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 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 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.
Corporate and Foundation Giving
Cannie Campbell, MPH, is currently the Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving at JMU and serves as an adjunct faculty member to several campus departments, as well as teaching for J. Sargeant Reynolds and Lord Fairfax Community Colleges. Cannie has spoken on the local, regional and national circuit on various topics regarding substance abuse, women’s issues, sexuality and leadership at conferences such as the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association, the Association of Fraternity Advisors’ National Conference, the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference, Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control College Conference and the Bacchus & Gamma Peer Educators National Assembly. Her professional interests have led her to write and receive numerous grants on topics including alcohol, pedestrian/bike safety, social norms marketing and tobacco prevention. As a woman in Higher Education, she is very passionate about the advancement of all women in higher education and creating meaningful leadership roles in our field. Cannie has a B.S. in Health Sciences from JMU and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Health Education/Promotion from the University of Oklahoma. Personally, she is involved in a variety of community service both locally and nationally, serving as a local foster parent, sitting on several boards and advising several student groups at JMU. She has two children, Caroline and Isaiah, and lives with her husband, Paul, in Harrisonburg, who works at JMU as well.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.