Instructor, Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics

Year Started at JMU: 2005

Contact Info

  • M.B.A. 
James Madison University 1990
  • B.B.A.    James Madison University 1984
Professional Interests


  • Database
  • Systems development
  • User Experience
  • Supply chain


  • Environmental and social responsibility aspects of sustainability projects

Collaboration systems:

  • Student response and acceptance
Personal Interests
  • Traveling
  • Upcycling furniture projects
  • Gardening
  • Reading
Professional Background
  • RR DONNELLEY, Harrisonburg, VA (1986 – 2005)
    Manufacturing systems support including design and development, database design, migration and implementation team lead, and disaster recovery team lead.
Current Courses Taught
  • COB 204 Computer Information Systems
  • CIS 221 Principles of Programming
  • CIS 366 Web Development
Positions Held
  • 2005-present, Lecturer, James Madison University
  • 1994 – 2005 Senior Systems Analyst, RR Donnelley, Harrisonburg, VA                     
  • 1986 – 1994 Systems Analyst, RR Donnelley, Harrisonburg, VA    
Awards and Recognitions
  • COB Dean’s Impact Award 2014
  • Faculty Advisor, Net Impact
  • FMIR Antwerp, Spring 2017
  • Freshman Advisor
  • House building trips to Vicente Guerrero, Mexico (2011 – 2015)
  • American Cancer Society Relay For Life team member (2010 – 2014)
  • Stephen Ministry, Massanutten Presbyterian Church, January 2011 – June 2014
  • Liturgical Art project coordinator, Massanutten Presbyterian Church (2014 – present)
  • Ruling Elder, Massanutten Presbyterian Church (June 2015 – present)
  • Volunteer with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts (2002 – 2012)
  • Other volunteering including Massanutten Food Pantry, Little League, church youth programs
Key Publications


  • "A Systems Analysis Role Play Exercise and Assignment", Michel Mitri, Carey Cole, and Laura Atkins, JISE (submitted)
  • "An Introduction to Collaboration with SharePoint for First-year Business Students", Carey Cole and Laura Atkins, Virginia, USA: JISE

Conference Proceedings

  • “Student Perceptions of Critical Attributes for Entry-Level IT Consultants” Tom Dillon, Diane Lending, and Laura Atkins
  • “Accessing the Quality of Mentorship by Professional Mentor Firms with a Simulated IT Consulting Student Project”, Tom Dillon, Diane Lending, and Laura Atkins

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