Bethany Nowviskie

Dean of Libraries & Chief Academic Technology Officer, Professor


ORCID logo 0000-0002-1788-5154

Building: Moody Hall
Office: 213c
MSC: 1703

Departments: Dean's Office, Libraries Administration

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

About me

I joined JMU as Dean of Libraries and Professor of English in mid-2019, after a career in research and library-based DH administration and the digital cultural heritage nonprofit sphere. Since April 2020, I’ve additionally served as JMU’s Chief Academic Technology Officer. It’s my privilege to help shape James Madison University’s approach to technology for research, teaching, and learning, and to lead the wonderful staff and faculty of the JMU Libraries.

BA (English and Archaeology), University of Virginia
MA Ed. (English Education), Wake Forest University
Ph.D. (Literature/Humanities Computing), University of Virginia

I write on liberatory, ecologically-informed, and speculative digital library design at, where you can also find a brief bio and CV.

About Dean's Office

The office of the Dean of Libraries includes associate deans for the four major divisions of the JMU Libraries (AE, DATech, LID, and Admin) as well as an executive assistant and senior professional faculty leading strategic initiatives.

About Libraries Administration

We support and challenge JMU Libraries’ staff and faculty to live up to our guiding statements — as we work together to provide excellent library and educational technology resources, spaces, services, and expertise to our campus community. Libraries’ Administration includes Communications and Outreach, Data Analytics, Facilities Operations, Finance and Human Resources, and the office of the Dean.