Dana Henry


Assistant Director, Scholarship
Year Started at JMU: 2016
Contact Info
Website: http://www.healthsci.jmu.edu/people/henry.html


Ph.D., Health Behavior (Human Sexuality, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction), Indiana University Bloomington

M.S., Couple and Family Therapy, University of Guelph

B.A., Honours Psychology, University of Guelph


Dayna Henry is Interim Assistant Director of the Scholarship Area at the Center for Faculty Innovation and Associate Professor of Health Sciences in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies. Dayna is passionate about helping faculty feel professionally fulfilled in their teacher-scholar roles. She started professional development work as a doctoral student training other students on pedagogy and effective teaching. She joined JMU in 2016 and served as a faculty associate running the Engaged Teacher-Scholar Program between 2018 and 2022. This program supports faculty engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). She also served as the inaugural Coordinator of Student Creative Activities and Research in the Office of Research and Scholarship from 2021-2022, and since 2017, has consulted with Libraries’ Instructional Design Team using her certificate in Educational Technology (JMU ’21). Prior to this, she was a faculty member at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) where she earned the prestigious Provost’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2016. Outside of work, Dayna enjoys tennis, pickleball, traveling, cooking, painting, and spending time with her family, friends, and cats.

Courses Taught 

  • Health Research Methods
  • Health Behavior Change
  • Grant Writing in Health Sciences
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medical Terminology
  • Human Sexuality

Selected Scholarly Works

Merrell, L.K., Henry, D.S., Baller, S., Burnett, A.J., Peachey, A.A., & Bao, Y. (2022). Developing an assessment of a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE). Research & Practice in Assessment, 17(1), 16- 28. https://www.rpajournal.com/developing-an-assessment-of-a-course-based-undergraduate-research-experience-cure/

Abbot, S., Lukes, L., Case, K., Wells, M., Wheeler, L., Baum, L., Brantmeier, E., & Henry, D. (2022, June 1-4). Communities of Practice for Sustainable Educational Development [Paper]. International Consortium for Educational Development, Århus, Denmark. 

Wheeler, L., Abbot, S., Lukes, L., Henry, D., Wells, M., Case, K., Brantmeier, E., & Taggart, J. (2022, June 1-4). Planning SoTL Educational Development [Workshop]. International Consortium for Educational Development, Århus, Denmark. 

Henry, D.S., Brantmeier, E. J., Taylor Jaffee, A., Tongen, A., & Pierrakos, O. (2021). Faculty Empowering Faculty: SoTL Leaders Catalyzing Institutional and Cultural Change. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 9 (2). https://doi.org/10.20343/teachlearninqu.9.2.15

VA SoTL Collaboratory. (July 2021). Energizing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Production in Virginia through the Development of a Regional Community of Practice for SoTL Faculty Developers. 4-VA@Mason Collaborative Research Grant. Funded. $11,980. 

VA SoTL Collaboratory. (October 5 & 19, 2021). Planning SoTL Faculty Development Initiatives During Uncertain Times. Pre-Conference workshop series presented virtually at the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) faculty development conference.

Lukes, L., Abbot, S., Baum, L., Case, K., Henry, D., & Wells, M. (2021, October 26-29). Sustaining SoTL Initiatives by Building a Community of Practice for SoTL Faculty Developers Across Institutions [Poster, Virtual]. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, Perth, Australia 

Henry, D.S., Taylor-Jaffee, A, Brantmeier, E., Tongen, A., & Pierrakos, O. (May 5-26th, 2021). A Case Study of SoTL Leaders as Catalysts Toward Institutionalizing SoTL Cultural Change. Recorded presentation at the ITLC Lilly Online Conference [virtual conference]. 

VA SoTL Collaboratory. (January 2021). Creating a Strategic Plan for SoTL at Your Center/Institution. Pre-Conference workshop series presented virtually at the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) faculty development conference. (2 sessions).

Trull, L. H. & Henry, D. S. (2020). Learning by Grant Writing (LxGW). Philanthropy & Education, 4(1), 82-94. https://doi.org/10.2979/phileduc.4.1.04 

Henry, D.S., Brantmeier, E., Taylor-Jaffee, A, Tongen, A., & Pierrakos, O. (October 26-28, 2020). Catalyzing Conversations about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: The JMU Engaged Teacher-Scholar Program. Presented live at the 2020 Assessment Institute 

Henry, D.S., Baller, S., Burnett, A., Merrell, L., & Peachey, A. (October 26-28, 2020). Assessing Higher-Order Learning Outcomes Associated with Curriculum-Embedded Undergraduate Research Experiences. Presented live at the 2020 Assessment Institute. 

Liu, M. & Henry, D. S. (2019). Ingredients for great sex: Discussing sexual preferences and intimacy. Communication Teacher, 33(1), 31-37. doi: 10.1080/17404622.2018.1530793 

Henry, D. S., Klein, N. A., Kempland, M. K., Oswalt, S. R., & Rexilius, M. A., (2017). Status ofpersonal health requirement for graduation at institutions of higher education in the United States. Journal of American College Health, 65(1), 50-57. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2016.1238383 

Henry, D. S. & Jozkowski, K. N. (2017). Challenges in research partnerships to serve communityneeds: Sexual assault prevention on a college campus. Sage Research Methods Cases. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526409386 [Invited] 

Service and Leadership 

Coordinator of Student Creative Activities and Research, Office of Research and Scholarship, 2021-2022 

Engaged Learning Consortium Co-Leader, Engagement Advisory Group, 2019-2022 

Board of Directors for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), 2018-2022 

Chair, Green Dot Evaluation Team, 2019-present 

Safe Zone Trainer, 2018 to present 

First Year Advisor, 2017- present 

Engaged Teacher Scholar Program Liaison, Center for Faculty Innovation, 2018 to 2022 

Chair, School of Theatre and Dance School Director Search, 2021-2022. 

Chair, Department of Health Sciences Assessment Committee and APT Coordinator (2017-2019) 

JMU Undergraduate Research Journal Manuscript Reviewer, 2017-present 

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