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The Center for Faculty Innovation offers January Symposium 2018 as a day-long conference based in JMU's Rose Library. Register for a full day of sessions or attend just a few events. CFI's scholarship team has loaded the schedule with a variety of session topics all presented by JMU faculty.

Faculty might gain new skills for data management using NVivo, a new appreciation for revise-and-resubmits, learn strategies for nurturing undergraduate research and other skills and insights by participating in one-hour roundtables and one- to three-hour workshops. A scholarly writing lockdown and syllabus lockdown are also available throughout the day to offer faculty a space to forward a writing project or work on their spring syllabi. 

At the 2018 January Symposium, faculty could also choose to explore one of three tracks of programming:

Sessions range from introductory research skills – like those in “Meet the Mixed Methods” – to opportunities to work through existing projects via “IRB Tips, Tricks, and Strategies.” Two afternoon sessions offer extended periods of time for “Developing Measurement Skills” and “Working (and Playing) in NVivo”.

Discover strategies for each stage of the writing process including starting projects (“Mining the Dissertation,” “Writing Book Proposals”), revising existing writing (“Revitalizing Revision”), and planning for future scholarly writing (“Scholarship Agendas: Organize Projects and Manage Your Time”). 

One strategy for increasing scholarly production is to explicitly connect teaching and scholarship. From considering “Syllabus Design as Scholarship” to “Growing Undergraduate Research in Your Department” and “Assessing High Impact Practices and Student Engagement in the Classroom,” this track invites faculty to view their classroom responsibilities through scholarly lenses.

Workshops offer faculty introductory experiences to scholarly endeavors. Faculty or guest speakers with expertise facilitate these activities and offer opportunities to apply new ideas to academic endeavors.

Roundtables build insight and community around topics of mutual interest by offering facilitated inquiry into a timely issue or dynamic that cuts across the spectrum of teaching, scholarship, and career development. Knowledgeable facilitators provide short, informative presentations followed by interactive dialogue with participants about material presented.

Lockdowns provide space and time for individual faculty members to focus on their work. In an informal context among peers, faculty are encouraged to advance projects with concentrated time and effort. Consultations available on request.

Scholarly Talks feature the good work of faculty from James Madison University, from other universities in the United States and from around the world in order to engage colleagues in academically informed inquiry and the creation of a vibrant academic community. Scholarly talks, which take place in an informal faculty gathering space, focus on some aspect(s) of scholarship and kick-off an opportunity for faculty to mingle with their colleagues.

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