Center for Faculty Innovation

Encouraging Scholarly Productivity Among Graduate Students (Fulbright Roundtable)

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location:  Rose Library room 3311

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Meet Dr. M. Kamruzzaman Mozumder, a visiting Fulbright Scholar with the JMU Department of Graduate Psychology, who will discuss his interests in promoting quality mental services through the training of clinical psychologists in his home country of Bangladesh.  Developing a sustainable mental health system in Bangladesh involves services for the native Bangladeshi as well as for a million Rohingya refugee who fled to the country to escape genocide in neighboring Myanmar.  To promote the development of this mental health system, Dr. Mozumder trains clinical psychologists.   Participants in this roundtable will grow in their understanding of cultural differences and issues related to mental health services in Bangladesh. Additionally, Dr. Mozumder will reflect on mentoring graduate students in his program and country. He has noticed that graduate students find themselves stuck in completing their research projects in a timely manner.  The context for inhibited progress on research projects includes cultural issues among Bangladeshi students that confound their matriculation through the program. 

The interactive part of this roundtable will focus on Dr. Mozumder’s core interest as a Fulbright scholar: what factors enable scholarly productivity among graduate students?  After describing the nature of mental health work and training in Bangledesh, Dr. Mozumder and  Dr. Joe LeBlanc, JMU Graduate Psychology Department, will lead a discussion with participants on research mentorship and collaboration with graduate students, focusing on the following questions:

  • What strategies can help graduate students make progress on research project?
  • What cultural factors inhibit or encourage progress? How can research mentors attend to these concerns?
  • What can programs do to streamline student progress?


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Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Understanding scholarship and mental health issues in different cultural context;
  • Sharing ideas for research mentorship and collaboration with graduate students; and
  • Identifying best practices to support graduate student work from programmatic perspectives.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these scholarship outcomes:

  • Appreciating the diverse forms, purposes, and communication modes of scholarship in higher education; and

  • Forming collaborative scholarly projects with students, faculty, & staff at JMU and other institutions.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a 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)568-4858.

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