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Scholarship Residency (formerly Writing Renewal Retreat) is a three-day retreat with a community of faculty scholars seeking renewal with their scholarship. Scholarship Residency programs are generally held in the fall and early summer with an open application period proceeding each.

Faculty development research suggests that faculty retreats, away from campus, increase productivity and collaboration. Research also suggests the positive physiological and psychological  benefits that natural environments have on people of all ages, including faculty. Finally, research suggests that the use of contemplative practices, a core feature of this unique retreat, has positive influences on brain elasticity, resilience, focus, attention, and overall productivity. In addition to gratitude and feelings of connection, JMU faculty who attended past off-campus Scholarship Residency programs have reported significant productivity in terms of pages produced, grants written, and projects completed. 

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Scholarship Residency Summer 2020

Online Scholarship Residency: Making a Place for Scholarship During a Pandemic (Faculty Community)

This Faculty Community will be held on Tuesday, May 26 from 9AM-4PM with an optional evening session from 6:30-7:30 PM, and Tuesday, June 2 from 9AM-12PM.

Application deadline: Monday, May 11 at 5:00 PM.

Seeking renewal as a critical scholar during COVID -19? Struggling to find time in your schedule and space in your home to consistently work on scholarly writing and/or creative activities? Participate in this two-part, day and half-long, online program with a community of faculty scholars who are also making the effort to maintain or regain momentum on their scholarship projects.

Engage in contemplative practices in order to care for the scholarship by caring for the scholar. Commit sustained time to completing a scholarship project. Create physical spaces within and around your home that are specifically reserved for scholarship. The retreat experience is balanced between a day long goal-setting and writing session, a week of self-directed time to practice implementing goals and establish good habits, and a half-day reflective and integrative session at the end of the week. Synchronous sessions will involve wellness practices, reflection and discussion of vital ways to sustain a positive relationship with your scholarship, and unstructured time for collegiality and creative expression.


Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on scholarly productivity;
  • Making progress on a scholarship project;
  • Developing metacognitive awareness of writing process and habits amid Covid-19 quarantine; 
  • Appreciating contemplative practices for increasing focus, awareness, and well-being; and
  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.
More information here.
Participant reflections on Scholarship Residency

Here's how faculty members from different academic units have reflected on productivity and their retreat time:

  • "It was so energizing to be in a context in which I was only focusing on my scholarly identity. I was able to get excited about my project again.”
  • “Making progress on a scholarship progress. I was avoiding the paper that I ended up working on while I was at the retreat. I have been putting off working on it for months, so it was nice to finally have organized time set aside (in a beautiful location!) to work on it.”
  • “I think the mindfulness along with the scholarship helped me to be productive. It was also helpful just being around others who wanted to be productive in their work.”
  • “Everything about the retreat exceeded my expectations. I did get some writing/editing done, but I also gained so much more: a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm, helpful writing and productivity strategies, new friendships with wonderful colleagues, and a strong sense of community.”
Scholarship Residency Program outcomes

Faculty participants will make progress toward:

  • Renewing oneself as a scholar,
  • Making progress on a scholarship project,
  • Developing metacognitive awareness of writing process and habits,
  • Appreciating contemplative practices for increasing focus, awareness, and well-being, and
  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.

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