The Center for Faculty Innovation offers a variety of program types that may be adapted for unique programming ideas or themes. The following list describes the most common CFI programming genres. The CFI can offer suggestions and ideas for additional programming genres.
Workshops offer faculty introductory experiences to new pedagogies, scholarly experiences, or foundational components of comprehensive career planning. Faculty or guest speakers with expertise facilitate these activities and offer opportunities to apply new ideas to academic endeavors.
While participating in a workshop, faculty will...
- Experience pedagogy appropriate to the workshop content
- Have the opportunity to actively apply the session content
Roundtables build insight and community around topics of mutual interest by offering facilitated inquiry into a timely issue or dynamic that cuts across the spectrum of teaching, scholarship, and career planning. Knowledgeable facilitators provide short, informative presentations followed by interactive dialogue with participants about material presented.
While participating in a roundtable, faculty will...
- Experience an organized overview of the topic;
- Engage in informed, reflective dialogue with facilitators and participants; and
- Share perspectives with colleagues.
Institutes provide faculty extended, immersive experiences pertaining to teaching, scholarship, or career planning. Institutes range from half-day options to multi-day events, allowing for more opportunities for engagement and disciplined inquiry. Institutes are facilitated by faculty mentors and consultants with expertise in teaching, scholarship, or career planning.
While participating in an institute, faculty will...
- Experience pedagogy appropriate to the institute content; and
- Have the opportunity to actively apply the session content.
Flashpoints are faculty-generated public forums aimed at spotlighting global and local events significant to our human and planetary experience. Flashpoints begin with a panel of faculty representing different disciplines answering questions posed by a moderator. The forum then opens to the audience for an interactive dialogue.
While participating in a flashpoint
- Experience organized, moderated discussion with topic experts; and
- Engage in informed, reflective dialogue with facilitators and community members.
Scholarly Talks feature faculty from JMU and other universities in order to engage colleagues in academically informed inquiry and the creation of a vibrant community. These talks focus on diverse aspects of faculty life and create opportunities for faculty to connect with others.
While particpating in a scholarly talk, faculty will..
- Experience an organized presentation.
Lockdowns encourage faculty to dive into projects with concentrated time and effort.
While participating in a lockdown, faculty will...
- Experience a focused work environment;
- Interact with consultants, as necessary; and
- Explore future consultation opportunities.
Faculty Communities encompass a range of configurations and styles of faculty engagement in which faculty empower faculty in extended dialogue, inquiry, and discovery around a topic of common concern, interest, or relevance. Faculty communities most commonly take the form of faculty interest groups, fellowships, or reading groups.
- Faculty Interest Groups create an informal forum for learning and dialogue related to topics proposed by faculty. FIGs are faculty driven and provide opportunities for the formation of cross-disciplinary connections related to a topic(s) of mutual interest.
- Madison Fellowships provide an opportunity for faculty to focus on a sustained inquiry and exchange around a timely issue, trend, or topic related to teaching, scholarship, or career planning. Fellowships are small self- directed, self-facilitated groups.
- Reading Groups bring faculty from multiple disciplines together to discuss articles, books, or other written resources related to higher education. The materials are selected by either the faculty group or the CFI, as connected to broader trends or initiatives.
While participating in a faculty community, faculty will...
- Form meaningful connections with colleagues;
- Have the opportunity to explore a topic of common concern, interest, or relevance;
- Have the opportunity to apply what is learned to teaching, scholarship, or career planning.