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Congratulations to the 2021 Diversity Curriculum Grant Awardees!

Elizabeth Arnold & Laura Taalman, Mathematics and Statistics 
Brycelyn Boardman, Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Anthony Teate, Integrated Science and Technology
Dorothy Maddison & Don Rierson, School of Music 
Zareen G. Rahman, College of Education 
Erica Cavanaugh, College of Arts and Letters
Israa Alhassani, Department of Foreign Language 

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About the Award

James Madison University promotes access, inclusion, and diversity for all students, faculty, staff constituents, and programs, believing that these are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The Council mission is to improve the diversity of JMU’s faculty and curriculum. Our definition of diversity is based on age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. View JMU Policy 1302 here.

This initiative supports JMU’s Strategic Priority of Embracing Access, Inclusivity and Diversity, Goal 2E, as well as the Core Quality of Academic Quality: Excellence in Teaching and Scholarly Endeavors, Goal 4D:

  • Goal 2E:  The university will value a culture of diversity in teaching, research and service.
  • Goal 4D:  The university’s mission, vision, values and/or core qualities will be reflected in academic policies, faculty hiring, mentoring and evaluation and in curriculum development.

Therefore the Provost is pleased to announce competition for at least six diversity curriculum development grants for up to $3,000 each. The Council seeks proposals that contribute to enriching educational and research experiences that will support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.  Through these grants we encourage faculty to talk about how curriculum can better showcase and support faculty interest in diversity, through revisions of existing courses, creation of new courses and research on diversity issues that pertain to curricular innovation.   

Applicants can apply for funding that addresses the Council mission through any of the following priorities:   

  1. Propose revising and teaching an existing course to enhance diversity or inclusivity learning outcomes.
  2. Propose developing a new course that incorporates diversity or inclusivity learning outcomes.    
  3. Propose research that will explore aspects of diversity in the curriculum.   
  4. Propose research on issues relating to sustainable academic affairs practices that foster access, retention, diversity and inclusion at JMU and may lead to external grants.   
Criteria for Evaluation
  • Alignment with selected priority
  • Potential impact on students
  • Feasibility and sustainability
  • Plan for dissemination
  • Assessment plan
  • Organization and coherence
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