Office Phone: (540) 432-4152
Main Campus, Harrisonburg
Office Location: CC 206C
Department Chair, Assoc Prof
James M. Leaman, Ph.D., directs the MBA program and teaches graduate courses in organizational and leadership studies and undergraduate courses in management, finance and economics. His industry experience has been in both private business and nonprofit administration, including 12 years of service with an international non-governmental organization (INGO) in Kenya. Academic preparation includes a Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from James Madison University, and a B.S. from Eastern Mennonite University majoring in business administration and computer science. The perspective Jim adds to his field is analyzing and teaching about the role and impact of business and organizations within ecological limits and dynamic social systems, resulting in an integrated lens of sustainability, stewardship and justice.
- Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2009
- M.P.A., James Madison University, 1990
- B.S., Eastern Mennonite University, 1986
- Leaman, James M. (2012), “Toward Restorative Leadership”, Papers and Proceedings of the inaugural Annual Conference on Sustainability in Business, Issued December, 2012.
- Leaman, James M. (2012), “Student Discovery and Active Learning in Economics: Autonomy, Position Papers and Student Debate Yield Engaged, Transformative Learning”, Papers and Proceedings of the Twenty Third Annual Teaching Economics Conference, May issue 2012.
- Leaman, James M. (2011), “Why are Gas Prices so Low?”, The Mennonite, May Issue 2011, 05/01/11.
- Leaman, James M. (2010), “Management: Current Practices and New Directions”, Book Review in Christian Business Academy Review (CBAR), Spring Issue 2010, vol. V, no. 1.
- Commentary on the Macro Economy of the United States, Annual Conference of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Winnipeg, Canada, November, 2014.
- Commentary on the Macro Economy of the United States, Annual Conference of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Wichita, KS, November, 2013.
- Peer Review Board for the Virginia Social Science Journal (2013).
- Book Review Team for Sharp, Register and Grimes (2013), Economics of Social Issues, 20th ed., McGraw-Hill Irwin: New York.
- Commentary on the Macro Economy of the United States, Annual Conference of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Niagara, ON, Canada, November, 2012.
- Toward Restorative Leadership, Plenary Presentation at the Conference on Sustainability in Business, Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipur Campus), Jaipur, India, December, 2012.
- Autonomy, Position Papers and Student Debate Yield Engaged, Transformative Learning, The 23rd Annual Conference for Teaching Economics: Instruction and Classroom Based Research, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA, February, 2012.
- Speaker at Climate Action Alliance of the Valley event on Solar PV: “Solar PV for Churches” (February, 2012).
- Numerous speaking and facilitation engagements; available as resource or for speaking on the following topics:
– The cost of carbon and valuing carbon
– Voluntary Gas Tax for organizations
– Creation Care for organizations
– Solar PV for organizations
– Sustainability solutions
- Board Member, Bright Kids Uganda Foundation (March 2012 – present).
- Board Member, Members Financial Services, a CUSO of PVFCU (2008 – present).
- Board Member, Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Mennonite Economic Development Association (2007 – 2013).
- Administration and Stewardship Commission, Park View Mennonite Church (2008 – present).
- Creation Care Council, Chair, Park View Mennonite Church (2009 – present).
- American Economic Association (AEA)
- Society for International Development (SID)
- Academy of Management (AOM)
- Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA)
- Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA) Annual convention, Winnipeg, Canada (November 2014)
- Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference: Explore the Possibilities, Center for Instructional Technology, James Madison University (October 2014)
- Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA) Annual convention, Wichita, KS (November 2013)
- Conference on Sustainability in Business, Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipur Campus), Jaipur, India (December 2012)
- Mennonite Economic Development Association (MEDA) Annual convention, Niagara, ON, Canada (November 2012)
- Teaching Economics: Instruction and Classroom Based Research Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (February 2012)
- (ECON 201) Survey of Economics (Fall 2009)
- (ECON 211) Principles of Microeconomics (Spring 2007)
- (ECON 212) Principles of Macroeconomics (Fall 2006)
- (ECON 300) Environmental and Ecological Economics (Fall 2012)
- (ECON 311) Contemporary Economic Issues (Spring 2008)
- (ECON 401) Development Economics (Fall 2006)
- (BUAD 221) Principles of Management (Fall 2008)
- (BUAD 471) Business Plan Capstone (Fall 2010)
- (POL 311) International Relations (Fall 2009)
- (FIN 289) Investment Club (Fall 2008)
- (CCSSC 201) Kenya Cross-Cultural Seminar (Summer 2014)
- (OLS 510) Leadership & Management for the Common Good (Fall 2013)
- (MBA 648) Project Management & Grant Writing (Summer 2009)
- (MBA 638) Finance & Accounting for Nonprofit Executives (Fall 2010)
- (PUAD 653) Ethics and International NGOs (Summer 2011)
- (HONRS 312) Honors Colloquium: How should I live as one of seven billion people in the finite space of planet earth? (Spring 2013)
- Humanitarian Action Initiative Committee (2013 – present)
- Information Systems Planning Committee (2013 – present)
- Honors Program Committee (2013 – present)
- TCK Club Advisor (2011 – present)
- Creation Care Council (2012 – present)
- Faculty Scholarship Committee (2010 – 2013)
- QEP Implementation Team (2010 – 2012)
- ADCP Admissions Committee (2009 – 2012)
- Numerous speaking engagements in classes, panel discussions, on the following topics:
– Public sector corruption (on development)
– Environmental & ecological economics
– Ruling Ideas in Economics
– Market economics