Congratulations To 2012-13 Sabbatical Awardees And Jepson Fellows!

It’s my pleasure to recognize the faculty who have been selected for sabbatical leaves and Jepson Fellowships for the next academic year.  Eight faculty members were awarded sabbatical leaves for all or part of the 2012-13 academic year to pursue a research or other professional development project.  Another six 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.  Please continue reading to see who has earned these awards.

The Board of Visitors approved the sabbatical awards at their November meeting.  The sabbatical proposals recommended to the Board went through several stages of review.  Proposals from eligible faculty were made to the College Deans, and the deans reviewed and then forwarded the proposals they supported to the new university-level committee on Sabbaticals, Fellowships, and Faculty Awards.  This faculty committee reviewed the proposals as forwarded and recommended to the Provost that all of the proposed sabbaticals they received be awarded.  That’s the recommendation I took to the Board.

The 2012-13 sabbatical awardees (and their project statements) are listed below:

* Stephen Hanna, Department of Geography.  Project for 2012-13 academic year: consolidate research and submit book for publication on heritage tourism in Fredericksburg.

* Eric Gable, Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Project for spring 2013: complete book on the archeology of art.

* Bruce O’Brien, Department of History and American Studies.  Project for 2012-13 academic year: complete book draft for a series on modern England (Academic year 2012-2013).

* Mindy Erchull, Department of Psychology.  Project for fall 2012: analyze collected data, prepare to present project and results for publication on objectification among young women.

* David Cain, Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion.  Project for fall 2012: complete a collection of essays on Kierkegaard.

* James Gaines, Department of Modern Foreign Languages.  Project for spring 2013: complete series of articles on 18th century literature.

* Jennifer Polack-Wahl, Department of Computer Science.  Project for spring 2013: complete final testing of iTouch to be used in elementary education.

* Nabil Al-Tikriti, Department of History and American Studies.  Project for spring 2013: complete final chapters of monograph on the Ottoman empire and submit final draft for publication.

The Jepson Fellows program seeks to enhance retention of exceptional junior faculty members by providing opportunities for a major reassignment of the faculty member’s time, thereby enabling completion of research and/or creative project that they might not otherwise find the time to do.  Each Fellowship award is for one full academic year, with the recipients having their teaching loads reduced by one half during the time of the Fellowship.  Proceeds from the Jepson Fellows endowment covers the costs of hiring replacement adjunct instructors for the courses the Jepson Fellows do not teach in the year of the Fellowship.

Jepson Fellows (and titles of their projects) for 2012-13 are:

* Janet Asper, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Development of Super-absorbing Organic Gellants for Crude Oil, and a Polymer Themed Organic Chemistry Laboratory Curriculum”

* Julius N. Esunge, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Minimizing Insurance Company Risk in a Random Framework”

* Ben LaBreche, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication (English), Liberty Agonistes: The Problem of Freedom in the Age of Milton”

* Jangwoon (Leo) Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, A Domain Decomposition Method for Mathematical Models with Random Input Data”

* Jason Matzke, Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion (Philosophy), Between Civil Disobedience and Burning Rage: Reframing Radical Environmental Activism within Deliberative Democracy

* Colin Rafferty, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication (English), Beyond Truth: A False Memoir in Literature and Culture”

The next round of Jepson Fellowship applications will be due in September 2012 (for Fellowships for the 2013-14 academic year).  The Sabbaticals, Fellowships, and Faculty Awards intends to make the application materials available on the Provost’s web site by the middle of the spring 2012 semester so that interested faculty applicants may start planning ahead for an eventual application.

In one important change from prior years, applicants will be required to submit just one paper copy of the application and one electronic copy (in either PDF or Word format).  Previously, applicants submitted eight paper copies.  The procedure of submitting one paper and one electronic copy was used for the sabbatical process this year, and it worked quite well.

One Response to “Congratulations To 2012-13 Sabbatical Awardees And Jepson Fellows!”

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