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Jim Leaman

DEPARTMENT: Business & Economics Dept

POSITION: Department Chair, Assoc Prof

DEPARTMENT: MA in Organizational Leadership

POSITION: Associate Professor

DEPARTMENT: MBA

POSITION: Department Chair, Assoc Prof

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | CC 206C

PHONE: (540) 432-4152

EMAIL: james.leaman@emu.edu

James M. Leaman, Ph.D., chairs the Department of Business and Economics, where he teaches undergraduate courses in management, finance and economics, and graduate courses in organizational and leadership studies. Industry experience includes 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, a master’s degree in Public Administration, and a bachelor’s degree 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.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2009
  • M.P.A., James Madison University, 1990
  • B.S., Eastern Mennonite University, 1986

Publications

  • 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.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • Economic Commentary on the United States and Canada (co-presenting), Annual Conference of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Vancouver, BC, November, 2017.
  • Video Displacing Text for Enhanced Knowledge Acquisition and Dissemination, Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) Conference, Center for Instructional Technology at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, October, 2017.
  • Sustainable Business Practices (co-presenting), Annual Conference of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), San Antonio, TX, October, 2016.
  • Advantages of Synchronous Online Teaching and Learning, Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference, Center for Instructional Technology at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, October, 2016.
  • Commentary on the Macro Economy of the United States, Annual Conference of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Richmond, VA, November, 2015.
  • Synchronous Online Teaching and Learning: Advantages over the Traditional Classroom, Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference, Center for Instructional Technology at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, October, 2015.
  • Lessons Learned from Collaborative Programs at Bluffton, Canadian Mennonite, EMU and Goshen (co-presenter, via Zoom), Mennonite Education: Past, Present and Future, a Conference for Leaders, Teachers, and Scholars, Bluffton, Ohio, October, 2015.
  • Renewable Energy Investments for Nonprofits in an Evolving Policy and Regulatory Environment, Joint Biennial Conference of the Canadian and United States Societies for Ecological Economics (CANUSSEE 2015), Vancouver, B.C., Canada, October, 2015.
  • 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.