Meet JMU's newest faculty

by Janet Smith


Libraries & Educational Technologies welcomes eight new faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year.

Laura Drake Davis
Assistant Professor, Digital Collections Librarian         

Davis is originally from Richmond, Va.                                          

  • Education: Certificate in Digital Information Management, University of Arizona; M.L.S., University of Maryland, College Park; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Areas of expertise:  Digital Collections; Digital Preservation; Description of Collections; Archives and Special Collections; Records Management; Scholarly Communication

Steven W. Holloway
Assistant Professor, Metadata Librarian

Holloway is lately from Chicago, where he worked for the American Theological Library Association for 26 years.

  • Education: Ph.D., Bible, University of Chicago; M.L.I.S., digital curation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.A., religious studies, University of Chicago; B.A., religion, Sanford University
  • Areas of expertise: Metadata schemas; Information modeling; Hebrew Scriptures; Assyriology; Historiography; Reception history of the Bible and ancient Near East in 19th-Century Europe and America; Orientalism

Elaine R. Kaye
Administrative Faculty, Instructional Technologist

Kaye was born and raised in Williamsburg, Va. She came to the Shenandoah Valley to go to JMU. She recently bought a house in Bridgewater, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.

  • Education: Educational Technology Certificate, James Madison University; M.S.Ed. Adult Education/Human Resource Development, JMU; B.A., communication studies, JMU
  • Areas of expertise: Instructional Design; Collaboration and Online Learning; Digital Assignments; Blended Learning; Flipped Classroom; Canvas; Social Media; Other Web 2.0 Tools
  • Courses Teaching: Introduction to Human Resources Development

Lara Sapp
Assistant Professor, Health Sciences and Kinesiology Librarian        

Sapp moved to Harrisonburg in September 2013 from the Triad area of North Carolina.

  • Education: M.P.H. and M.L.I.S., University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Areas of expertise: Research within the biomedical and health sciences fields, health information outreach and consumer health, information literacy instruction
  • Courses Teaching: She provides research and information literacy instruction as a guest lecturer within the Health Sciences and Kinesiology departments

Kristen Shuyler
Assistant Professor, Assistant Director for Library Services

Shuyler moved to Staunton in August 2014 from Seattle.

  • Education: M.L.I.S., University of Washington; M.A., geography, University of Washington; B.A., environmental studies and geography, University of Oregon
  • Areas of expertise: Service design, provision and management for university libraries; coordinating library outreach and partnerships to support student success; science and engineering librarianship

Liz Thompson
Assistant Professor, Instructional Design and Online Education Librarian

Thompson has ties to Middletown, Ohio, and Milledgeville, Ga. She currently resides in Massanutten, Va.

  • Education: M.S., library and information science, University of North Texas; B.B.A., international business, James Madison University
  • Areas of expertise: Research and information literacy instruction, distance learning, blended and online instruction, and mobile and remote reference service
  • Courses Teaching: She provides research and information literacy instruction as a guest lecturer within Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication courses. She has taught Critical Thinking, General Education courses.

Nicole Wilson
Administrative Faculty, Instructional Technologist                                     

  • Education: M.S.Ed., adult education/human resource development, James Madison University; B.A., psychology, JMU
  • Areas of expertise: Digital storytelling; digital assignments; course design and re-design; academic program design; WordPress; digital literacy skills

Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet                                  
Assistant Professor, Business Librarian

Zingarelli-Sweet is a native of Rochester, N.Y., but presently resides in Staunton, Va., with her wife and dog. She tweets items of professional interest @DesiraeSweet.

  • Education: M.L.I.S., University of Pittsburgh; M.A.R., religious studies, Yale Divinity School; B.S., classics and religion, Oberlin College
  • Areas of expertise: Business information and reference services; in-person and virtual information literacy instruction; critical pedagogy; Hellenistic and Roman-era Judaism
  • Courses Teaching: Guest lecturer on research and information literacy topics within Business, Hospitality Management, and Sport and Recreation Management courses

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Sept. 5, 2014

Published: Friday, September 5, 2014

Last Updated: Thursday, October 20, 2016

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