This program offers stipends of up to $2,000.00 to help support approved faculty sabbatical projects that are related to literature and language.
Stipends have assisted:
• Dr. Ralph McKenna (Professor of Psychology) to fund a nearly 3,000 mile trip cross-country to develop and explore first hand the themes for a course on American cultural change as reflected in the lyrics of America’s “roots” music;
• Dr. Rebecca Resinski (Professor of classics) to purchase and study the full texts of several classical works in the original Greek and Latin and examine Mary Zimmerman’s play based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, with particular attention to Zimmerman’s interpretation of the Myrrha myth;
• Dr. Lillian Contreras-Silva (Professor of Spanish) to travel to university libraries in Kansas and Texas to conduct research on the work of one of the most popular and prolific writers of the Baroque era in Spain;
• Dr. Carol West (Professor of English) to attend the Jane Austen Society Annual Meeting in order to gather current information to update teachings of British novel and film courses;
• Dr. Stella Capek (Professor of Sociology) to participate in meetings and presentations of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) and attend another environmental conference that would enhance understanding of writing and nature themes for various course;
• Professor Danny Grace (Theatre Arts & Dance) to travel to several sites in order to conduct research for his upcoming book on the designs, writings, and teaching method of Henry J. Kurth, one of the preeminent stage designers of the twentieth century;
• Dr. Karen Griebling (Professor of Music) to continue work on the libretto for her opera, Richard III, by funding a research trip to England to visit libraries where original source materials from the 15th century are housed.
Faculty who are awarded stipends will present their findings at the conclusion of their research or endeavors. To apply, click here.