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Recent Academic Leave Recipients

 

 

The following members of the Trinity faculty have been awarded an academic leave for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Leaves have been recommended by the Faculty Development Committee (FDC) and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and approved by the President. Questions should be referred to dribble [at] trinity.edu (Dr. David Ribble, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Budget and Research), ex-officio member of the FDC.

Academic Leaves Awarded (2019-2020)

 

Dennis Ahlburg

Department: ECON                                        Rank at Time of Application: Professor 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: “Stupid men out, clever girls in”: The introduction and impacts of coresidence at the University of Oxford.

Project Description: The admission of women to men’s colleges at Oxford has been described as the greatest change in the University in the last 100 years but there has been no study of the impacts of this change. This study will examine the impact of the change on the University, particularly on women and the women's colleges.

 

Laura Allen

Department: EDUC                                        Rank at Time of Application: Professor 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: The Physiological and Psychological Effects of Natural Environments on Novice Teachers’ Well Being

Project Description: This study examines if natural environments positively affect the well being of beginning teachers. Growing research suggests positive physiological and psychological benefits from spending time in natural settings. These include reduction in stress, improvement in mood, and the restoration of directed attention.

 

Ellen Barnett

Department: EDUC                                        Rank at Time of Application: Assistant 

Type of Leave: Pre-Tenure Leave                  Date of Leave: Fall 2019

Project Title: A case study of elementary pre-service science teacher mentoring

Project Description: A case study of elementary pre-service teacher (PST) mentoring explores science-specific mentoring during a year-long internship in a school where mentees may collaborate with, and be mentored by, multiple others. Findings will contribute to understanding of how mentors may support PSTs learning to teach science.

 

Gerard Beaudoin

Department: BIOL                                         Rank at Time of Application: Assistant 

Type of Leave: Pre-Tenure Leave                  Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: Mechanism of cocaine-induced changes of an excitatory synapse on midbrain dopamine neurons

Project Description: A single dose of cocaine increases receptor function at excitatory synapses from one brain nucleus onto dopaminergic neurons. The purpose of this leave is to delineate the mechanism of the cocaine-induced changes. This work will identify possible methods to reverse neuronal effects of cocaine.

 

Rosana Blanco-Cano

Department: ML&L                                       Rank at Time of Application: Associate 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: Repositioning Masculinity in Contemporary Mexican Television: XY (2009-2012) and Club de Cuervos (2015-present)

Project Description: An examination of the representation of masculinity in Mexican television series, specifically XY and Club de Cuervos, produced during in the so-called global era, by independent or nontraditional production studios such as TV Once and Netflix. This subject will allow a reflection on the sociopolitical trends that influence the depiction of masculinity in Mexican television.

 

Jenny Browne

Department: ENGL                                        Rank at Time of Application: Associate 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Fall 2019

Project Title: Until the Sea Once More Closes Over Us

Project Description: Until the Sea Once More Closes Over Us is a new poetry collection that considers the geology and psychology of ecological crisis in both form and content.

 

Bert Chandler

Department: CHEM                                       Rank at Time of Application: Professor 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Full Academic Year 2019-2020

Project Title: Hydrocarbon Conversion over Supported Au Catalysts

Project Description: Dr. Chandler will use this academic leave to study the preparation and reactivity of heterogeneous Au nanoparticle catalysts for difficult oxidation reactions. 

 

Tianxi Dong

Department: FDS                                           Rank at Time of Application: Assistant 

Type of Leave: Pre-Tenure Leave                  Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: A Deep Learning Approach to Identification of Risk Factors in Aviation Safety Management

Project Description: This research will utilize a deep learning approach to automatically identify the primary causes for aviation incidents using incident narratives as the primary input. This research is significant as it will demonstrate the feasibility and accuracy of an automated deep learning approach for identification of risk factors for aviation incidents.

 

Ashley Douglass

Department: BUSN                                        Rank at Time of Application: Assistant 

Type of Leave: Pre-Tenure Leave                  Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: The Effect of Audit Partner Specialization on Audit Quality in the Banking Industry

Project Description: I will examine the effect of auditor specialization on audit quality in financial institutions at the individual partner level using newly available data disclosing individuals involved with audits of US companies.

 

Christine Drennon

Department: SOAN                                        Rank at Time of Application: Associate 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Fall 2019

Project Title: Piles of Policy: The accumulation and impact of successive policy regimes on San Antonio’s inner-city neighborhoods

Project Description: Fifty years after the adoption of the Fair Housing Act, San Antonio is the most economically-segregated city in the country with entrenched inner-city poverty lasting for decades. Because land-use policy materializes physically, the replacement of one policy by another produces consequences that may run counter to the original intent, including segregation, gentrification, disinvestment, and intensifying inequality. 

 

William Ellison

Department: PSYC                                         Rank at Time of Application: Assistant 

Type of Leave: Pre-Tenure Leave                  Date of Leave: Fall 2019

Project Title: Psychological Assessment via Smartphone: Incorporating New Research into Real-World Clinical Contexts

Project Description: I have recently developed “Ellie,” a smartphone app that facilitates the collection of real-time, between-session symptom data from outpatient psychotherapy clients. I plan to develop collaborations with San Antonio-area clinics to evaluate the clinical benefits of the app.

 

Seth Fogarty

Department: CSCI                                          Rank at Time of Application: Associate 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Other time period

Project Title: Applying Theoretical Computer Science to Software Engineering

Project Description: A year-long collaboration between the academic study of theoretical computer science and the development of software in industry, working with a software company on-site to contribute to a software project which applies theoretical tools to real-world problems.

 

Alexandra Gallin-Parisi

Department: LIBR                                          Rank at Time of Application: Assistant 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Other time period

Project Title: Creating a MILK Bank for Parent-Librarians: Sharing Stories and Resources to Help Us Grow [The Motherhood in Libraries Knowledge Bank (MILK Bank) Project]

Project Description: Using open-access subscribed email newsletters, the Motherhood in Libraries Knowledge Bank (MILK Bank) Project will gather, disseminate, and record the historically invisible and rarely shared narratives of diverse mother-librarians who are navigating motherhood and academic librarianship.

 

Matthew Hibbs

Department: CSCI                                          Rank at Time of Application: Associate 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Fall 2019

Project Title: Gamification of Computer Science Education

Project Description: This project is an expansion of my scholarship into the gamification of computer science education. I will use this leave to explore the scholarship of gamification in general, and to produce a game designed to teach users the powerful Linux command line interface.

 

Amer Kaissi

Department: HCAD                                       Rank at Time of Application: Professor 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Fall 2019

Project Title: Agility & Resilience in Healthcare Leaders, Teams & Organizations

Project Description: The purpose of this research is to measure and better understand agility and resilience in healthcare leaders, teams and organizations. Given the fast pace of change in the healthcare industry, leaders that can lead themselves, their teams and their organizations in an agile and resilient fashion are better positioned to achieve high performance. While agility and resilience have been widely examined in the business and leadership literature, this will be one of the first efforts of its kind to apply these principles to healthcare settings. The ultimate aim is to uncover specific behaviors and habits that aspiring and seasoned healthcare leaders can adapt to improve performance.

 

Nickels Kevin

Department: ENGR                                        Rank at Time of Application: Associate 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Full Academic Year 2019-2020

Project Title: Complex Modeling and Motion Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

Project Description: Dr. Nickels will be working with the Unmanned Systems Section at Southwest Research Institute to increase the autonomy and robustness of various unmanned vehicles.

 

Daniel Lehrmann

Department: GEOS                                        Rank at Time of Application: Professor 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Fall 2019

Project Title: Trends over Earth History in the Composition and Architecture of Tropical Carbonate Platform and Reef Systems: Controlled by Biology or Seawater Chemistry?

Project Description: This project will test whether changes in composition and architecture of marine carbonate platforms across geologic history were driven by biotic evolution or changes in seawater chemistry.  Statistical analyses of composition and architecture against environmental data for periods of change will allow determination of controls.

 

Steven Luper

Department: PHIL                                          Rank at Time of Application: Professor 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Fall 2019

Project Title: On What We Are

Project Description: I will complete two chapters of a book about what we are and about the nature and significance of various changes that we do or might come to undergo, namely coming into existence, staying in existence, modifying ourselves, and replacing ourselves.

 

Natasa Macura

Department: MATH                                      Rank at Time of Application: Associate 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Full Academic Year 2019-2020

Project Title: Geometric representatives of automorphisms of RAAGs

Project Description: I will continue my current research on mapping tori of polynomially growing automorphisms of free groups, and extend it to automorphisms of right angled Artin groups (RAAGs.) In particular, I aim to describe geometric representatives of automorphisms of two-dimensional RAAGs.

 

Randall Nadeau

Department: RELI                                          Rank at Time of Application: Professor 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: Religion and the Problem of Taiwanese Identity

Project Description: My study will examine the role of religion in Taiwan’s history of identity formation.

 

Scott Neale

Department: HCAT                                       Rank at Time of Application: Assistant 

Type of Leave: Pre-Tenure Leave                  Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: Port of Entry

Project Description: I will be designing the set for the 3rd and final phase of  the world premiere of Port of Entry, a fully immersive theatre production co-devised by McArthur Foundation Grant recipient Albany Park Theater Project  and the critically acclaimed Third Rail Projects. The project will explore, understand, remember and celebrate the struggle, resilience, ingenuity, and fortitude of more than a century of immigrants from around the world who have made their home in a single Chicago neighborhood: Albany Park.

 

David Pooley

Department: PHYS                                         Rank at Time of Application: Associate 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Fall 2019

Project Title: Zooming in on Black Holes (and Advocating for the Future of X-ray Astronomy)

Project Description: I plan to pursue two major activities during my academic leave: (1) focusing on one of my main research endeavors of using gravitationally lensed black holes to understand both the immediate environment of the black hole and the mass makeup of the lensing galaxy and (2) informing the U.S. astronomical community about a NASA flagship mission concept that I have helped develop.

 

Roberto Prestigiacomo

Department: HCAT                                       Rank at Time of Application: Associate 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: Forum Theatre Project on the Impact of African Immigration in Sicily

Project Description: Through this Forum Theatre Project, we will collect the stories of the conflictual relationship between African Immigrants and the inhabitants of Torretta, Italy.  The stories will provide a script for the Forum project.  The objective of the Forum is to find solutions through theatrical practices.

 

Camille Reyes

Department: COMM                                     Rank at Time of Application: Assistant 

Type of Leave: Pre-Tenure Leave                  Date of Leave: Fall 2019

Project Title: The Public Relations of Citizenship: Naturalization and American Myths

Project Description: Current and previous U.S. administrations have enacted controversial anti-immigration policies on the one hand, while on the other welcomed millions of immigrants as citizens.  This project seeks to understand this conundrum by examining the public relations practices of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

Gary Seighman

Department: MUSI                                        Rank at Time of Application: Associate 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Fall 2019

Project Title: Exploring the British Choral Pedagogy of Today

Project Description: The objective is to pursue substantial professional development in my approach to group vocal technique, rehearsal procedure, repertoire selection, and philosophy of group motivation based upon highly successful models in the U.K.

 

Benjamin Surpless

Department: GEOS                                        Rank at Time of Application: Associate 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: Fracture network development in normal fault transfer zones

Project Description: Dr. Surpless will use a combination of field data, drone surveys, and computer modeling to develop a predictive model of fault-related fracture formation.  This investigation focuses on originally separate faults that alter the stress field in the rock bodies between them. 

 

Gina Tam

Department: HIST                                          Rank at Time of Application: Assistant

Type of Leave: Pre-Tenure Leave                  Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: When Languages Don't Need Armies: A History of Dialect and Nationalism in China

Project Description: This manuscript argues that China's local languages, or dialects, played a central role in the construction of Chinese nationalism from the late nineteenth century through the height of the Maoist period (1949-1976), offering an alternate vision of Chinese identity to the state promulgated standardized national language.

 

Deli Yang

Department: BUSN                                        Rank at Time of Application: Professor 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: 3rd Edition of the Book

Project Description: The purpose is to complete the 3rd edition of the book: Understanding and Profiting from Intellectual Property. Major changes in this edition include reorienting the audience more toward practitioners, adding at least five opening and closing cases, updating relevant statistics, adding new numerical findings, and providing new illustrations.

 

Carol Yoder

Department: PSYC                                         Rank at Time of Application: Professor 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: Making inter- and multidisciplinary collaborations productive

Project Description: A primary focus will be on investigating cultural distinctions in cognitive processing as they apply to maritime safety. Seafaring accidents commonly involve human error, and some of these are predicted by cultural differences in cognition.  (Other work will focus on completing projects.)

 

Diana Young

Department: FDS                                           Rank at Time of Application: Assistant 

Type of Leave: Pre-Tenure Leave                  Date of Leave: Fall 2019

Project Title: An Exploration of Organizational Business Analytics Coordination and Governance

Project Description: The proposed project involves an investigation of organizational approaches to data analytics structure and governance. During the requested leave, I would conduct a field study in an organization's data analytics team as part of the proposed multi-case investigation.

 

Shage Zhang

Department: FDS                                           Rank at Time of Application: Associate 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: The Shape of the Bird: Sentiment in Central Bank Communication

Project Description: This research uses the latest technology in textual analysis to construct a sentiment index based on public speeches made by Federal Reserve officials. This index is then used to predict future monetary policy stances and financial market movements.

 

Jie Zhang

Department: ML&L                                       Rank at Time of Application: Associate 

Type of Leave: Tenured Faculty Leave         Date of Leave: Spring 2020

Project Title: Emotions that Go Viral: Perspectives on the Internet Culture of Post-Socialist China 

Project Description: Focusing on how emotions are manifested, constructed, negotiated, and mobilized online in twenty-first century China, this project explores the Chinese internet culture as a contested field where the state, the middle class, the stratified netizens, and the youth perform identity politics.