About the Program

Be A Part of the Change is a program designed for individuals underrepresented within their field of practice and/or research expertise. This program provides an opportunity for scholars to learn of JMU's award winning departments and programs of study. “Be A Part of the Change” invites scholars to James Madison University to share their research and scholarly interest with campus leaders. 

Scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend workshops focused from award winning JMU professors
  • Learn about JMU's campus culture and scholarly expectations
  • Present their research agenda to departmental chairs, deans and potential hiring committees.

This program is unlike any other and really offers scholars the chance to be cultivated and known by one of the best teaching and research focused universities on the east coast.

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Now Accepting Applications

We are accepting applications through August 1, 2023.  Questions?  Call 540-568-8906.

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Program Highlights
  • Paid travel for scholars to visit our campus overnight. 
  • Scholars will present their research agenda. 
  • Receive developmental insights from JMU Faculty. 
  • Opportunity to meet with administrators and hear the institutional vision and strategic plan to help scholars see themselves within the vision. 
  • Opportunity to meet with departmental chairs, deans, shared equity leaders, and faculty members from departments that correlate with the scholar’s area of expertise.
How Do I Qualify?
  • Be a member underrespresented within field of practice/or research expertise.
  • Have an interest in academia.
  • Submit a complete application by August 1, 2023, including a cover letter, research statement, teach philosophy, and statement of interest. 


This program complies with the Federal Mandate EEOC.

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