 5:00 PM. Ensure that items #3 and #4 are also submitted by March 12, 2018, at 5:00 PM. 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 about the particular positions may be directed to:

Ed Brantmeier ( ) – Scholarship Area

Andreas Broscheid ( – Career Planning Area

Cara Meixner/Tiffany Runion (  – Research and Assessment Team

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion, and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents, and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The University is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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