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Faculty and Advisors

IdLS Advisor Department of Physics

Geary Albright

albrigge@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Astronomy, University of Virginia.
M. Ed. Science Education, University of Virginia
M.A. Astronomy, University of Virginia 
B.A. Biology, Bates College.



IdLS Advisor University Studies

Herbert Amato

amatohk@jmu.edu
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D.A. Middle Tennessee State University
M.S.Ed. James Madison University
B.S. West Virginia University



IdLS Faculty and Advisor Department of History

Rebecca Brannon

brannorn@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. History, University of Michigan
M.A. History, University of Michigan
B.A. History, Amherst College



IdLS Advisor Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Arlene Casiple

casiplar@jmu.edu
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B.S. Statistics, University of the Philippines
MST Mathematics and Statistics, University of Florida



IdLS Advisor Department of English

Erica Cavanagh

cavanaek@jmu.edu
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M.F.A. University of Iowa, Nonfiction Writing Program, 2004  
M.A. University of Chicago, Humanities, 2001  
B.A. James Madison University, English and Art History, 1996



IdLS Faculty and Advisor Department of Sociology

Chris Colocousis

colococr@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. and M.A. University of New Hampshire
B.A. Stonehill College 



IdLS Adjunct Faculty Department of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Jennifer Connerley

conne2jl@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 
B.A. Centre College of Kentucky 



Director ISS and IdLS Advisor Department of History

David Dillard

dillarpd@jmu.edu
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Ph.D Rice University
B.A. and M.A.  American History, University of Georgia



IdLS Faculty and Advisor Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Joy Ferenbaugh

ferenbjk@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Texas Tech University
M.S. University of Minnesota
B.S. University of California at Davis

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IdLS Faculty Honors Program

Philip L Frana

franapl@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. & M.A. Iowa State University, History of Technology and Science
B.A. Wartburg College, History and Economics


IdLS Faculty and Advisor Department of History

H Gelfand

gelfanhm@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. University of Arizona 
M.A. and A. B. University of Georgia 
M.A. Patterson School of Diplomacy



IdLS Assessment Coordinator and Advisor Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Mary Handley

handlemk@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Plant Pathology, University of California-Davis 
M.S. Plant Pathology, Cornell University 
B.S. Plant Science, Cornell University



IdLS Advisor Department of Math

Bob Hanson

hansonjr@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. & M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
A.B. Washington and Lee University



IdLS faculty Department of Biology

Joseph Harsh

harshja@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Science Education, Indiana University
M.S. Botany and Plant Pathology, Michigan State 
B.S. Biology, Indiana University



Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Fletcher Linder

lindergf@jmu.edu
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Dr. Linder holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has a broad scholarly record in anthropology and related fields.



IdLS Faculty and Advisor Department of Geology and Environmental Science

John Haynes

haynesjx@jmu.edu
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Post-Doc, Smithsonian Institution, 1994-1995
Ph.D. University of Cincinnati, 1989
M.S. University of Cincinnati, 1985
B.S. Denison University, 1981




IdLS Faculty and Advisor Department of Political Science

John Hulsey

hulseyjw@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Indiana University - Bloomington
B.A. University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, 2002



IdLS Advisor Department of History

Skip Hyser

hyserrm@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Florida State University
M.A. Georgia Southern College
B.S.Ed. Georgia Southern College



Roop Learning Community Advisor and IdLS Advisor Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Cindy Klevickis

klevicca@jmu.edu
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Ph.D.Biophysics, University of Virginia 
M.S. Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison  
B.S. Molecular Biology,University of Wisconsin, Madison 



IdLS Advisor Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Lou Ann Lovin

lovinla@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Mathematics, Education University of Georgia
  M.S. Mathematics, Western Carolina University
  B.S. Mathematics, Cameron University 
  B.S. Computer Science, North Carolina State University 



IdLS Faculty and Advisor Department of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Jennifer Mangan

manganjm@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Geology, University of Colorado, Boulder
M.A. Geology Sciences, The Pennsylvannia State University,  State College
B.A. Biological Sciences, Douglass College, Rutgers University



IdLS Faculty and Advisor Department of Anthropology

Mieka Polanco

polancmb@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. and M.A. Anthropology, University of Virginia
B.A. Anthropology and Africana Studies, New York University.



Math Faculty and IdLS Advisor

Noelle Preszler

confornx@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Curriculum and Mathematics Education, University of Washington

M.S. Mathematics, University of Utah

B.S. Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Puget Sound



IdLS Faculty and Advisor Department of Biology

Mike Renfroe

renfromh@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Yale University
M.Phil. Yale University
M.S. Ohio State University
B.S. North Carolina State University



IdLS Advisor Department of Biology

Terrie Rife

rifetk@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Ohio State University
B.S. Michigan State University



English Faculty and IdLS Advisor

Sofia Samatar

samatasx@jmu.edu
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Ph.D African Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013 

M.A. African Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997 

B.A. English, Goshen College, 1994 

 



IdLS, ISS Faculty and Advisor Department of History

Alison Sandman

sandmaad@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. and M.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison 
B.A. Harvard University



IdLS Faculty and Advisor Department of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Mikaela Schmitt-Harsh

schmi2ml@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Environmental Science, Indiana University
M.P.A. Public Affairs, Indiana University
M.S.E.S. Environmental Science, Indiana University
B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College



Math Faculty and IdLS Advisor

John (Zig) Siegfried

siegfrjm@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Mathematics and Science Education, San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego
M.A. Mathematics, University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A. Mathematics and Chemistry, Juniata College

 



Math Faculty and IdLS Advisor

Alexis Stevens

stevenal@jmu.edu
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Ph.D, Education, Curriculum, and Instruction  Virginia Tech 

M.S. Mathematics, Virginia Tech 

B.A. Mathematics, Messiah College



IdLS Faculty and Advisor Department of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Johnathan Walker

walkerjx@jmu.edu
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  Ph.D. Geography, University of Georgia
  M.A. Geography, Syracuse University 
  B.A. Geography, University of California, Berkeley

IdLS Advisor Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Colleen Watson

watso2ca@jmu.edu
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B.S. and M.S. Statistics, Georgia Institute of Technology



IdLS Faculty and Advisor Department of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Ken Wright

wrigh2kr@jmu.edu
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Ph.D. Oregon, English
B.A. and M.A. English, CSU, Fresno