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CVPA Student Resources
Undergraduate Research Grants

The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers Student Research Grants, to provide funding to encourage undergraduate students to explore practical or scholarly investigation in a project or subject of interest relevant to the student's major that results in a product, performance, publication, presentation, or report.

Important Dates to Remember

  • October 15th, 2019 8:00am: Celebration of Scholarship in Duke Hall Gallery Court.
  • October 15th, 2019 by 11:59 pm: Deadline to submit grant application.
  • November 2019: Grant recipients will be announced.
CVPA Faculty Resources
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.

Past Recipients

  • Distinguished Teacher Award
    • 2019 Chuck Dotas, School of Music
    • 2018 Bryce Hayes, School of Music
    • 2017 Kate Arecchi, School of Theater 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 Theater 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 Theater and Dance
  • Madison Scholar Award
    • 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 Theater and Dance
    • 2015 Richard Finkelstein, School of Theater and Dance
    • 2014 Cynthia Thompson, School of Theater 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 Theater and Dance
    • 2008 Kathleen Arthur, School of Art, Design, and Art History
    • 2006 John Hilliard, School of Music
  • Distinguished Service Award
    • 2018 Dennis Beck, School of Theater and Dance
    • 2017 Suzanne Miller-Corso, School of Theater 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 Theater and Dance
    • 2011 Pamela Johnson, School of Theater and Dance
    • 2010 William H. K. Wightman, School of Art, Design, and Art History
    • 2009 Richard S. Finkelstein, School of Theater and Dance
    • 2008 Barbara Lewis, School of Art, Design, and Art History

Important Dates to Remember

  • Friday, September 27th, 2019: Applications must be submitted to school director.
Award Materials

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.

Important Dates to Remember

  • Friday, October 25th, 2019 by 4 pm: Deadline to submit an application by Sharepoint upload.  NOTE: You must select "New" to start the application process in Sharepoint, fill out the required fields, and then select "Attach" to submit your application file.
  • Friday, March 12th, 2021: Project Accomplishments Report for Fall 2020 leave must be submitted to Dr. Wren River Stevens (stevenwr@jmu.edu).
  • Friday, July 9th, 2021: Project Accompishments Report for Spring 2021 and Full Year leave must be submitted to Dr. Wren River Stevens (stevenwr@jmu.edu).
Faculty Summer Grants

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University offers research and teaching grants to assist faculty in activities that contribute to development of creative or scholarly projects that lead to presentation, publication, exhibition or performance or to help faculty members enhance their teaching in ways that cannot be undertaken as part of their regular responsibilities.  Proposals in any academic or creative discipline are invited. Teaching-related project proposals may address any area of teaching and may include methods as diverse as reading, workshops, conferences, visits to other institutions, collaborative efforts with other faculty and formal course-work. Projects funded by the college should benefit the faculty member, reflect school and college-level goals and further the mission of James Madison University.

Important Dates to Remember

  • Friday, October 25th, 2019 by 4 pm: Deadline to submit an application by Sharepoint upload.  NOTE: You must select "New" to start the application process in Sharepoint, fill out the required fields, and then select "Attach" to submit your application file.
  • Wedneday, January 15th, 2020: Grant recpients will be notified of award.
  • Friday, October 22nd, 2020: A written report of accomplishments must be submitted to the School Director, the Dean, and the Chair of the Faculty Leaves, Awards and Grants committee.

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