Bring learning to life.

There are many ways to engage with the department, but they all have one common thread—the direct connection with students and the chance to draw on your career experience to add dimension to their classroom learning. From one-on-one mentoring to guest speaking or hosting a visit to your workplace, you can find a way to engage that fits your schedule and leverages your expertise.

Start bringing student career dreams into focus by contacting academic unit head William Wood or Sam Collier from the Office of Professional Development and Engagement.

 Project Evaluator/Judge/Coach

Share your expertise while providing feedback to students’ ideas and business projects as they demonstrate their skills during class presentations or competitions.

 Scholarship/Award Reviewer

Get to know top students while participating with an academic department on a scholarship or award decision-making committee.

 Guest Speaker

Get in front of students while contributing a valuable component to their education. You can share your career journey, business success and industry insights with them in undergraduate or MBA classrooms, at a student organization meeting or at a department or collegewide event.

 Executive-in-Residence

Visit campus for a multi-day program to provide industry expertise and advice. 

 Mentor to Students

Leverage your JMU passion and professional networks by becoming a mentor. Join the private JMU College of Business Career Mentor Network on LinkedIn to connect with other JMU alumni and students. Provide invaluable career advice and guidance from the business world to those seeking to develop their networking skills, explore their career options and develop their knowledge of industry news and trends.

 Career Trek Host

Company visit host - Show students what your organization has to offer. By inviting student groups to your place of business, you provide an important opportunity for them to identify career paths and learn more about industry sectors. Reach out to Sam Collier for more information.

Networking event host - Host a networking event in collaboration with the Dean’s office to meet our students and help them to develop and hone their networking skills. This may include providing a venue or catering for the event. Reach out to Brooke Goolsby for more information.

 

 Employer

New Hires: Reach out to JMU's University Career Center office for your personnel recruitment needs. Gain career-ready students who assimilate more quickly than their peers, exceed the average tenure and work well in teams. Meet short-term employment needs with highly skilled interns from a specific degree field or academic interest.

Current employees: Be an advocate for JMU while helping your employees--or yourself--develop potential and deliver refined skills to your company’s efforts by supporting their graduate studies in programs like the JMU MBA Programs. Reach out to mba@jmu.edu for more information.

 Advisory Board Member

Advisory committees and boards play a vital role in ensuring our graduates are prepared for the needs of today’s rapidly evolving world. Developing tomorrow’s leaders requires real-world insight from the organizations that hire them.

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 Investor

Support student scholarships, college programs or faculty research. Regardless of your giving priorities, we have a match for you.

Economics Support Funds
Fund Description
Center for Economic Education Promote economic literacy throughout the Shenandoah Valley and support outreach in the community
Economics Lectureships and Student Research Fellowships Support students involved in lectureships and student research fellowships in economics.
The Economics Department Fund Help students as they connect the issues of economics and social sciences, problem solve and make responsible decisions.
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Economic Educator Annual Awards Fund Economic teaching awards for outstanding educators in the Rockingham and Harrisonburg community.
J. Barkley Rosser, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Provide scholarship support to a junior-level Economics major who has demonstrated high academic potential and rigor.
Sara C. Yakovac Memorial Scholarship Fund Reward an Economics student who has demonstrated high academic achievement, leadership, and involvement at JMU.

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