Center for Faculty Innovation

Faculty Welcome Sessions

Wed, 11 Aug 2021 10:00 AM - Tue, 24 Aug 2021 4:30 PM

Welcome to JMU! We are glad that you are joining this vibrant academic community. Officially, Faculty Welcome is JMU's new faculty orientation program listed among the required meetings in section III.A.20 of the faculty handbook. While being a required meeting* may not, ahem, endear this little endeavor to all faculty, we believe that you will find Faculty Welcome to be interesting, useful, engaging, and maybe even fun. At JMU's Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI), we have worked with faculty and staff from across the institution to create a program that: 

  • Welcomes faculty (back) to JMU,
  • Offers opportunities for networking and community building,
  • Enhances the success of faculty by encouraging a comprehensive approach to career planning,
  • Engages faculty in professional development that supports a diverse range of faculty careers and identities,
  • Orients participants that are new to JMU to the institution's culture, and
  • Provides faculty with timely resources related to teaching, scholarship, service, and more.

Over the last couple of years, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have found that faculty who have been at JMU for a while are also interested in many of the sessions we have to offer. As a result, all faculty are welcome to sign up to the workshops, roundtables, and other sessions listed below.

Due to the interactive nature of CFI’s Faculty Welcome programs, we do not intend to record sessions or make them available asynchronously.

Click on the session title to register and/or for more information.


Faculty Welcome Session for 2021

Plenary Program *

Monday, August 16

11-11:45: Online roundtable with JMU leaders, including President Alger

11:45-12:15 Online Q&A with Provost Coltman

12:30


Workshops, roundtables, and other sessions

The following sessions are optional, though we recommend that all new faculty attend two (or more) sessions of their choice, as fits their schedule. Faculty (and staff) who are not new to JMU are also welcome to attend the following sessions.

Wednesday, August 11

10:00-11:30 AM - Ethical Reasoning in Action (Workshop)

Learn about JMU’s original, innovative, and award-winning ethical reasoning strategy that employs an Eight Key Question (8KQ) critical thinking framework applicable across disciplines and life situations. Faculty, administrators, and staff across campus are improving reasoning skills using the 8KQ strategy in their classes and work.

(You may also be interested this video link to President Alger discussing the Eight Key Questions strategy at https://www.jmu.edu/ethicalreasoning/ and a video of Dr. Bethany Nowviskie, dean of JMU Libraries, discussing the 8KQ strategy "Ethical Reasoning for Times Like These" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlsj1tqMAsU.)

If you are interested in becoming a facilitator for this year's It's Complicated sessions for new students on August 23 (10-11:15 AM), sign up here and register for one of the available training sessions.

Facilitators: Christian Early, Ethical Reasoning in Action and Philosophy and Religion, Bill Hawk, Ethical Reasoning in Action and Philosophy and Religion, and Lorie Pyle, Ethical Reasoning in Action.

In-person, Gabbin Hall *new location.


2:00-3:30 PM – What I Know Now I Wish I Knew Then (Online Roundtable)

Join a group of faculty who joined JMU in the last couple of years and will share their experiences and touch on ideas, advice, hints, and tips to launch a successful career at JMU.

Panelists: Ben Blankenship, College of Health & Behavioral Studies, Amy Lewis, College of Visual and Performing Arts & CFI, Josh Pulos, College of Education, Elizabeth Wislar, College of Visual and Performing Art, Yuyun Zhong, College of Business, Andreas Brosheid, CFI and College of Arts & Letters.


Thursday, August 12

10:00-11:30 AM - Finding what’s hidden, making it open (Online Workshop).

Addressing the hidden curriculum is a central element of inclusive teaching.

Facilitator: Andreas Brosheid, CFI and College of Arts & Letters.


3:00-4:00 PM - Supporting JMU Students in Difficult Times (Online Roundtable)

In recent years, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing numbers of students have needed mental health support and other counseling services. Faculty, who interact with students on a daily basis, are an important link between students and counseling center professionals. Join Dr. Magali Laitem, Staff Psychologist and Outreach Coordinator at JMU’s Counseling Center, and Jackie Hieber, Victim Advocate and Staff Clinician at the Counseling Center, to learn about their work with students and what you can do to support students.

Facilitators: Magali Laitem, JMU Counseling Center, and Jackie Hieber, JMU Counseling Center


Tuesday, August 17

10:00-11:30 AM - Back to “Normal”? (Online Roundtable)

A panel conversation about the peculiar post-(post-?)pandemic situation and what it means to faculty, students, and JMU as an institution.

Panelists: Andreas Broscheid, CFI and Political Science, Kerry Crawford, Political Science, Bob Kolvoord, College of Integrated Science and Engineering, Juhong Christie Liu, Libraries, Carole Nash, College of Integrated Science and Engineering.


1:00-2:30 PM - Integrating Trauma-Informed Pedagogy into the Classroom (Workshop)

Trauma-informed pedagogy encompasses an array of classroom practices that respond to and center students’ lived experiences.

Facilitator: Cara Meixner, Graduate Psychology

In-person, Student Success Center room 4046.


2:00-3:30 PM -  Center for Global Engagement Open House

Welcome to JMU! Please come and meet members of the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). The mission of the CGE is to broaden worldviews and promote global understanding for the JMU community by cultivating, facilitating, and supporting global engagement at home and abroad. A short presentation about the CGE is available at 2:30pm followed by a Q&A session. Light beverages will be served as you learn more about the different opportunities through the Center for Global Engagement.

No registration needed, just come on over.

In person, Madison Hall, second floor.


Wednesday, August 18

10:00-11:00 AM - Integrating Civic Education and Engagement into Courses and Programs Across Disciplines  

Virginia has elections every year and this session will introduce ways faculty can collaborate with the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement (JMU Civic) to support voter education and engagement in the path toward deeper involvement in civic and political life.  Participants will also learn about current students’ civic knowledge, skills and dispositions and ways JMU Civic promotes faculty scholarship that addresses public issues to larger audiences.

Facilitators: Abraham Goldberg, and Carah Ong Whaley, both JMU Civics and College of Arts & Letters

In-person at Student Success Center room 4042


11:30 AM -12:00 PM - JMU IT and Library Technology Overview (Online Orientation)

A brief overview of how JMU’s Information Technology Services and JMU Libraries support faculty through technology.

Facilitators: Andrea Adams, JMU LibrariesDebby Boyle, JMU Information Technology, Greg Hackbarth, JMU Information Technology, and Bill Hartman, JMU Libraries


1:30-2:30 PM - Introduction to Library Resources and Services (Orientation)

Explore various resources and services provided by JMU Libraries with one of the liaison librarians. In this interactive session, participants will become familiar with the liaison librarian program, collections services, teaching resources, and the Libraries website.

Facilitator: Liz Chenevey, JMU Libraries

In-person at Carrier Library room 109 


3:00-4:30 PM - Getting Started with Canvas (Workshop)

Learn the basics of Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used at JMU. Ask questions, get answers, and practice using Canvas. For the in-person session, please bring your own laptop. To access JMU Canvas, you will need a JMU eID. If you do not have a JMU eID, you can still participate in the session and ask questions.

Facilitator: Jamie Calcagno-Roach, JMU Libraries

In-person at Rose Library room 5308


4:00-5:00 PM - Community & Civic Engagement Open House

Join Community Service-Learning, JMU Civic, and the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services for meeting, greeting, and learning about opportunities to partner with us to co-create more just and sustainable communities. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served and there will be a drawing for a Merge Coffee gift card.

No sign up needed.

In-person at Student Success Center room 2100 (Community Service-Learning offices)


Thursday, August 19

9:00-10:00 AM - Technology in the Classrooms (Orientation)

Discover the technology in the classrooms across the JMU campus.  In this session, participants will learn about the standard technology installed into teaching spaces on the JMU campus.  Participants will also get a brief overview of the Classroom Technology page on the Libraries website.  For the in person session, participants will have an opportunity to try out the equipment and ask questions as they explore and use the equipment on hand.

In-person at Memorial Hall  room 2110

Facilitator: Jackie Woolf, JMU Libraries


1:00-2:00 PM - Technology in the Classrooms (Online Orientation)

Discover the technology in the classrooms across the JMU campus.  In this session, participants will learn about the standard technology installed into teaching spaces on the JMU campus.  Participants will also get a brief overview of the Classroom Technology page on the Libraries website.

Facilitators: Jackie Woolf, JMU Libraries


2:00-3:30 PM - Learning in Groups (Online Workshop)

Explore team learning approaches that can be used for a range of teaching purposes.

Facilitated by: Andreas Broscheid, CFI and College of Arts & Letters


Friday, August 20

10:00-10:30 AM - JMU IT and Library Technology Overview (Online Orientation)

A brief overview of how JMU’s Information Technology Services and JMU Libraries support faculty through technology.

Facilitators: Andrea Adams, JMU Libraries, Debby Boyle, JMU Information Technology, Greg Hackbarth, JMU Information Technology, and Bill Hartman, JMU Libraries


Monday, August 23

10:30 AM-12:00 PM - “I’ve got promoted … now what???”(Online Roundtable)

A facilitated roundtable discussion on navigating academic life post-promotion.

Facilitators: Kyle Gipson, College of Integrated Science & Engineering and CFI, Justin Henriques, College of Integrated Science & Engineering and CFI, Angela Webb, College of Education and CFI.


1:30-2:30 PM - Introduction to Library Resources and Services (Online Orientation) 

Explore various resources and services provided by JMU Libraries with one of the liaison librarians. In this interactive session, participants will become familiar with the liaison librarian program, collections services, teaching resources, and the Libraries website.

Facilitator: Liz Chenevey, JMU Libraries


3:00-4:30 PM - Getting Started with Canvas (Online Workshop)

Learn the basics of Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used at JMU. Ask questions, get answers, and practice using Canvas. To access JMU Canvas, you will need a JMU eID. If you do not have a JMU eID, you can still participate in the session and ask questions.

Facilitator: Jamie Calcagno-Roach, JMU Libraries


3:00-4:00 PM - Meet International Faculty at JMU (Online Roundtable)

A networking session for international faculty and those who want to meet them.

Facilitators: Felix Wang and Jonathan Kratz, Center for Global Engagement; Andreas Broscheid, CFI and Political Science


Tuesday, August 24

1:00-2:30 PM - Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World Open House

Speak with Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World team members to learn about incorporating JMU's sustainability tools and resources in any program. Consultations and materials are available to support use of Science On a Spherethe East Campus Hillsidethe Environmental Stewardship Tourthe Sustainable Development Goals, and more, for in-person or online instruction. 

No registration needed. 

In person: EnGeo 2207


2:30-3:00 PM- JMU IT and Library Technology Overview (Online Orientation)

A brief overview of how JMU’s Information Technology Services and JMU Libraries support faculty through technology.

Facilitators: Andrea Adams, JMU Libraries, Debby Boyle, JMU Information Technology, Greg Hackbarth, JMU Information Technology, and Bill Hartman, JMU Libraries


3:00-4:15 PM - Supporting your Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors (Online Roundtable)

An information session about how different JMU units support faculty disciplinary work.

Panelists: Mary Lou Bourne, Ben Delp, Sally Dickenson, Tamara Hatch, Keith Holland, Meredith Malburne-Wade, Carolyn Strong, Anthony Tongen, and Besi Muhonja, all Research & Scholarship; Ed Brantmeier, CFI and College of Education, Dayna Henry, Research & Scholarship, CFI, and College of Health & Behavioral Studies, and Liz Thompson, JMU Libraries.


Faculty Welcome programs are intended for JMU faculty and staff. If you have trouble registering for a CFI session, please contact us at cfi@jmu.edu

To access information provided by Human Resources about new employee onboarding and benefits at JMU, visit the Dukes at Work web page for instructional faculty.  

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