Apply for Award Funding

Academic Affairs, through the Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI), is pleased to again provide professional development funds dedicated for Adjunct Faculty Development. This opportunity is for up to $2,000 per academic year to eligible adjunct faculty for approved professional development activities. The activities (including conference fees and travel) should be related to teaching, scholarship and research, career planning, or leadership development. Please note that funds cannot be utilized for tuition. To be eligible, adjunct faculty must have taught for one semester or more, at the time of application, at James Madison on University. 

This year the CFI will support three funding cycles: early fall (for fall and spring expenses), early spring (for mid-spring and early summer expenses), and early summer (for mid to late summer expenses).

The brief application process does require applicants to indicate that the following:

  • They have discussed the application for funding with their AUH
  • The AUH approves of the submission.

For those proposals that are accepted, funds will be transferred to the recipient’s academic unit for the related professional development activity.

For more information, please contact us at cfi@jmu.edu. 

Award Details

The application period for fall funding is September 5-13, 2022 for conferences/professional development activities happening on or after September 26, 2022.

Decisions will be announced by September 19, 2022.  

  • Awards are intended for adjuncts whose primary role at James Madison University is that of teaching. Those not eligible to apply are classified staff members, A&P faculty, emeritus faculty, visiting faculty, scholars in residence, and full-time faculty, as those terms are defined in the Faculty Handbook or university policies. 

  • To apply, adjunct faculty must have taught at JMU for one semester or more, at the time of application. 

  • Professional development monies will only be granted for activities that transpire in the future; that is, these awards are not intended to reimburse faculty for past professional development activities. 

  • Applicants may request monies only for singular events or activities; that is, adjuncts cannot lump multiple requests (e.g., two conferences) into one proposal. 

  • Award recipients will submit a brief professional development activity report, which will be used later to share the impact of these monies on the recipient, student, programs, etc. 

  • Applicants must indicate that (1) they have discussed the application for funding with their AUH, and (2) the AUH approves of the submission. 

For those proposals that are accepted, funds will be transferred to the recipient’s academic unit for the related professional development activity. 

Please email your questions to cfi@jmu.edu.

Application Details

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The application deadline is Tuesday, September 13 at 9:00 AM. 

Following is a preview of information collected on the application! 

  • First & Last Name
  • JMU Email
  • College & Department
  • Number of semesters that you have taught at JMU 
  • Itemized breakdown of funds: Indicate the dollar amount of professional development funds that you requesting
    • Note that the funding ceiling is $2,000. If possible, please also offer an itemized break are down of expenses. (Example: “I am requesting $1,190 to attend a threeday Psychology conference in Chicago, IL. The estimated breakdown is as follows: $400 registration fee, $300 travel by air, $280 in hotel expenses, and $210 in meal per diems.”)
    • Indicate additional sources of funding (confirmed or outstanding) that you have sought in support of this professional development activity.
    • For what activity or purpose will you utilize these professional development funds? (If requesting funds for conference travel, please provide the name of conference, conference dates, and conference location.)
    • In the event that you are planning to utilize funds to attend a conference or institute, please indicate whether you (1) serve in a leadership role with the related association and/or (2) plan to present a paper, workshop, symposium, etc.
    • In what ways will this funding request advance your teaching, car eer planning, research/scholarship, and/or leadership?
    • Please specify anticipated outcomes and impact
    • Please limit your response to 150 words.
Spring 2022 Recipients
  • Seth Binsted, Philosophy and Religion, (CAL): Workshop on the Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche in Rapallo, Italy
  • Brent Cunningham, Engineering (CISE): Costs associated with small equipment that will enhance the understanding of Thermodynamic principles
  • Benjamin Guerrero, Music (CVPA): Human-Computer Interaction conference in New Orleans, LA
  • Lauren Heberling, Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities (COE): Virginia Council for Exceptional Children 2022 Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Manita Khemthong, Integrated Science and Technology (CISE): Restarting and Formalizing Existing as well as New Student and Faculty Exchange Agreements within MOUs at Thammasat University and Kasetsart University-Hangkhen
  • Hsini Leary, Art, Design and Art History (CVPA): Creation and Exhibition of New Photography-Based Artworks
  • Tammy May, Early, Elementary and Reading Education (COE): The Science of Knowledge Conference in New York City
  • David Newman, Music (CVPA): Music Theory "Pedagogy into Practice" conference in East Lansing, MI
  • Todd Nieder, Health Professions (CHBS): Attending the "McKenize Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy: Part D”in Erie, PA on May 19-21, 2022
  • Anastasia Pike, Music (CVPA): Attended and Performed at the World Harp Congress (WHC) in Cardiff, Wales, UK July 22-28, 2022
Fall 2021 Recipients
  • Steve Gerome, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CAL): International Conference on Interpreting and Translation
  • Alice Hammel, School of Music (CVPA): Council for Exceptional Children conference
  • Savannah Howe, Health Professions (CHBS): CNS (Certified Neuro Specialist) Certification
  • John Newman, Political Science (CAL): Research at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facility
  • Melissa Swisher, School of Music (CVPA): Vocal Pedagogy Symposium hosted by Opera Voices Berlin
  • Eric Trinka, Philosophy and Religion (CAL): Society of Biblical Literature - Annual Meeting
Fall 2019 funding recipients
  • Zachary Collier, Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics (COB): 2019 Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting
  • Laura Dent, Computer Science (CISE): Information Development World and/or Spectrum 2020 conferences
  • Terrence Fernsler, Social Work (CHBS): ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action)
  • Sarah Gosselin, Theatre and Dance (CVPA): International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conference
  • Alice Hammel, Music (CVPA): Council for Exceptional Children 2020
  • Matt Heller, Geology and Environmental Science (CSM): Earth Educator's Rendezvous Conference
  • Lucy Owen Hoyt, Music (CVPA): Biennial conference of The National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Tonya Lambert Delp, Graduate Psychology (CHBS): ACT Boot Camp workshop;
  • Valnora Leister, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CAL): BRASA20 - Brazilian Studies Association- XV Congress and/or LASA20- Latin American Studies Association
  • Joy Lohr, Health Professions (CHBS): The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual association dues and BRAND (Blue Ridge Academy) fall meeting
  • Julie Sorge Way, English (CAL): Midwest MLA Conference, Chicago, IL
  • Eric Trinka, Philosophy and Religion (CAL): Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Nostra Aetate in Our Time
  • Brittany Williams, Psychology (CHBS): ACES Conference, and/or Black Mental Health Symposium
  • Katelyn Wood, Art, Design and Art History (CVPA): Gallery installation and programming at Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. VA
  • Bonnie Yoder, Early, Elementary and Reading Education (COE): 53rd Annual Conference of the Virginia State Reading Association
Spring 2019 funding recipients
  • Mina Attia, Graduate Psychology (CHBS): American Counseling Association Conference;
  • Irene Barrow, Communication Sciences and Disorder (CHBS): Learning and the Brain conference in New York, NY;
  • Agnes Carbrey, Art, Design and Art History(CVPA): Interdisciplinary, international, cultural engagement project with local community, JMU students,and guest artists in  Spain;
  • Joanne Hartog, History (CAL): Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA);
  • Jennifer Hsiaw, Art, Design and Art History (CVPA): AIA Conference on Architecture 2019
  • Valnora Leister, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CAL): Brazil Research Seminar-Columbia University;
  • Joy Lohr, Health Professions (CHBS): VAND conference;
  • David Newman, Music (CVPA): Pedagogy into Practice: Teaching Music Theory in the Twenty-First Century conference;
  • John Newman, Political Science (CAL): Presentations and conferences around research on Kennedy presidency;
  • Wendell Shank, Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities (COE): University of Salamanca Sessiones de seguimiento de investigaciones doctorales.
Fall 2018 funding recipients
  • Benjamin Bergey, Music (CVPA): for professional memberships;
  • Terrence Fernsler, Social Work (CHBS): International Leadership's 20th Annual Global Conference;
  • Brett Gardner, Psychology (CHBS): American Psychology-Law Society Conference;
  • Steve Gerome, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CAL): Forensic, linguistics course at Hofstra University;
  • Valnora Leister, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CAL): Expressions of the Lusofonia Conference;
  • Joy Lohr, Health Professions (CHBS): Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Food and Nutrition Conference;
  • Ayami Makino, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CAL): International Conference on Language, Literature and Culture;
  • John Newman, Political Science (CAL): JFK Lancer Conference and the JFK Forum;
  • Katherine Robinson, Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities (COE): Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference;
  • Mary Shira, Art, Design and Art History (CVPA): Material support in portfolio/presentation preparation;
  • Budimka Uskokovic, Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CAL): Hawaii University International Conference on Arts, Humanities, Social Studies and Education;
  • Bonnie Yoder, Early, Elementary and Reading Education (COE): Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference.

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