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Faculty Senate Mini-Grants for Engagement Projects

The vision statement for JMU is “To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.”

President Alger has entrusted funds to the Faculty Senate to further the university vision. As part of this effort, the Faculty Senate is offering the opportunity for instructional faculty to apply for mini-grants (up to $5,000) to fund engagement projects. 

At JMU, engagement takes three forms:

  1. Engaged Learning—Developing deep, purposeful and reflective learning, while uniting campus and community in the pursuit, creation, application and dissemination of knowledge.
  2. Civic Engagement—Advancing the legacy of James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, by preparing individuals to be active and responsible participants in a representative democracy dedicated to the common good.
  3. Community Engagement—Fostering mutually beneficial and reciprocal partnerships, ranging from local to global, that connect learning to practice, address critical societal problems, and improve quality of life.

Mini-grant funds may be used to support an existing engagement project or for new engagement initiatives.


  1. All full-time JMU instructional faculty members are eligible to apply for a Faculty Senate Mini-Grant. The term “instructional faculty” is defined in the Faculty Handbook as individuals who devote at least 50 percent of their appointment to teaching and research functions of the university. Academic unit heads are defined as instructional faculty members.
  2. Part-time and adjunct JMU faculty who have primary responsibility for the teaching of for-credit courses and have been continuously employed by JMU in such capacity for at least six consecutive semesters (three academic years) are eligible to apply for a Faculty Senate Mini-Grant. The status of part-time and adjunct faculty is defined in the Manual of Policies and Procedures, Policies 2104 and 2114.
  3. Those not eligible to apply for a Faculty Senate Mini-Grant include classified staff members, administrative and professional (A&P) faculty, emeritus faculty, visiting faculty, scholars in residence, and researchers, as those terms are defined in the Faculty Handbook or university policies.
  4. Prior Faculty Senate Mini-Grant awardees are not eligible to apply.
  5. For eligible applicants, resubmission of last year’s proposal is acceptable.


  • Applications due: October 31, 2017
  • Awardees announced: December 7, 2017
  • Projects implemented: December 8, 2017–June 30, 2018
  • 250-word summary of project results due: September 1, 2018


The application process for 2017-18 is now closed.  We should be offering the program again next year. If you missed this deadline and still have a good engagement project, please save it for submission next year.


The Faculty Senate Vision Mini-Grant Steering Committee hopes to fund initiatives of all three kinds (engaged learning, community engagement and civic engagement). Engagement initiatives that address multiple areas of engagement are encouraged.  

Mini-grant applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Extent to which the proposed initiative will promote high-quality engagement within one or more of the three engagement types.
  2. Extent to which the applicant possesses the relevant expertise to realize the project’s goals.
  3. Clarity and feasibility of the project’s budget and timeline.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the chair of the Faculty Senate Vision Mini-Grant Steering Committee, Steven Harper (harpe2sr@jmu.edu). 

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