Noftsinger Celebration of Madison Scholarship and Recognition Reception

Wed, 6 Nov 2019 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Festival Ballroom

The Office of Research & Scholarship cordially invites you to the 9th Annual Noftsinger Celebration of Madison Scholarship & Recognition Reception.  The purpose of this annual event is to provide a relaxed setting to recognize the scholarly accomplishments of the faculty and encourage scholarly connections with colleagues from across campus.  The 2019 event will feature remarks by President Alger and Acting Provost Marilou Johnson, a presentation by the Provost Award Winner for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Dr. Sharon Mazzarella, an awards presentation by the Office of Sponsored Programs Pre-Award, and an inclusive music activity led by representatives from JMU’s Center for Inclusive Music Engagement.  A catered reception featuring scholarship displays from the 2019 Madison Scholars will follow the formal program. This event is open to all JMU faculty. We look forward to seeing you!



–  Welcome Remarks

Jonathan Alger, President, James Madison University

–  Research and Scholarship Outstanding Faculty Awards

Tamara Hatch, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

–  Introduction of Sharon Mazzarella

Marilou JohnsonActing Provost, James Madison University

–  Keynote Presentation, Sharon Mazzarella

Troublesome Bodies: Girls, Moral Panic, and News Media

–  Center for Inclusive Music Engagement Activity

David Stringham, Director
Jesse Rathgeber, Associate Director
Lou Veramessa, Engagement Fellow 

–  Reception

7:00 pm –  Adjourn


Sharon Mazzarella Bio

Sharon Bio Sharon R. Mazzarella (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) joined JMU as Professor of Communication Studies in 2009 where she also served as the academic unit of head of the school until 2014.  She teaches primarily in the areas of cultural communication and research methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Her research takes a critical/cultural approach to interrogating mediated representations of youth, particularly girls and girlhoods.  Her forthcoming book, Girls, Moral Panic, and the News Media: Troublesome Bodies (Routledge) takes a critical look at U.S. print media constructions of girls and girls’ bodies/sexualities through a series of in-depth case studies of contemporary events.  Taken as a whole, these case studies document an ongoing moral panic that constructs girls’ bodies as troublesome and in need of adult policing.

Center for Inclusive Music Engagement

The Center for Inclusive Music Engagement (CIME) is a collaborative space for practitioners, researchers, and community members to facilitate innovative opportunities for all persons—particularly those often marginalized in institutional music education contexts—to create, perform, respond, and connect with, in, through, and around music in ways they find meaningful.  CIME, championed by Dean George Sparks and Provost Heather Coltman, was established in December 2018 and is housed within the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CIME is strategically aligned with CVPA’s “Arts for the Real World” initiative, Provost Coltman’s call for innovation (“disrupting norms and assumptions by embracing an experimental and collaborative mindset in an ever-evolving ecosystem") on our campus, and the university’s strategic plan.

Questions?  Contact Ben Delp.

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