Center for Faculty Innovation

Feeling Alone in Academia: Considerations for the Faculty Career (Roundtable)

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

This roundtable has been canceled. CFI will attempt to reschedule it for a later date.

In a study of faculty loneliness conducted before the pandemic, we found that one-third of JMU faculty members reported sometimes or often feeling alone at the university. In this roundtable, we will share the results of this research study and discuss their holistic implications. We will invite exploration into how the pandemic and JMU’s current situation are impacting faculty members’ sense of community, connection, and belonging.  


  • Natalie Kerr, College of Health & Behavior Studies
  • Cara Meixner, Center for Faculty Innovation, and College of Health & Behavior Studies 

 Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Learning about the epidemic of loneliness in academia and at JMU; and
  • Exploring implications of loneliness on community, connection, and belonging in our current context.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this career planning outcome:

  • Developing and fostering productive mentoring and networking relationships.


Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a graduate student or administrator and would like to attend, please sign up and leave a note at the end of the survey.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, or (540)860-0524.

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