Welcome Back! to our faculty
returning from sabbatical/leave of absence:
Claudine André, Languages: Claudine had a very productive and enjoyable sabbatical! After touring the south of India for three weeks with her husband, she traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to visit relatives and friends. There, she took some time to write an essay on Evita Peron’s melodrama and fashion for a book on Fashion in Argentina. She also completed a series of articles for upcoming publication, and wrapped up two more books. In March, she traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to complete her New Directions Initiative Grant project. She spent a month in Rio immersing herself in the culture, refreshing her Portuguese, volunteering at the Centro Crianza Esperanza (Hope’s Children Center), and conducting research on the works of feminist graffiti artist Panmela Castro.
John Cox, English: John researched and wrote a centennial history of Maple Avenue Ministries in Holland, called The City in Its Heart. It is a short monograph (50,000 words) that has been accepted for publication by the RCA Historical Series. Cox also worked with a co-editor from Durham University in England to complete a revised collection of twelve original scholarly essays, called Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics, that will be published by Cambridge University Press.
Jenny Everts, Religion: Jenny enjoyed what she would consider a “dream sabbatical” as a visiting scholar at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She had two goals for her sabbatical semester: improving her Spanish and trying to finish two publication projects. Thanks to the civilized Spanish habit of dividing the work day in half with a siesta, she found she was able to accomplish both. In the mornings she finished editing a volume of essays on the biblical theology of N.T. Wright for Sheffield Academic Press and wrote two more chapters of a book on Pentecostal hermeneutics and the ministry of women. In the afternoons she explored the fascinating city of Santiago and interacted with the international community of scholars. [She met professors and graduate students from every continent but Australia and almost every country in the EU—all but one of them had Spanish better than hers.] She thinks that in the first week alone her Spanish vocabulary doubled!
Lee Forester, Languages: Lee spent his sabbatical for the most part in Holland, and was able to oversee the publication of Ritmos: Beginning Spanish Language and Culture, in collaboration with colleagues in the DMCL. He was able to finish up a few stray articles as well and a two week research trip to Germany and then Hawaii (for a conference naturally) were welcome interruptions.
Mary Inman, Psychology: Mary returns from her aerial view of the fourth floor of our library. Sabbaticals are meant provide R and R. For Mary, that meant Research, Racquetball, and wrestling through a “water cave” near Cozumel, Mexico. Not wanting to pull her son from his high school mid-year, Mary stayed home and got a lot of scholarship done. She wrote and submitted four research papers for publication (one accepted so far). Three of the papers involved body-image concerns in young adults, a fairly new area for her. The body-image literature is diverse (one area examines religion’s role in body image. Another area understands the causes of eating disorders). Mary has her hands in both literatures. On her sabbatical, she read a lot on each topic, presented her research to both groups, presented at two conferences (taking 8 Hope students to the Midwestern Psychological Association conference last May), and spent time in Baltimore and at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, working with experts in those areas who live there. She also learned some advanced statistical skills on her break. For fun, she enjoyed exploring Mexico and life at home, in nature and on the racquetball and volleyball courts.
Stacy Jackson, DEMA: Stacy spent his sabbatical in Holland and focused primarily on two book projects. The tentative title of the first book is Tandem: Towards shared effectiveness for leaders and firms. This project provides an applied framework regarding the alignment of firm strategy, values and leadership including examples from research as well as applied projects with a variety of firms over the past twenty years. The framework also reflects the structure from a series of MBA courses Stacy has taught at the University of Michigan, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Notre Dame. The sabbatical provided the opportunity to complete his formal book proposal with a synopsis, outline, and sample chapters working with a literary agency. His second book project is tentatively titled Power, Politics and Purpose.It addresses the need for noble, value-driven engagement of political contexts within organizations. The framework provides emphasis on purpose, clarity of limits, the reality of resource criticality and (often misrepresented and inappropriately applied) forms of influence. This manuscript is the result of a variety of past research projects, development of undergraduate and graduate courses on the topic, and serving as an advisor to a variety of leaders. It addresses challenges in organizations where decentralization, product/service variety and globalization have led to seemingly unpredictable political contexts where informality and self-interest are the norm. The sabbatical allowed Stacy the opportunity to bring structure to this second project and submit a book proposal to his target publisher. During his sabbatical, Stacy was also able to speak at a number of organizations on the topics central to his writing initiatives. He also was able to coach soccer for his daughter Anna, continue serving on the Board of Trustees at Holland Christian Schools, and travel (some project-based and other trips with his family). Best of all, he was able to enjoy his kids' spring break without any guilt of being away from the office.
Brent Krueger, Chemistry: Brent had two main objectives for his sabbatical: 1) to continue the design and construction of a confocal fluorescence microscope for detecting single molecules and 2) expanding the popular AMBER suite of programs so that hybrid quantum mechanics-molecular dynamics simulations can be executed with multiple quantum mechanical regions (the current code is limited to one quantum region).To allow maximum focus on objective (1), He remained primarily at Hope for the year and continued to operate his research group at full size. He and his students (working with Dave Daugherty in Hope’s machine shop) completed design work for the microscope. They also evaluated many of the possible components, purchased all of the parts, and completed the initial assembly of the instrument. They have not confirmed single-molecule detection yet, but they have collected some simple images and measured fluorescence from very dilute test samples.With regard to objective (2),Brent visited collaborators at the University of Florida and the University of California at San Diego. Because there are scores of AMBER developers, careful discussion was needed to plan the changes to the code. Krueger also had to learn how to use git—a modern version control system that he knew nothings about. Initial testing and the first two steps of the code changes have been completed and further work is continuing. In addition, Brent’s group also has a publication in preparation and a second that is close, and hecompleted several proposal and manuscript reviews. He also continued his annual workshop for high school teachers, bringing eleven to campus this past summer to learn how to apply computational chemistry in their classrooms.
John Lunn, Economics: John worked on a manuscript on why many theologians dislike capitalism. He made substantial progress on three chapters, and plans to submit a proposal to book publishers soon. The work is intended to be a defense of market systems in light of theological criticisms. He also revised a couple of papers and submitted them to journals review. Both were written with colleagues of DEMA. He also traveled to Germany in May to teach a course on public policy at a college there. An unplanned activity was time spent in hospitals and nursing homes visiting and helping care for his mother. She moved into the Warm Friend and is doing well.
William Pannapacker, English: Bill’s sabbatical mainly involved working on several projects relating to the “Digital Humanities." Bill published ten essays in The Chronicle of Higher Education, most of them part of a series that he expects to develop into a book on cultivating DH in a liberal arts context. He gave several invited talks on that subject at colleges that are looking to start programs like Hope’s Mellon Scholars, which, Bill is pleased to report, has received an additional grant of $500,000, which will be used to provide more support for faculty mentors and off-campus partnerships with the Matrix Center at Michigan State University, and a new experiential education project at The Philadelphia Center called “The Digital Workplace.” Beginning this fall, Bill also will be the director of the new, GLCA-sponsored “Digital Liberal Arts Initiative,” which will support cross-institutional collaboration in teaching and scholarship. Lest you think he has abandoned literature, Bill gave a conference presentation on “Whitman and Civil War Philadelphia” (part of an ongoing book project called Walt Whitman’s Cities). He continues to write about academic labor issues, too. One of his essays, “Just Look at the Data, If You Can Find Any,” prompted the Chronicle to initiate The Ph.D. Placement Project, an online database that will track the career outcomes of individual programs so that prospective students can be advised more effectively. Bill also was invited to write a defense of undergraduate liberal arts education that appeared in The New York Times, something that helped him reach 3,000 followers—mostly academics—on Twitter this year. Meanwhile, Bill chaired the Pre-College Conference planning committee that developed this year’s “Innovation Exposition.” For his next sabbatical, he plans to leave the country. Nevertheless, But Bill admits that he took a little time off this year to plant some trees,grow some tomatoes, and celebrate with his family his promotion to full professor.
Daina Robins, Theatre,
spent most of January and February assisting Double Edge Theatre as it prepared workshop performances and the subsequent premiere of its new, devised production, THE GRAND PARADE, inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall. The workshop performances were supported by Columbia College in Chicago; the production premiered at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Daina was a founding member of Double Edge Theatre while a graduate student at Tufts University and continues to maintain artistic ties to it. Her responsibilities on THE GRAND PARADE included dramaturgical input, costume construction, stage management, and onstage technical support during performances. In March she did preparatory reading for her grant project in Austria and Germany but also managed to fit in a week of skiing in Montana. Thanks to a GLCA New Directions Initiative grant, Daina spent April in Vienna and May in Berlin, re-immersing herself in the German-speaking theatre scene. Attending 50 productions over the course of those two months, she saw both innovative revisionings of classical texts -- from the ancient Greeks to Brecht -- and numerous contemporary plays. She was introduced to some exciting new playwriting voices and hopes to translate and/or direct some of their works in the future.