Apply for Award Funding

In consultation with the Compensation Advisory Council (CAC), Academic Affairs has committed $35,000 annually to support adjunct faculty members’ professional development needs. Academic Affairs, through the Center for Faculty Innovation, will award up to $2,000 per academic year to eligible adjunct faculty for approved professional development (including conference fees and travel) related to teaching, scholarship and research, career planning, and/or leadership. Please note that funds cannot be utilized for tuition. In order to apply, adjunct faculty must have taught for one semester or more, at the time of application, at James Madison University.

Annually, two funding cycles are supported: early fall (for fall and spring expenses) and early spring (for mid-spring and early summer expenses). The brief application process does require applicants to 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, monies will be transferred to the recipient’s academic unit for the related professional development activity. Proposals will be vetted by a non-voting member of the CFI and four voting members: two adjunct faculty, one AUH, and one full-time faculty.

The fall funding application deadline has passed. Please check back in January for information about spring 2020 adjunct faculty development funding.

The deadline for applications was August 30 at 9:00 AM. Decisions will be announced in the first few weeks of September.

Award Details
  • Academic Affairs, through the Center for Faculty Innovation, will award up to $2,000 per academic year to eligible adjunct faculty for approved professional development (including conference fees and travel) related to teaching, scholarship and research, career planning, and/or leadership. Monies cannot be utilized for tuition.
  • 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.
  • In order to apply, adjunct faculty must have taught for one semester or more, at the time of application, at JMU.
  • 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, monies will be transferred to the recipient’s academic unit for the related professional development activity.
  • Proposals will be vetted by a non-voting member of the CFI and four voting members: two adjunct faculty, one AUH, and one full-time faculty.
  • In its second year, two funding cycles will be supported (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020). 
Award recipients
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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