Research and Scholarship

Noftsinger Celebration of Madison Scholarship

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, 10/5/16  
4:00 to 7:00pm

Festival Ballroom
James Madison University

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This annual event welcomes faculty and special guests to come together to celebrate the JMU faculty’s outstanding scholarly, innovative, and artistic achievements.  The 2016 Celebration places an emphasis on research and scholarship resources at JMU, and presents numerous opportunities for faculty to interact with offices and departments who provide services to enhance scholarly activities.  We also encourage faculty to connect with colleagues outside of their home departments to share project ideas and gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the many diverse forms of scholarship that exist across campus.

The program will feature a networking reception with gourmet hors d’oeuvres, welcome remarks by President Alger and Provost Benson, a keynote presentation by the 2016 Provost Award Winner for Excellence in Research and Scholarship -- Dr. Kenn Barron, and a faculty panel who will speak on research, scholarship, and creative experiences.  The networking session will include information tables and representatives from a number of campus entities that provide services supporting faculty scholarship.

Schedule of Events

4:00 p.m. - Opening Reception

Festival Ballroom B/C

5:00 p.m. - Welcome Remarks, President Alger and Provost Benson

Festival Ballroom A

5:15 p.m. - Keynote Presentation, Provost Award Winner Kenn Barron

Dr. Ken Barron

Dr. Kenn Barron is a Professor of Psychology at James Madison University and Co-Director of the Motivation Research Institute. He began working at JMU in 2000 after receiving his PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. His research focuses on motivation and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and has appeared in the Journal of Educational PsychologyContemporary Educational PsychologyEducational and Psychological MeasurementEducational Psychologist, the Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyTeaching of PsychologyNew Directions for Teaching and Learning, and the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

Kenn also regularly teaches coursework in research methods, statistics, motivation, and social psychology, and puts his knowledge of motivation into practice by coordinating JMU's Psychology Learning Community (PLC). The PLC is an integrated academic-residential program for first-year students. Students take part in a unique introduction to the field of psychology and jump start to the major through a series of curricular and co-curricular experiences designed specifically for them, while living together in the same freshman residence hall.

Throughout his career, he has received numerous teaching, research, service, and advising awards. For example in 2012, he was named both a fellow of the American Psychological Association and one of Princeton Review’s Top 300 professors in America.

5:45 p.m. - Faculty Research Panel

The faculty research panel will include the following distinguished faculty:

  • John Almarode, College of Education
  • Rebecca Brannon, College of Arts and Letters
  • Theresa Clarke, College of Business
  • Chris Lantz, College of Science and Mathematics
  • Cara Meixner, College of Health and Behavioral Studies
  • Robert Nagel, College of Integrated Science and Engineering
  • David Pope, College of Visual and Performing Arts

6:15 p.m. - Closing Reception

Festival Ballroom B/C

7:00 p.m. - Adjourn

Directions and Parking

JMU Campus Map

The Festival Conference and Student Center is located at 1301 Carrier Drive in Harrisonburg, VA (G7 on the campus map).  The Ballroom is located on the east half of the second floor.  Parking is available for external guests in the D3 lot, located across the street from the Festival, also on Carrier Drive.  Guests are prohibited from parking in specialty spaces such as Service Vehicle spaces, handicap spaces without proper permit, or expired timed spaces.

Thank you to our Partners!

Office of the Provost
Center for Faculty Innovation
Center for International Stabilization & Recovery
Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services
International Programs
Learning Centers
Libraries & Educational Technologies
Madison Trust
Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability
Outreach & Engagement
Sponsored Programs
The Graduate School
Virginia Clean Cities

Biography of Dr. John B. Noftsinger, Jr.

Dr. John B. Noftsinger, Jr.
Dr. John B. Noftsinger
(Nov. 30, 1962 -
 Nov. 10, 2011)

Dr. Noftsinger served as the Vice Provost for Research and Public Service at James Madison University, and had responsibility over a number of areas, including Technology Transfer, Sponsored Programs, the College of Science and Mathematics, and the School of Engineering.  Additionally, John held the rank of tenured Professor in both the Integrated Science and Technology Department and the School of Strategic Leadership Studies.  Throughout a career that spanned more than 20 years, John passionately served his alma mater by leading a number of science, technology, research, and scholarship initiatives.  He was a key member of the JMU team that helped attract SRI to the Shenandoah Valley, leading to the creation of the Center for Advanced Drug Research, sited at Innovation Village @ Rockingham.  John was appointed Co-Chair of the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission, where he was able to leverage the resources of Virginia’s colleges and universities to bring multi-disciplinary and multi-institution grants and projects to the Commonwealth.

As a mentor, countless students, faculty, and staff at JMU and other institutions benefited from his thoughtful guidance and advice.  As a friend and colleague, he was never short of hallway conversations about family, JMU Dukes football, or big ideas on how JMU could turn dreams into reality.  The Noftsinger Celebration of Madison Scholarship serves as a small tribute to his legacy as a champion of scholarship at JMU.

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