The Center recognizes the need for a vibrant network of faculty who can help their colleagues and students tap into entrepreneurship when the time is right. Open to JMU instructional faculty from all disciplines and academic areas on campus, Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows work with academic entrepreneurs who are drawn to integrating an entrepreneurial mindset and related concepts, tools, and frameworks into their home discipline—especially into their research, teaching, or outreach activities. Access expertise and support for your entrepreneurial endeavors through the faculty fellow in your college.

2018-2020 Cohort

The Center for Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce its new round of Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows:

  • Dr. Sian White, College of Arts and Letters
  • Dr. Gilpatrick Hornsby, College of Business
  • Jared Bortolot, College of Integrated Science and Engineering
  • Dr. Mike Renfroe, College of Science and Math
  • Kevin Phaup, College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Dr. Laura Desportes, College of Education
Inaugural Cohort 2016-2018
Dr. Seán McCarthy, College of Arts & Letters

Seán McCarthy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at James Madison University. His teaching and research are situated at the intersection of community engagement and digital media studies. He co-teaches an annual faculty institute in Digital Humanities pedagogy at JMU, and has served as a faculty associate with the Center for Instructional Technology. A winner of many grants and awards for his work, Seán has collaborated with students, faculty, and off-campus partners to create innovative community engagement projects, both locally and internationally. 

Dr. Bill Grant, College of Business

Bill Grant is an Associate professor in the Department of Economics at James Madison University, where he teaches classes in game theory, health economics, and economic history.  In his research, Dr. Grant designs randomized experiments that maintain balance between different treatments while remaining as unbiased as possible.  The main application of this research is clinical trials. Prior to joining JMU in 2006, he worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Duke Clinical Research Institute, and Mid-Atlantic Medical Services Inc., and he has been a regular collaborator with the Biometry Research Group at the National Cancer Institute for the past ten years.  Bill greatly enjoys stepping out of his own department and working collaboratively with people from completely different areas and backgrounds.

Dr. David Slykhuis, College of Education

David A. Slykhuis is a Professor of Science Education at James Madison University where he teaches the secondary science methods and educational technology courses.  Dr. Slykhuis is also the Director of the Content Teaching Academy at James Madison University.  Dr. Slykhuis has recently been elected as the President for the Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education and is serving a three-year term as President ending in 2017.  His research interest lie at the intersection of science, technology, and student learning. He was also a lead faculty member in the Technology Enhanced Instruction project sponsored by Microsoft creating the curriculum and leading workshops in the US as well as internationally at Stockholm, Dubai, Bucharest, Kiev, Doha, Chiang Mai, and Seoul. Dr. Slykhuis is a two-time winner of the College of Education Madison Scholar Award, received the Faculty Emeriti Association Legacy Grant for the College of Education and has secured in excess of over $1 Million dollars of external funding.

Dr. Michael Hall, College of Health & Behavioral Studies

Michael is a psycho-acoustician whose research on timbre and general principles of auditory event recognition has consistently appeared in top-tier journals. He is a former president of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, and previously directed JMU’s Psychological Sciences M.A. program (service that was recognized in 2015-16 by a grant from the JMU Emeriti Association). Michael also has organized conferences for the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, and for the past several years has chaired or co-chaired the organizing committee for the annual Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting.

Dr. Justin Henriques, College of Integrated Science & Engineering

Dr. Henriques joined the JMU Department of Engineering in 2012.  Prior to joining the faculty of engineering, Dr. Henriques was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford (UK) at the Environmental Change Institute, where he worked on a project developing methods for the long-term planning and evaluation of infrastructure as complex, interdependent, socio-technical systems. For his graduate research at the University of Virginia, Dr. Henriques developed tools for the analysis, design, and implementation of sustainable water and energy infrastructure in low-resource communities in developing countries. While a graduate student, he was awarded a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship and was a fellow in the University of Virginia's Interdisciplinary Water Resources and Contaminant Hydrology Program.

Dr. Patrice Ludwig, College of Science & Mathematics

Patrice Ludwig is an Assistant Professor of Biology in the College of Science and Mathematics and a Double Duke. She graduated from JMU with a BS (‘96) and MS (‘01) in biology. She returned to JMU after earning a PhD in Biology from the University of Virginia (‘08). Her research interests leverage her teaching interests and are rooted in her content expertise, ecology. Her efforts focus on collaboration, the first year experience, Maker Spaces, telepresence, and unmanned aerial vehicles. She enjoys innovating for improving the user experience in higher education. 

Dr. David Stringham, College of Visual and Performing Arts

David Stringham is Associate Professor of Music at James Madison University, where he coordinates the university’s interdisciplinary minor in Music and Human Services, mentors undergraduate and graduate researchers, and teaches courses in jazz studies, music education, and music theatre. His research interests include composition, improvisation, music technology, and lifelong musicianship. Prior to joining the JMU faculty, Dr. Stringham taught middle school and high school instrumental music in New York State. He holds degrees in music education from the Eastman School of Music (BM with Highest Distinction, MM, and Ph.D.).

Elizabeth Price, JMU Libraries

Elizabeth Price is in her first year as Business Librarian at JMU. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University and worked as a sports copy editor for eight years before earning her master's degree in Library & Information Science from the University of Kentucky. From 2012-2016, she worked as a research and instruction librarian serving the College of Business at Murray State University in western Kentucky. She has been teaching research skills courses in higher education for six years, and at Murray State taught seminar courses titled “Is Google Evil?” and “Trusting Wikipedia.” In 2013, she participated in the Association of College and Research Libraries' Immersion Teacher Track program. This intensive five-day training program focused on learning theory, classroom techniques, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy instruction.  Her research interests include bridging the gap between students’ academic and workplace information needs, emphasizing the libraries' role in experiential learning, and utilizing social media in the delivery of library services and instruction.

Dr. Phil Frana, JMU Honors College Liaison

Dr. Frana is Associate Dean of the JMU Honors College and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies. His primary domains for teaching and research are science and technology studies, oral history, intellectual history, and technology in education. His publications are mainly in the history of medicine and public health, the history of computing, the history of expertise and the professions, and Honors education. He is currently working on a book manuscript called “The Past, Present, and Future of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Automation.” Dr. Frana is past Director of Undergraduate Research in the Honors College at the University of Central Arkansas, and an NSF Project Director at the University of Minnesota’s Charles Babbage Institute. He graduated with his bachelor's degrees in History and Economics from Wartburg College in 1991, and completed his master's and doctoral degrees in the History of Technology and Science at Iowa State University in 1999.

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