Campus Resources

  • Alternative Break ProgramEach year, James Madison University offers student led and developed service breaks to locations in the United States and abroad. Each service team typically consists of 12 student participants, two student co-leaders and a faculty or staff learning partner. Most breaks take place during the spring break period, but breaks are offered during various JMU academic breaks (January, May, weekends, etc.).
  • Campus Volunteer Opportunities
    • Commencement
    • Forbes Center
    • The Big Event - The Big Event is an annual university-wide day of service that happens every April at JMU. It is an opportunity for JMU students to show their appreciation for the surrounding Harrisonburg community by participating in service and beautification projects in and around Harrisonburg. Look for information each spring semester.
  • Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI) - CFI provides comprehensive professional development opportunities for JMU instructional faculty at all levels and stages of their careers. CFI initiatives are designed to enhance academic culture and support innovations in teaching, scholarship, and career planning.
  • Center for Global EngagementThe Center for Global Engagement is committed to the principle that international experiences and perspectives are essential to any undergraduate and graduate education. To that end, we promote and encourage a critical awareness of world issues; a knowledge of and an appreciation for other cultures, languages, and belief systems; a sense of global community; and a commitment to engagement at the international level, that we may educate active and responsible global citizens.
  • Civic Learning ProgramThe Civic Learning Mentor Experience is an informal mentoring program that gives students the opportunity to develop a relationship of mutual respect and trust with a JMU faculty member, staff member, or graduate student.
  • CommonHealth - CommonHealth is the employee wellness program for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Programs cover a variety of health and wellness subjects and are presented in a variety of formats - including onsite programs and video presentations - that make it easy to participate. Not only are the programs educational and fun, they help you stay fit and healthy.
  • Community Service LeaveClassified employees receive 16 hours of paid leave per leave year to perform volunteer services through eligible non-profit organizations within or outside their communitie
  • Dual Career and Community Resources Program - The Office of Human Resources developed the Dual Career and Community Resources Program to complement recruiting and retention efforts by assisting newly hired faculty or staff members that will be relocating to the area.
  • Employee Advisory CommitteeAs an advisory committee reporting to the President of James Madison University (JMU), the Employee Advisory Committee fosters open, honest and productive communication between employees and the university administration with an emphasis on matters of concern to all employees.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - All health plans offered to state employees and their dependents have Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). Included are up to four sessions at no charge for such services as mental health, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, child or elder care, grief counseling and legal or financial services.
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) - Employee Resource Groups, commonly know as ERGs, are organizationally supported employee groups that engage different generations, backgrounds, ethnicities and perspectives across all disciplines.
  • Financial Counseling - Let these companies help you make financial decisions that are right for you. Schedule an one-on-one appointment today with a consultant to discuss your personal financial situation on a confidential basis. They will be available to discuss how to help meet your financial goals with products, such as mutual funds and annuities, or other financial matters you have.
  • Human ResourcesJames Madison University provides many opportunities for personal and professional growth, and the Human Resources office is here to help you navigate through your employment and assist however we are able.
  • IT Training - Assists faculty and staff with JMU supported software through workshops, assessment tests, tutorials, and house calls.
  • Innovation Services - A merger of staff, spaces, and initiatives focused on bringing creative technologies and expertise to the entire JMU community.
  • LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Group - An employee group dedicated to serving the common interests of equality for LGBTQ people at JMU, especially those without the ability to participate openly and safely in shaping the university culture, values, and practice in this area.
  • - Find streaming video tutorials on over 2,000 courses in 3D animation, audio, business, CAD, design, development, photography, video creation, web design, and more. Software tutorials include Access, Adobe, Dreamweaver, Excel, Flash, iMovie, Office, SharePoint, SQL, and more.
  • Talent DevelopmentJMU Talent Development focuses on learning areas which encourage each employee to reach their own potential and help faculty and staff work more effectively with others. Talent Development offers personal and professional development opportunities which are provided free of charge to JMU Administrative & Professional faculty, Professional Librarians, classified staff and wage employees.
  • Therapist Assisted Online (TAO) - JMU Counseling Center is providing the Therapist Assisted Online (TAO) online counseling software to the JMU community. TAO is an interactive, web-based program that provides high-quality and dynamic psychoeducational resources for a variety of common mental health concerns (e.g. anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, communication skills, etc.) as well as mindfulness and self-care resources.Tuition WaiverThe university offers a waiver of tuition (undergraduate and graduate level) to all eligible employees for academic credited courses offered at the university each semester.
  • Univeristy Recreation (UREC) - JMU has excellent recreational facilities that are available for use by university employees and their family members. UREC aims to promote and advance healthy lifestyles through educational programs, participation opportunities and support services.
Employee Awards and Recognition
  • Duke 2 Duke ProgramThe Duke 2 Duke program allows any faculty or staff member to acknowledge behaviors and actions of their peers that align with the university or an individual’s departmental Mission, Vision and Values.
  • Govenor's AwardsThe state sponsored Governor’s Awards recognize and reward deserving employees and provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the work state employees do every day on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • President's Purple Star AwardsThrough the President’s Office, Purple Star Awards recognize an employee’s outstanding efforts and achievements that contribute to the success of the university during the prior year.
  • Years of Service Awards
External Resources
  • Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for EmployersThe Northeast Business Group on Health(NEBGH) and AARP have released a practical toolkit to help employers of all sizes create workplace policies that help support employees who are family caregivers. Called Supporting Caregivers in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for Employers, the guide contains a series of tools, resources, and guidance. It provides employers with the essential information they need to understand family caregiving issues, the challenges facing both employers and employees, and what employers can do to create and implement successful workplace caregiving policies and programs. The toolkit is divided into several major sections beginning with an overview of the business case for workplace caregiving programs. The guide is the latest in a series of collaborative workplace caregiving initiatives between NEBGH and AARP, a John A. Hartford Foundation-grantee. To read the guide, click here.

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