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David Ehrenpreis
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A Professor in the School of Art, Design, and Art History, David has been teaching at JMU since 1998. After working at Harvard University Art Museums and the Houghton Library, he received his doctorate from Boston University. He teaches nineteenth-century art and his research focuses on German visual culture and the intersection of art and nationalism. He is Director of the JMU Summer Program in Berlin, and his current book project, "Between Real and Ideal" investigates the role of the artist as a mediator between these two realms in modern European painting.

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Daniel Robinson
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Daniel has worked at IVS since August 2008, and has served as the Associate Director at IVS since August 2015. He has a B.S. in Art from Radford University and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from James Madsion University. Daniel's artwork focuses on alternative and adaptive photographic processes and camera making. In addition to his work at IVS, Daniel does art making workshops in the community and teaches photography for JMU's School of Art, Design and Art History.

Advisory Board

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Jim Sochacki

Jim is a Professor of Mathematics who came to JMU 1988. He was principal investigator on two NSF grants that helped develop the department's applied mathematics component. These grants also created the Center for Computational Mathematics and Modeling at JMU, a multi-disciplinary undergraduate research center and a collaborative computational science program with the Department of Physics and North Carolina Central University. He helped build a 72 node parallel computing and visualization beowulf system at JMU, and is interested in numerical solutions of initial value problems in differential equations and doing research with undergraduate students.

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Thomas Adajian

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Corinne Diop

Corinne Diop has been a faculty member at JMU since 1989, and onthe Board of the Institute for Visual Studies since 2007. Prior to that she taught at Community College of Baltimore, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, MD.  Professor Diop is a member of The International Society of the Arts, Mathematics, and Architecture, College Art Association, Society for Photographic Education, American Association of University Women, Madison Caucus for Gender Equity and JMU Safe Zone.

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Melissa Aleman

Dr. Melissa Alemán earned her B.S. in Speech and Professional Communication from New York University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. 

 Informed by dialectical theorizing and ethnographic approaches to communication studies, her research program examines communication in and about aging families and has included explorations of communication in long-term marriages, accounts of custodial grandparents, online discourses of romance among aging women, and family narratives of dementia. 

 Dr. Alemán also collaborates with students in the Women’s Studies program on research and outreach exploring the communication and relational experiences of women on college campuses. Her scholarship has been published in a variety of outlets including the Journal of Communication, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Qualitative Communication Research Reports, and the Journal of Family Communication.

 Dr. Alemán teaches a wide range of courses in the Interpersonal and Cultural Communication Studies concentrations including advanced courses in qualitative and rhetorical methodologies, family and interpersonal communication, ethnographic approaches to communication, gender and communication, and feminist rhetoric.

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Edwin O'Shea

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Carol Hamilton

Carol Hamilton is the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Management Lecturer, JMU College of Business and has been on the board of the Instititue for Visual Studies since 2015. 

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Sean McCarthy

Seán McCarthy is an assistant professor in the School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University. His research and teaching interests revolve around digital media, civic engagement and service learning, particularly how these areas can intertwine to create resilient learning and activist networks. 

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Henry Way

Dr. Way's reasearch includes cultural geography, political geography, urban geography; regional interests in North America and the geography of Europe.

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Robert Nagel

Dr. Nagel’s specialization is design theory and methodology.  Specifically, his research interests include understanding customer needs, functional and process modeling, and failure analysis, design for sustainability, design of mechatronic systems, and systems integration.


Center for Instructional Technology

Kevin Hegg

Madison Art Collection

Kathryn Stevens

Studio Art

Rebecca Silberman