Contributor Biographies

Volume 1:

Shannon Conley is an Assistant Professor in the School of Integrated Science and Technology who teaches in the area of Social Context of Science and Technology, focusing on the governance of new and emerging technologies, drawing from empirical case studies in genetics and reproductive technologies. During her PhD, she was a fellow with the NSF-funded Socio-Technical Integration Research Project (STIR), participating as an embedded social scientist in genetics laboratories in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Oxford, UK. As part of this “collaborative ethnography,” she worked with scientists to think about the societal considerations related to their day-to-day work in the laboratory.

Elizabeth Herron is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. Herron has conducted research related to nursing education, clinical reasoning in pre-licensure nurses, failure to rescue in the new graduate nurse, men in nursing, and simulation in nursing education.

Yeonsoo Kim is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Studies, primarily in Public Relations.   She received a B.A. and M.A. from Ewha Women’s University and an M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Florida. 

Laura Lambert is a faculty member in the College of Integrated Science and Technology who teaches courses in Biotechnology.

Thomas E. Moran is an associate professor and is in his 10th year of teaching in the department of Kinesiology at James Madison University. His area of expertise is adapted physical education, motor development, and motor learning.  Dr. Moran’s passion stems from his personal experiences as an individual with Cerebral Palsy.  Dr. Moran is also the founder and executive director of Empowerment3, the Center for Physical Activity and Wellness for Underserved Youth.

Nancy Puffenbarger is a Clinical Instructor in the School of Nursing.  She has taught in Adult Health and Foundations in Nursing.  In addition, she has clinical experience in Clinical Applications and Reasoning I and Clinical Applications and Reasoning II, and Simulation.

Julie Strunk, Associate Professor of Nursing, has had 10 years of research experience, as a part-time and full-time faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, Eastern Mennonite Department of Nursing, and James Madison University School of Nursing.  She has extensive experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research as well as experience in using SPSS and JMP.

Xuebin Wei is an Assistant Professor in the School of Integrated Science. He teaches Data Mining, Data Visualization, and Machine Learning courses at James Madison University, and his research focuses on understanding human activities in spatial-social-temporal dimension.

Emily York is an Assistant Professor in the School of Integrated Science and Technology who teaches courses in Technology and Society; Political Economy of Technology and Science; and Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Biotechnology.  Her research interests include science and engineering pedagogy for critically engaged practitioners, societal dimensions of emerging technologies, and ethics, responsibility, and social justice in practices of knowledge production and commodification.

 

Volume II:

Trudy Cole is the Associate Director of School of Art, Art Design and Art History,  and Professor of Graphic Design.  Although Cole is well-versed in many aspects of graphic design, she specializes in logo design and brand identity systems, and at JMU is the primary instructor for brand identity, design methodology, poster design and internships.

Samy El-Tawab is an Associate Professor in the School of Integrated Sciences and Technology.  He teaches in the  TNS sector, the IKM sector and the Intelligence Analysis IA program and Computer Science (CS) courses.  His research interests include issues surrounding Intelligent Transportation, Mobile Development, Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), Network Security, Wireless Network Security, Internet of Things (IoT), Voice over IP (VoIP), Network Programming, and Cloud Computing.

Dr. Diana Galarreta-Aima is an Assistant Professor of Spanish. Her research and teaching interests include Early Modern Spanish Literature: Conversion and Captivity Narratives, as well as Spanish for the Professions: Medical and Business Spanish.

 

Cindy Hunter is an Associate Professor of Social Work.  Her professional affiliations include the Baccalaureate Program Directors Field Committee Co-Chair; Council on Social Work Education; Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Field Directors; and Virginia Consortium of Social Work Educators.

Shanza Isom is an Assistant Professor of Social Work.  Her professional interest include mindfulness meditation & practices; youth development & empowerment; student motivation, retention, & success; and first generation college students.

 

Jennifer Lang-Rigal is an Assistant Professor of Spanish.  Her research and teaching interests include Sociolinguistics, Experimental Phonetics/Phonology, Prosody and Intonation, Language variation and change, Research Methods, Language Ideology, and Dialectology.

 

Seán McCarthy is an Associate Professor with the School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication.  His professional focuses include intersections between digital rhetorics and civic engagement, in particular how partnerships between universities and off-campus partners can use media to effectively respond to complex social problems

Emil Salib is a Professor in ISAT whose research and scholarly interest include Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) Applications (e.g., Environmental Resource Management, Real time vital signs monitoring, Energy and power consumption management; Computer, Data and Telecommunications Network and Service Design and Emulation; and Problem based Learning (PBL) (with emphasis on Lab Hands-On project).

Ahmad Salman is an Assistant Professor of ISAT whose scholarly interests include Computer and Network Security, Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), the Internet of Things (IoT), efficient cryptographic algorithms, hardware design of cryptographic functions, and energy and power analysis.

Joshua Streeter is an Assistant Professor of Theatre, Theatre Education.  He was named the 2015 Winifred Ward Scholar from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE).  Joshua’s teaching primarily focuses on pre-service and in-service education in K-12 schools, Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), musical theatre, and arts integration. He has created and facilitated workshops across the nation.

Mary Thompson is the Coordinator of the The Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and her research investigates literary and popular culture representations of reproductive justice issues.  Her current research is a feminist examination of the unexpected and critically neglected role of abortion in women’s life-writing narratives.

Xuebin Wei, a two-time ACT Grant Recipient, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Integrated Sciences.  He teaches Data Mining, Data Visualization, and Machine Learning courses at James Madison University, and his research focuses on understanding human activities in spatial-social-temporal dimension.

Kristin N. Wylie is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Her teaching interests include gender and politics, comparative and global politics, political institutions, race, development, social movements, and research methods. Dr. Wylie’s research examines how electoral rules, political parties, and constituencies interact to affect the representativeness and accountability of democracy.