Center for Faculty Innovation

​​Scholarship Residency​

Tue, 28 May 2024 11:00 AM - Thu, 30 May 2024 1:00 PM

Seeking renewal with your scholarship? Consider the CFI Scholarship Residency this May! Join a three-day, two-night, 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 as you commit sustained time dedicated to completing a project or developing your research agenda in a beautiful natural setting. The retreat agenda is balanced between 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 and connect to colleagues.

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 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.”

“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.”

“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.” 

Dates & Times: Tuesday, 5/28, at 11 AM through Thursday, 5/30, at 1 PM

Location: Mountain Valley Retreat Center


Genre: Faculty Community

Program Outcomes

  • Renewing oneself as a scholar
  • Making progress on a scholarship project
  • Developing metacognitive awareness of writing process and habits

Apply by Monday, 4/29, at 11:59 PM.


Application Questions: (QuestionPro Survey)

  • ​First Name
  • Last Name
  • JMU Email
  • College
  • Department
  • Employment Status: Full-time faculty, Part-time faculty, Adjunct, Other
  • Describe the scholarship project you plan to work on during this retreat. (100 to 300 words).
  • What challenges do you experience with your scholarship (Besides needing more time and money)?  (100 to 300 words).
  • What do you most hope this retreat helps you achieve in renewing or revitalizing your work as a scholar? (100 to 300 words).
  • Mountain Valley Retreat Center (3091 Ragtown Rd, Rockingham,VA 22802) is about 25 minutes from JMU Campus. Overnight accommodation is provided by the CFI. Please indicate whether you plan to stay overnight at the retreat center:
    • Yes, I plan to stay overnight.
    • No, I plan to commute to and from the retreat place each day.
  • If yes to staying overnight:
    • Room or cabin sharing (double occupancy) with other JMU faculty is necessary for cost savings and to accommodate more participants. If you require a single occupancy room, please explain.
    • If you have a roommate and are jointly applying for this program, please share their name.
  • Priority may be given to applicants who plan to stay for the duration of the residency. The residency programming begins at 11 AM on May 28th and ends at 1 PM on May 30th. Do you plan to attend all three days?
    • Yes or No. If no, please explain.
  • Please describe any dietary allergies or restrictions.
  • We strive to be as inclusive as possible. Do you have points of awareness, considerations, accommodations, or other needs we should be aware of?

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.


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