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Faculty Reviewers and Review Board

JMU faculty in disciplines across campus volunteer as JMURJ reviewers

Faculty reviewers serve in JMURJ's double-blind peer review process:

  • Reviewers evaluate submissions specific to their discipline and/or area of expertise, ensuring that all submissions sent out for review are evaluated against discipline-appropriate standards and conventions
  • Reviewers typically review no more than two submissions per year

Faculty reviewers operate within the constraints of the academic year and work with the JMURJ Editorial Board to move submissions through the double-blind peer review process quickly:

  • Reviewers who accept submissions for review work to return their reviews within three weeks
  • Reviewers who have questions regarding their ability to review submissions due to disciplinary applicability should contact the JMURJ Editorial Board as soon as possible
  • Reviewers who identify issues that might affect the integrity of the peer review process should return submissions to the JMURJ Editorial Board as soon as possible

Faculty reviewers send their recommendations to the JMURJ Editorial Board but write their reviews for the authors:

  • Reviewers may recommend that JMURJ publish submissions with or without minor revisions
  • Reviewers may recommend that the authors revise and resubmit their work. Resubmitted work that responds to reviewers’ written feedback will be returned to reviewers for further attention
  • Reviewers may recommend that submissions are not appropriate for publication at this time, noting that further work might warrant resubmission
  • Reviewers may recommend that submissions are not appropriate for publication in JMURJ

Faculty reviewers advance undergraduate scholarly research across James Madison University:

  • Reviewers offer written responses to submissions, affording undergraduate students an introduction to the academic review process
  • Reviewers promote JMURJ, alerting JMU undergraduates to the opportunity for publication and encouraging deserving students to submit their work
  • Reviewers represent JMURJ in the larger JMU community

JMURJ Faculty Review Board

Faculty Review Board members are JMURJ's first resource when a new submission is ready for review. Faculty Review Board membership is based on faculty interest and JMURJ need. We need you; are you interested? Faculty Review Board members typically receive no more than two submissions for review each semester


Dr. Jessica Adolino, Political Science
Dr. Melissa Aleman, Communication
Dr. Chris Arndt, History
Dr. Ed Brantmeier, Education
Dr. Elizabeth Brown, Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. John Butt, History
Dr. Vivien Chan, Psychology
Dr. Stephen Chappell, History
Dr. Chris Colocousis, Sociology
Dr. Kerry Crawford, Political Science
Dr. Maria deValpine, Nursing
Dr. Thomas Dillon, Computer Information Systems
Dr. Dolores Flamiano, SMAD
Dr. Michael Galgano, History
Dr. Richard Gaughran, English
Dr. Keith Grant, Political Science
Dr. Steven Guerrier, History

Dr. Jim Herrick, Biology
Dr. Carol Hurney, Biology
Dr. David Jeffrey, College of Arts and Letters
Dr. Bernd Kaussler, Political Science
Dr. Hak-Seon Lee, Political Science
Dr. Sean McCarthy, WRTC
Dr. Cathryn Molloy, WRTC
Dr. John Ott, Art History
Dr. Christopher Rose, Biology
Dr. Julie Sanford, Nursing
Dr. Mikihiro Sato, Sport and Recreation Management
Dr. John Scherpereel, Political Science
Dr. Kathryn Stevens, Art History
Dr. Jeffrey Tang, Integrated Science and Engineering
Dr. Andrew Witmer, History
Dr. Jim Zimmerman, WRTC


Additional Faculty Reviewers: Volume 2

Dr. Jennifer Almjeld, WRTC
Dr. Charles Blake, Political Science
Dr. Andreas Broschied, Political Science
Dr. Liam Buckley, Anthropology
Dr. Tony Chen, ISAT
Dr. Jeff Dyche, Psychology
Dr. Mark Facknitz, English
Dr. Allison Fagan, English
Dr. Eric Fife, Communication
Dr. Kethera Fogler, Psychology
Dr. Joanne Grayson, Psychology
Dr. Shah Mahmoud Hanifi, History
Dr. Keith Holland, Engineering

Dr. John Keller, Political Science
Dr. Lamont King, History
Professor Cameron Macauley,
      Cross Disciplinary Studies
Dr. A.J. Morey, Cross Disciplinary Studies
Dr. Leigh Nelson, Communication
Professor Sarah O’Connor, WRTC
Dr. Matthew Rebhorn, English
Dr. Jennifer Rosier, Communication
Dr. Linda Sobel, Nursing
Dr. Nathan Sprague, Computer Science


Additional Faculty Reviewers: Volume 3

Dr. Chris Bachmann, ISAT
Dr. Alison Bodkin, Communication
Dr. Kevin Borg, History
Dr. Maleka Brown, Psychology
Dr. Jennifer Byrne, Political Science
Dr. Heather Carmack, Communication
Dr. Jean Cash, English
Dr. Jaideep Chowdhury, Finance
Dr. Erika Collazo, Health Sciences
Dr. Shannon Conley, ISAT
Dr. Stephen Cresawn, Biology
Dr. Christian Davis, History
Dr. Samy Sayed El-Tawab, ISAT
Dr. Theresa Enyeart Smith, Health Sciences
Dr. Joshua Ewalt, Communication
Dr. Lilian Feitosa, Foreign Languages,
Literatures, and Cultures
Dr. Timothy Fitzgerald, History
Dr. Patrick Fleming, Philosophy
Dr. John Gibson, Music
Dr. Janet Gloeckner, Nutrition
Dr. Dawn Goode, English
Dr. Michael Gubser, History
Dr. Eric Guinivan, Music
Dr. Jason Haney, Music
Dr. William Hawk, Philosophy
Professor Philip Heap, Economics

Dr. Brooks Hefner, English
Dr. Laura Henigman, English
Dr. Michelle Hesse, Health Sciences
Dr. Daniel Holt, Psychology
Dr. Linda Hulton, Nursing
Dr. Krisztina Jakobsen, Psychology
Dr. Melissa Leisen, Nursing
Professor Christina Lam, Nursing
Dr. Spencer Leonard, History
Dr. Claire Lyons, Psychology
Dr. Stephen Marrin, ISAT
Dr. Richard Meixsel, History
Dr. Lisa Porter, Sociology
Dr. Ronald Raab, ISAT
Dr. Mark Rankin, English
Dr. Edna Reid, Intelligence Analysis
Dr. Keith Richards, Communication
Dr. Heather Scheuerman, Justice Studies
Dr. Kyle Seifert, Biology
Dr. Roger Soenksen, SMAD
Dr. David Stringham, Music
Dr. Mary Thompson, English
Dr. Tim Walton, Intelligence Analysis
Dr. Maria Wessel, Health Sciences
Dr. Diane Wilcox, LTLE
Dr. William Wood, Economics


Additional Faculty Reviewers: Volume 4

Dr. Robert Brent, ISAT
Dr. Jason Fink, Finance
Dr. Marina Favila, English
Dr. Maria Galmarini-Kabala, History 
Dr. Mollie Godfrey, English
Dr. Philip Herrington, History

Dr. Alan Levinovitz, Philosophy and Religion
Dr. Michael Moghtader, WRTC
Dr. Heidi Pennington, English
Dr. William Van Norman, History
Dr. Sue Spivey, Justice Studies
Dr. Tom Tao, Intelligence Analysis

Interested in serving as a JMURJ faculty reviewer? Interested in serving on the JMURJ Faculty Review Board? Write to