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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Tuition Waiver JMU Policy 1402 and JMU Policy 1405


The university offers a waiver of tuition (undergraduate and graduate) for academic credit courses offered at JMU each semester. Books, application fees, special course or departmental fees and readmission fees are not covered. A&P faculty members may have tuition waived, upon employment, for a maximum of two classes and one lab per semester. Also see HR’s Employee Tuition Assistance website.

Questions regarding waiver of tuition may be directed to the Benefits Assistant, benefits@jmu.edu, 540-568-3593.

Work-Related Education or Training from an External Source JMU Policy 1401


In support of the university's commitment to professional development of faculty and staff, the university may authorize reimbursement to full-time employees for the tuition of work-related education or for the costs of certain work-related training programs taken at other institutions. Departments may also choose to pay for such course work in advance.

This policy is designed to aid full-time employees who are expected to continue employment with the university for a period that will justify such educational assistance.

Talent Development JMU Policy 1403


James Madison University is committed to providing relevant, high-quality professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. In support of JMU’s core quality of Faculty & Staff Success – We foster for all faculty and staff a culture and environment that supports healthy work-life balance and personal and professional growth – Talent Development offers a variety of workshops, certificate programs, and departmental retreats.

JMU 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.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to pursue professional development utilizing internal and external resources. Please let the JMU Talent Development staff know how we can assist you in your personal, professional or departmental development needs.

Talent Development specializes in workshops and departmental retreats that focus on:

  • Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Supervision/Management
  • Administrative Skills
  • Team Building
  • Work/Life Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Organizational Development

For more information about our workshops, certificate programs, and our competency model, please visit http://www.jmu.edu/talentdevelopment.

Computing Workshops


Information Technology offers a variety of computing workshops for Administrative & Professional faculty, classified and wage employees. These hands-on workshops on JMU supported software are offered in the IT Training Center (JMAC4). You can find a comprehensive listing by visiting the IT Training Course Description website. Sign up for these workshops through MyMadison.

Service Awards


In accordance with the Commonwealth's Employee Recognition Programs DHRM Policy 1.10, the university recognizes length of service for classified staff and faculty through an annual service awards event. Employees who have completed 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, etc. years of service with the university are honored.

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