JMU Research & Scholarship important Announcements!

May 13, 2021

Dr. Keith Holland, Associate Vice Provost for Research & Innovation

First and foremost, congratulations to Dr. Holland for being appointed as JMU’s new Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation. Since joining R&S in 2018, Dr. Holland has provided exemplary leadership in support of a number of university priorities.  Examples include:  interdisciplinary coordination to JMU’s academic institutes and centers (AICs) and helping to develop the Summer Student Research and Scholarship Program, advancing JMU innovation and economic development initiatives as Chair of both the Innovation, Creativity, Collaboration and Entrepreneurship (ICCE) Council and the ChangeMaker Mindset Implementation Task Force, providing university leadership for the JMU Industrial Hemp Research Program and securing funding through a GO Virginia grant, facilitating JMU’s participation in MITRE’s University Innovation Exchange, serving as Chair of the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s Innovations Committee, and assisting the state launch the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative through service on CCI’s Research and Technology Commercialization Working Group.


  • Keith joined JMU in 2009 as a faculty member in the Department of Engineering in the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.  Dr. Holland received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining JMU, he served as the Vice President for Research and Development at AVIR Sensors, a technology spin-off company based on a patented optical sensing technology developed as a Research Associate at UVA. Throughout his professional and academic career, Dr. Holland has engaged in research and development efforts with NASA, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy, and industry partners. While at JMU, Dr. Holland developed collaborative faculty and student research opportunities in wind and solar energy, aerospace applications, manufacturing, electronics, and materials science.

Dr. Holland brings to this role a wealth of JMU and administrative experiences, including two years as the co-Interim Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship. Prior to this, he served as the Assistant Academic Unit Head for the Department of Engineering. Keith chairs the Innovation, Collaboration, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICCE) Council and the ChangeMaker Implementation Task Force and is a member of the University Economic Development Council. He continues to lead grant funded efforts to connect faculty research and scholarship with regional economic development interests. As the Associate Vice Provost for Research and Innovation, Keith will continue to facilitate research and scholarly opportunities with external partners, support faculty and student innovators, and facilitate strategic cross disciplinary scholarship initiatives.

2020-2021 Noftsinger Celebration of Madison Scholarship & Recognition Reception

Video presentations are live and ready for viewing!

  • Research & Scholarship is excited to share a virtual edition of the Noftsinger Celebration of Madison Scholarship & Recognition Reception.  Please join us for the keynote “The Unintended Consequences of Undergraduate Research” from Dr. Gina MacDonald, the 2020 Provost Award Winner for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, presentations by the 2020 Madison Scholars, a funding milestones presentation from the Office of Sponsored Programs, and welcome remarks from Vice Provost for Research & Scholarship Anthony Tongen, Provost Heather Coltman, and the Noftsinger Family.  This is a pre-recorded event, providing you the opportunity to visit the website at your convenience and learn about the tremendous scholarship happening across campus.
  • View the Celebration!

Student Research

  • Did you have any students who completed amazing projects this semester and think it should be shared?  Encourage them to submit their projects for publication!  Encouragement from a faculty member is a great nudge for students to submit, especially those who don’t understand the publication process.  Here are some possible outlets for your students’ work:
    • JMURJ:  The James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal is a multidisciplinary, student-run, peer-reviewed undergraduate academic journal that gives undergraduates an outlet for their research and scholarship.  JMURJ is dedicated to publishing JMU undergraduate research on a rolling basis.
    • VA Engage Journal:  Undergraduate, professional, and graduate students:  Share and reflect critically on your community/civic engagement experiences and disseminate the knowledge emerging from your practice or even research.
    • Journals outside of JMU:  This listing by the council on undergraduate research includes a wide variety of open and disciplinary specific journals that publish student work.

Strategic Research Support – Grants Associate

  • Following recommendations from the Research and Scholarship Task Force Final Report, this summer R&S will seek to fill a new position to assist with and expand the critical functions of the office of Strategic Research Support.  The Grants Associate will contribute to the preparation of external grant proposals, help coordinate the development of interdisciplinary and multi-college grant applications, conduct prospect research to identify relevant funding opportunities, and assist with professional development programs for faculty who wish to hone their grant-seeking skills.  

Virginia Clean Cities – Program Coordinator

  • Virginia Clean Cities is hiring for a Program Coordinator.  The Program Coordinator acts as the project manager for Virginia Clean Cities efforts and coordinates various local events and initiatives to best leverage resources, increase the number of alternative fuel vehicles on the road, and increase alternative fuel use to facilitate petroleum reduction.  The Program Coordinator helps develop and implement policies for achieving various long-range Coalition goals, while building consensus among Coalition members to move forward on grant proposals, legislative agendas, and the deployment of advanced vehicle technology. 
  • Please consider passing along this opportunity to colleagues and/or alumni that have a passion for clean transportation, electric vehicles, and alternative fuels. 

SPIN – Funding Opportunity Search Tool

  • Research & Scholarship maintains a subscription (open to all faculty) to SPIN by InfoEd Global, a research funding opportunity database.  If you would like to create an account to search for funding opportunities and set up email alerts, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at or (540) 568-6872.