The Next Group of Jepson Fellows, Sabbaticals, and the New Prince B. Woodard Chair of Historic Preservation Are Named!

In November, the UMW Board of Visitors named six Jepson Fellows for the 2018-19 academic year, awarded sabbaticals to 12 faculty members, and named the recipient of the Prince B. Woodard Chair in Historic Preservation. Interested in learning who achieved these distinctions? Read on – and then take the opportunity to congratulate your colleagues on their achievements!

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 a 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.

Applications from eligible faculty were reviewed by the University Committee on Sabbaticals, Fellowships, and Faculty Awards, who made their recommendations to the Provost. The Provost presented her recommendations to the Board of Visitors, who conferred the awards at their November meeting.

Jepson Fellows (and titles of their projects) for 2018-19 are:

* Nabil Al-Tikriti, Associate Professor, Department of History and American Studies, “Intellectual Origins of Ottoman Theology.” 

* Belleh Asa’ah Fontem, Assistant Professor, College of Business, “Dynamic Learning and Pricing with Time-Inconsistent Customer Behavior”

* Kate Haffey, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, “Bloomsbury, Modernism, and the Ethics of Queer Friendship. 

* Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, “Composing the Exiled Self: German and Austrian-Jewish Memoirs of Life under the Third Reich.” 

* Jon Pineda, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, “Completion of a New Novel.” 

* Sushma Subramanian, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, “Elaine Morgan’s Aquatic Ape: How Storytelling Shapes Science.”

The next round of Jepson Fellowship applications will be due in September 2018.

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 University Committee on Sabbaticals, Fellowships, and Faculty Awards.  This committee reviewed the proposals as forwarded and made their recommendations to the Provost.

The 2018-19 sabbatical awardees (and their project statements) are listed below:

* Joseph Driess, Professor, Department of Art and Art History, “Neuroplasticity, Art and Contemplative Practice: Tapping the Transformative Potential of the Art Experience.”

* Susan Fernsebner, Professor, Department of History and American Studies, “Childhood and Notions of Play in Republican-Era China (1911-1949).”

* Carole Garmon, Professor, Department of Art and Art History, “Designing a Better World: Earthworks and Environmental Art.”

* Debra Hydorn, Professor, Department of Mathematics, “Visual Bytes: A guide to the graphical display of information.”

* Rosemary Jesionowski, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, “Drafting a Landscape: An Investigation of Place through Historic Photographic Processes.” 

* Ben Kisila, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, “Sediments and contaminants dynamics in two Virginia reservoir systems in a progressively changing fluvial basin.”

* Dave Kolar, Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Science, “Environmental Issues, Assessment, and Psychology.” 

* Janie Lee, Associate Professor, Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, “Language Competence, National Belonging, and Race in South Korean Television.” 

* Betsy Lewis, Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, “Translation of Mujeres e Illustracion, La construcuccion de la feminidad en la Espana del siglo XVIII (Monica Bolufer, U Valencia, 1998, 427 pages): translation, forward and updated bibliography.”

* Angela Pitts, Professor, Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion, “Ancient Women Writers: A Sourcebook.”

* Allyson Poska, Professor, Department of History and American Studies, “Contested Equality: Smallpox Vaccination in the Spanish Empire (1803-1810).”

* Scott Powers, Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, “Intersections of the Spiritual and the Secular in Contempora.”

Finally, the Board named Andréa Levi Smith (Associate Professor, Department of Historic Preservation) as the next Prince B. Woodard Chair in Historic Preservation. She succeeds Doug Sanford, who retired at the end of the last academic year. Her appointment begins in December 2017 and has a scheduled five-year term (ending in May 2022). She was nominated for the chair following an open call for nominations and/or recommendations distributed by the Provost’s Office in September.

The Woodard Chair was created through an anonymous donation in 1983, in memory of President Prince Woodard (1921-1982), who served as the fifth president of Mary Washington College from 1974-1982. Among a number of academic initiatives undertaken in his presidency was the development and implementation of the baccalaureate degree program in historic preservation and the creation of the Center for Historic Preservation. The Chair must be a tenured member of the UMW faculty whose scholarly credentials, and current teaching and research interests (at the time of election) include a significant Historic Preservation studies component. Duties of the Chair are to promote and advance Historic Preservation studies and related activities at the University and also be available on an ongoing basis as a resource to the Center for Historic Preservation.

Congratulations to these 19 faculty – our next “class” of Jepson Fellows, the next round of sabbatical recipients, and our new Prince B. Woodard Chair in Historic Preservation.

 

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