Faculty and Staff

 

Dr. AJ Morey | Associate Vice Provost 

AJ Morey

Dr. Morey came to JMU in 1999 as Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs in the College of Arts and Letters. She also served as Director of the Writing Program for two years and program head of the IDLS major for three years during that time. Currently she is Associate Vice Provost for Cross Disciplinary Studies, reporting to the VPAD. 

She is responsible for curriculum development across JMU colleges, and her office facilitates and supports Regional and Area Studies minors with cross disciplinary identities and the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence. Her own cross disciplinary interests are extensive and varied, as seen in her books:  Apples and Ashes: Culture, Metaphor and Morality in the American Dream (Scholars P, 1982); Religion and Sexuality in American Literature (Cambridge UP, 1992); What Happened to Christopher: An American Family’s Story of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SIUC, 1998). Her forthcoming book is entitled Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves: Vintage American Photographs (Pennsylvania State University Press, Fall 2014). Morey’s academic appointment is in the English department where her regular teaching rotation includes “Women’s Fiction,” “The Bible as Literature,” “American Literature Survey” and “Literature and Religion." In addition she team-teaches “Literature and Crime” with JMU criminologist Peggy Plass, thereby redeeming many years of trashy reading. In her off-hours she is the President of the Breaking Free Advisory Board, a local non-profit offering equine assisted therapies for veterans, at-risk youth and individuals on the autism spectrum. She is the photographer for Breaking Free, and some of her work is available on the Breaking Free website at www.breakingfreesaddledoctor.com

 

Ms. Kristi McDonnell | Curriculum Support and Design Specialist

Kristi McDonnell

Kristi joined Cross Disciplinary Studies in August 2011. She wears several hats in CDS including graphic designer, event planner, proposal manager, course scheduler, fiscal contact and administrative assistant. She also currently serves as the web manager for the Madison Caucus for Gender Equality.

Kristi holds a B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design from James Madison University, an A.A.S. in Administrative Support Technology from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and an A.A. & S. in General Studies also from DSLCC. She has received several awards and honorable mentions for her photographs and designs including a 2011 merit award from the Art Director's Club of Metropolitan Washington for a magazine spread design. Some of her interests include art, hatha yoga, Zumba and cats.

 

Dr. Morey came to JMU in 1999 as Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs in the College of Arts and Letters.  She also served as Director of the Writing Program for two years and program head of the IDLS major for three years during that time. Currently she is Associate Vice Provost for Cross Disciplinary Studies, reporting to the VPAA. 

She is responsible for curriculum development across JMU colleges, and her office facilitates and supports Regional and Area Studies minors with cross disciplinary identities and the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence.  Her own cross disciplinary interests are extensive and varied, as seen in her books:  Apples and Ashes: Culture, Metaphor and Morality in the American Dream (Scholars P, 1982); Religion and Sexuality in American Literature (Cambridge UP, 1992); What Happened to Christopher: An American Family’s Story of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SIUC, 1998).   Her forthcoming book is entitled Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves: Vintage American Photographs (Pennsylvania State University Press, Fall 2014).  Morey’s academic appointment is in the English department where her regular teaching rotation includes “Women’s Fiction,” “The Bible as Literature,” “American Literature Survey” and “Literature and Religion."  In addition she team-teaches “Literature and Crime” with JMU criminologist Peggy Plass, thereby redeeming many years of trashy reading.  In her off-hours she is the President of the Breaking Free Advisory Board, a local non-profit offering equine assisted therapies for veterans, at-risk youth and individuals on the autism spectrum.  She is the photographer for Breaking Free, and some of her work is available on the Breaking Free website at www.breakingfreesaddledoctor.com