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May Symposium Program Genres & Types


Academic Culture: All CFI programs, especially programs that support the enhancement of academic culture at JMU, are designed for faculty to feel an increased sense of belonging to the JMU community, enhance diversity and inclusivity through teaching, scholarship, and career development, engage in reflective practices about faculty roles, establish and strengthen relationships with colleagues across disciplines, colleges, and ranks that support teaching, scholarship and/or career development, and develop holistic, integrated, and satisfying agendas in teaching, scholarship, and career development that align with the values of academic units and discipline(s).

Career Development: Career Development programs are designed for faculty to appreciate the fluidity, complexity, and changing demands of academic careers, achieve self-defined career milestones, integrate career development within the context of university, unit, and disciplinary missions,demonstrate knowledge of university-wide resources to support career roles and responsibilities, access resources to enhance career development plans, and develop and foster productive mentoring relationships.

Scholarship: Scholarship programs are designed for faculty to appreciate the changing role, forms and delivery modes of scholarship in higher education,enhance scholarly productivity, form collaborative research projects with students, faculty, and staff at JMU and other institutions,advance scholarly skills and output, explore and secure funding opportunities to support scholarly activities, and practice the integration of scholarship with teaching and other career aspirations.

Teaching: Teaching programs are designed for faculty to appreciate pedagogy as a significant higher education endeavor,identify factors that influence pedagogical choices, create assignments that support higher-level learning (deep learning), design and offer courses that align learning objectives, assessment, and learning activities, articulate how current pedagogical choices reflect disciplinary norms, practice the integration of scholarship with teaching and other career aspirations, and integrate knowledge of student development models in teaching philosophies and practice.


Workshops offer faculty introductory experiences to new pedagogies, scholarly experiences, or foundational components of comprehensive career planning. 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.  

Institutes provide faculty extended, immersive experiences pertaining to teaching, scholarship, or career development. Institutes range from half-day options to multi-day events, allowing for more opportunities for engagement and disciplined inquiry. Institutes are facilitated by faculty mentors and consultants with expertise in teaching, scholarship, or career development.

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 when 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.  Scholarship 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.