Kenneth R. Rutherford
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.
Dr. Wales discusses entrepreneurial behavior, innovation culture, student impact, and his most inspiring moments as a professor.
Dr. Jennifer Taylor discusses her research on military families and public policy, and charitable giving and social behaviors. Drawing on her experiences as a military spouse, Dr. Taylor emphasizes the importance of understanding the service member as a family unit, especially when considering foreign and domestic policies that affect military families.
Dr. Margaret Sloan
Dr. Margaret Sloan discusses her work in the areas of nonprofit leadership, accountability, philanthropy, and financial management within the JMU School of Strategic Leadership Studies.
Dr. Tim Walton
Dr. Tim Walton traces how his career brought him to JMU, beginning with his time spent in the Navy to his career with the CIA after he completed his graduate studies. His research centers on the history of intelligence, and how to improve the intelligence analysis process through lessons learned from past intelligence operations.
J. Barkley Rosser
Dr. J. Barkley Rosser discusses his research interests in the field of economics. Specifically, Rosser explains how his work on complexity and nonlinear dynamics on the patterns of speculative bubbles has been credited with predicting the most recent financial crisis. Furthermore, his —Rosser's Equation— has been used by government officials in policy briefings on the future solvency of the U.S. Social Security system.
Professor Diop discusses her background in photography and how it has influenced her teaching and research at JMU. Due to ongoing technological advances, Diop now focuses her interests on mixed media and photo collage/montage in a digital format. She appreciates the collaborative atmosphere at JMU and how it allows her to display her scholarship in a local setting, creating opportunities for meaningful connections with students and local community members.
Dr. Dan Downey discusses his environmental/analytical chemistry scholarship, which includes a cooperative arrangement with the U.S. Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries on projects of environmental consequence to aquatic life in local communities and the surrounding region. Specifically, he studies the negative effects that acid rain resulting from power plant emissions can have on local natural resources and landmarks, as well as mitigation strategies.
Dr. Chris Bachmann discusses his work on clean and renewable alternative energy sources. Specifically, Bachmann researches algae-based fuel sources and the technological advances necessary to meet society's current consumption requirements. He states that despite its standing as a teaching-focused university, JMU is a leading force behind this research.
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.
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.
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
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.