This program has been paused for the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar Year


The Engaged Teacher-Scholar (ETS) program offers faculty support in creating and sharing evidence-based teaching and learning scholarship. The goal of the ETS Program is to recognize JMU faculty who engage in meaningful evidence-based teaching and learning scholarship.  The program aims to support faculty growth in a process of becoming ETS leaders across JMU’s campus. Engaged Teacher-Scholars view teaching and learning from a scholarly point of view.  Whether their work is called Discipline-based Education Research, Teaching Inquiry, or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, these scholars are educators who engage in evidence-based teaching and learning scholarly activities. Faculty chosen to participate as ETS leaders will receive professional development funds for the year to support their professional goals.

Intro to the ETS and SoTL

In the intro video linked here, learn from Ed Brantmeier, former Assistant Director in the CFI Scholarship Area, about the ETS program and how it works to increase SoTL research at James Madison University. You might consider applying to become an ETS in the future.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Benefits to being an Engaged Teacher Scholar include:
  • Being recognized for evidence-based teaching and learning scholarship.
  • Serving as a liaison between CFI and department/college on ETS initiatives.
  • Supporting JMU colleagues (within her/his department or college) with ETS efforts.
  • Being a part of JMU’s Community of Engaged Teacher Scholars
  • Receiving a $1000 in professional development funds to support personal ETS efforts (i.e. disseminate ETS work, attend ETS Professional Development opportunities, travel to ETS conferences, workshops, etc.)
During the academic year, Engaged Teacher Scholars will...
  • Work with CFI to develop a plan for and offer ETS events each semester to their Unit-College and University-wide(examples include journal clubs, workshops, roundtables, methodology review, etc.).
  • Make progress on their evidence-based teaching and learning scholarship project(s).
  • Participate in a community of Engaged Teacher-Scholars.
  • Attend CFI-organized or other professional development opportunities.
Engaged Teacher Scholar Program outcomes

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

• Advancing individual SoTL projects.
• Catalyzing unit-level teacher-scholar conversations.
• Generating university-wide dialogue on high-impact practices.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these outcomes:

• Enhancing scholarly productivity,
• Practicing the integration of scholarship with teaching and other career aspirations,
• Practicing the integration of scholarship and teaching, and
• Integrating knowledge of student development models in teaching philosophies and practice.

Publications & Accomplishments of ETS Scholars related to their program research
ETS Leaders 2021-2022
  • Ana Abad-Jorge, Health Professions, College of Health and Behavioral Studies
  • John Guo, Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics
  • Shraddha Joshi, Engineering, College of Integrated Science and Engineering
  • Robyn Kondrad, Psychology, College of Health and Behavioral Studies
  • Zareen Rahman, Middle, Secondary, and Math Education, College of Education
  • Kim Slekar, Biology, College of Science and Mathematics
Engaged Teacher-Scholar Program Liaisons

2018-2021: Dayna Henry, Health Sciences, College of Health and Behavioral Studies

Previous ETS Program Liaisons:

  • Ray Rodriguez, Education Programs, College of Education
  • Anthony Tongen, Math & Statistics,
  • Ashley Taylor Jaffee, Middle, Secondary & Mathematics Education
Previous Engaged Teacher-Scholars
  • Elise Barrella, Engineering
  • Tiara Saufley Brown, Education Programs
  • Daniel Castaneda, Engineering
  • Shannon Conley, Integrated Science and Technology
  • Amy Connolly, Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics
  • Danielle DeRise, Writing, Rhetoric, & Technical Communication
  • Katie Dredger, Middle, Secondary & Mathematics Education
  • Samy El-Tawab, Integrated Science and Technology
  • Diana Galarreta, Foreign Language
  • Mollie Godfrey, English
  • Heather Griscom, Biology
  • Joseph Harsh, Biology
  • Gilpatrick Hornsby, Hart School of Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Management
  • Tiffany Hornsby, Graduate Psychology
  • Cindy Hunter, Social Work
  • Krisztina Jakobsen, Psychology
  • Cindy Klevickis, Integrated Science and Technology
  • Katya Koubek, Education Programs
  • Carl Larsson, Finance and Business Law 
  • Joe LeBlanc, Graduate Psychology
  • Mark Lewis, Literacy Education
  • Claire Lyons, Psychology
  • Shana Meganck, Communication Studies
  • Erika Metzler Sawin, Nursing
  • Ahmad Salman, Integrated Science and Technology
  • Amanda Sawyer, Middle, Secondary & Mathematics Education
  • David Shonk, Hart School of Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Management
  • Alexis Stevens, Math & Statistics
  • Budimka Uskokovic Tenney, Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Cassie Williams, Math & Statistics
  • Emily York, Integrated Science and Technology

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