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CVPA Faculty Support
The Cultural Connections Artist-in-Residence 2022–2023

The Cultural Connections Artist-in-Residence program aims to bring diversity, in all its
forms, to the JMU campus and to provide opportunities for students to engage with artists from
multiple disciplines. CCAiR was established in 2007–2008 as a collaboration between the Office of
Diversity and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Office of the Special Assistant to the
President for Diversity and the College of Visual and Performing Arts Council on Diversity
encourage proposals that will enhance the diversity of thought, perspective, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status and background, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural experiences.

Due: 5 pm, Dec. 15, 2021

The Cultural Connections Artist-in-Residence Grant Application AY23

Faculty Recognition Awards

The Distinguished Teacher award recognizes exemplary commitment to teaching.  The Madison Scholar recognizes 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. 

  • 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.  The CVPA Awards and Development Committee may interview nominees and will select recipients.
    • Nominees are responsible for submitting all relevant materials via email to Associate Dean Wren Stevens before 5 pm, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.
    • CVPA Awards Information
Faculty Development Awards

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University offers development awards 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. Awards 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 award will not exceed $5,000, with most awards anticipated being in the $1,000 to $4,000 range.

Awards will be reviewed two times a year by the CVPA Development Committee.

Faculty Development Award Submission Deadlines for AY 2022:

  • 5 pm, Sept. 6, 2021 

  • 5 pm, Jan. 10, 2022 

Email completed proposal to Associate Dean Wren River Stevens (stevenwr@jmu.edu).

Faculty Development Award Application AY 2022

Educational Leave

The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers educational leave to provide opportunities, such as independent study, research/creative activities, and graduate/postgraduate study, to expand faculty 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.

  • 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.

Applications and endorsements are due no later than 4 pm on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.  Please email them to Associate Dean Wren River Stevens at stevenwr@jmu.edu

Guidelines for Faculty Educational Leave Applications AY 2022

CVPA Student Resources
Mentor Collective
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The Mentor Collective program enhances the student experience by linking them one-on-one with a peer mentor. Incoming freshman are paired with someone invested in their success, with common academic interests, career goals, life challenges and experiences. Mentees will learn what to expect in school, how to approach challenges and gain career advice. At the same time, mentors will build their networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders. Contact Associate Dean Dr. Wren Stevens for information about the Mentor Collective at CVPA (stevenwr@jmu.edu / (540) 568-5344).

Creative Careers Week

January 31 - February 4, 2022

Hosted by the University Career Center and College of Visual and Performing Arts, JMU’s Creative Careers Week will take place from January 31st to February 4th in this Spring 2022 semester. Whether you are a first-year student, senior, or graduate student, there is something for all JMU Dukes seeking creative careers throughout the week.

Find out more here!

Valley Business Keynote Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship 

Valley Business Keynote is a group of local business leaders who seek to help area entrpreneurs fulfill their potential by bringing guest speakers to share their success stories. 

The VBK Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship is awarded annually to a sophomore or junior visual or performing arts major at JMU. It specifically supports entrpreneurial projects that focus on the arts and 1.) has a business component (non-profit or for profit, 2.) develops a product and/or service, and 3.) conforms to entrepreneurial best practices.  AMOUNT: $1,000 

Valley Business Keynote Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship Applications due Monday, Jan, 24, 2022. 

VBK Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship Application AY2022

Undergraduate Development Awards

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University offers undergraduate development awards to stimulate and assist teaching effectiveness, advance creative scholarly agendas or assist in developing service activities, while also reflecting the goals at all levels of JMU. Proposals in any field of creative activity may be submitted. 

The college especially encourages undergraduate students to consider projects involving interdisciplinary activity. Awards are to be used to sustain activities necessary to complete the project, including travel expenses and other costs (see budget section for restrictions). Each award will not exceed $2,000, with most awards being $1,000 to $2,000.

Grants will be reviewed twice each year by the CVPA Development Committee.

Student Grant Submission Deadline:

  • 5 pm, Sept. 6, 2021 
  • 5 pm, Jan. 10, 2022 
Email completed grant proposal to Associate Dean Wren River Stevens (stevenwr@jmu.edu)

Undergraduate Development Award Application AY202

Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow Drop-In Hours

The Gilliam Center for Entrpreneurship offers several programs to help students across the university jump start their businesses, from funding to an incubator program. CVPA’s Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow Professor David Newman offers drop-in hours from 3-4 pm on most Thursdays in varying locations for students to learn more.

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