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Engagement Fellow for Student Affairs

Molly Pirrung

Molly is from Chester County, PA and graduated from JMU in May 2020. While at JMU, Molly majored in Justice Studies and minored in Nonprofit Studies. During her time at JMU, Molly was a member of JMU’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity and enjoyed serving as the fundraising chair, volunteer coordinator, and vice president for the club. She was also able to work with Orientation as a FrOG, OPA, and in the office working with Casey Ouren. Additionally, she enjoyed serving as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters, serving as an intern at Valley Program Aging Services, and being a member of the Club Equestrian team. One of her favorite JMU experiences was the opportunity to study Restorative Justice while studying abroad in South Africa. In her free time Molly enjoys reading, spending time outside, and drawing. JMU has become a second home for Molly, and she believes she would not be the person she is today without JMU’s service-minded atmosphere and community. Molly is looking forward to gaining a year of experience in Student Affairs in hopes of pursuing a career in Higher Education. She is very excited to work and grow with the other fellows and to further her professional development while serving the JMU community.

Interested in Applying to this Fellowship Position?

JMU Engagement Fellows will: Represent the University and are held to the highest standards of performance and behavior. They should seek to provide quality service in their placements while growing both personally and professionally. Their past experience at James Madison University should inform their daily work as they seek to help this community grow and improve every day. They will serve as part of a cohort of Fellows dedicated to the Fellowship and James Madison University. They will also balance their commitment to the Program with the needs of their placement and the work needed for each to be successful.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the James Madison University Mission and Vision and a sense of responsibility and obligation within the community and organization they serve.
  • Approach complex problems through the practice of interpersonal skills that promote teamwork and acceptance of diversity of thought regarding goals and priorities.
  • Uphold meaningful and productive connections between the university and community, and be alert to possibilities for expansion.
  • Explore personal strengths and improve upon weaknesses, with particular emphasis on developing career options and exploring life plan goals through experiential learning.
  • Display an understanding of organizational communication and interconnectedness and how entities work together to solve larger community-based problems.
  • Recognize how personal and career goals can include responsiveness to community needs and be rewarding to self and others.


Position Overview

The Engagement Fellow in Student Affairs will work directly with the Vice President and support the central functions of the Division.They will organize the Division’s direct connection with and gathering feedback from JMU students throughout the year. They will support the Division in its ongoing strategic planning as well as other projects as they develop throughout the year.

Fellowship Duties and Responsibilities

Supporting the development and implementation of our Strategic Plan and working collaboratively with the Vice President to implement our new organizational structure. Serving as a “student” voice in a number of places including our Communications Council, Assessment Council, Diversity Council, Alcohol and Other Drug Taskforce, and Sexual Misconduct Prevention Alliance. Serving is a liaison and support to both Student Veterans and Graduate Students. Work centrally on the communications of Student Affairs including our web presence, social media, and some photography and video production. Manage and complete special projects as they arise including research projects, student programming, and outreach to different student communities.

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