Texas Tech University

Board of Regents Approves Development Leaves for Faculty Members

February 27, 2016

More than 25 Texas Tech faculty members 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 28 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 one-half salary for Joseph Aranha, professor, College of Architecture, August 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017, to do field research in Spain during particular events and celebrations for the purpose of observing, studying, documenting and analyzing appropriations and transformations of urban public space for traditional religious rituals and as extensions of the domestic realm. His research interests focus on understanding how space and form in the built environment in traditional societies determines social order, cultural values and religious beliefs.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Alan Barhorst, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering, September 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, to further the development of a multiple scale modeling tool that he has been refining over the years. Working at UT-Austin Institute for Computational Engineering and Science (ICES) will give him daily access to their computational mechanics expertise. Refined theory and numerical algorithms will be products of the efforts. This project will allow him to write highly competitive proposals to varied public and private funding agencies.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for John Beusterien, professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017, to work on completion of his book, "Laughing at the Edge: Comic Obituaries from Don Quixote." The publication of a book about "Don Quixote" will be an important contribution to fields of early modern Spanish literature and Cervantes studies, as well as to the humanities in general. The development leave will provide the time to finish the research and writing of the book.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Joaquin Borrego, associate professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2016 lo December 31, 2016, to work on three main objectives: 1) develop a grant proposal during the Fall 2016 semester to be submitted to either the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health or the Texas Department of State Health Services. 2) establish new and re-establish collaborations for research projects, and 3) develop, revise, and submit manuscripts for publication consideration. The focus is underserved populations such as Latino parents and their children.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Cristina Bradatan, associate professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. College of Arts and Sciences, September 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, to work on a book titled "An Inconvenient Connection: Population and Climate Changes." She will complete research in the fields of population studies, history, cultural studies, climate, sociology, anthropology and geography to address the question of what people from different societies would do if confronted with climate change? Her work focuses on those geographic regions that are projected to suffer the most dramatic effects due to drought and sea level increase.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Zachary Brittsan, assistant professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017, to support early research and writing for a book about regional and transnational cultural identity in nineteenth century Mexico and the United States. While on leave he will perform archival research in Mexico, the drafting of book chapters, the preparation of a conference paper, and the pursuit of competitive national grants for further research.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Dominick Casadonte, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences. January 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017, to work on four aspects of his research and grant activity at Texas Tech: 1) the continued development of "project SERVE (Science Education using Retired Volunteer Educators), an NSF-Funded Discovery Corps Project, 2) the development of a STEM Education project centered around a study of the optimum length for video production of lectures to enhance learning outcomes, 3) publication of up to 13 manuscripts, 4) and the reinvigoration of his research program after being department chair from 2005-2010 and Interim Dean from 2012-2014.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Thomas Cimarusti, associate professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts, August 24, 2016 to December 31, 2016, to work in an archive in Florence, Italy to prepare a scholarly edition of 12 duets by Bonifazio Asioli (1769-1832). Once the edition is complete, the duets will be performed and recorded in Florence and later published by A-R Editions. Following the publication of these works, he will present the edition at the 2017 International Musicological Society conference in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for William Gelber, associate professor, School of Theatre and Dance, College of Visual and Performing Arts, January 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017, to focus on writing a textbook that applies the directorial methodologies of famous playwright, director, and theorist, Bertolt Brecht. Concentrating primarily on Brecht's practices as applied to specific productions using exercises that he has created, the key objective is staying in Berlin for an extended period of time examining materials at the Bertolt Brecht archive, and also to be immersed in the German language in order to better translate materials.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for John Gilbert, professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts, August 24, 2016 to December 31, 2016, to develop and prepare for publication a new work for the study of the three fugues for solo violin by J.S. Bach. This volume dedicated to the fugues of J.S. Bach for Solo Violin will be the first of its kind ever composed and made available for widespread distribution.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Sara Guengerich, associate professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, September 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, for the purpose of completing and publishing a book manuscript, tentatively titled "Daughters of the Inca Conquest: Indigenous Noblewomen in Colonial Peru." The book is based on a broad range of archival documents from Cuzco and Lima from 1532 to the 1780s.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Akif lbragimov, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences, August 24, 2016 to December 31, 2016, to work on the exploration of contemporary problems in partial differential equations arising in mathematical physics, fluid flow in porous media, biology and chemistry. He is planning to conduct this research with leading experts and mathematicians in Europe. This project is an extension of the research started at Texas Tech ten years ago and has been supported by two NSF grants.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Alexander Idesman, associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering, January 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017, to work on the development of a new high-order numerical technique for the reduction of the space-discretization error for wave propagation problems. This research will enhance his ability to solve new complicated wave propagation problems that are very important for civil and military applications.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Fethi Inan, associate professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education, August 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, to explore the use of data mining and learning analytics techniques to analyze online course data and to design personalized online learning to support diverse learning needs of students. During the development leave, he will carry out a preliminary research application of data mining on educational data with prominent researchers in the field of learning analytics. He will also create a grant proposal to apply data mining techniques to design a facilitation system that offers instructors recommendations to better facilitate student learning in online learning environments.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Lourdes Juan, associate professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, August 24, 2016 to December 31, 2016, to attend the Fall 2016 programs at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute in Ohio. This will provide training on a new research direction that she is pursuing. Her experience in computational algebraic method has led to two separate collaborations in applied mathematics with Professor Ismael de Farias in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University and Professor Kevin Long in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics also at Texas Tech University, with whom she has written a joint paper, "Fast Computation of Inverse Transcendental Functions of Polynomial Chaos Expansion Through Iterated Means" that has been submitted for publication.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Antonio Ladeira, associate professor, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences, August 1, 2016 to December 31 , 2016, to complete a book project entitled "Man of My Word: Modes of Masculinity from Romanticism to Early Modernism in Portuguese and Brazilian Fiction." He intends to engage in revisionary readings of canonical works by Portuguese and Brazilian authors of the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
  • Faculty development leave with one-half salary for Mark McKenzie, associate professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, August 24, 2016 to May 31, 2017, to conduct research at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. The research project includes studying the Danish Courts (particularly the Danish Supreme Court) and interviewing Danish judges and legal professionals. The project is the subject of a Fulbright proposal, but his plan is to go forward with the project even if he does not receive a Fulbright grant as he has a formal invitation from the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Tyge Payne, professor. Department of Management, Rawls College of Business, January 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017, to develop and complete three journal special issues of which he is co-editor: 1) Special issue on Process and Variance Methods in "Family Business Review," 2) Special Reviews Issue in "Family Business Review," and 3) Special Issue on Sustainability and Family Firms in "Organization and Environment."
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Jenny Qui, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering, August 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, to focus on design and manufacturing of nanocomposites for biomedical engineering applications. She will work onsite with faculty at several different universities on fundamental understanding of the "design-manufacturing-characterization" for biomedical applications.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Luis Ramirez, associate professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017, to conduct a preliminary study that can be used to apply for an external grant. Based on this study, grant applications will be submitted to the National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Justice, and Centers for Disease Control. The proposed research focuses on the Effects of Attitudes Toward Interracial and Interethnic Relationships on Normative Expectations of Parenting and Intimate Partner Violence.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Matthew Santa, professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts, January 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017, to write a book entitled "Hearing Rhythm and Meter." Purpose of the leave is to secure time to provide a well written textbook for teaching upper-division undergraduate courses as well as first- or second-year graduate courses on rhythm and meter.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Lianfa Song, professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering, September 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, to develop new research projects with collaborators in the United Stales and international partnerships in the area of membrane technology in water purification and energy production. The semester long efforts will allow Professor Song 1) to visit several leading US and Chinese universities for extensive exchange of information on research and education of membrane technology, 2) to better understand the interests and strengths of potential collaborators and to determine specific collaborative research topics, and 3) to develop partnership for collaborative research and education to prepare proposals with a strong international collaboration component.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Roman Taraban, professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017, to focus on strengthening his research and grant potential and output, in part through continuing collaborations with colleagues in the United States and India, and by establishing new collaborations with psychology and engineering faculty in Ukraine.
  • Faculty development leave with one-half salary for Siva Vanapalli, associate professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering, August 1, 2016 to May 31, 2017, to focus on a project concerning nematodes and microfluidics. C.elegans is a tiny nematode that has been at the center of Nobel-prize winning investigations in biology and medicine. Professor Vanapalli's group is developing novel microfluidic devices and computational software for manipulating, controlling and proving this worm for understanding the genetics of muscle strength and aging. Knowledge from such investigations is ultimately expected to lead to therapies that improve health and well-being.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Mark Vaughn, associate professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering, January 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017, to re-establish an area of expertise in soft material and interfacial transport phenomena, establish new international research collaborations, provide new ideas for research funding and data for publications, and develop new measurement and modeling skills.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Allison Whitney, associate professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2017 to May 31 , 2017, to expand the military component of her ongoing oral history project, "Texas Film Cultures." Her activities will include conducting further interviews and supportive archival research, with the goal of making substantial headway on a book project on the place of film and media in military culture.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Jeff Williams, professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, College of Arts and Sciences, September 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, to focus on writing of a sole-authored, scholarly monograph with the provisional title "Caribbean English: a sociolinguistic history." The monograph is under contract with Cambridge University Press with a December 2017 due date. This one semester project will entail preparing a draft of three of the five chapters, since two chapters are already composed.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Aaron Yoshinobu, professor, Department of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences, January 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017, to work on the following objectives: 1) Acquire and integrate new geologic field data and numerical and software-based methods in subsurface cross section construction/restoration and analysis with application to hydrocarbon resources exploration in fold and thrust belts and fractured sedimentary rocks/reservoirs; and 2) Integrate the data and methods into the formation of a new, long-term research, teaching and mentoring agenda in the Department of Geosciences that focuses on evaluating the nature, kinematics and dynamics of fracture formation and faulting in diverse geologic environments.