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The Noftsinger Celebration of Madison Scholarship

The Noftsinger Celebration of Madison Scholarship was conceived by the Faculty Research Council as a means of showcasing the diverse scholarly activities of JMU’s academic community.  In May of 2011, the Center for Faculty Innovation and the Faculty Research Council successfully launched the first Celebration and brought together faculty members from across the academic disciplines to discuss their scholarly interests and explore ways to expand interdisciplinary collaboration.  Hosted in the Festival Conference & Student Center, this event will include two award presentations:  1) the 2014 Provost’s Award Winner for Excellence in Research and Scholarship and 2) the 2014 Research and Scholarship Distinguished Service Award.  Additional programming will include a reception, which will provide opportunities to expand fellowship, explore interdisciplinary collaborations, and celebrate the JMU scholarly culture with faculty and staff colleagues.
The event was re-named in 2012, in honor of the late Dr. John B. Noftsinger, Jr., who helped develop the first Celebration and was instrumental in advancing many aspects of research and scholarship at JMU.  As Vice Provost for Research and Public Service, Dr. Noftsinger sought to foster collaboration and support faculty in their scholarly pursuits.  The Noftsinger Celebration of Madison Scholarship serves as a small tribute to his legacy as a champion of scholarship at JMU.