Center for Faculty Innovation

Faculty Luncheon: Academic Identity and Wellbeing

Thu, 11 Apr 2024 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

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As April is designated National Stress Awareness Month, the CFI and its partners are pleased to host the inaugural Faculty Wellness and Wellbeing Week. The week of April 8-11, there will be several opportunities for faculty to reflect on and focus on their wellness and wellbeing. 

In partnership with Balanced Dukes, Common Health, JMU Libraries, and Talent Development, the CFI has developed several programs designed for faculty to reflect and focus on wellness and wellbeing. 

This exciting collaborative effort provides full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and academic unit leaders with opportunities to focus on different dimensions of wellness and wellbeing.


Please refer to the Faculty Wellness and Wellbeing Week website for the full week's details and schedule.

All events require a registration and have a purple registration button at the end of each program announcement.

If this is your first time visiting the CFI Program registration page this semester, be sure to clear your browser cache/cookies and update your profile information (including updating your college/division and department) during the registration process!

You will be asked to sign in to the secure site using your JMU eID and password (through DUO).

Thursday - April 11, 2024

Join your colleagues in this informal lunch conversation about academic identity and how it intersects with faculty well-being.

  • What do our academic identities look like?
  • What do we wish they were?
  • Do our ideal academic selves support our well-being, or do they undermine it?
  • What can the institution do to support our best academic selves, and our well-being — beyond one week?

Our questions are motivated by the sense that academic identity and faculty well-being are connected (as suggested by Rebecca Pope-Ruark, the author of *Unraveling Faculty Burnout*), and that fostering both is not only good for faculty, but also for academic institutions that are interested in vibrant scholarship and creative work, student learning, and low faculty turnover.

At this event, we try to engage in two related practices: Sharing a meal that fosters connection, community, and, yes, well-being, and joining an informal conversation that allows us to trade in ideas and wit, practice empathy with each other's experiences, and possibly share emotional responses to a topic that affects us personally.

CFI provides the meal, the opportunity to share and interact, as well as some prompts and structure to get you going. We ask you to bring the openness needed to share your ideas and listen to each other with curiosity and empathy.


Location: The Union - Warren Ballroom


Register by April 11, 12 PM

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations or accommodations (e.g., dietary, disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in your account profile. You may also reach out to us at or (540) 568-4846.