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Laura Schubert, PhD
Interim Director

Laura Schubert consults with students and faculty on all kinds of writing, and she teaches for the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. She has experience teaching English Language Learners and holds a Ph.D. in Composition and TESOL.

Her most recent project is a first-year writing textbook, co-authored with Kurt Schick, titled So What? The Writer's Argument. She conducts research on writing center assessment, writing fellows programs, and the intersections between teaching and tutoring.

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Joan Fahrney
Assisstant to the Director

Joan Fahrney is the Assistant to the Director for the JMU Learning Centers.  Her primary duties include administrative support to the Director, departmental human resource support for hiring, payroll, wage, and audit, data analysis and reporting, and coordination of the administrative support staff. Joan recently received the 2017 President's Purple Star Award for Innovation.

She is currently working toward her BA in Integrated Business Informatics and Human Resource Development.  In her spare time, Joan enjoys time with her family, genealogy, and antiquing.

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Michael Dioszeghy, BS
Fixed Assets Support Technician

Michael Dioszeghy is the Fixed Assets support technician for the JMU Learning Centers. He assists with the management and maintenance of the Learning Centers’ equipment and technology. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Life Coaching.

He enjoys learning about new technology, computer hardware, Python Programming, and electronics. 

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Adrienne Griggs

Program Support Technician

Adrienne Griggs (’10) is the Program Support Technician for the Learning Centers. She handles all of the hiring and payroll for student employees, supervises the office assistants, and oversees the program space. She founded and advises Campus Kitchen at JMU, a student organization that recovers and repurposes food to serve in the community. She is passionate about food insecurity and local food. When not on campus, you can often find her in the kitchen trying new recipes, or enjoying a game of fetch with her dogs, Paisley (chocolate lab) and Jasper (great dane).

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Jared Featherstone, MFA
Associate Director of Writing

Jared Featherstone directs the University Writing Center and teaches courses in the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

His interests include mindfulness, contemplative writing, personal technology, metacognition, and reflective writing. He is a facilitator for the Koru Mindfulness program.

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Scott Lewis, PhD
Interim Associate Director of Science and Math

Scott Lewis directs the SMLC part of the Learning Centers.  Dr. Lewis has been an organic chemist with the JMU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1999, and a faculty affiliate with the SMLC for a number of years.  He has research interest in the synthesis of fluorbenzenes and more recently studies directed toward the synthesis of Brown Tree snake pheromones.

His spare time is taken up with his grandson Maddox and fostering kittens for Cat’s Cradle.

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Beth Cochran, PhD
Statistics Coordinator

Beth Cochran is the Statistics Coordinator in the SMLC, and she teaches courses in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

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Cong Hoang, PhD
Math Coordinator

Cong Hoang is the Math Coordinator in the SMLC, and he teaches courses in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He graduated from the University of Alabama in May 2017, and his research interests are in Harmonic Analysis.

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Mary Tam, PhD
Science Coordinator

Mary Tam splits her time between tutoring in the Science and Math Learning Center and teaching in the Department of Chemistry. She is passionate about helping students develop an appreciation for chemistry and succeed throughout their educational journey at JMU.

In her free time, she is active supporter of greyhound rescue and enjoys spending time with her husband and two young boys.

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Paul Mabrey, PhD
Communication Center Coordinator

Paul E. Mabrey III is the Communication Center Coordinator and a faculty member in the School of Communication Studies. He brings a passion for communication, collaboration and advocacy to the Communication Center. 

Paul’s research interests include learning and leadership across higher education. He has had essays published on communication education, digital literacy, civic engagement, and campus climate. Visit his faculty page.

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Lucy Bryan Malenke, MFA
 Writing Center Liaison

Lucy Bryan Malenke is the Writing Center liaison to the College of Health and Behavioral Studies. She also serves as outreach coordinator for the UWC and a writing consultant for students and faculty. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Penn State University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her personal essays, short stories, reviews, and journalism have appeared in Nashville Review, Sojourners magazine, The Georgia Review, and other literary journals and magazines. In addition to all kinds of writing, her interests include wilderness preservation and philosophy, sustainable agriculture, and service learning..

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Paige Normand, MA
Digital Communication Coordinator

Paige Normand is a faculty member for the Learning Centers and the School of Media Arts and Design. She is the founder and coordinator of Digital Communication Consulting, a program that assists students across the university with digital assignments and professional portfolios. 

Paige received her MA from the University of Texas at Austin where she taught for the Department of Rhetoric & Writing and tutored at the Undergraduate Writing Center. Her research interests include digital composition across campus, peer tutoring, project management, and interactive design.  

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Kristen Shrewsbury, PhD
English Language Learner Coordinator

Kristen Shrewsbury provides English language support for faculty, staff, and students in consultations and through group programs. She loves languages and enjoys working with learners of all proficiency levels. Kristen has been privileged to travel extensively in the world, to which she attributes her love for experiencing new cultures and meeting new people.

Kristen holds a doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies and her masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Delaware.

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Matt Trybus, M.Ed
Peer Assisted Study Sessions Coordinator

Matt Trybus is the Coordinator of PASS. He holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Administration from the University of Vermont, a teaching license from Saint Michael’s College, and a B.A. in History from the University of Montana. Prior to coordinating the PASS program, Matt served as Assistant Director of James Madison’s Office of Disability Services for 7 years.

In addition to working with members of the JMU community to realize their potential, Matt is passionate about his family, friends, cycling, food, and balance.

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