Sarah Smitherman is from the great state of Florida where she received her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and her Master's in Political Communication and Rhetoric from Florida State University. She began her professional career on the student services side of higher education when she managed the Peer Advising Center for the College of Social Sciences at FSU. She made the switch to the classroom in 2004 and since then has worked at several different colleges/universities including Valdosta State University, Thomas College, and most currently James Madison University.
Sarah joined the School of Communication Studies in 2006 after relocating from Georgia to Harrisonburg with her husband. She primarily teaches GCOM and SCOM core courses, but also has an interest in both political and interpersonal communication. In addition to teaching and serving on departmental committees, Sarah is an active member in JMU's Honor Council.
Sarah also works at Bluestone Vineyard helping with event planning and promoting the young, but rapidly growing vineyard. She also has the pleasure of pouring wine in the vineyard's tasting room which provides a plethora of interpersonal communication examples for her to bring back to the classroom.
When she's not working, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, and their daughter Ava, cheering on the Florida State Seminoles in any sport, hiking on one of the local trails, or visiting one of Virginia's many wineries.