Center for Faculty Innovation

Application Deadline for Social Justice Renewal Retreat

Tue, 9 Feb 2016 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fri, 4/1 from 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM; Sat 4/2 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sun 4/3 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Mountain Valley Retreat Center - Click here for directions

Meals will be provided. Overnight stay encouraged, yet optional. 

Preview of Application

Application deadline:  Tuesday, February 9 at 5 PM.

A blend of community building, contemplative practices, and productivity, Renewal Retreats are opportunities for faculty to get away and check in with their teaching and scholarly passions and pursuits. Faculty who seek renewal as social justice teachers and scholars and for specific writing and curriculum development projects will engage in a three-day retreat with a community of faculty members at Mountain Valley Retreat Center at the base of Massanutten Mountain near Harrisonburg, VA. Stimulate creativity and reconnect with passions related to diversity and social justice as one reflects, dialogues, and creates. Enjoy contemplative practices such as nature walks, quiet centering/mindfulness meditation, music, and more. Faculty will renew their commitment toward social justice endeavors in the academy and beyond. Overnight stay encouraged, yet optional.

Tentative General Schedule for April 1-3, 2016

Friday, April 1       1-5 pm Introductory session
                                6-8 pm Evening session
Saturday, April 2   9-5 pm Sessions
                                6-8 pm Evening session (Optional)
Sunday, April 3     9-1 pm Closing Session 

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Developing metacognitive awareness of her/his own identity,
  • Exploring what it means to teach and research for social justice,
  • Generating ideas and strategies for teaching and researching social justice and diversity issues, and
  • Appreciating contemplative practices for increasing focus, awareness, and well-being.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these scholarship outcomes:

  • Appreciating the diverse forms, purposes, and communication modes of scholarship in higher education,
  • Enhancing scholarly productivity, and
  • Forming collaborative scholarly projects with students, faculty, & staff at JMU and other institutions.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outcomes:

  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices, and
  • Creating assignments and/or courses that support higher-level learning (deep learning).

Sponsored by:  Office Access and Inclusion--Innovative Diversity Effort Grant.

Facilitators:  Jennifer Byrne, Ph.D., Political Science,
Kara Kavanaugh,  Ph.D., Early, Elementary, and Reading Education,
Carole Nash, Ph.D. Integrated Science and Technology,
Shari DeLeo Scofield, Student Services,
Edward J. Brantmeier, Ph.D., Department of Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education & Center for Faculty Innovation.

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs. We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations , if time permits.

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