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CVPA Faculty In the News!
Art, Design & Art History

Congratulations to Susan Zurbrigg, the first repient of the Beck Faculty Fellowship established by Tina and Phil Updike to help faculty of the School of Art, Design, and Art History and to honor Tina’s role models, her parents, Paul and Lillianna Beck. Susan Zurbrigg ihas helped found and facilitate local organziations that promote community equity and diversity in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County as well as JMU. Check out her work featured on the NENA website!

Music

Thanks to Associate Professor David Stringham who was featured on a recent Q&A story that highlighted how creative activities provide hope and inspiration during challenging times.  Enjoy these examples of JMU's music engagement efforts with partners both at JMU and out in the community at this link.

Theatre & Dance

Associate Professor Richard Finkelstein (School of Theatre and Dance) had his work with JMU students featured on social media accounts of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education and the International Society for Technology in Education. Finkelstein created a virtual duplicate of his design classroom in the virtual world of Second Life so that students would feel at home when lessons transitioned online. 

CVPA Faculty Resources
Faculty Grants

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University offers grants to stimulate and assist teaching effectiveness, advance creative scholarly agendas, or assist in developing service activities, while also reflecting the goals of the academic unit, college, and university. Proposals in any field of creative activity may be submitted.  Faculty members are especially encouraged to consider projects involving student activity and/or interdisciplinary activity. Grants are to be used to sustain activities necessary to complete the proposed activities, including travel expenses and other related costs (see budget section for restrictions). Each grant award will not exceed $5,000, with most awards anticipated being in the $1,000 to $4,000 range.

Grants will be reviewed three times a year by the CVPA Awards and Development Committee, generally in September, January, and April.

Review Dates AY 2021: TBD

Faculty Grant Application Information AY 2021

CVPA Awards

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is proud of the accomplishments and commitment of its faculty.  In recognition of superlative achievement by junior faculty and by faculty as student mentors, the college names an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award and an Outstanding Student Mentor Award recipient each spring. 

Nominations may be made by any CVPA faculty or staff member, including self-nominations, to their School Director who will select one nominee per school. Nominees will be responsible for submitting all relevant materials via email to Interim Associate Dean Wren Stevens before 5:00 pm on Friday, January 15th, 2021.

CVPA Awards Guidelines AY2021

University Awards: Distinguished Teacher, Madison Scholar, Distinguished Service

The College of Visual and Performing Arts is proud of the accomplishments and commitment of its faculty. In recognition of superlative achievement in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service the College names a Distinguished Teacher, a Madison Scholar and a Distinguished Service award recipient.  The Distinguished Teacher in the College is recognized for exemplary commitment to teaching.  The Madison Scholar is recognized for a record of outstanding scholarship/research/creative work and its dissemination through publication, exhibition, performance or other means. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a record of outstanding achievement in the area of service.

University Awards Guidelines AY2021

Past Recipients
  • Distinguished Teacher Award
    • 2020 Ingrid De Sanctis, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2019 Chuck Dotas, School of Music
    • 2018 Bryce Hayes, School of Music
    • 2017 Kate Arecchi, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2016 Beth Chandler, School of Music
    • 2015 Robert McCashin, School of Music
    • 2014 William Tate II, School of Art, Design, and Art History
    • 2013 Scott Rikkers, School of Music
    • 2012 Dave Pope, School of Music
    • 2011 Katherine Trammell, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2010 Carl Donakowski, School of Music
    • 2010 John Ott, School of Art, Design, and Art History (For Gen Ed)
    • 2009 Suzanne Miller-Corso, School of Theatre and Dance
  • Madison Scholar Award
    • 2020 Sukjin Choi, School of Art, Design, and Art History
    • 2019 David Stringham, School of Music
    • 2018 Maureen Shanahan, School of Art, Design, and Art History
    • 2017 Gabriel Dobner, School of Music
    • 2016 Kate Trammell, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2015 Richard Finkelstein, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2014 Cynthia Thompson, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2013 Laura Katzman, School of Art, Design, and Art History
    • 2012 Jonathan Gibson, School of Music
    • 2011 Greg Stewart, School of Art, Design, and Art History
    • 2010 John Ott, School of Art, Design, and Art History
    • 2009 Shane O’Hara, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2008 Kathleen Arthur, School of Art, Design, and Art History
    • 2006 John Hilliard, School of Music
  • Distinguished Service Award
    • 2020 Shane O'Hara, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2019 Katherine Trammell, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2018 Dennis Beck, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2017 Suzanne Miller-Corso, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2016 Eric Ruple, School of Music
    • 2015 Mary Jean Speare, School of Music
    • 2014 John Little, School of Music
    • 2013 Corinne Diop, School of Art, Design, and Art History
    • 2012 Bill Buck, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2011 Pamela Johnson, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2010 William H. K. Wightman, School of Art, Design, and Art History
    • 2009 Richard S. Finkelstein, School of Theatre and Dance
    • 2008 Barbara Lewis, School of Art, Design, and Art History
Educational Leave

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University offers Educational Leaves to provide faculty members with opportunities, such as independent study, research/creative activities, and graduate/postgraduate study, to expand their teaching abilities and to foster intellectual growth. Leave activities should address issues relevant to the applicant's professional field or an area that will enhance the understanding and integration of related fields.  Projects may encompass an expansive field or a specific interest. Leave activities should result in enhanced teaching, research, or artistic skills, and the leave recipient should realize a renewed capacity for personal contributions to the college and university community as a result of the educational leave. The ultimate purpose of these leaves is to sustain vigor, especially in the college's academic instructional programs, and to ensure that faculty members have the opportunity for professional development.

Due to budgetary issues, no educational leaves will be reviewed for academic year 2020-2021 as we hope to award those selected by last year's committee.

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