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Ms. Laura Atkins
Contact Info

JMU Faculty Laura AtkinsInstructor of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics

Year Started at JMU: 2005


James Madison University 1990

B.B.A.    James Madison University 1984

Academic Interests:



Systems development

User Experience

Supply chain


Environmental and social responsibility aspects of sustainability projects Collaboration systems: student response and acceptance

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.

Service work:

  • 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

Personal Interests:


          Upcycling furniture projects



Current Courses Taught:

COB 204 Computer Information Systems

CIS 221 Principles of Programming

CIS 366 Web Development

Key Publications:  


  • “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

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                     


COB Dean’s Impact Award 2014