Texas Tech University

Board of Regents Approves Development Leaves for Faculty Members

March 6, 2015

More than 40 Texas Tech faculty will takes leave to focus on research, scholarly efforts.

At its March meeting, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents granted faculty development leaves for 43 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 Karen Alexander, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, College of Human Sciences, August 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, to devote 100% effort to a funded grant awarded by the Texas Education Agency with the primary goal of expanding an emerging best practice to the regional level for secondary school counselors and collect data to determine its success. This project will provide the necessary time for data collection that will result in several publications and presentations as she works toward promotion.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Alan Barenberg, Assistant Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to continuing work on a new book project, "Empire of Cotton: Cotton as an Imperial Commodity in Late Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union." This includes two months of research in archives and libraries in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. He will use the remainder of the time to write a journal article which he intends to use as a chapter in his book manuscript. Once this article is completed, He will write and submit a book proposal to the Yale University Press.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Perry Carter, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to use his National Science Foundation award to study plantation museums and their representations of slavery in the American South. The time on leave will be to carry out the fieldwork, analyze the data gathered, write journal articles, and prepare a book proposal.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Carole Edwards, Associate Professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to prepare a manuscript entitled Memory, Myth and Collective Consciousness to be published by Gallimard Press.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Gary Forsythe, Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to complete a two-volume collection of primary sources in English translation to be used in the teaching of introductory undergraduate courses on the history of the ancient Mediterranean world.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Dirk Fowler, Associate Professor, School of Art, College of Visual and Performing Arts, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to conduct research in multiple technologies as they relate to typography in the field of graphic design. He will attempt to combine modern laser and router cutting technologies with age-old letterpress relief printing by creating large wooden typographic specimens to be printed and ultimately exhibited. He will also pursue publishing and lecture opportunities to share information gained from this research. The subject matter is timely and important due to a resurgence of interest in letterpress printing within the design community, and a lack of current resources for large printing types.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Richard Gale, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, March 1, 2015 to March 1, 2016, to work with the University of Applied Science, in Landshut, Germany in the areas of optical metrology technology development, advanced electronic testing of integrated circuits and electronic systems, international student experience, and course development. He has been invited to participate as visiting international faculty in the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). If approved, the visiting faculty position offers a stipend to help provide support for living expenses.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Sheila Garos, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to extend her previous collaborative research on self-enhancement of the sexual self in order to assess enhancement bias and relationship satisfaction in martial/committed partners. This holds promise for better understanding predictors of relationship satisfaction and finding new ways to stabilize relationships. She will seek extramural funding from both governmental agencies and private foundations for extending this research area.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Barbara Hahn, Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, to complete her fellowship at the University of Leeds where she is serving as the Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow to the European Union, working on the project Rethinking Textiles, which offers new interpretations of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for John Hollins, Associate Professor, Department of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to establish and implement a new graduate degree program in the School of Music -- the Master's of Sacred Music (MSM) -- and/or a new Center for Sacred Music.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Christopher Hom, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, to complete his book manuscript entitled Hating and Necessity: The Semantics of Racial Epithets. The completed manuscript will be submitted for publication at the end of 2015-2016 academic term.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Juyang Huang, Professor, Department of Physics,College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to obtain measurements on biomebrane nano-domains using new fluorescence microscopy techniques, and to develop National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant proposals with collaborators at Trinity University and the UT Health Sciences Center at San Antonio.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Qing Hui, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to collaborate with scientists at Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and faculty at the University of Maryland and Georgia Tech on two projects. The first research project is entitled Balanced Coordinated Algorithms for Damage Mitigation and Resource Allocation in Network Systems:, the second research project is entitled Multiagent Swarm Based Application Software Development for Optimal Defense Strategy Synthesis of Geospatial Physical Networks in Networked Environments.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Sandra Huston, Associate Professor, Department of Personal Financial Planning, College of Human Sciences, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to further develop her model of student financial health in order to better design, deliver, and document student financial health efforts here at TTU and on college campuses across the nation. Leave activities will consist of visiting existing key college programs, developing further a student financial health model, collecting information from other collegiate programs at various stages of development, and establishing a research protocol to determine efficacy of student financial health collegiate initiatives. She aims to collect compelling evidence to secure external funding for this collaborative cross-campus research initiative.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Tanja Karp, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, August 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, to travel to University of South Africa (UNISA) and combine and evaluate robotics based community engagement programs. This project aims at expanding K-12 robotics programs and comparing their effectiveness. A well-established LEGO robotics competition from TTU, in which participants are mentored by first year engineering students enrolled in a service-learning course, will be piloted at UNISA and a distance education course will be developed. An international comparison of the impact of these programs on all stakeholders will be performed under a teaching/research Fulbright Scholar Grant.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Amy Koerber, Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to complete a book manuscript tentatively titled The Hormonal Woman: A Critical Exploration of Expert and Public Rhetorics.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe, Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to complete a book of nonfiction essays. She will also apply for a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship to work on a related book of nonfiction narratives focused on the role of horses in a range of physical and spiritual therapies.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Carol Korzeniewski, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, to gain expertise in confocal Raman microscope measurements in the laboratory of Professor Joel M. Harris at the University of Utah. Experiments will focus on adapting confocal Raman measurements to enable probing at different depths within polymer electrolyte fuel cell membrane and membrane-electrode architectures. Efforts will be aligned with the Korzeniewski research group's program that apply vibrational spectroscopy methods in the study of electrocatalytic and membrane transport processes that impact polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Knowledge gained will be applied to expand content in her organized courses on chemical analysis and allow furthering her campus outreach activities.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Jeffrey Lastrapes, Professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to facilitate and prepare for assembling past and current research into a new edition of the Six Suite for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for David Leverington, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to expand upon his current research program involving development and testing of techniques for satellite-based determination of surface mineralogy and chemistry on Earth, and furthering the investigation of ancient channel development of low-viscosity lava flows in the inner solar system.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Conrad Lyford, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, January 1, 2015 to May 31, 2015, to work with faculty at Hawassa University in Ethiopia on projects related to developing agribusiness research and agribusiness curriculum development.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Yanzhang Ma, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, August 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, to collaborate with Jilin University in Changchun, China to perform research on developing electrical property measurement under high pressure.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Shirley Matteson, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to collect data on middle school sites in the southwestern United States. She will follow up with 50 members of the Middle School Mathematics and Science – also known as (MS)2 -- scholarship program. Her intention is to ultimately publish a book focusing on STEM education/educators in this region of the United States.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Michael Mayer, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to publish five manuscripts, and to write two grant proposals.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Mark Morton, Associate Professor, Department of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to prepare his five double bass technique books for publication with Northeastern Music Publications Inc. These will be published as hard copy books, and electronically on iBooks. He will also prepare an original edition, 12 to 24 works for solo double bass of Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889).
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Jeffrey Mosher, Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to conduct research on the development and nature of the Tibetan Buddhism growth in Brazil, and analyze the local adaptation of the tradition.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Gregg Murray, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to acquire the skills necessary for conducting political psychophysiological analyses, in particular using the specialized equipment and analyzing the resulting data. Activities will include training trips to the Political Physiology Lab at the University of Nebraska, eye-tracking, and psychophysiology labs in TTU's College of Media & Communication.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Daniel Nathan, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, to complete a book on the place of authorial intention in interpreting the meaning of texts. The first half will be spent consolidating and adapting his previous work on the interpretation in response to recent developments in the field. This initial activity will be preparation for the presentation and refinement of full draft elements of the book during the course of a proposed residency at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Michael O'Boyle, Professor, Department of Human Development, College of Human Sciences, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to visit the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC) for one semester, during which time we will analyze a myriad of behavioral and neuroimaging data on the neuroscience of creativity, that has been collected via a Templeton Foundation grant. Also, he will develop future collaborative studies between UNMHSC/MIND Research Network and the Texas Tech Neuroimaging Institute (TTNI).
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Jill Patterson, Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to complete her nonfiction book manuscript, tentatively entitled Condemned. The book narrates the life stories of nine men and one woman recently charged with capital murder in the state of Texas, the stories of the lawyers who prosecuted and defended them, the investigators who pinpointed their guilt, and the jailhouse officials who will oversee their sentences. The book addresses the role of poverty, prejudice, religion, and politics in the implementation of the death penalty. The project will be the culmination of six years of research, including eighteen months as a Soros Justice Fellow, during which she helped develop the use of narrative law as a field of expertise in capital litigation.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Genaro Perez, Professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to study novels by the Spanish writer Rosa Montero, and to write a monograph on the Spanish writer.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Rona Pogrund, Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to write a research grant proposal on "An Examination of the Impact of Amount of Service Time by Teachers and Students with Visual Impairments on Student Outcomes in the Expanded Core Curriculum in the Itinerant Service Delivery Model" and submit the proposal to the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER).
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Edward Quitevis, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to learn the technique of fast field cycling nuclear magnetic resonance (FFC NMR) relaxometry and its application to the structure and dynamics of soft matter. His ultimate aim is to apply this technique to the study of ionic liquids near the glass transition. He plans to learn this technique in the laboratories of Professor Ralf Ludwig at the University of Rostock in, Rostock, Germany.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Jorge Ramirez, Professor of Law, August 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, to produce nine academic modules focused on revolutionary legal reforms occurring in Mexico over the last five years. These modules will consist of academic materials that can be used to teach an entire course on recent Mexican legal reforms or the Mexican legal system in general; or they can be used independently to "internationalize" existing courses at the university. This project will help deepen and expand the law school's network of friends in Mexican governmental and educational institutions and expand opportunities for our students to learn about Texas's number one international trading partner and our country's third largest trading partner.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Rebecca Rickly, Professor, English, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016, to draft a monograph, currently titled The Accidental Lesbian. This book-length treatment of partners of those with Gender Identity Disorder (GID) who choose to transition will be the first of its kind. This type of book straddles the line of feminist academic research and the storied memoirs often seen in non-academic texts.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Mohammad Saed, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to conduct research in investigation and modeling microwave interaction with materials with carbon nanotube dispersions. National Science Foundation (NSF) applications for this research span industrial, military, and medical applications.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Connie Scarborough, Professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to complete a book manuscript entitled, Disgraced and Graced: Disability in Medieval Spanish Texts. This project is an application of current theories of disability to works from Medieval Spain. She has signed contract with Amsterdam University Press for this book.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Huazhong Shi, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to learn the bioinformatics methods necessary to fully exploit the capabilities of a new high throughput sequencing technology for RNA (RNAseq), and to prepare and submit a proposal to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Jennifer Snead, Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to complete the final chapter of her book manuscript, "Responsible Readers: Early Methodism and the Invention of the Literary," and submit the manuscript to presses for publication. She has four specific presses where editors have expressed interest in the manuscript.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Abigail Swingen, Assistant Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to completer her second book project entitled The Politics of Investment and Britain's Financial Revolution. The book will then be submitted to the Yale University Press for publishing.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Chenggang Wang, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to strengthen his research programs on cotton economics and China's agricultural policy by visiting two leading Chinese research institutes. The proposed development leave will allow him to work closely with Chinese collaborators to conduct interviews, collect and analyze data, and prepare a grant proposal.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Christopher Weiss, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, to develop new research and strengthen existing collaborations with partner universities for the purposes of grant development and publication. This research relates to the genesis and maintenance of tornadoes, in the application of unmanned aircraft technology. The period of leave will also allow provide a focus on the dissemination of key research results tied to a large National Science Foundation (NSF) project.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Kent Wilkinson, Professor, Department of Journalism and Electronic Media, College of Media and Communication, January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016, to travel to the University of Andes in Santiago, Chile and teach a graduate seminar titled Diverse Perspectives on Hispanic-Oriented Media in the United States under a teaching and research Fulbright Scholar Grant, and to conduct two research projects. His collaborative project with Chilean colleagues would further develop our current research on the uses and gratifications that youth in several countries derive from their mobile devices. His individual research would concern language difference in electronic media.