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Scholarly Reassignment Awards

Scholarly reassignment allows full-time faculty members relief from normal duties to pursue significant projects designed to promote their professional development and increase their scholarly contribution to the University.

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Spring 2022 Scholarly Reassignments

9 recipients selected from 14 applications


Jonathan Acuff, Associate Professor of Intelligence and Security Studies

Dr. Acuff will work on the completion of his book manuscript, Generations at War: Cohort Change and the Evolution of Military Doctrine, as well as additional projects and journal articles, including work with student co-authors. 

Steven Bleicher, Professor of Visual Arts

Professor Bleicher will be researching and writing a new completely revised third edition of Contemporary Color, Theory and Use, published by Routledge Press.  The text has been the best-selling color textbook and the leading authority on color for more than 15 years. It is a comprehensive color textbook for art and design students and has a solid grounding in traditional color theory, covering the physiologic, psychological, and formal elements of color use in fine art, design, and digital and three-dimensional entities. 

Paul Clark, Professor of Marketing

Dr. Clark will complete two journal articles and prepare a national conference presentation.  The journal articles include a paper examining the modeling of patient accrual in late-stage clinical drug trials and a case study examining Covid-19 impacts on the relationship between a professional association and its iconic US company sponsor.

Charles Clary, Associate Professor of Visual Arts

Professor Clary will complete research and artworks for the continuation and production of hand-cut paper and found frame sculptural work titled Memento Morididdle. He will be installing and opening several exhibitions, including two solo shows.

Gibson Darden, Professor of Kinesiology

Dr. Darden will author a book titled: From Practice to the Game: Designing Practice Conditions that Transfer to the Game. This book aims to provide sports organization leaders, directors of coaching, educators, and athletic directors with skills and guidelines to support quality professional coach development across multiple sports contexts. 

Mariam Dekanozishvili, Associate Professor of Politics

Dr. Dekanozishvili will help complete a book manuscript titled: Dynamics of EU Renewable Energy Policy, and a journal article titled: The Green Deal: Implications for EU Actorness in the Eastern Partnership Countries. The manuscript aims to examine the policymaking process of the European Union's secondary legislation on renewable energy. The article's main goal is to examine the implications of the Green Deal and the EU's latest initiative aimed at making Europe the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050. 

Wanda Dooley, Professor/Director of Nursing

Dr. Dooley will create a well-written lab manual to lay out expectations for both faculty and students. This will provide resources and tips to guide students through their time in the lab and will provide a guideline for what psychomotor skills the students need to practice to be prepared for the comprehensive skills check at the end of the semester. 

Megan McIlreavy, Associate Professor of Psychology/Associate Dean of HTC Honors College

Dr. McIlreavy will work exclusively on her scholarship and publication record. The goal is to promote innovative academic initiatives that have been developed on campus. She will add five publications to her professional record, a conference presentation, submit a grant proposal, and finalize a new course prep in an innovative area of study.

Kerry Schwanz, Professor of Psychology

Dr. Schwanz will develop a new assessment instrument to measure self-care beliefs and behaviors. She will create and field test the Self-Care Behaviors and Beliefs Scale to fill an important gap for researchers and practitioners in the professional discipline.  Along with a colleague, she will also be creating an online intervention for building compassion fatigue resilience in first responders called “ME FIRST.”



Fall 2022 Scholarly Reassignments

11 recipients were selected from 23 applications 


 Richard Aidoo, Professor of Politics

Dr. Aidoo will work on two main research projects. The first project will be a peer-reviewed journal article entitled “Politics of Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana's Oil Industry: The West, China, and the Rest." The article aims to explore the distinct approaches that external economic actors are using to engage diverse African economics. The second project is a work of public scholarship that will culminate in a major public exhibition titled,  Picturing Progress in an African Oil City- Sekondi-Takoradi in Ghana. 

Elizabeth Baltes, Associate Professor of Visual Arts

 Dr. Baltes will be working on a book project entitled Portrait Statues in Hellenistic Greece: Spatial Practices and Identity Politics. This book aims to understand how patrons use monument bases, inscriptions, statues, and locations to construct identity within the diverse social topography of Hellenistic Greece. 

Adam Chamberlain, Professor of Politics

Dr. Chamberlain will study how voluntary associations and minor political parties in the United States are related to one another. He will focus on how debates over topics are political or not and the type of organizations that need to achieve reform. He aims to create a systemic approach to the interest of the group-party nexus in the United States. 

Timothy Fischer, Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Fischer will co-author the second edition of Refining Sound: A Practical Guide to Synthesis and Synthesizers alongside Dr. Brian Shepard. The update of this book will address new trends in music technology as well as incorporate revisions based on peer, instructor, and reader feedback. They also will upgrade the systems to further encourage course adoption in the educational field of music technology. 

Bomi Kang, Professor of Hospitality and Tourism

Dr. Kang will be completing four manuscript submissions and two data analyses that will include topics such as (1) in-stadium advertising, (2)travel involvement and destination selected during the COVID-19 pandemic, and (3) digital pirates and understanding of anti-piracy educational campaigns.

Sofia Karatza, Associate Professor of Communication

Dr. Karatza will complete the production of her ethnographic film Refugee Child, Grown. This film's purpose is to re-humanize the generations of Cypriot refugees and to remind post-conflict cultures that refugee children who survive grow up to be adults who deal with trauma throughout their lives. She aspires to contribute to the understanding of refugees' lives for a healthier and more inclusive society. 

Jessica Liebeck, Associate Professor of English

Dr. Liebeck will draft a novel that responds to the climate crisis entitled The Openings. The book will emphasize the beauty and danger of language and call for an intimate reckoning with the words that construct it. It will also track the quieting of human voices following major extinctions, particularly of birds. 

Gillian Richards-Greaves, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Richards-Greaves will teach interactive, experiential learning courses that investigate the complexities of ethnicity and race in Africa and its diasporas while spending a semester at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria. She plans to assist NAU with curriculum and program development and the support of using ethnographic research methods, in addition to research projects and publications.

Ina Seethaler, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

Dr. Seethaler will be investigating memoirs written by celebrities in her book entitled From Roseanne Barr to Amy Poehler: Women Comedians, Memoirs, and Feminism. This book plans to investigate the vast feminist knowledge-making and diverse feminist topics that the memoirs display. 

Clayton Whitesides, Associate Professor of Geography

Dr. Whitesides will research the musk thistle (Carduus nutans), the third most noxious, non-native weed in the United States. He will finalize data collection and compile nearly a quarter-century of spot treatment days with various herbicides to evaluate the efficacy in mountain environments. 

Ryan Yoder, Professor of Psychology

Dr. Yoder will be collecting preliminary data for his research on brain development in reptiles. He will collect and analyze the anatomical data as well as train and oversee the students’ work on this project. This project will include the data collection, analysis, conference presentations, and publication of the results.  



Spring 2023 Reassignment Awards 

9 recipients were selected from 11 applicants


Drew Budner, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Budner will be researching the flavor profile and chemical composition of two fermented beverages with increasing consumer demand: gluten-free beer and kombucha. Specific projects include the chemical investigation of specific aroma compounds from various products and production processes and the impact of ionic water chemistry on fermentation.

Jessica Doll, Associate Professor of Management & Decision Sciences

Dr. Doll will conduct data collection, data analysis, and writing and preparation of several manuscripts for publication in academic journals on the effect of varying paternal leave benefits on employee well-being. This will provide additional insight into how gender may affect the ratings of both leaders and employees, thus aiding practitioners and addressing targeted calls for more research on this topic.

F. Eliza Glaze, Professor of History

Professor Glaze will examine the creation and first appearance of a canon of texts known as the Articella, or the Little Art of Medicine. The Articella provided the core curriculum in medicine at Europe’s first medical schools, based largely upon eleventh-century translations into Latin of the recovered writings by Hippocrates and Gale, and of their major interpreters in Byzantine and Islamic realms. This study will help place these early texts within their larger cultural context, providing essential readings for those interested in the transmissions of ideas and the classical past’s enduring legacy.

Vladislav Gulis, Assistant Professor of Biology

Professor Gulis will finalize data analyses and write and submit papers based on his National Science Foundation-funded research on headwater streams and the responses of aquatic microorganisms and ecosystem functioning to predicted temperature increases. This study will use data to parameterize microbial compartments in plant litter decomposition and stream carbon budget models.

Elizabeth Howie, Professor of Visual Arts

Professor Howie will expand her research of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century photographic representation of royal Samoan women into a book proposal. She will analyze the photographs as complex representations and help shed light on the important histories and identities of Samoan women.

Jamie McCauley, Associate Professor of Sociology

Dr. McCauley will examine the community response to flooding in Bucksport, a low-income community in Horry County by analyzing the experiences of flood victims and the impact of the Bucksport Community Partnership. This will help contribute to the broader sociological discourse on disaster vulnerability, recovery, and environmental justice.

Zhixiong Shen, Associate Professor of Marine Science

Professor Shen will collect preliminary data in China to develop a novel method to investigate the hydrology of the middle Yangtze River while integrating different types of geological paeloflood (pre-historical flood event) records. This data will support comprehensive research to build a high-resolution and well-dated long-term paeloflood record in the river.

Kaitlin Sidorsky, Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Sidorsky, along with co-author Wendy Schiller of Brown University, will investigate grants administered by the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW). In 2020 alone, the federal government spent $489 million in OVW grants to 773 different organizations. The study will draw a comprehensive assessment of how federal money is spent within and across states to address violence against women, and how it interacts with existing state law and policy.

Jesse Willis, Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Willis will travel to Trinidad and Tobago to perform and conduct research on the development of the steel pan or “steel drum” art form. He has been invited to perform in the 2023 Trinidad National Steel Band Panorama Competition and will spend several weeks during the months of January and February practicing and rehearsing for the competition while researching the rhythms and performance techniques of the “engine room” in Trinidad Panorama music.