18 Eastern Michigan University faculty members to pursue exciting array of projects and activities under sabbaticals awarded for 2022-23

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YPSILANTI –  Eighteen Eastern Michigan University faculty members will pursue special study, research, writing or other projects under 2022-23 academic year sabbatical leaves approved June 16 by the Board of Regents.

The awards are designed to enrich the activities of individual faculty members, enhance their careers or provide significant service to local, state, national, or international organizations.

Two-semester sabbatical leaves also include up to $12,000 in research support, if requested and approved.

The University Research and Sabbatical Leave Committee reviews the sabbatical leave proposals and makes recommendations to the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.

Fifteen one-semester and three two-semester leaves will be awarded. Listed below are the awardees, their academic departments and their projects:

One Semester

  • Melanie Bond, Communication, Media and Theater Arts. “Completing the Book Dressing Mary Queen of Scots: an Analysis of Her Wardrobe.”
     
  • Brendan Fay, Art and Design. “Lessons in Photography: A Book about American Photography, Abstraction and Photographic Education.”
     
  • Tricia Foster, Health Sciences. “A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Statewide Systems and Structures that Underpin the Delivery of Early Intervention Services in the United States.”
     
  • Maria Luz Garcia, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology “Ethnographic Research in Ixil Maya Transnational Communities.”
     
  • Sarah Ginsberg, Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders. “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders: Past, Present, and Future.”
     
  • Jillian Graves, Social Work. “Stress and adaptation to the essential retail workplace during the COVID-19 Crisis: An examination of employer practices and employee wellbeing.”
     
  • Christine Hume, English Language and Literature. “Finishing a Text Image Project.”
     
  • Matthew Kirkpatrick, English Language and Literature. “Return Frequency: A Novel (working title).”
     
  • Renee Lajiness-O'Neill, Psychology. “Development of a Bio-behavioral Method to Examine Risk Trajectories in Infants and Toddlers.”
     
  • Lois Mahoney, Accounting, Finance and Information Systems. “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Corporate Social Responsibility Behavior of Corporations.”
     
  • Laura McMahon, History and Philosophy. “Blurred Boundaries, Imagined Identities: Phenomenological Resources for Political Thought.”
     
  • Tricia McTague, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology. “Labor Unions and Employee Ownership: A Qualitative Case Study of a Regional Supermarket Chain.”
     
  • Maria Milletti, Chemistry. “Computational Investigation of a Novel Method for the Synthesis of Bioactive Natural Products.”
     
  • Rita Shah, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology. “Embodying human rights principles: A guide for prison reform or re-legitimating a failed system? Studying the Alexander Maconochie Centre: A Fulbright Project.”
     
  • Angela Staples, Psychology. “Development of Sleep in the First 15 months: Sociodemographic and Family Factors.”


Two Semester

  • Munther Abualkibash, Information Security and Applied Computing. “Leveraging Advanced Data Science Techniques to Automate Cyberattacks Detection.”
     
  • Laura McMahon, History and Philosophy. “Blurred Boundaries, Imagined Identities: Phenomenological Resources for Political Thought.”
     
  • Tricia McTague, Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology. “Labor Unions and Employee Ownership: A Qualitative Case Study of a Regional Supermarket Chain.”

 

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June 16, 2022

Written by:
Walter Kraft

Contact:
Melissa Thrasher
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