Congratulations To 2013-14 Sabbatical Awardees And Jepson Fellows!

By Ian D.C. Newbould

It’s my pleasure to recognize the faculty who have been selected for sabbatical leaves and Jepson Fellowships for the next academic year.  Eleven faculty members were awarded sabbatical leaves for all or part of the 2013-14 academic year to pursue a research or other professional development project.  Two other faculty who submitted sabbatical applications received awards that have been deferred to the 2014-15 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.  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 eleven sabbaticals awarded for 2013-14, and the additional two awards already approved by the Provost for 2014-15, represents a significant increase over the number approved in recent years.  In 2012-13, for example, eight sabbaticals were awarded.  In the previous academic year, the total was nine.

The 2013-14 sabbatical awardees (and their project statements) are listed below:

* 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.”

Additionally, 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 2014-15 academic year.  The projects were deferred because the department could not afford to have four full-time faculty on leave at the same time.  Both were awarded full year sabbaticals.  Liz’s project is titled “US Reengagement in the Western Pacific: Implications for Security in the Asia-Pacific.”  Emile’s project is “Liberalism and Leadership: What Qualifies As a Successful Liberal Presidency?”

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 2013-14 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”

The next round of Sabbatical and Jepson Fellowship applications will be due in September 2013 (for Sabbaticals or Fellowships for the 2014-15 academic year).  Sabbatical and Jepson Fellowship application materials will be available on the Provost’s web site by the middle of the spring 2013 semester so that interested faculty applicants may start planning ahead for an eventual application.

Applicants will submit one paper copy of the application and one electronic copy (in either PDF or Word format).

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