Terry Beitzel

Terry Beitzel

Dr. Terry Beitzel is Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Responsibility, and Associate Professor in Justice Studies. He teaches about social responsibility and justice by studying issues of war, nonviolence, intervention, civic resistance, conflict, and Revolution. His graduate degrees are from Harvard University (History of Science) and George Mason (Conflict Analysis and Resolution).

Lori Britt
Lori Britt

Britt’s overarching research foci is engagement, particularly civic engagement. Britt's research focuses on understanding how communities and organizations go about addressing complex issues and how different communicative structures and participatory and collaborative practices can be a vital part of public problem-solving. Britt focuses on creating space for productive talk about challenging topics that supports real dialogue and understanding and can support healthy deliberation about the choices an organization or community might make together to address value-laden problems.

Britt has extensive experience facilitating deliberation, dialogue and visioning processes for governmental and non-profit agencies. She teaches a service-learning course entitled "Facilitating Community Engagement" that results in students creating and facilitating dialogues for community organizations who wished to involve members, stakeholders, or the general community in discussions regarding complex public problems and ways those needs might be met collaboratively.

She serves on the University’s Civic Engagement Steering Committee seeking ways to infuse the campus with the civic habits of James Madison, the man, and the ways he thought about and engaged in public life. She has received several university-level awards for her engagement work. She also currently serves as Chair of the Public Dialogue and Deliberation Division of the National Communication Association (NCA). She has presented on civic engagement and deliberative democracy at NCA, the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD), and The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC). She has conducted research with the Kettering Foundation whose core question is “What does it take to make democracy work as it should?” Her work has been published in journals and books on civic engagement, service learning, and collaboration.

Melody Eaton
Melody Eaton

Dr. Melody Eaton received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from James Madison University; her Master of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University; and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree from George Mason University. She holds a strong clinical, nursing administration, health policy, and educational leadership background. Dr. Eaton serves as the Commissioner on Education for the Virginia Nurses Association. She enjoys a role of Associate Director and Professor of Nursing with James Madison University School of Nursing where she teaches graduate level health policy. She has studied the effectiveness of home health care, and is published on this related topic in The Journal of Nursing Administration, and Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice. Dr. Eaton served in the role of Chair for the Legislative Coalition of Virginia Nurses for two terms, focusing on grassroots lobbying for nursing education funding and her advocacy work is also published in Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice. Dr. Eaton is a founding member of the James Madison University Health Policy Collaborative. She, along with colleagues, have studied Team Based Learning (TBL) to increase interprofessional student policy advocacy knowledge, skills, and engagement, and this work is published in Nurse Educator.

Michael Gubser
Michael Gubser

Michael Gubser is Professor of History at James Madison University, specializing in modern European history, intellectual history, Central and Eastern Europe, and the history of international development.  His most recent books are The Far Reaches: Phenomenology, Ethics, and Social Renewal in Central Europe (Stanford, 2014) and The Practice of International Development (Routledge, 2017), co-edited with Jerrold Keilson.  He is currently working on a book on the history of ahistoricism in international development.  Dr. Gubser coordinates JMU's "Democracy in Peril?" speaker series, and his musical Into the Sun was recently performed at the Kennedy Center.

Laura Hunt Trull
Laura Hunt Trull

Laura Hunt Trull received her BSW in Social Work from James Madison University in 2001 and her MSW in Social Work with concentration in Community Organizing and Advocacy and as a Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholar in 2009 from the University of Minnesota.  In 2015 she received a PhD in Strategic Leadership Studies with concentration in Nonprofit and Community Leadership from James Madison University.  Dr. Trull has practiced Social Work at primarily the Macro level in administration and management and in policy development and implementation with the federal Head Start program.  Her research has focused largely on community based participatory research methods, interprofessional education, social work education and health policy.  She has been a member of the JMU Health Policy Collaborative since 2013 and most recently chaired the planning of the 2017 Health Policy Summit.  She is currently Assistant Professor of Social Work at James Madison University and teaches Social Policy and in the Nonprofit Studies Minor, among other core undergraduate Social Work courses.

Gwyneth Mellinger
Gwyneth Mellinger

Dr. Gwyneth Mellinger is director of JMU's School of Media Arts & Design. A former journalist, her research interests focus on institutional racism and other identity-based inequities in news organizations and their impact on the democratic mission of the press. Her book, Chasing Newsroom Diversity: From Jim Crow to Affirmative Action (Illinois, 2013) received the Kappa Tau Alpha Frank Luther Mott Award for a research-based book on mass communication. She holds a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Kansas.

Dena Pastor
Dena Pastor

Dr. Dena A. Pastor has a dual appointment at James Madison University as a professor in the Department of Graduate Psychology and as the Associate Director of Assessment Operations in the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS). She teaches graduate courses in statistics and data management and advises students in the Assessment & Measurement Ph.D. program and the Psychological Sciences – Quantitative Psychology M.A. program. In CARS she oversees the coordination of JMU’s biannual institution-wide Assessment Days and provides guidance on JMU’s civic engagement assessment endeavors.

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Jordan Todd

Jordan is the Coordinator for Student Learning Initiatives in the Office of Residence Life.  Prior to serving in this role, he obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from JMU. Much of his passion for civic engagement comes from his time as a debater in high school and college. His experiences have served as a catalyst for his professional and scholarly interests ever since. Though his primary role on campus is supporting residential education efforts, he has a deep interest in social justice and student leadership learning and development. He serves on the Student Affairs Diversity Council and Presidential Leadership Academy Planning Team as well as co-facilitates an honors inclusive leadership course. His work challenges conventional ways of knowing and learning and strives to center marginalized voices in conversations, program development, and decision-making. He is excited to explore the connections between civic engagement and student development during his time on the Civic Engagement Team.

 

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Jamie Williams

Jamie Williams is the Associate Director for of Community Service-Learning and is responsible for coordinating service-learning initiatives throughout the Shenandoah Valley. This includes overseeing the Community Federal Work-Study, America Reads, and Madison Community Scholars programs as well as connecting local community partners with faculty, service-learning courses, and student organizations.  Additionally, Jamie serves as JMU’s primary contact for the NASPA Lead Initiative

Jamie earned her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and M.Ed. in Counseling at Frostburg State University, and is currently working on her Doctorate in Public Administration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to joining JMU, Jamie worked in the non-profit, social services sector and at other institutions of higher education in roles related to civic learning and democratic engagement. As an AmeriCorps alumna, Jamie also still serves as an AmeriCorps Alumni Liaison.

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