Formed in the summer of 2016, the Engagement Advisory Group leads, aligns, facilitates and supports so that incremental and measurable progress is made toward the university’s vision to be the national model for the engaged university.

In doing our work, we align ourselves with the "I am Madison's Legacy" Framework:

  • We learn from and with others - we’re open to input and feedback from a wide variety of people, including and especially each other.
  • We foster collaboration - as a team, we need to work well together, as do our sub-teams. Anything we can do to influence people working together toward the pursuit of the vision is a positive.
  • We embrace complexity - We have a challenge in front of us and it involves lots of moving parts that are interconnected as well as lots of people who deserve to know and understand what we are doing. We know that’s part of it and we’re OK with that.
  • We value pragmatism - We know we won’t be perfect but we don’t want to get frozen in place. Instead, we’ll be decisive and action oriented so at some point in the future we’ll echo Madison and say “it is impossible to consider the degree of concord which ultimately prevailed as less than a miracle.”
  • We advance the public good - We care about the vision critical work in pursuit of our mission and we’ll make decisions for the good of the university, its mission and vision.
  • We lead.
Engagement Advisory Group Leaders

Brian Charette
Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning and Engagement

Cindy Chiarello
University Planning and Engagement Coordinator

Ashley Curtis
University Planning and Engagement Office Assistant

Carol Fleming
Assistant Dean of Outreach and Engagement
Community Engagement Team Leader

Keston Fulcher
Director of the Center for Assessment and Research Studies
Measuring and Assessing Engagement Team Leader

Abe Goldberg
Executive Director of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement and Associate Professor of Political Science
Civic Engagement Team Leader 

Steve Grande
Director of Community Service-Learning
Community Engagement Team Leader

Fletcher Linder
Associate Vice Provost for University Programs
Engaged Learning Team Leader 

Jim McConnel
Associate Vice President for Student Life and Involvement
Engaged Learning Team Leader and Student Affairs Engagement Team Leader

Andy Perrine
Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Communicating Engagement Team Leader

Lee Sternberger
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Executive Director of the Center for Global Engagement
Engaged Learning Team Leader

Civic Engagement
  • Terry Beitzel, Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence and Associate Professor of Justice Studies
  • Lori Britt, Director of the Institute for Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue/4C Initiative and Associate Professor of Communication Studies
  • Cannie Campbell, Associate Vice President for Constituent Relations
  • Mike Davis, Executive Advisor to the President
  • Melody Eaton, Associate Director of Graduate Programs and Professor of Nursing, founding member of the Health Policy Collaborative
  • Mike Gubser, Professor of History
  • Kevin Hardwick, Professor of History
  • Bill Hawk, Chair of the Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning in Action
  • Gwyn Mellinger, Department Head of the School of Media Arts and Design
  • Dena Pastor, Associate Director of Assessment Operations in the Center for Assessment and Research Studies and Professor in Graduate Psychology
  • Marshall Pattie, Associate Professor of Management and Faculty Advisor for College Republicans
  • Kristen Shuyler, Director of Outreach and Partnerships for Libraries and Educational Technologies
  • Emma Thacker, Assistant Professor of Early, Elementary and Reading Education
  • Laura Trull, Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • Jamie Williams, Associate Director of Community Service-Learning
Engaged Learning
  • Andrea Adams, Interim Associate Dean of Libraries and Educational Technologies and Adjunct Faculty in Integrated Science and Technology
  • Melinda Adams, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of Political Science
  • John Burgess, Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Professor of Theatre
  • Doug Hearrington, Online Learning Coordinator in University Programs
  • Laura Hickerson, Assistant Director of Employer Engagement and Adjunct Management Faculty
  • Val Larsen, Professor of Marketing and Speaker (Pro Tempore) for Faculty Senate
  • Chris Mayfield, Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Cara Meixner, Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Innovation
  • Brad Newcomer, Dean of the Honors College
  • Matt Rutherford, Professor of Management
  • Anthony Tongen, Interim Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship, Associate Dean and Professor of Science and Mathematics
Community Engagement
  • Emily Akerson, Coordinator of Clinical and Interprofessional Initiatives with the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services
  • Jen Almjeld, Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
  • Kerry Cresawn, Director of the Center for STEM Education and Outreach, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Michelle Cude, Associate Professor of Middle, Secondary and Math Education
  • Kim Hartzler-Weakley, Associate Director of Research and Public Health for the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services
  • Bob Kolodinsky, Professor of Management and Faculty Associate for Career Planning with the Center for Faculty Innovation
  • Bob Kolvoord, Dean of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering
  • Rick Larson, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, Training and Performance
  • Melissa Lubin, Dean of Outreach and Engagement
  • Lisa McGuire, Department Head and Professor of Social Work
  • Art Pekun, Graduate Assistant for Digital Projects, Libraries
  • Jamie Phlegar, Graduate Assistant for Outreach and Engagement
  • Lisa Porter, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Nick Swartz, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Outreach and Engagement
  • Karin Tollefson, Associate Director of the School of Art, Design and Art History
  • Carah Whaley, Associate Director of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement
  • Rodney Wolfenbarger, Director of the Lifelong Learning Institute, Outreach and Engagement
Student Affairs Engagement
  • Dave Barnes, Director of University Unions
  • Valarie Ghant, Director of the Center for Multicultural Student Services
  • Kristin Gibson, Associate Director of UREC Services
  • Tracy Hakala, Associate Director of Career and Academic Planning
  • Mindy Koon, Assistant Director of Substance Abuse Prevention, University Health Center
  • Ilene Magee, Associate Director of Training, Counseling Center
  • Kevin Meaney, Director of Residence Life
  • Misty Newman, Associate Director of Community Service-Learning
  • RJ Ohgren, Associate Director of the Office of Student Accountability & Restorative Practicies
  • Valerie Schoolcraft, Director of the Office of Disability Services
  • Sarah Sunde, Director of Orientation
Measurement and Assessment
  • Herb Amato, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Development
  • Robin Anderson, Department Head and Professor of Graduate Psychology
  • Chris Orem, Director of the Office of Institutional Research
  • Dena Pastor, Associate Director of the Center for Assessment and Research Studies and Professor of Graduate Psychology
Communicating Engagement
  • Sonya Baker, Associate Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Randy Budnikas, Director of Digital Marketing for University Communications
  • Jan Gillis, Emeritus Faculty
  • David Taylor, Senior Director of Advancement Marketing for University Communications
  • Michael Walsh, Dean of Admissions
  • Bill Wyatt, Director of Communications and University Spokesperson
Contact

The Office of Strategic Planning & Engagement serves to lead and coordinate the university’s strategic planning efforts overall as well as its vision to be the national model for the engaged university. The office provides structure and resources for all university strategic planning and coordinates engagement efforts with a focus on each area of engagement: Engaged Learning, Community Engagement and Civic Engagement.

Brian Charette
Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning and Engagement
charetbj@jmu.edu

Cindy Chiarello
University Planning and Engagement Coordinator
grovecg@jmu.edu

Ashley Curtis
University Planning and Engagement Office Assistant
curtisad@jmu.edu

Autumn Cox
Engagement Fellow - Student Connection with Engagement
cox3ar@jmu.edu

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