Office of the Special Assistant to the President
James Madison University
The Professor-In-Residence Program (PIR) is a James Madison University (JMU) outreach endeavor to promote the educational attainment and college aspirations of Virginia high school students.
The PIR program is focused in high schools with diverse student populations, who have historically lacked sufficient opportunities for attending colleges and universities.
The major intent of the program is twofold.
- To academically empower Virginia high schools, through the sharing of university technologies, research-based information, and personnel resources to address the educational and social challenges facing underserved/underrepresented high school students, their families, and communities
- To increase the number of underrepresented Virginia high school students who enroll in college and universities.
For a one-year, renewable period, a JMU faculty member is assigned to a specific Virginia high school, and meets weekly with high school students, administrators, counselors, and/or teachers.
At present, the PIR program is serving the following schools:
- George Wythe High School, Dr. Ken Wright
- Harrisonburg High School,
Dr. William O′Meara
- Huguenot High School,
Dr. Cindy Klevickis
- Wakefield & Washington-Lee High Schools, Ms. Elizabeth Cranford
- Waynesboro High School, Dr. Tom Benzing
- William Fleming High School, Dr. Hood Frazier
- Lucille Brown & Thompson Middle Schools, Mr. Nathan Ryalls
- Kate Collins Middle School, Mr. Matt Bailey
- Lucy Addison Middle School, Dr. Michele Kielty-Briggs
- Skyline Middle School, Dr. George Font
- Thomas Harrison Middle School, Dr. Carlos Aleman
Copyright, Office of the Special Assistant to the President, James Madison University, 2004