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  • May 9: Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • May 9: University Commencement Ceremony
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  • May 9: Graduate Commencement Ceremony
  • May 9: University Commencement Ceremony
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JMU News

  • Oct 12
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Oct 14
    Visiting Scholar Modhumita Roy

    6:30 p.m.
    Room 2105, Harrison Hall

    Modhumita Roy, associate professor of English at Tufts University, presents “Immaculate Conceptions: Making Families in the Age of Surrogacy and Globalization.”

    The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Oct 18
    Visiting Scholar Chitja Twala

    9 a.m.
    Allegheny Room, Festival Conference and Student Center

    Chitja Twala, senior lecturer in the history department at the University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, presents “The Strategy and Tactics Document of the African National Congress in South Africa: An Historical Perspective.”

    The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Oct 18
    Just the Basics: Analyzing Qualitative Data

    Location: Rose Library 5211
    Workshop
    This event is also offered on Thu, 17 Oct 2013 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    Register


    Discovering meaningful yet efficient ways to analyze qualitative data can be a struggle for novice and expert researchers.  Designed for individuals who are new to qualitative inquiry, this workshop will provide participants with basic information, skills, and strategies involved in the analysis of textual data (e.g., survey responses, transcripts).  Participants will also learn about conventional and technology-driven approaches to coding, analysis and interpretation.

    Facilitator: Cara Meixner, Ph.D, Department of Graduate Psychology & Center for Faculty Innovation

    Facilitator: Noorie Brantmeier, Ph.D, Department of Learning, Technology and Leadership Education

  • Oct 19
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Oct 26
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Nov 9
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Comets and Discovery”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Nov 14
    Just-In-Time Teaching

    Location: Taylor Hall 306
    Workshop
    This event is also offered on Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Register


    The Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) pedagogy blends active learning classroom methods with state-of-the art electronic communication technologies. In preparation for an interactive classroom experience, students work with strategically constructed web- based assignments with due dates just before class time. Instructors base the daily classroom activities on the student submissions. Participants in this workshop will learn the factors that would support successful implementation of JiTT, examples of how JiTT has been implemented in university classes and will actively engage in creating materials they can use in their current class(es).

    In this workshop, participants will:

    1. Learn the reasons and goals for implementing JiTT;
    2. Learn how JiTT has been and can be implemented in a college classroom;
    3. Devise questions and formulate other aspects of JiTT that can be used in participants' own classrooms; and
    4. Understand the relationship between JiTT and other flipped classroom pedagogies.

    Facilitator: Jim Benedict, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology

  • Nov 16
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Comets and Discovery”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Nov 28
    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Nov. 28-29

    Thanksgiving Holiday.

    University closed.

  • Dec 23
    Winter Holiday

    Dec. 23 (noon)-31
    Winter Holiday.

    University closed.

  • Nov 23
    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Nov. 23-Dec. 1

    Classes do not meet.

  • Dec 2
    Classes resume

    Classes resume.

  • Dec 9
    Final examinations

    Final examinations.

  • Dec 14
    Commencement

    10 a.m.
    Convocation Center

  • Nov 23
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Comets and Discovery”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Nov 30
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Comets and Discovery”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Dec 6
    Exam Writing 101: Aligning Tests with Learning Outcomes

    Location: Rose Library 5211; lunch will be provided at noon
    Workshop
    This event is also offered on Thu, 5 Dec 2013 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    Register


    In this workshop, faculty will focus on the degree to which their exam writing process reflects course content, learning objectives, and student learning. Participants will explore how tools such as learning taxonomies and formative assessments can inform exam construction and format. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and revise their own exam questions using evidence-based strategies.

    This workshop is designed for faculty to make progress toward the following outcomes:

    • Apply learning taxonomies to current exam questions;
    • Align exam questions to specific learning objectives; and
    • Develop one or more formative/summative assessment item.

    Facilitator: Carol A. Hurney, Ph.D, Department of Biology & Center for Faculty Innovation

  • Dec 7
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Molecularium”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Secrets of the Sun”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Dec 14
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Molecularium”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Secrets of the Sun”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Dec 21
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Molecularium”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Secrets of the Sun”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Jan 11
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Legends of the Night Sky: Orion”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Ice Worlds”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Jan 18
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Legends of the Night Sky: Orion”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Ice Worlds”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Jan 25
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Legends of the Night Sky: Orion”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Ice Worlds”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Mar 20
    Madison Vision Series: Jeff Rosen

    4-5 p.m.
    Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

    The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU’s department of Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Jeff Rosen, CEO of the National Constitution Center, for the Madison Vision Series: Contemporary Issues in an Engaged Society.

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • Oct 16
    Visiting Scholar Barry Long

    5 p.m.
    Room 142, Music Building

    Barry Long, assistant professor of music at Bucknell University, presents “Black Blowers of the Now: Jazz and Activism from King’s Birmingham to Coltrane’s Alabama.”

    The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Oct 14
    artWorks Gallery Exhibition

    Oct. 14-25

    Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    Noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    131 Grace St.

    The exhibition features work by JMU students Amberlee Taylor, Carleigh Boyd, Danni O’Brien and Katie Gong. Opening reception, Oct. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. For information, call (540) 568-7175. Free.

  • Oct 28
    artWorks Gallery Exhibition

    Oct. 28-Nov. 8

    Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    Noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    131 Grace St.

    The exhibition features work by the JMU French Study Abroad Program. Opening reception, Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. For information, call (540) 568-7175. Free.

  • Nov 11
    artWorks Gallery Exhibition

    Nov. 11-23

    Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    Noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    131 Grace St.

    The exhibition features work by JMU students Allison Nickens, H. Gentry, Sarah Hade and selected Fiber Class Students. Opening reception, Nov. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. For information, call (540) 568-7175. Free.

  • Jan 13
    Spring Semester Begins

    Classes meet as scheduled.

  • Jan 20
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Classes do not meet.

  • Feb 11
    Student Assessment/Faculty Assistance Day

    No classes 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Evening classes (those beginning at 4 p.m. or later) meet as scheduled.

  • Mar 10
    Spring Break

    March 10-14

    Classes do not meet.

  • Mar 17
    Classes resume

    Classes resume today after Spring Break.

  • May 5
    Final examinations

    May 5-9
    As scheduled

  • May 9
    Graduate Commencement Ceremony

    10 a.m.
    JMU Convocation Center

  • May 9
    University Commencement Ceremony

    3 p.m.
    Bridgeforth Stadium

  • May 10
    College Commencement Ceremonies

    9 a.m.
    Various locations

  • Oct 29
    Creating an Environment to Discuss Stereotypes in the Classroom

    Location: Taylor 304
    Roundtable

    Register


    In this roundtable, Matthew Lee, Assistant Professor of Psychology, will lead the discussion of his teaching/research project on racial attitudes among students. The project looks at whether factual information on affirmative action, combined with other teaching interventions such as simulations, affects the racial attitudes of students, and how other factors interact with this relationship. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss teaching interventions as well as the measurement of student attitudes.

    This roundtable is designed for faculty to make progress toward the following outcomes:

    • learn about and exchange ideas on scholarly work currently conducted at JMU;
    • discuss evidence-based strategies to measure stereotyping among students; and
    • exchange ideas on how to help students reduce stereotypes and to be more accepting of different perspectives.

    Facilitator: Andreas Broscheid, Ph.D, Department of Political Science

    Facilitator: Matt Lee, Ph.D, Department of Psychology

  • Nov 21
    Scholarship Agendas: Organize Projects and Manage Your Time

    Location: Taylor 306
    Workshop
    This event is also offered on Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Register


    Amidst the busy nature of teaching, scholarship, and service, faculty need to reflect on their personal scholarly process, prioritize projects, and manage scholarship agendas. This workshop will aid participants in prioritizing scholarship projects and in building a timeline for completing projects for 2014 and beyond. Walk away with a scholarship timeline and clarified priorities for research projects in the new year.

    Facilitator: Edward J. Brantmeier, Ph.D, Department of Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education & Center for Faculty Innovation

  • Oct 10
    Poetry Reading by Kyle Dargan

    4 p.m.
    Transitions, Warren Hall

    Kyle Dargan, the author of three collections of poetry, is an assistant professor of literature and director of creative writing at American University.

    Sponsored by the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Free.

  • Oct 14
    Adult Degree Program Information Session

    Noon
    Room 3165, Memorial Hall

    The informal session includes a brief overview of the program and a question-and-answer segment.

    No preregistration is required. For information, call Pamela Hamilton at (540) 568-6824. Free.

  • Oct 14
    Adult Degree Program Information Session

    5:30 p.m.
    Room 3165, Memorial Hall

    The informal session includes a brief overview of the program and a question-and-answer segment.

    No preregistration is required. For information, call Pamela Hamilton at (540) 568-6824. Free.

  • Oct 19
    Parade of Champions Marching Bands Competition

    Gates open at 7:30 a.m. for the all-day event
    Bridgeforth Stadium

    The 36th annual competition features about 46 high-school marching bands that complete in their respective classes. JMU’s Marching Royal Dukes perform in the afternoon and at night.

    General admission is $15, admission for students and seniors is $10 and children under age 2 are admitted free.

    Check htp://www.jmu.edu/mrd/poc.shtml for details.

  • Oct 19
    Children's Harvest Festival

    1-5 p.m.
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Featuring dance and music exhibitions, lessons, crafts and sidewalk chalk art, singers and performances, Gus Bus story time, snacks, tours and a harvesting seeds activity.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.

  • Oct 21
    Guest Artist Rebecca Ringquist Presentation

    5-6 p.m.
    Room 306, Taylor Hall

    Rebecca Ringquist discusses her artwork. Sponsored by Sawhill Gallery.

    For information, contact Gary Freeburg, Sawhill Gallery director, at (540) 568-6407.

  • Oct 24
    Embodied Learning

    Location: Rose Library 3311
    Workshop

    Register


    From the sciences and engineering to the arts and letters, embodied learning is gaining recognition as a sound, evidence-based pedagogy.  Such learning through and of movement – often called kinesthetic or somatic – connects students’ knowledge of content to physical, neural, and sensory experiences (Freiler, 2008).  

    Led by critically acclaimed choreographer Claire Porter and co-facilitated by faculty across the disciplines, this workshop will model principles of embodied learning while engaging participants in best practices.  Faculty will have the opportunity to share experiences and apply what they have learned to current or future courses.

    This workshop is designed for faculty to make progress towards the following outcomes:

    • understand what embodied learning entails for both faculty and learners;
    • experience an embodied practice (respiration and the expressive power of breath);
    • consider how embodiment may solve a teaching challenge; and
    • bridge knowledge of embodied learning to their teaching practices.

    Facilitator: Claire Porter with Kate Trammel and Sharon Babcock

    This event is sponsored by the School of Theatre and Dance and the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services (IIHHS)

    Claire Porter's comic masterpiece, Namely, Muscles, will be performed on Friday, October 25 by JMU dance faculty artist Kate Trammell. 

  • Oct 25
    Contemplative Pedagogies

    Location: Taylor 309
    Dates: Fridays 9/27, 10/25, 11/22
    Times: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Register


    Become part of a growing movement in higher education.  This Faculty Interest Group (FIG) welcomes people with experience or interest in applications of mindfulness and contemplative practices to teaching and student learning. According to empirical research, routine mindfulness practice stimulates brain activity, enhances focus and attentiveness, and can enhance academic achievement. Learn more about contemplative practices and collaborate with others who are interested in or engaged with contemplative pedagogies.  The frequency of group meetings, direction of discussion, and projects will be determined collectively.

    This FIG is designed to be a faculty-driven, self-directed community that agrees on collective objectives.  All FIGs are designed to help faculty make progress toward the following outcomes:

    • Explore a topic of common concern, interest, or relevance;
    • Apply what is learned to some aspect of faculty life at JMU; and
    • Collaboratively guide the group toward its intended goals.

    Facilitator: Jared Featherstone, WRTC and UWC

  • Oct 26
    Fall Color Carriage Rides

    11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Enjoy a horse-drawn ride through the arboretum trails.

    For information, including pricing, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.

  • Oct 29
    Skillful Teaching at the Edge of Your Expertise

    Location: Montpelier Room
    Scholarly Talk

    Register


    Most faculty do not like to admit it, but it is known to be true - faculty often find themselves teaching the unfamiliar. In some instances, professors are adding cutting edge research into courses; in others, they are teaching topics they haven't studied (or used) since their own sophomore years. One can immediately picture the pitfalls of this scenario, but in what ways can this make faculty better teachers and students better learners? In this plenary, teacher-scholar Therese Huston shares her research with faculty from across the country. What are best practices from professors who teach material outside of their comfort zone and do it well? What are some of the common but unavoidable mistakes all faculty tend to make? Integrally, what are the implications for the evolving professoriate and, at large, higher education? Faculty and graduate students at all levels and ranks are encouraged to attend this plenary and examine the experience of "teaching while learning" and what it suggests for how we can work more creatively and innovatively with students.

    This Scholarly Talk is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:

    • speak to the productive tensions that arise when faculty teach at the margins of their expertise;
    • gain awareness of the evolving, changing professoriate; and
    • generate conversations regarding teaching and its relationship to broader career development.

    Facilitator: Therese Huston, Ph.D, Center for Faculty Development at Seattle University

    This event is cosponsored by General Education.

  • Nov 2
    Field Trip to Nelson Rocks Canopy

    8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    Field trip departs and returns to the parking lot of the Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Experience over a mile of fun through the Nelson Rocks canopy. Enjoy 12 exhilarating zip lines, three adventurous sky bridges and a 40-foot assisted rappel back to the forest floor with a canopy tour. Or for a rock-climbing adventure like no other, registrants can choose to experience the Via Ferrata, which offers a mile of fixed-anchor, pro-guided rock climbing with a sky bridge transition between rock faces.

    No experience needed for either tour. Just be in relatively good shape, and weight between 70 and 250 pounds. Enjoy an all-day van tour visiting regional sites that are home to some of our area’s most incredible trees and nature resources.

    Pack your lunch. Cost: $90 per person, transportation included, pre-registration required online at http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Nov 11
    Adult Degree Program Information Session

    Noon
    Room 3165, Memorial Hall

    The informal session includes a brief overview of the program and a question-and-answer segment.

    No preregistration is required. For information, call Pamela Hamilton at (540) 568-6824. Free.

  • Oct 9
    Remembering Place: Remembering Downtown

    6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Memorial Hall Forum

    JMuse Cafe is excited to partner with the Institute for Visual Studies to bring programming for this year on Space, Place, and Community.

    Thinking carefully about the past is a courageous act, which can help a community to heal. The thoughtful conversations that took place surrounding the renaming of Cantrell Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Way offer us an extraordinary opportunity to continue the public dialogue about our values, values that are as evident in the way we treat each other as the way we care for our spaces and buildings. The challenge now is to honor our past as we shape our future. To advance this dialogue, a range of civic and educational groups are sponsoring “Remembering Place,” a series of panel discussions, to take part this fall. Panel participants will include Harrisonburg residents, civic leaders and elected officials.

    More information is available at http://sites.jmu.edu/jmuse. Free.

  • Oct 16
    Madison Vision Series: Carol Geary Schneider

    5-6 p.m.Madison Vision Series logo
    Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

    The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU’s department of Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Carol Geary Schneider, the president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the leading national organization devoted to liberal art education, for the Madison Vision Series: Contemporary Issues in an Engaged Society.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    About Carol Schneider

    Carol SchneiderDr. Schneider has served as president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) since 1998. With nearly 1,300 member institutions, half public and half private, with members drawn from the entire higher education community, large, small, two-year, four-year, selective and open admissions, AAC&U is the leading national organization devoted to advancing and strengthening undergraduate liberal education.

    Under Dr. Schneider’s leadership, AAC&U launched Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), a public advocacy and campus action initiative designed to engage students and the public with what really matters in a college education for the twenty-first century. The LEAP campaign builds on AAC&U’s major effort, Greater Expectations: The Commitment to Quality as a Nation Goes to College, a multi-year initiative designed to articulate the aims of a twenty-first century liberal education and to identify comprehensive, innovative models that improve learning for all undergraduate students. Additionally, under her leadership, AAC&U has become widely recognized as both a voice and force for strengthening the quality of student learning in college for all students and especially those historically underserved in U.S. higher education. AAC&U is working with hundreds of colleges and universities and numerous state systems to expand the benefits of liberal education across the entire curriculum, through new integration between the core outlines of liberal education and student learning in their major fields.

    While serving as a vice president at AAC&U in the 1990’s, Dr. Schneider headed a major initiative at AAC&U on higher education and U.S. pluralism, American Commitments: Diversity, Democracy and Liberal Learning.

    Dr. Schneider is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor's degree in history (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).  She studied at the University of London's Institute for Historical Research and earned the Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.  During her career, Dr. Schneider has taught at the University of Chicago, DePaul University, Chicago State University and Boston University.  Additionally, she has received eleven honorary degrees, was the 2011 recipient of the American College Personnel Association’s (ACPA) Contribution to Higher Education Award and the 2013 recipient of the New American Colleges & Universities (NAC&U) Ernest L. Boyer Award, and was honored in 2013 as one of Diverse Magazine’s “25 Leading Women in Higher Education.”

  • Oct 30
    Best Practices in the Peer Evaluation of Teaching

    Location: Rose Library 3311; breakfast will be provided
    Workshop

    Register


    Faculty often utilize student feedback to help improve teaching, but students’ comments are not always as constructive as they could be. Instead of relying on students for formative feedback, campuses across the country are turning to faculty to provide more informed and systematic feedback to one another. There’s just one problem:  Even faculty members who have taught for years are not necessarily comfortable having a peer at the back of their classrooms. In theory, thoughtful, constructive feedback is essential to improvement, but in practice, it can be difficult to give or receive feedback from a colleague, even one with the best of intentions. In this interactive workshop, participants will look at a variety of best practices for classroom observations and will tackle the most common roadblocks.  

    This Workshop is designed for faculty to make progress towards the following outcomes:

    • distinguish formative and summative uses of peer evaluation;
    • evaluate common practices in conducting classroom observations;
    • role play the three stages of an effective observation;
    • practice giving difficult feedback (and draw upon the research findings that make it easier);
    • consider the mutual benefits for both those giving and those receiving feedback; and
    • discuss the next steps.

    Facilitator: Therese Huston, Ph.D, Center for Faculty Development at Seattle University

  • Oct 30
    Remembering Place: Creating Our Town

    6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Memorial Hall Forum

    JMuse Cafe is excited to partner with the Institute for Visual Studies to bring programming for this year on Space, Place, and Community.

    Thinking carefully about the past is a courageous act, which can help a community to heal. The thoughtful conversations that took place surrounding the renaming of Cantrell Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Way offer us an extraordinary opportunity to continue the public dialogue about our values, values that are as evident in the way we treat each other as the way we care for our spaces and buildings. The challenge now is to honor our past as we shape our future. To advance this dialogue, a range of civic and educational groups are sponsoring “Remembering Place,” a series of panel discussions, to take part this fall. Panel participants will include Harrisonburg residents, civic leaders and elected officials.

    More information is available at http://sites.jmu.edu/jmuse. Free.

  • Nov 2
    John C. Wells Planetarium Show

    11 a.m.
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers an extra showing of “Comets and Discovery” for JMU’s Homecoming Weekend, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis.

    For more information, including a program description, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Nov 2
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Comets and Discovery”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Nov 11
    Adult Degree Program Information Session

    5:30 p.m.
    Room 3165, Memorial Hall

    The informal session includes a brief overview of the program and a question-and-answer segment.

    No preregistration is required. For information, call Pamela Hamilton at (540) 568-6824. Free.

  • Nov 13
    Remembering Place: Poetry and Place

    6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Third Floor Flex Space, Rose Library

    JMuse Cafe is excited to partner with the Institute for Visual Studies to bring programming for this year on Space, Place, and Community.

    More information is available at http://sites.jmu.edu/jmuse. Free.

  • Oct 12
    Lecture by Dr. J. Chris Arndt

    Oct. 12-14

    9:35 a.m. Saturday
    4:35 p.m. Sunday
    5:35 a.m. Monday

    C-SPAN-3 American History Television

    Dr. J. Chris Arndt’s Sept. 14 lecture to the Annapolis Continental Congress Society, “James Madison at the Annapolis National Convention,” is broadcast.

    Arndt is an associate dean of the JMU College of Arts and Letters and a professor of history.

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