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Sabbatical Announcements 2018-19


Posted 12/05/2017
Submitted by Desiree Kleykamp
Category: Campus Announcements

President Gregory Woodward and Interim Provost Fred Sweitzer are pleased to announce that the following faculty have been awarded sabbaticals for the 2018-19 academic year. The group includes four full-year sabbaticals, two sabbaticals for Fall 2018, and seven sabbaticals for Spring 2019. Projects include forms of scholarship outlined in the Faculty Policy Manual, including “pure research” (the scholarship of discovery/creativity), writing of textbooks, enhancing pedagogy, or preparing new courses, and researching learning theory and applying it to new pedagogical approaches.

Associate Professor Jaclyn Conley (Academic Year 2018-19)

Painting Department

Hartford Art School

Professor Conley will use her sabbatical to continue work on her art project: All the President’s Children, a continuing series of paintings that investigate aspects of American identity through political representations and portraiture. She will be conducting audio-visual research at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, and at presidential libraries in California and Texas. She will also be completing a studio residency at PostMaster New Haven in New Haven, Conn.

Associate Professor Aslihan Demirkaya (Academic Year 2018-19)

Mathematics Department

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Demirkaya will use her sabbatical to work on three different collaborative projects. The first will be an investigation of the stability of periodic snodial waves with a Brazilian colleague. The second project will look at kink-antikink interactions, examining the relationship between initial and escape velocities working with collaborators from Purdue University, the Center for Nonlinear Studies and Theoretical Division, and the University of Massachusetts. Working with a University of Hartford colleague, the third project will be preparing an application for a National Science Foundation grant to investigate a series of projects associated with nonlinear PDEs.

Professor Clara Fang (Academic Year 2018-19)

Civil, Environmental and Biomedical Engineering Department

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Dr. Fang will use her sabbatical to investigate the application Computational Intelligence (CI) for transportation operational management and control applications. This will include the development of a logic model for real-time smart control in urban streets, estimation of minimum average gaps of drive behavior at roundabouts and the use of Artificial Intelligence Neural Networks (AINN) for the prediction of infrastructure operational conditions. To complete this work she will be collaborating with research colleagues in China and New Zealand.

Professor Mary Gannotti (Spring Semester 2019)

Rehabilitation Sciences Department

College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

Professor Gannotti will use her sabbatical to pursue a project that aims to describe the physical, social, and emotional outcomes of a national sample of adults with cerebral palsy. She will be attempting to identify factors associated with pain intensity, interference, and perceived functional ability over time. The project will be performed in collaboration with the Cerebral Palsy Research Network and with colleagues at the University of Michigan and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Associate Professor Mako Haruta (Spring Semester 2019)

Mathematics Department

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Haruta will use her sabbatical to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data from a two-year University of Hartford collaborative mathematics writing and active learning project. She will look to understand how a 1-credit collaborative student-solutions writing independent study course may increase student learning engagement, positive perceptions, and 21st century skills. The project will also explore the potential for effectively integrating active learning strategies into a standard calculus course.

Professor Deborah Kidder (Fall Semester 2018)

Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Department

Barney School of Business

Dr. Kidder will use her sabbatical to investigate and apply findings from the study of Counterfactual thinking, an area of Social Psychology, to the practice of resolving interpersonal conflicts. Practicing mediators will be trained in the use of Counterfactual thinking and then be interviewed and outcome assessments examined. She will be looking to see if Counterfactual thinking may be a technique to resolve conflict by having opposing individuals move past emotional, defensive responses.

Professor Bharat Kolluri (Spring Semester 2019)

Economics, Finance and Insurance Department

Barney School of Business

Professor Kolluri will use his sabbatical to work on two projects, the first to complete a major expansion of material and rewrite of his text Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Business. The second project will be focused study in the area of Business Analytics to prepare for teaching a new Barney School of Business course, QNT 350 Introduction to Business Analytics. Business Analytics is the effective use of data to identify actionable alternatives through appropriate modeling for informed decision making.

Associate Professor Rita Porfiris (Spring Semester 2019)

Instrumental Studies Division

The Hartt School

Professor Porfiris will use her sabbatical to author a book of etudes specifically geared toward learning the standard viola orchestral audition repertoire. Etudes are relatively short music compositions used as technical studies for the purpose of improving bow and finger facility/proficiency. Her etude books will combine traditional etude style drills with actual music in context. When completed, the etudes will act as intense training guides for students and young professionals looking for success in the highly competitive orchestral job market. She will also be traveling to Iceland to lead a master class at the Iceland Arts Academy.

Professor Carolyn Pe Rosiene (Spring Semester 2019)

Computer Science Department

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Rosiene will use her sabbatical to investigate the use of emerging machine learning technologies to construct digital fingerprints for devices that interact or are activated using the internet (Internet of Things). The main objective is to prevent malevolent actors from gaining access to a device or to prevent spoofing (pretending to be legitimate) by creating a unique fingerprint to identify and provide secondary authentication. Smart devices and keeping them secure is the goal of her research.

Professor Ingrid Russell (Fall Semester 2018)

Computer Science Department

College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Russell will use her sabbatical to research Deep Learning algorithms and apply them to pattern recognition problems. She will compare the results of the performance of deep learning in solving pattern recognition with results from her earlier work in Adaptive Resonance Theory neural network models. She will also be writing a machine learning module (course of study) on deep learning and its applications further extending her National Science Foundation Grant funded curriculum project.

Associate Professor Karen Tejada-Pena (Academic Year 2018-19)

Social Sciences Department

Hillyer College

Dr. Tejada-Pena will use her sabbatical to conduct a book-length ethnographic study of Salvadorans on Long Island, NY, (the largest Latin American group in Nassau and Suffolk counties). She will be investigating how the criminalization of minor offenses among immigrants leads toward detention and deportation proceedings. The project will take place over two academic years with fieldwork and interviews in Salvadoran neighborhoods and with law enforcement officials (local police officers and immigration agents).

Associate Professor Amanda Walling (Spring Semester 2019)

English and Modern Languages Department

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Walling will use her sabbatical to continue to revise her doctoral dissertation for publication as an academic monograph entitled: The Aesthetics of Flattery in Late Medieval England. She will be writing a new introduction and conclusion, revising four longer chapters, and adding an additional chapter. This work will bring her writing into line with a new emphasis and theoretical foundation.

Associate Professor Lisa Zawilinski (Spring Semester 2019)

Education Department

College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

Professor Zawilinski will use her sabbatical to take one of two scholarship paths. If a book proposal is accepted, she will coauthor an edited volume on Mobilizing Teacher Education (using mobile technologies in teacher education programs). Otherwise, she has three manuscripts in various stages of preparation that she will work toward getting ready submission for publication. Topics include the use of iPads in Kindergarten and first grade, mobilization to increase student engagement in teacher education, and applying Universal Design Principles in Kindergarten and first grade.