Voices of Scholarship

The Voices of Scholarship project is a collection of videos of JMU faculty, representing a wide variety of disciplines, discussing their research and scholarship interests. After providing an overview of their research focus, faculty members discuss how their scholarly pursuits engage students and impact the community beyond James Madison University’s borders. As JMU pursues a vision of becoming the national model for the engaged university, the Voices of Scholarship presents often complex and technical topics in an accessible manner, which allows the general public to better understand the intellectual achievements of the JMU community. The Voices of Scholarship is a collaboration between JMU’s Office of Research and Scholarship and the Center for Faculty Innovation.




Sara Finney


Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology
Associate Assessment Specialist with the Center for Assessment and Research Studies

Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology

Associate Assessment Specialist with the Center for Assessment and Research Studies


Dr. Sara Finney discusses her research on issues and techniques broadly related to measurement and statistics in psychology and education. Her scholarship focuses on the presence of less-than-ideal conditions for research, quality of measures, the measurement of academic entitlement, and test-taking motivation for students.


Barbara Stern

Professor of Middle, Secondary, and Mathematics Education


Dr. Stern specializes in the integration of technology into social studies, the history of teaching social studies, and curriculum theory.  Despite a national pastime of visiting historical sites, battlefields, and museums, many Americans retain very little knowledge of history while in school.  Dr. Stern’s work seeks to remedy this problem, by developing teaching methods that incorporate meaning and understanding in social studies classrooms.


Cynthia Thompson

Professor of Dance


Ms. Thompson explains the components of her scholarship, which includes choreography, performance, and teaching to audiences ranging from the local campus community to international artists.  Her choreography has been selected for choreographer's showcases in Washington, D.C.; Wisconsin, and at American College Dance Festivals.


Gina MacDonald

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Be the Change Profile


Dr. Gina MacDonald describes her scholarship as a biophysical chemist – exploring biological molecules on a very small scale – and the impact of her research on students pursuing their goals to become doctors, researchers, professors and teachers.


Joshua Pate

Assistant Professor of Sport and Recreation Management

Sport and Recreation Management Facebook Page


Dr. Joshua Pate discusses his research on sport disability, as it relates to the Paralympic Games, inclusion, and how those with disabilities operate in an able-bodied world.



David A. Slykhuis

Associate Professor of Science Education

Director of the Content Teaching Academy

Co-Director of the Center for STEM Education and Outreach


Dr. David Slykhuis explains how technology can serve as an entry point to better engage students, in addition to enhancing what is learned while spurring excitement in the classroom.


Cheri Beverly

Professor of Educational Leadership

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Cheryl Beverly discusses her lifelong commitment to developing culturally competent citizens and educators, with a focus on access to learning and information.


Kenneth R. Rutherford

Director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery

Professor of Political Science

Ken Rutherford shares his experiences working to alleviate the world of the negative consequences of war in post-conflict environments and developing programs to support landmine survivors. JMU has a unique role to play and has provided higher educational resources in this space for more than 15 years, which includes production of the Journal of ERW and Mine Action.