Stephanie Baller 

Health Sciences
ballersl@jmu.edu
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Stephanie Baller joined the Department of Health Sciences at JMU in the Fall of 2010. She completed her Ph.D. in Health Education and Health Promotion at the University of Alabama and has been previously employed at the University of Mississippi as well as Northwest University. Her primary research interests include the interpretation of space and place and the impacts of materialism and physical activity as they relate to health and quality of life. Originally from Bellingham, Washington she enjoys reading, movies, outdoor pursuits and horseback riding.

Stephanie Baller

Tim Ball 

School of Communication Studies
balltc@jmu.edu
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Tim Ball is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication Studies and the Basic Course Director, overseeing the Fundamental Human Communication courses in the General Education Program. He earned a B.A. from Iowa State University, an M.S. from Eastern Washington University, and a Ph.D. from Washington State University. In addition to teaching Fundamental Human Communication courses, he teaches courses in organizational communication and pedagogy. Tim’s research and scholarship interests include the theory and practice of teaching and how they influence student learning, the assessment of cognitive, behavioral, and affective measures on communication competence, and the ways in which civic engagement is central to effective communication.  He lives in Harrisonburg with his wife, Joan (who is a second grade teacher at Spotswood Elementary School), and their two cats, Tenacity and Annie.  Tim enjoys cooking, reading, and listening to indie rock and classical music.

Tim Ball

Courtney Swartzentruber 

English
swartzcr@jmu.edu
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Courtney R. C. Swartzentruber is part of the grading faculty in James Madison University’s English Department, where she works with large sections of 200-level literature classes, such as Survey of African American Literature, Gender & the Short Story, and Women’s Literature. Before joining the English Department, she taught part-time in Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication (WRTC). Courtney earned both her B.A. (2006, English major & Communication Studies minor) and M.A. (2012, English) at JMU. In between degrees she worked full-time as a paralegal. She has been a member of the Madison Caucus for Gender Equality since Fall 2012. Courtney lives in Harrisonburg with her partner and enjoys reading, traveling, and conversing with other equality-minded individuals.

Courtney Swartzentruber

Howard Lubert 

Political Science
luberthl@jmu.edu
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Howard L. Lubert was born and raised in Schenectady, New York, and attended Rutgers University, where he received his B.A., studied Political Science and English, and was a member of the Henry Rutgers Honors Program. After graduating from Rutgers he attended Duke University, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science, with a focus in political philosophy. He has held full-time teaching positions at Alma College (in Alma, Michigan) and Rutgers (New Jersey). He came to James Madison University in fall, 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Dr. Lubert has taught courses in American constitutional law, American political thought, political philosophy, federalism, race and politics, and politics and literature. He was the recipient of a 2004 National Endowment for the Humanities award for his ongoing study of federalism in the American Founding. His publications include essays on the political thought of James Otis and Thomas Hutchinson (American colonial leaders) and Benjamin Franklin, as well as an essay on the New York State Constitution.

Howard Lubert

Misty Newman 

Community Service-Learning
newmanmj@jmu.edu
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Misty earned her B.S. in Business Administration and Public Relations from Heidelberg University and M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration at James Madison University. Before coming to JMU, she worked at Ashland University and the Ashland County Council for Drug Abuse and Alcoholism. Misty has worked at JMU for 10 years. She has worked in the Office of Residence Life, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, and for the past 4 years in the Community Service-Learning Office with Alternative Break Programs. She has also been adjunct faculty for Psychology, Social Work, Individualized Study, and University Studies teaching one class per semester. She has also really enjoyed her roles with Homecoming Student Spirit Committee, Civic Mentoring, Sigma Alpha Omega, and Women of Change. Outside of work, Misty enjoys serving the community, leading worship, live music, Latin dancing, and fun runs that end at a local vineyard or cidery.

Misty Newman

Kathy Ott Walter 

Health Sciences
ottwalmk@jmu.edu
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Kathy Ott Walter received her B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University (1995), M.S. in Community Health Promotion from West Virginia University (1998) and her Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from Kent State University (2009). Before coming to JMU she worked at the Cleveland Clinic as a Substance Abuse Trainer/Educator from 2006-2008. Kathy also worked at Ohio University from 2000-2002 at the Assistant Director for Health Education and Wellness for Substance Abuse Prevention. Prior to that she worked as a Community Development Specialist for Substance Abuse Prevention at Westbrook Health Services in Parkersburg, WV (1997-2000). Her research interests include sexuality and substance abuse/use among college students.

Kathy Ott Walter

Kristen Shrewsbury 

English Language Learner Services
shrewskm@jmu.edu
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Kristen Shrewsbury is a double Duke, earning a BA in 2001 and returning to work as the Learning Centers' Coordinator of English Language Learner Services in 2007. With an intimate understanding of the culture at JMU, she has just resurfaced after spending the last 6 years earning a Ph.D. studying the influence of social conservatism on self-identified lesbian couples in the Shenandoah Valley as they made meaning of the concept of marriage in the lead up to the legalization same-sex marriage in the Commonwealth. Her interest in serving on the steering committee of the Madison Caucus for Gender Equality is to contribute to the critical and on-going advocacy role that the group plays on campus. Kristen teaches in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program housed within the College of Education's Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities department.

Kristen Shrewsbury

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