Dr. Dayna Henry joined JMU in 2016 as a faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences in the College of Health and Behavioral Studies. Prior to this, she was a faculty member at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) where she earned the prestigious Provost’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2016. She has more than 11 years’ experience as a full-time faculty member and in this role has mentored countless undergraduate students through the research process, including developing a baseline of necessary skills to read and use research throughout students’ personal and professional lives. In her role as Coordinator of Student Research, she will continue to teach as an associate professor in the department of health sciences.
Dr. Henry brings to this role a wealth of administrative experiences including co-leading the Engaged Learning Consortium (ELC). Part of the Engagement Advisory Group, the ELC’s focus on student research sought to increase faculty professional development to work with students, increase awareness of student research opportunities, and document existing efforts at JMU related to student research. In 2019, she attended the Council on Undergraduate Research Institute for Developing a Student Research Center with a group from JMU. She chaired the Department of Health Sciences’ Assessment Committee through an entire revision of its program objectives and assessment processes, has served as a faculty associate in Libraries and CFI, and reviews for the JMURJ among numerous other service responsibilities. She has served on the Board of Directors for her professional organization (The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality), serving on the scientific review, finance, and student research grant award committees. Dr. Henry reviews publications for more than a dozen journals and maintains an active research agenda focusing on sexual and health relationship, faculty development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.