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Health Sciences

Stephanie Baller
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Stephanie Baller joined the Department of Health Sciences at JMU in the Fall of 2010. She completed her Ph.D. in Health Education and Health Promotion at the University of Alabama and has been previously employed at the University of Mississippi as well as Northwest University. Her primary research interests include the interpretation of space and place and the impacts of materialism and physical activity as they relate to health and quality of life. Originally from Bellingham, Washington she enjoys reading, movies, outdoor pursuits and horseback riding.

Early, Elementary and Reading Education

Nancy Barbour
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Nancy Barbour joined JMU in the fall of 2012 as the department head of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education in the College of Education. Nancy received her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Human Development and Family Studies. She came to JMU after 27 years at Kent State University as both an Early Childhood faculty member for 20 years and as the Associate Dean for seven years. Her scholarly interests and publications have focuses on parent-child relationships (particularly adolescent mothers and their children), authentic assessment of young children, and early childhood professional development, particularly in relation to laboratory school programs. In her free time, Nancy likes to read, garden, listen to all kinds of music, and travel. She lives in Harrisonburg with her husband, Phil.

Center for Faculty Innovation

Edward Brantmeier
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Edward is the Assistant Director of the Center for Faculty Innovation and Assistant Professor in the Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education Department at James Madison University. 

He teaches multicultural education courses to future educators and works with university faculty on innovative approaches to teaching, scholarship, and community engagement. Ed is passionate about transformative education in k-20 contexts that involves curriculum development, cultural competence, diversity, critical theoretical approaches, technology, sustainability and/or contemplative practices. Formerly, Ed was faculty at Saint Louis University and at Colorado State University where he was actively engaged in university wide diversity committees and programs as well as peace and reconciliation studies initiatives. Outside of work, Ed enjoys precious time with his family, gardening, hiking, and global fusion music.


Elizabeth Edwards
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Elizabeth (Liz) Edwards is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology in the Department of Kinesiology and the Executive Director of the Morrison Bruce Center at James Madison University. She joined the faculty of JMU after completing her PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Miami in 2011. Under her direction, the MBC engages in numerous outreach and research programs designed to enhance the well-being of girls and women through physcial activity and healthy lifestyles, as well as better understand the effects and determinants of physical activity behaviors in these populations. Her primary teaching interest is in the causes and treatment of obesity through physical activity and nutrition.

Libraries and Educational Technology

Kathy Clarke
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Kathy is a librarian in Carrier Library where she serves as the General Education and Communication Studies liaison. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of North Texas, and she holds an MLS from the University of Maryland. Her research interests are in first year student information literacy skills development and in information literacy assessment. Kathy came to JMU in 1999. Kathy is a single mother and has one son, Sam. 

Political Science

Howard Lubert
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Howard L. Lubert was born and raised in Schenectady, New York, and attended Rutgers University, where he received his B.A., studied Political Science and English, and was a member of the Henry Rutgers Honors Program. After graduating from Rutgers he attended Duke University, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science, with a focus in political philosophy. He has held full-time teaching positions at Alma College (in Alma, Michigan) and Rutgers (New Jersey). He came to James Madison University in fall, 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Dr. Lubert has taught courses in American constitutional law, American political thought, political philosophy, federalism, race and politics, and politics and literature. He was the recipient of a 2004 National Endowment for the Humanities award for his ongoing study of federalism in the American Founding. His publications include essays on the political thought of James Otis and Thomas Hutchinson (American colonial leaders) and Benjamin Franklin, as well as an essay on the New York State Constitution.

Community Service-Learning

Misty Newman
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Misty earned her B.S. in Business Administration and Public Relations from Heidelberg University and M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration at James Madison University. Before coming to JMU, she worked at Ashland University and the Ashland County Council for Drug Abuse and Alcoholism. Misty has worked at JMU for 10 years. She has worked in the Office of Residence Life, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, and for the past 4 years in the Community Service-Learning Office with Alternative Break Programs. She has also been adjunct faculty for Psychology, Social Work, Individualized Study, and University Studies teaching one class per semester. She has also really enjoyed her roles with Homecoming Student Spirit Committee, Civic Mentoring, Sigma Alpha Omega, and Women of Change. Outside of work, Misty enjoys serving the community, leading worship, live music, Latin dancing, and fun runs that end at a local vineyard or cidery.

Health Sciences

Kathy Ott Walter
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Kathy Ott Walter received her B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University (1995), M.S. in Community Health Promotion from West Virginia University (1998) and her Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from Kent State University (2009). Before coming to JMU she worked at the Cleveland Clinic as a Substance Abuse Trainer/Educator from 2006-2008. Kathy also worked at Ohio University from 2000-2002 at the Assistant Director for Health Education and Wellness for Substance Abuse Prevention. Prior to that she worked as a Community Development Specialist for Substance Abuse Prevention at Westbrook Health Services in Parkersburg, WV (1997-2000). Her research interests include sexuality and substance abuse/use among college students.