Office of Sponsored Programs

Growth Mindset in Grant Writing (Roundtable)

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Rose Library room 5211 
Registration Link: 

A recent trend in education is to help students change a rather common fixed mindset where they believe that they either have or do not have traits like intelligence.  The goal is to encourage them to see traits like intelligence as a capacity that can be developed through hard work and repeated trial, error, and effort over time – a growth mindset.  Growth mindset (see Carol Dweck Revisits the Growth Mindset) fosters notions of intelligence that are flexible.  Ideas and skills are learnable through trial and error, through developing new strategies and approaches when others do not work out. Applied to grant writing, a growth mindset enables faculty to see rejection as part of a development process that hones their long-term grant writing skills; they respond by developing new strategies, approaches, and by seeking new audiences for their work. This roundtable will include four faculty from different colleges at JMU discussing how having a growth mindset in grant writing has ultimately led to success.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Understanding how a growth mindset is beneficial in the grant writing process, and
  • Discussing grant writing perseverance with JMU faculty.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this scholarship outcome: 

  • Exploring & securing funding opportunities to support scholarly activities.


Diane Foucar- Szocki, Ph.D, Department of Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education
Robert Nagel, Ph.D., Department of Engineering
Giovanna Scarel, Ph. D, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Gerald Weniger, Ph. D, Department of Health Sciences 

Partner/Sponsor: Office of Research and Scholarship

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