Texas Tech University

Board of Regents Approves Development Leave for Faculty Members

During their February meeting, the Texas Tech University System approved developmental leave of absence for more than 30 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 full salary for Gretchen Adams, associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of her leave is to complete the manuscript for her second book, "American Judas: Benedict Arnold, Civil Religion, and the American Political Imagination."
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Linda Allen, Horn professor of mathematics and statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of her leave is two-fold: to serve a portion of the time as a Visiting Fellow and to give a series of lectures and initiate new collaborations with faculty and students in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka and also to visit the University of Tennessee to continue research with collaborators in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology on the NSF grant, Modeling Immune Dynamics of RNA Viruses in Reservoir and Nonreservoir Species.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Brian Ancell, associate professor of geosciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period January 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018. This purpose of this leave is to conduct substantial, focused research activity that could not be completed while on a normal faculty load. This progress will include dissemination of results, transition of large ending grants to their next stages, research associated with current funded projects, proposal development, initiation of research for newly funded projects, and potentially an international Fulbright Scholarship.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Edward Anderson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The goals of this leave are to begin the process of developing a computer-based, artificially-intelligent knowledge network for a fundamental engineering knowledge domain by recruiting a national and international coalition of experts to identify the network nodes and links that will then be coded into a tool to be used by lower division engineering students to hopefully improve retention in engineering programs. The pilot network developed under this proposal is intended to serve as a demonstration of capabilities for a future grant proposal.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Andrea Bilkey, associate professor of theatre and dance in the Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts, for the period January 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018. The purpose of this leave is to conduct archival research at the Stage Lighting Archives at Penn State University and develop a co-authored book on the history of lighting technology. This project will open opportunities for future research work at the archives for our students and faculty who have interests in design and history.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Glenn Browne, professor of information systems and quantitative sciences in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to continue ongoing work pursuing research related to information search, stopping, and information avoidance behavior using experiments and neuroscience (fMRI) techniques as well as DNA analysis. Plans include visits to the University of Mannheim Business School in Germany to continue work there with research colleagues.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Jongpil Cheon, associate professor of instructional technology in the College of Education, for the period January 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018. The goal for this leave project is to conduct empirical research on computational thinking for effective implementation of computing curriculum in K-12 classrooms, where it can serve as an effective vehicle for learning challenging science and math concepts.
  • Faculty development leave with one-half salary for Bruce Clarke, Horn Professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018. The purpose of this leave is to complete the scholarly book "Partial Earth: The Systems Counterculture and the Rise of Gaia." This study will recover and revalue the intellectual activity that developed around Gaia theory in the history of cybernetics.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Stefano D'Amico, professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to conduct research in Italian archives and libraries in preparation for a book manuscript tentatively entitled, "The Widow, the Prostitute and the Nun: Women, Poverty and Survival Strategies in Counter-Reformation Milan." Travel is needed to meet with faculty members and administrators in Milan and Rome to discuss possible collaborations and faculty exchanges.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Keith Dye, professor of music in the Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts, for the period of January 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018. The purpose of this leave is to focus work on compiling data and completing research on the effectiveness of various cloud-based music education delivery systems in K-12 music programs. It is intended that this will result in various publications possibly to include research articles and a book detailing best practices and various resource materials.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Stefan Estreicher, Horn Professor of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to pursue two new collaborations in Germany, both of which follow from recent research in Dr. Estreicher's research group. Travel is needed to spend time at the Fritz-Haber Institute in Berlin to supervise a local Ph.D. student and at the Technical University in Dresden where Dr. Estreicher has a research collaborator.
  • Faculty development with full salary for Clifford Fedler, professor of civil engineering in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, for the period of January 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018. The purpose of this leave is to develop a full-level cooperative research exchange program with two international universities, one in Kazan, Russia and the second in Tianjin, China, based upon existing cooperation with faculty at each institution. Part of the task will be to apply for external research funding for these research efforts and to produce journal publications.
  • Faculty development leave with salary for Lisa Garner, professor of Music in the Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to complete writing a textbook titled, "Yoga and the Creative Arts – Philosophy and Practice," to compliment the course by the same title, VPA 2302. The primary benefit of this leave will be to enhance the delivery of materials for VPA 2302 as well as enrichment of the student experiences of the course.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Kerry Griffis-Kyle, associate professor of natural resources management in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to advance a research program in desert wetland ecology by broadening her quantitative skills, including modeling, and to complete work on an NSF proposal.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Justin Hart, associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period, September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is for Dr. Hart to serve, by invitation, as the Roosevelt Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies associated with the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Luan Hoang, associate professor of mathematics and statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to collaborate with colleagues in the United States and abroad to finish ongoing projects that mainly focus on partial differential equations arising from fluid dynamics. Projects include initiating a book with J-C Saut and Ciprian Foias entitled "Asymptotic Expansions of Solutions to Novier-Stokes Equations."
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Donald Jones, professor of information systems and quantitative sciences in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to develop a stream of research on data visualization, including three activities aimed toward publications in premier journals: (1) to visit faculty at another university having expertise in human computer interaction, (2) to write a literature review paper that develops an organizing framework for categorizing past research and potential future theoretical development, and (3) to conduct a behavioral experiment testing the effects of visual metaphors relative to traditional graphical information displays.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Sara Smock Jordan, associate professor of community, family and addiction sciences in the College of Human Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to learn a new method of analysis at the university of Victoria, British Columbia, and has two parts. First, to travel to Victoria, B.C. for one month to master the method of analyzing grounding sequences through microanalysis, and to work with the Victoria team to test our theory. Second, to return to Lubbock for the remainder of the leave in order to apply the Victoria learning experience to the publications of a series of psychotherapy videos.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Rajesh Khare, professor of chemical engineering in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to work with scientists at Sandia National Laboratories to acquire in-depth understanding of a simulation package for molecular simulations, useful for tackling problems in the areas of molecular thermodynamics and nanoscale transport.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Tigga Kingston, associate professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to establish and solidify collaborative relations, gather preliminary data and logistical information, and prepare and submit a series of proposals to NSF on bats, baobabs, and sustainable livelihoods across Africa.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Clemens Krempner, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to spend time at the Leibniz Institute of Catalysis LIKAT in Rostock, Germany, to establish an international research collaboration in Green and Sustainable Catalysis. Working at the LIKAT will expand Dr. Krempner's knowledge in heterogeneous and homogenous catalysis and further develop his visibility and reputation in the field of Green and Sustainable Catalysis at both the national and international levels.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Sung-Wook Kwon, associate professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period January 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018. This leave project will be to examine two critical areas of interlocal cooperation -- economic development and water resource management -- focusing on rural municipalities in West Texas.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Hoon Lee, associate professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period January 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018. The primary goal of this leave is to focus on a book project titled "Globalization, Social Cleavages, Tax and Welfare Policies." During and after the leave, plans are to continue working on the book project and submit a grant proposal to the Political Science Program at the National Science Foundation.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Hongchao Liu, professor of civil engineering in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to analyze the operating data of Beijing's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, which has been collected in the past eight years since the 2008 Olympic Games, and develop an advanced signal priority control algorithm for an integrated BRT system with consideration of oversaturated traffic conditions. This will also provide an opportunity to collect materials to develop a new undergraduate course on transit planning and operation.
  • Faculty development leave with one-half salary for Arnold Loewy, George Killam Chair in criminal law in the School of Law, for the period September 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018. The purpose of this leave is to honor contracts with Carolina Academic Press and West Publishing to produce new and updated editions of a casebook and basic textbook.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Jorge Morales, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to intensively concentrate research projects involving the development and use of theoretical chemistry methods to perform computer simulations of proton cancer therapy reactions.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Gad Perry, professor of natural resources management in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and Senior Director of the Division of International Research and Development and Director of the International Center for Arid and Semiarid Land Studies. This leave is for the period September 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018, so that Dr. Perry may fulfill an agreement to serve as a Jefferson Science Fellow, spending one year on assignment at the U.S. Department of State or USAID as a science advisor on foreign policy and international development issues. Following the fellowship year, Dr. Perry will return to Texas Tech but remain available to the U.S. government as an experienced consultant for short-term projects.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Bill Poirier, professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period January 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018. The purpose of this leave is to collaborate with Jan-Michael Rost, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, in Dresden, Germany. The collaboration will address fundamental aspects and practical computational applications of interest to both parties.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Marjean Purinton, professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period of September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The primary purpose of this leave is to bring to publication the book manuscript, "Staging Ghosts and Grotesques: Techno-Gothic British Drama." The book promises to be a significant study in the field of British Romanticism, the history of medicine, nineteenth-century cultural studies, and drama.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Rich Rice, associate professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. The purpose of this leave is to complete an edited collection on intercultural communication research called "Thinking Globally, Composing Locally: Rethinking Online Writing in the Age of the Global Internet," to publish two articles (one in Technical Communication and one in Communication Design Quarterly), and submit an NEH grant proposal to host a conference at TTU. The book covers topics such as intercultural activity theory, creating apps for global audiences, teaching global communication, multimodality in transnational spaces, localized research practices with mobile devices, and global thinking and writing.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Moira Ridley, professor of geosciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. This leave will provide an opportunity to broaden and expand Dr. Ridley's molecular modeling skills, which will dramatically enhance her research activities. This will be achieved by strengthening collaborative ties with international scientists through research on an important environmental project.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Kenneth Schmidt, associate professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period January 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018. This leave will be used in tandem with a grant from the National Science Foundation to undertake a major, synthetic writing project, which will lay the foundation for a quantitative theory of the ecology of information. Synthesizing material into a book format will provide a pedagogical tool for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professional ecologists. The book will be written with the aim of submitting to the highly acclaimed series, Princeton Monographs in Population Ecology.
  • Faculty development leave with one-half salary for Su-Jeong Hwang Shin, associate professor of Apparel Design and Manufacturing in the College of Human Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018. Considering the fast pace with which research in apparel design manufacturing technology is changing, Dr. Shin plans to gain the most up-to-date knowledge in her field by focusing on two objectives in this leave: further development of professional research, and also further development of instructional pedagogy in apparel technology education. Both objectives will help strengthen the technological aspects of the apparel design and manufacturing program at Texas Tech.
  • Faculty development leave with one-half salary for Yi-Yuan Tang, professor of Psychological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period September 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018. The leave project is based on Dr. Tang's long-term basic and translational research on brain-based behavior change and its underlying mechanisms funded by NIH and DoD. The project objectives cover two areas of research: 1) brain mechanisms of effective behavior change, and 2) development of brain-based behavior change techniques for addictions, mood disorders and other mental disorders.