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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Assistant Professor of Sport and Recreation Management
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.
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.
Dr. Cheryl Beverly discusses her lifelong commitment to developing culturally competent citizens and educators, with a focus on access to learning and information.
Director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery
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.