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In 2013, the Office of the Provost established the Provost’s Faculty Diversity Council and selected for its membership representative from across Academic Affairs. The council, chaired by the Associate Provost for Diversity, meets once monthly.

Mission: To improve the diversity of JMU's faculty: It is the policy of James Madison University to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with out regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion age, genetic information, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, parental status, political affiliation. Employment actions are administered without discrimination. These actions include recruitment activities, working conditions, benefits and privileges of employment, compensation decisions, training classes, promotional opportunities, and termination of employment. (Based on the definition of diversity from Policy 1302.)

Excellence in Inclusivity

The Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is pleased to announce an award for Excellence in Inclusivity in Academic Affairs. Recipients will receive a $1,000 honorarium and will be recognized at the Academic Affairs Awards and Retirement Recognition event in the spring. The deadline for colleges to submit nominations to the PFDC is Friday, January 15, 2021. For more information on the award and a rubric for submissions click here

Provost's Faculty Diversity Curriculum Development Grant

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. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 15, 2021. For more information on the award and a rubric for submissions click here 



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