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CVPA Faculty and Staff 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. 

UPDATE: We are tentatively planning for only one cycle of faculty grants for academic year 2020/2021,  contingent upon funding as of the Spring 2021 Census Date.  Please note that out-of-state travel will not be funded and that awarded funds must be spent before June 2021.  The committee will only review proposals that abide by those restrictions.

Faculty Grant Submission Deadline: Midnight, December 11th, 2020
Email completed grant proposal to Interim Associate Dean Wren Stevens (stevenwr@jmu.edu).

Faculty Grant Application Information AY 2021

Grant Evaluation Rubric:

  • Advances professional growth (teaching, scholarship, or service)
  • Reflects the goals of the area unit, CVPA, and JMU
  • Has an interdisciplinary aspect (preferred)
  • Involves students (preferred)
  • Goals and objectives are feasible
  • Budget is understandable and appropriate
  • Schedule is appropriate
  • Description of desired product (journal article, conference presentation, exhibition, etc.)
  • Proposed method of project assessment
  • AUH Endorsement (Y/N)
  • Full-time Faculty (Y/N)
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.

CVPA Student Resources
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.

Career Liaison for the Arts Office Hours

Need some advice on how to set up your career in the arts?  Meet with Kate Bergey, our CVPA Career Liaison, during her virtual drop-in hours! No prior appointment needed. Go to our University Career Center's website to find the Zoom room information. 

You can also learn more in this video.

Undergraduate Research 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.  Students are especially encouraged to consider projects involving 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 $2,000, with most awards anticipated being in the $1,000 to $2,000 range.

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

UPDATE: We are tentatively planning for only one cycle of student grants for academic year 2020/2021, contingent upon funding as of the Spring 2021 Census Date.  Please note that out-of-state travel will not be funded and that awarded funds must be spent before June 2021.  The committee will only review proposals that abide by those restrictions.

Student Grant Submission Deadline: Midnight, December 11th, 2020
Email completed grant proposal to Interim Associate Dean Wren Stevens (stevenwr@jmu.edu)

Student Grant Information AY2021

Student Grant Evaluation Rubric:

  • Advances professional growth (teaching, scholarship, or service)
  • Reflects the goals of the school, CVPA, and JMU
  • Has an interdisciplinary aspect (preferred)
  • Goals and objectives are feasible
  • Budget is understandable and appropriate
  • Schedule is appropriate
  • Description of desired product (journal article, conference presentation, exhibition, etc.)
  • Proposed method of project assessment
  • Faculty Mentor (Y/N)
  • Full-time Undergraduate or Graduate CVPA student (Y/N)

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