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Talent Development JMU Policy 1403

James Madison University is committed to providing relevant, high quality professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. In support of JMU’s core quality of Faculty & Staff Success – We foster for all faculty and staff a culture and environment that supports healthy work-life balance and personal and professional growth – Talent Development offers a variety of workshops, certificate programs, and departmental retreats.

JMU Talent Development focuses on learning areas which encourage each employee to reach their own potential and help faculty and staff work more effectively with others. Talent Development offers personal and professional development opportunities which are provided free of charge to JMU Administrative & Professional faculty, Professional Librarians, classified staff and wage employees.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to pursue professional development utilizing internal and external resources. Please let the JMU Talent Development staff know how we can assist you in your personal, professional or departmental development needs.

Talent Development specializes in workshops and departmental retreats that focus on:

  • Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Supervision/Management
  • Administrative Skills
  • Team Building
  • Work/Life Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Organizational Development
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

For more information about our workshops, certificate programs, and our competency model, please visit

Reimbursement for Work-Related Education or Training from an External Source JMU Policy 1401

In support of the university's commitment to professional development of faculty and staff, the university may authorize reimbursement to full-time employees for the tuition of work-related education or for the costs of certain work-related training programs taken at other institutions. Departments may also choose to pay for such course work in advance.

This policy is designed to aid full-time employees who are expected to continue employment with the university for a period that will justify such educational assistance.

Tuition Waiver JMU Policy 1402

The university offers a waiver of tuition (undergraduate and graduate) for academic credit courses offered at JMU each semester. Classified employees are eligible to apply for tuition waiver for courses that begin after their six-month anniversary date, as long as they receive a rating of at least “contributor” on their six-month probationary performance evaluation. Books, application fees, special course or departmental fees and readmission fees are not covered. Applicants may have tuition waived for a maximum of two classes and one lab per semester. Also see HR’s Employee Tuition Assistance website.

Questions regarding waiver of tuition may be directed to the Benefits Assistant,, 540-568-3593.

JMU Job Opportunities

Classified employees may apply for any posted vacancy at the university. Promotional opportunities are those that involve a competitive selection process resulting in the employee’s movement to a different role in a higher pay band. Lateral opportunities are those that may involve a competitive selection process and result in the employee’s movement to the same or different role in the same pay band. Visit JobLink for a list of vacant positions. Contact a Recruitment Specialist for assistance with the application process.

State Job Postings provides information about current job vacancies with the state system. All state agencies list vacancies with Virginia Jobs for a minimum of five consecutive workdays, not counting Saturdays and Sundays.





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