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Kurt Schick, PhD
Director of the Learning Centers

Kurt Schick leads JMU's Learning Centers, teaches courses in WRTC, and consults with faculty who write or teach writing.

Contact him at schickke@jmu.edu

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Michael Dioszeghy, BS
Fiscal Technician

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

He enjoys learning about new technology, computer science, paintball and Ultimate Frisbee. 

Contact him at dioszemj@jmu.edu

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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.

Contact him at feathejj@jmu.edu

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Joan Fahrney

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. 

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.

Contact her at fahrnejb@jmu.edu

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Adrienne Griggs, BS
Administrative Assistant

Adrienne Griggs is the Administrative Assistant for the Learning Centers. She helps support the work of all the programs in the Learning Centers by managing the program space, scheduling, assisting with human resource support, and coordinating the office assistants. She graduated from JMU in 2010 with a BS in Health Sciences.

She is passionate about local food and hunger relief. She is the advisor to Campus Kitchen at JMU, a "student-powered hunger relief" organization that she launched in spring 2017. 

Contact her at griggsae@jmu.edu

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Cong Hoang, PhD
Math Coordinator

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

Contact him at: hoangcq@jmu.edu

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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.

Contact him at mabreype@jmu.edu

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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..

Contact her at malenklb@jmu.edu

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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.  

Contact her at normanap@jmu.edu

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Laura Schubert, PhD
Peer Education Coordinator, Writing Center

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.

Contact her at schubelk@jmu.edu

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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.

Contact her at shrewskm@jmu.edu

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James Sochacki, PhD
Interim Associate Director of Science and Math

Jim Sochacki directs the SMLC part of the Learning Centers. He is also a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at JMU. Before a three year post-doctoral position at the University of California – Davis, he was a graduate student in Mathematics at the University of Wyoming. He enjoys helping students learn to learn and mathematically modeling complex dynamical systems. (Some say, that I employ mathematics and science majors and help students learn to pray.)

I enjoy spending time with my wife and adopted daughter. I have spent extended time in every state, but Alaska. I have bicycled across 40 states and have skied and backpacked in many countries.

Contact him at sochacjs@jmu.edu

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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.

Contact her at tammc@jmu.edu

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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.

Contact him at trybusmj@jmu.edu

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