Madison Scholars for 2005, (l-r): JoAnne Brewster, Tamara L. Jetton, James Liu, Iain S. Maclean and Nancy Nichols.
Story by Nicole Maier (’05)
While police psychology, the literacy processes, the qualitative theory of differential equations, comparative examination of religion and politics, and tax law have little to do with one another, they are topics which earned five professors the honor of being named Madison Scholars for 2005-2006. The award recognizes their scholarly achievement within their respective disciplines. Winners are selected by their individual colleges and must have completed five years at JMU as assistant or full-professors. During the academic year each recipient will present a lecture on their area of research and expertise.
Prior to becoming a professor of graduate psychology at
JMU, Dr. JoAnne Brewster received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from
As secretary and past president of the Society for
Police and Criminal Psychology, she joined the professional organization in
holding their first international conference in
“The think I enjoy most is my relationship with my students and colleagues,” says Brewster. Brewster teaches classes at both undergraduate and graduate levels in addition to working closely with a handful of students each semester on research projects related to police psychology.
Tamara L. Jetton
Six years ago, Tamara L. Jetton joined the JMU faculty
after earning her Ph. D. while teaching at
Jetton’s most recent research focuses on, student’s literacy processes as they engage in different learning environments that include the text of online discussion boards, hypertext, traditional texts and the oral texts of classroom discussions. Jetton has contributed to two books in the last two years and published an article on this topic in The Journal of Research in Technology Education.
The Small-town atmosphere of
James H. Liu
After receiving his B.S. and M.S. in
Liu’s research interests focus on the topics of qualitative theory of Differential Equations, Integral Equations, and their applications. He has had the honor of having a number of his articles published as well as listed on MathSciNet of the American Mathematical Society. In 2003, Liu published his first textbook, A First Course in the Qualitative Theory of Differential Equations.
For the past 13 years, Liu has found JMU to be conducive to both teaching and conducting research in mathematics. However, he most appreciates the, “good professional relationship among colleagues.”
Iain S. Maclean
“It was a surprise and very encouraging that the
university and college were recognizing my work,” says Dr. Iain S. Maclean,
professor of religion, in response to being named a Madison Scholar by the
As a graduate from the Universities of Cape Town,
Much of Maclean’s research focuses on the comparative
examination of religion and politics. In 1999 he published Opting for Democracy: Liberation Theologians and the Struggle for
Democracy in Brazil and has since authored, co-authored and edited a number
of books and scholarly articles. Maclean is looking forward to the release of
his new book titled, Reconciliation:
Nations and Church in
Nancy B. Nichols
Before coming to JMU, Nichols received her B.A. in
accounting from the
For the past eight years, Nichols has taught while conducting research on the topics of tax law and international accounting issues. “I thoroughly enjoy working with the students in the accounting program,” says Nichols. “They are bright, hard working, and enthusiastic. In addition to the students, I am extremely fortunate to work with a group of talented and dedicated faulty that challenge me to achieve.”