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CVPA Faculty and Staff Resources
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:

  • September 6, 2021 by 5:00 pm
  • January 10, 2022 by 5:00 pm
Email completed proposal to Associate Dean Wren River Stevens (stevenwr@jmu.edu).

Faculty Development Award Application AY 2022

Faculty Recognition Awards
  • 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. 
  • 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.  The CVPA Awards and Development Committee, at its discretion, may interview nominees for each award and will select recipients.
    • Nominees are responsible for submitting all relevant materials via email to Associate Dean Wren Stevens before 5:00 pm on Monday, January 17th, 2022.
    • CVPA Awards Information
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.

Applications and endorsements are due no later than 4 pm on Friday, October 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
CVPA Mentor Collective
Mentor Collective

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.

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Pop-Up Pantry and SHELF'D

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Off-Campus Life (OCL) is committeed to help students thrive by supporting their basic needs, specifically when it comes to housing and food insecurity.  Visit the Pop-Up Pantry in Taylor Down Under 112 or order online for curbside pickup!  It's easy to do; just watch this video to find out how.

SHELF'D (Students Helping Every Last Fellow Duke) is a student-driven partnership with Canterbury Epicsopal Ministry that is located at 741 South Main Street.  If you are hungry, you are welcome.  No exceptions, no questions asked.

The Arts Career Drop-In Hours

Arts students, drop by on Tuesday afternoons to talk through any career-related questions (resume review, job or internship search strategies, graduate school, etc.) with your career liaison. Location will rotate between Duke Hall and the Forbes Center, so look at the event in Handshake for the specific location. No prior sign-up is needed!

Time: 1:30PM-2:30PM

Location: Duke Hall Gallery Court

  • October 5
  • October 19
  • November 2
  • November 16
  • December 7

Location: Forbes Center, upstairs Grand Lobby seating area

  • October 12
  • October 26
  • November 9
  • November 30
  • December 14
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 of the academic unit, college, and university. Proposals in any field of creative activity may be submitted.  Undergraduate students are especially encouraged to consider projects involving 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 $2,000, with most awards anticipated being in the $1,000 to $2,000 range.

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

Student Grant Submission Deadline:

  • September 6, 2021 by 5:00 pm
  • January 10, 2022 by 5:00 pm
Email completed grant proposal to Associate Dean Wren River Stevens (stevenwr@jmu.edu)

Undergraduate Development Award Application AY202

Valley Business Keynote Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship 

CALL FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROPOSALS – DUE Monday 1/24/2022 

Valley Business Keynote (VBK) is a gathering of local business leaders around an engaging idea for one dynamic presentation. They believe that with the right speakers, this forum can add real value to business leaders and community members in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.  Of paramount interest is the speaker’s ability to help business leaders discover ways to fulfill the vast potential of the Shenandoah Valley and take advantage of its attractive assets. 

For additional information: http://www.valleybusinesskeynote.com/ 

CRITERIA: The VBK Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship is awarded annually to a sophomore or junior majoring in the visual or performing arts at JMU.  Recipients are ineligible to apply additional times. It specifically supports the development of a project that created a product or service that is entrepreneurial in scope and focuses on the arts.  It must have a business component (non-profit or for profit), the development of a product and/or service, and conform to entrepreneurial best practices.  

AMOUNT$1,000 

VBK Entrepreneurship in the Arts and Design Scholarship Application AY2022

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