Board of Regents Approves Development Leaves for Faculty Members

February 28, 2014

More than 30 Texas Tech faculty will takes leave to focus on research, scholarly efforts.

At its February meeting, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents granted faculty development leaves for 34 faculty members.

Development leaves with salary are meant to further the faculty member’s scholarly and professional growth.

The following faculty development leaves have been granted:

  • Faculty development leave with salary for Christopher Bains, associate professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences, Jan. 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to travel to Paris to finish researching and writing the first draft of a book in progress, titled “The Transversal Imagination: Narratives of Creation in Nineteenth-Century France.” Bains previously began research on the book while on a TTU CAHSS internal grant, the outcome of which was developed into presentations and peer-reviewed book chapters.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Calvin Barnes, professor, Department of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014, to pursue several field-based research projects that utilize methods recently developed in his research group, with a focus on identifying projects worthy of NSF support. In addition, he will visit university colleagues in Norway, Finland, China and Australia to collaborate on this research and to accommodate technology transfer with others interested in using his group’s analytical techniques.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Curtis Bauer, associate professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Jan. 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to complete his third book, a manuscript of poems titled “Madrid - What the Tourist Must See.”
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Scott Baugh, associate professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Jan. 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to complete a book-length project, an edited collection tentatively titled “Off the Margins: Writings by and about Willie Varela.”
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Sankar Chatterjee, Horn Professor, Department of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Jan. 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to travel to India during the spring of 2015 for two projects. The first project will be the making of a Natural History Museum at the Visva-Bharati University campus in India. The second project will be the continuation of his collaborative research on Shiva crater and dinosaur extinction in an international drilling project.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Xinzhong Chen, associate professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Jan. 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to develop international partnerships with Chinese researchers focusing on wind-resistant design of large flexible structures and wind hazard mitigation. The semester-long efforts will be focused on having extensive exchange of information with Chinese collaborators, determining specific research topics and developing research proposals.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Zhen Cong, assistant professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015, to develop grant proposals aimed at examining end-of-life experiences in China. To achieve this objective, she will visit with her collaborators at Xian Jiatong University and seek potential collaborators in local hospitals and hospices who will help with the access to this special population.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Francesca DiPoppa, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015, to complete a book manuscript and submit it to a major academic publisher. The central component of the book project will be to examine Benedict de Spinoza’s philosophical mode of causation.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Genevieve Durham, associate professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014, to facilitate the completion of a monograph titled “Toward Innovative and Transdisciplinary Methodologies.” The monograph is currently under contract with Common Ground Publishing Inc. The contract stipulates the submission of the monograph by Dec. 1, 2014. The monograph is a culminating feature of a funded line of transdisciplinary research in performative social science that began in April 2011. Her co-author is Elizabeth Sharp in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Idoia Elola, associate professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences, Jan.1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to prepare her co-authored book, “Foreign Language Writing in the 21st Century: Research and Pedagogy,” for publication. The book is based on original research, filling a major gap in second language acquisition theory and practice. She will work with Dr. Ana Oskoz from the University of Maryland. The development leave will provide time to refine content and present the book to the refereed editorial board of the Theory and Practice in Second Language Instruction Series (Pearson Education). This editorial board, composed of scholars from Tier One North American Universities, has already expressed interest in the volume.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Michael Finke, professor, Department of Personal Financial Planning, College of Human Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014, to work with the Director of Deferred Compensation for the City and County of San Francisco to study the use of emergency loans against retirement savings. The purpose of this project is to gain a better understanding of who borrows against retirement savings as well as to understand whether financial literacy education can reduce the magnitude and frequency of borrowing. This research will be the first to study how time preference and financial literacy affect employee borrowing against qualified retirement savings.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Deborah Fowler, associate professor, Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing, College of Human Sciences, Jan. 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to develop a curriculum and write course proposals focused on a track in retail management within the existing Ph.D. program in hospitality administration. In addition, she plans to develop online courses for the master’s and doctoral programs.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Bijoy Ghosh, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014, to extend research toward an array of robotic head/eye complex. Specifically, he will study how a network of robots would attend to a visual scene, by using human head movement in a social setting to control a team of robots to mimic the group behavior. The project will be conducted at a robotics research lab at Boston University, in consultation with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Luis Grave de Peralta, associate professor, Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014, to plan to explore possible applications of the scientific and technical results obtained during five years (2010-2014) of research funded through his NSF-CAREER Grant, titled “Plasmon Tomography.” During the leave he will foster the existing collaboration between the company LJ Technologies and his research group. He expects the collaboration between the Nanotech Center at TTU and LJ Technologies will result in the commercialization of technologies made possible by the research funded by his NSF-CAREER Grant.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Callum Hetherington, assistant professor, Department of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Jan. 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to integrate datasets collected by current graduate and undergraduate research students working on externally funded research and prepare the results for publication. Hetherington will also conduct fieldwork, and sampling, to develop a new funding proposal for submission to the National Science Foundation on the mobility of rare-earth and high-field strength elements.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Louisa Hope-Weeks, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015, to participate in research activities in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Thundat at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Hope-Weeks will investigate a new direction for immobilizing molecular recognition elements at active surfaces of cantilever sensors. The research project will focus in the area of micromechanical sensors. This experience will be synergistic with her teaching and enrich the content of her courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Ram Iyer, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences, Jan. 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to work with Dr. Ciro Visone at the University of Sannio, Benevento, Italy, and Dr. Pavel Krejei at the Institute of Mathematics, Czech Academy of Sciences, on problems related to the modeling, analysis, and control systems of hysteresis. Iyers’ objectives are to extend and broaden a functional model for hysteresis to new domains, developing methodologies and controllers including building on work developed in a recent student dissertation, capitalizing on laboratory facilities at Sannio, exploring collaborative options with Dr. Visone and Dr. Krejei and promoting Texas Tech University options to students of Sannio.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Sophia Jang, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences, Aug.1, 2014, to Jan. 31, 2015, to attend the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) workshop on “Ecology and Evolution of Cancer” at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and to visit the Institute of Mathematics, Academia Sinica in Taiwan. Attendance at the workshop will provide immersion into current, contemporary research approaches to modeling cancer growth, treatments and treatment responses. Dr. Jang’s visit at the Institute of Mathematics in Taiwan will allow her to continue collaborating with a colleague there to complete a pending, joint research project and to extend their collaboration in secondary directions.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for David Knaff, Horn Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, Jan. 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to conduct research in two labs in the Paris region. With the Setif at the French Atomic Energy Commission in Saclay, he will use instrumentation not available at Texas Tech University to perform cutting-edge experiments that examine molecular level details of charge transfer in photosynthetic protein systems unique to his laboratory. With the Lemaire research group at the Institut De Biologie Physico-Chimique (IBPC) in Paris, he has been invited into a project that will apply his special expertise in cysteine oxidation/reduction chemistry to build on Lemaire group discoveries that impact understanding of a plant biochemical signaling pathway (nitrosylation) that has broad importance.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Timothy Nokken, associate professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014, to travel to the University of Tampere in Finland to teach in the political science and North American studies program, and conduct research on the emergence of the Tea Party in the U.S. and right-wing extremist parties in European Union countries under a teaching/research Fulbright Scholar Grant.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Patricia Pelley, associate professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014, to travel to the Vietnamese National Archives (Centers One and Three in Hanoi) and in the library of Bac Ninh Diocese (outside Hanoi) to research and write the first draft of a manuscript titled “The Autobiographies of Nugyen Tan Van: History, Resistance, Redemption.” The completed manuscript will be submitted to Duke University Press in August 2015.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Carmen Pereira-Muro, associate professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014, to develop a book manuscript titled “Displacements: Poetics of Place and Absence in the Literary Works of Rosalia de Castro and Emilia Pardo Basan.” She will travel to Galicia, Spain, to make use of the two writers’ archives.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Sean Rice, professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014, to write a book on his research concerning mathematical evolutionary theory.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Yuan Shu, associate professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014, to research in the United States and in China and finish one critical essay and two review essays on the subject, “Chinese Railroad Workers in North America,” which is part of Stanford University’s multiyear and multinational digital humanities project. These essays will be included in a volume to be published by Stanford University Press in 2015.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Angela M. Smith, associate professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014, to develop her dissertation as a formal proposal to Oxford University Press, to undertake the subsequent revision process, and to expand the insights of the dissertation in the form of refereed publications and guest teaching opportunities.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Vickie Sutton, Horn Professor, School of Law, Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014, to develop a book manuscript on international law and biosecurity, to complete the review of “The Science of Making Environmental Law” with Oxford University Press for publication, and to begin the development of an online course in biosecurity law.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Igor Voloboev, associate professor, Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015, to research in the areas of jet reconstruction in particle physics and development of advanced data analysis techniques for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) maintained by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Kevin Waas, associate professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Jan. 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to apply for a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada. The residency will allow intense study and practice in preparing for a recording of his arrangements. Waas will prepare editions for tuba and piano of eight works by Johann Sebastian Bach and record the arrangements. These will be the first complete recordings on tuba of seven of the eight works, and the first performing editions for contrabass tuba of five of the works.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Shiren Wang, associate professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering, Jan. 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to serve as a visiting professor at Bei Hang University in Beijing, China, to work on a collaborative project on additive manufacturing. The purpose of this project is to investigate the manufacturing process, quality control, rate and scalability for state-of-the-art additive manufacturing.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Brandon Weeks, professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Aug. 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015, to participate in research activities in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Thundat at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The research will focus on developing chemical sensors with extremely high sensitivity using micro- and nanocantilever arrays for energy applications.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for William Wenthe, professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, Jan. 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to write and revise poems toward the ultimate objective of publishing these poems both in literary journals and in book form.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Christopher Witmore, associate professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, Aug. 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015, to write a book titled “Old Lands: A Choreography of the Eastern Morea, Greece.” An exploration of Greece’s most storied and archaeologically saturated region, the Eastern Morea, otherwise known as the Peloponnese, “Old Lands” raises the stakes in both archaeology and cultural geography by challenging conventional syntheses or regional history and expanding the purview of landscape studies.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Kai Zhang, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Jan. 1, 2015, to May 31, 2015, to write another proposal to the National Institutes of Health, to submit and publish two research papers and to retool his lab by attending workshops.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Yuanlin Zhang, associate professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering, Aug. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014, to continue collaboration with a colleague in China in order to advance research knowledge representation applied to health care. Zhang will develop principles, methodologies and tools to help doctor’s access vast amounts of knowledge by automated reasoning. If successful, his research is expected to produce new results on representing and reasoning with large-scale knowledge base and fundamental impact to the critical applications in robotics and health care.