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UTM faculty given Reagan Leave award

UTM faculty given Reagan Leave award

Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 12:00 am

Four faculty members representing four departments at the University of Tennessee at Martin have been awarded Hal and Alma Reagan Leave for the 2011-12 Academic Year.
The UT Martin Reagan Faculty Leave Program is designed to help faculty members to become more effective teachers and scholars by engaging in a variety of academic experiences.
In the program faculty members receive half salary for one year or full salary for half of a year to work on professional research.
Dr. Michael Park, associate professor of marketing in the Department of Management, Marketing, Computer Science, and Information Systems, was awarded a Reagan Leave for fall 2011 to conduct research related to ethics in marketing.
“It is important that I teach UT Martin students how to make ethical marketing decisions, and this time to conduct research will provide depth to this element of my marketing classes,” Park said.
Park’s research will be part of his submission of multiple scholarly papers for publication, which is an important criteria for maintaining the College of Business and Global Affairs accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International.
Associate professor of psychology Susan Buckelew likes to study sleep; specifically, she studies applied psychophysiology and sleep and dreams.
In addition to establishing a state-of-the-art research and training-applied psychophysiology lab, her research also assisted her in the development of a new course on sleep and dreams.
Buckelew’s Reagan Leave award for the spring will enable her to develop a bibliography of peer-reviewed journal articles regarding sleep impairments in college students and submit a manuscript on sleep and dreams.
“I am excited about this opportunity for renewal and anticipate that this focused study will greatly enhance my current research and teaching activities,” Buckelew said.
Dr. Suzanne Maniss, associate professor of counseling, spent fall 2011 on leave producing an evaluative report in preparation for a self-study as part of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation process, and to producing a text manuscript for submission for publication.
Maniss also attended a CACREP Self-study Training Workshop, and will compile a report comprised of her review of other programs and knowledge gained during the workshop for submission to the counseling faculty and to the chair of the Department of Educational Studies.
Dr. Charles Bradshaw, associate professor of English, will also be taking Reagan Leave in spring to travel, research and write in Philadelphia, New England and New York.
While visiting many of the historic, cultural and literary sites on the eastern seaboard, where much of the early American literary tradition established itself, he plans to document these visits both with photographs and short video clips to be used as teaching aids on his website for early American literature and culture (http://www.utm.edu/staff/cbradshaw/Research%20Links.htm).
Bradshaw anticipates that his research will also allow him access to primary documents and images needed to complete a book he is writing on early political conspiracy and paranoia in early American writing.
The UT Martin Office of Research, Grants and Contracts coordinates the award process for Reagan Leave.

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