Dr. 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 entitledPicturing 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.