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 absences.

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 Lucy Barnard-Brak, associate professor of Educational Psychology and Leadership in the College of Education, for the period of January 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019. The purpose of her leave is to pursue training in applied Bayesian analyses to advance her methodological research in single case designs (i.e., n of 1 designs). She will pursue this advanced training via a combination of face to face and online courses over period of leave.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for David Birney, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period of September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The purpose of his leave is to establish a collaborative research project at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The research focus is on electrochemical deoxygenation of biomaterials. This will enable publications and the submissions of grant proposals to the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Paul Bjerk, associate professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period of September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The purpose of his leave is to draft a book that will analyze Tanzanian governmental policy during the decade of 1965-1975. The theme will be a process of "re­ bureaucratization," which is to say, the transformation of the colonial bureaucratic structure into a new structure built upon the historical circumstance of the independent state and cultural habits of the new African administration.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Erik Bucy, professor in the College of Media and Communication, for the period of September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The purpose of his leave is to complete research on a new book on media performance and democratic resilience. He has applied for a senior visiting fellowship at the London School of Economics; if successful, he will divide his time to write and conduct research between London and Oxford.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Erin Collopy, associate professor of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures in theCollege of Arts and Sciences, for the period of September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The purpose of her leave is to prepare a book proposal on the vampire and walking dead of Russia from their roots in Slavic folklore to contemporary fiction and film, consisting of two sample chapters and an annotated table of contents.
  • Faculty development leave with one-half salary for Kelly Cukrowicz, professor of Psychological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period of September 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. The purpose of her leave is to use results from funded projects in recent years aimed at identifying correlates of suicide ideation in rural communities. She will also apply for extramural funding for three suicide prevention projects that address identified risk variables.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for William Hase, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period of September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The purpose of his leave is to work on a revision for the textbook Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics, for which he is a co-author; enhance the chemical dynamics computer program VENUS, which his research groups developed; and investigate new areas of fundable.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Zhaoming He, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, for the period of September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The purpose of his leave is to strengthen collaboration with Jiangsu University in China and start a new collaboration with Beihang University in China to develop multiscale modeling of cardiovascular mechanics.
  • Faculty development leave with one-half salary for Amy Heuman, associate professor of Communication Studies in the College of Media and Communication, for the period of September 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. The purpose of her leave is to complete a co-edited book and to conduct research in critical pedagogy that will result in scholarly articles. The leave period includes an opportunity for a visiting associate professorship with the Great Lakes College Association, a collaborative focused on strengthening liberal arts education.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Brett Houk, associate professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period of September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The purpose of his leave is to work on two different publications during the 2018 fall semester related to work completed during an initial three-year grant cycle. He will edit a volume and a journal article.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Michael Jordan, associate professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period of September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The purpose of his leave is to complete a study of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's extensive collection of Southern Plains beadwork. This is the first phase of a long-term study of the material culture of the Kiowa, Comanche, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes. The research design combines collections-based research, ethnographic interviews with tribal members, and archival research.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Charles Klein, associate professor of Landscape Architecture in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, for the period of September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The purpose of his leave includes training at the University of North Carolina in Behavior Mapping, a research methodology to be employed in conjunction with OLE! Texas, an obesity prevention project of the Texas Department of State Health Services using outdoor learning environments (OLE). The project entails grant proposals and collaboration with the Texas Tech Obesity Research Cluster.
  • Faculty development leave with one-half salary for William Lan, professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education, for the period of September 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. The purpose of his leave is to conduct research projects to develop measures of self-regulated learning and course anxiety in online environments. Self-regulated learning and online course anxiety are two key factors that affect students' academic performance in online courses.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for David Larmour, Horn Professor of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period of January 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019. The purpose of his leave is to complete the research for a new monograph "The Modern Juvenalians; Satire for Our Time" and to write the book with the aim of publication in early 2020. The work will be performed at the University of Texas, the University of Georgia, and the University of Birmingham, England.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Aie-Rie Lee, professor of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period of January 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019. The purpose of her leave is to conduct on-site research of Women 's Political Representation in South Korea.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Seth McKee, associate professor of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period of September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, to prepare a book and undertake duties as Editor-in-Chief of the journal 'Political Research Quarterly'.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for James Sheng, professor of Petroleum Engineering in the College of Engineering, for the period of January 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019. The purpose of his leave is to visit petroleum universities in China as a visiting scholar.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Sara Spurgeon, professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period of September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The purpose of this leave is to complete work on the manuscript of her current book project, for which proposals have already been submitted to several presses and for which she has received offers of advance contracts from Routledge, SUNY Press, and the University of Arizona Press.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Mark Stoll, Professor of History in the College of Arts and Sciences, for the period of September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The purpose of his leave is to allow time to work on a book manuscript entitled " Capitalism: An Environmental History."
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Ryan Williams, associate professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, for the period of September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The purpose of his leave is to enhance his knowledge in experimental economics in order to fully utilize his experimental laboratory and provide better mentorship to his graduate students. This learning will improve his potential to successfully acquire extramural funding for experimental economics projects.
  • Faculty development leave with full salary for Chang Dong Yeo, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, for the period of January 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019. The purpose of his leave is to work on a project with collaborators at Yonsei University, South Korea, to investigate the thermo-chemical kinetics of lubricants for heat-assisted­ magnetic-recording (HAMR) technology in hard disk drives.
  • Faculty development leave with one-half salary for Hong-Chao Zhang, Professor of Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering, for the period of September 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. The purpose of his leave is to develop a collaborative research team to submit multiple proposals to the Department of Energy; and to establish an International Collaborative Graduate Education Program between the College of Engineering, Texas Tech University (TTU), and the School of Mechanical Engineering, at Dalian University of Technology, China.