Center for Faculty Innovation

Scholarship Residency (Faculty Community)

Mon, 13 Sep 2021 12:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Scholarship Residency will take place Friday, 10/01, 1 PM-6 PM, Saturday 10/2 8 AM-5 PM, and Sunday 10/03, 8 AM-12 PM at Mountain Valley Retreat Center with some overnight accomodations available.

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Applications due by Monday, September 13 at 5 PM.


Seeking renewal with your scholarship that has been harder than ever due to the pandemic? In-person scholarship residency is back this fall! Join a three-day scholarship residency with a community of faculty scholars at Mountain Valley Retreat Center at the base of Massanutten Mountain near Harrisonburg, VA, about 25 minutes from campus.

Reconnect to your scholarship and stimulate creativity through mindfulness mediation, nature walks, and more as you commit sustained time dedicated to completing a project or developing your research agenda. The retreat agenda is balanced between long open-sessions of self-directed time to work on your scholarship and facilitated sessions that involve reflection and discussion of creative ways to sustain a positive relationship with your scholarship.

The scholarship residency program will strictly follow all safety measures related to COVID-19. In particular, participants will not share a room with anyone unless they jointly apply for this program where they have agreed to share the room. If you have any questions regarding safety issues, please contact us. Meals and housing will be provided courtesy of the Center for Faculty Innovation.

Here are some ways faculty members from different academic units have reflected on scholarly 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.”
  • “I had hoped to finish a book proposal at the retreat, but that plan was a bit unrealistic. 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.”
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Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

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

Faculty participants will make progress toward these scholarship outcomes:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity; and
  • Advancing scholarly skills.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. 

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, runiontt@jmu.edu or (540)568-4858.

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