September 17, 2014

Provost’s Office Announces Sabbatical Awardees & Jepson Fellows

The Office of the Provost recently announced the faculty members who have been selected for sabbatical leaves and Jepson Fellowships for the 2013-2014 academic year. Eleven faculty members were awarded sabbatical leaves for all or part of the 2013-2014 academic year to pursue a research or other professional development project.  Two other faculty members received sabbatical awards that have been deferred to the 2014-2015 academic year.  Finally, another three faculty members will spend the next academic year as Jepson Fellows with a half-time teaching load while they pursue a research project that has particular and direct application to their teaching.

The Board of Visitors approved the sabbatical awards at the November meeting.

2013-2014 sabbatical recipients and project statements:

  • Rob Barr, Department of Political Science and International Affairs.  Project for 2013-14 academic year: complete book project on “Populism and Democracy in Latin America.”
  • Rosalyn Cooperman, Department of Political Science and International Affairs. Project for fall 2013: research project on “The Elephant in the Room: Conservative Women’s Groups and Republican Women Candidate.”
  • Paul Fallon, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication (Linguistics).  Project for spring 2014: book project on “The Encyclopedia of Phonological Distinctive Features.”
  • Dan Hubbard, College of Business. Project for fall 2013: develop a series of new accounting workbook scenarios and revise a paper on “Visual Rhetoric in Corporate Annual Reports” to submit for publication.
  • Teresa Kennedy, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication (English).  Project for fall 2013: complete book project on “Boccaccio and the Making of the Modern Reader.”
  • Christopher Kilmartin, Department of Psychology.  Project for 2013-14 academic year: prepare revisions for the 5th Edition of The Masculine Self, and begin additional writing projects.
  • Jeremy Larochelle, Department of Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish).  Project for spring 2014: continue work on book project, “Towards an Ecological Poetics: Sustainability, Urban Ecology and Environmental Justice in Contemporary Latin American and U.S. Latina/o Literature.”
  • Maya Mathur, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication (English).  Project for spring 2014: continue work on book project “Withholding Wealth, Extending Charity: Practicing Hospitality in Arden of Faversham.”
  • Krystyn Moon, Department of History and American Studies.  Project for 2013-14 academic year: continue work on book project “The Emergence of Legal Entry to the United States and its Impact on the Body Politic, 1880’s – 1930’s.”
  • Mara Scanlon, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication (English).  Project for spring 2014: work on a series on interconnected projects relating to “Digital Modernism: The Artifact, The Poetess, and The Modernist Journals Project.”
  • Holly Schiffrin, Department of Psychology.  Project for fall 2013: analyze collected data, prepare to present project and results for publication on “Parental Involvement: Translating Research Into Practice.”

Elizabeth Larus and Emile Lester, both from the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, are recommended for sabbaticals that have been deferred to the 2014-2015 academic year. Larus’ project, “U.S. Reengagement in the Western Pacific: Implications for Security in the Asia-Pacific,” and Lester’s project, “Liberalism and Leadership: What Qualifies As a Successful Liberal Presidency?” are both full-year projects.

Jepson Fellows and titles of their projects for 2013-2014 are:

  • Theresa Grana, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, “Characterizing New Nematodes and Extending Opportunities for UMW Students to Experience Science and Find New Species”
  • Maria-Isabel Martinez-Mira, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish), “Language, Gender, Law and Women’s Authority in Spain”
  • Zach Whalen, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication (English), “A is for Atari: A Critical History of Videogame Textuality”
About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.

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