Kennesaw State University

Faculty Funding Recipients

Gaia Marchisio
Associate Professor
Management and Entrepreneurship
2013 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
My area of expertise is family business (FB): the most prominent form of organization throughout the world, contributing to employment and economic growth. For the Family Business Network, I will lead a global interdisciplinary team of FB experts exploring and developing innovative interpretative frameworks to understand the unique rules, pattern of interaction, and emotional climate of families in business. This work is critical as FBs are different due to the influence of family dynamics on...
James Piecuch
Associate Professor
History and Philosophy
2013 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
I plan to use the enhancement leave to complete the research necessary for my proposed book on British and Loyalist command in South Carolina during the American Revolution. I will travel to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the David Library ofthe American Revolution in Washington Crossing, PA, and the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa to research relevant collections of British and Loyalist documents. Between research trips I will organize and outline the material I have gathered...
LeeAnn Lands
Associate Professor
History and Philosophy
2013 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
Poor People?s Movements in the Urban South examines how residents in Atlanta?s poorest neighborhoods organized in response to ongoing concentrated poverty, discrimination, and urban decline in the 1960s and 1970s. This study will add to the new wave of scholarship reexamining the causes of and responses to our cities? ?urban crisis? and contribute to the literature detailing movements inspired by from black power and civil rights organizing. I propose to further the development of the book by...
Marvin Smith
Associate Professor
Early Childhood Education
2013 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
I propose conducting a mixed methods study of the teaching practices of my former teacher education students who have been prepared to implement Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) in elementary mathematics. I have collaborated on the development of specialized support materials intended to facilitate the rapid implementation of CGI by beginning and experienced teachers, and I have used these materials in my elementary mathematics teacher education courses. The study is designed to evaluate...
Kenneth Robinson
Associate Professor
Management and Entrepreneurship
2013 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
This project will involve researching the determinants of performance for firms that have undertaken an initial public offering (IPO) of stock between 2004 and 2007, extending my prior research on a similar database which resulted in numerous best paper awards, publications and presentations. Over 700 firms have been identified and work has been in process over the past two years building this database, resulting in over 100 variables identified and entered into the database for these firms...
Reta Whitlock
Associate Professor
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
2013 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
Enhanced leave funding will support the writing and revision stages of my book, Understanding Place through Life History Research: A Curriculum of place. Following an endorsement by editors at Palgrave-Macmillian, I was awarded a contract based on its potential to explore place as a pathway for looking beyond the borders of the US. Worldwide visioning through narrative regional voices is central to my research agenda on place, one that disrupts boundaries in order to understand place; this...
Tony Grooms
Professor
English
2013 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
I am applying for a Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave for Spring 2014 to allow focused time toward the completion of a historical novel manuscript, called "Burn the House." The novel explores African American experience in Sweden during the Vietnam War. Two-hundred and sixty-five unedited pages of the novel have already been written. At least another I 00 are estimated in order to complete the first draft. The goal of this leave is to complete a first draft of the novel and to begin editing....
Valerie Dibble
Professor
Visual Arts
2013 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
This enhancement leave request supports the ongoing research and writing of the History of Printmaking with the goal of creating an e-textbook. This project is a continuation of the work I have been doing in the development of the online history of printmaking course. I have fifteen units outlined for the online course and plan to expatiate the information into an e-textbook that will support this type of course. My goals for the proposed enhancement leave period are to complete four or more...
Wendy Sanchez
Associate Professor
Mathematics and Statistics
2013 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
Since 2011, I have collaborated with colleagues from Purdue and Clemson Universities to investigate the content of mathematics methods courses. We conducted a survey of activities mathematics methods instructors use with prospective teachers and a literature review of studies about methods activities. I will lead the team in a case study to determine how instructors choose, implement, and evaluate their activities. The overarching goal is to mobilize the field of mathematics education toward a...
Xuepeng Liu
Associate Professor
Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis
2013 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
While merchandise trade still accounts for the largest portion of international trade, many service activities are traded indirectly, embodied in traded goods. Official trade statistics likely understate the importance of services in international trade because many non-traded services are inputs for manufactured goods. I was appointed by the World Bank to work as a research consultant during year 2013 on a project to examine embodied services in manufacture. The goal of this sabbatical leave...
Laurence Sherr
Professor
School of Music
2013 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
I propose to create a composition for cello and piano drawing on Holocaust ghetto, partisan, and concentration camp songs. It will utilize my research in U.S., European, and Israeli archives, and will be incorporated into both my international lectures and Music and the Holocaust course. Through a merging of my research and creative activities, the larger goal is to engender greater public awareness and tolerance. Each performer in a consortium of cellists in the Czech Republic, Germany, Israel...
Nichole Guillory
Associate Professor
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
Amanda Richey
Assistant Professor
Inclusive Education
2013 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
In this project, KSU faculty and an Osborne High School (OHS) teacher will facilitate a project with OHS students and KSU pre-service teacher candidates in order to support engagement with families and the community. This project will give all collaborative partners an opportunity to engage in critical community dialogue though the use of photovoice (Wang...
Tad Watanabe
Professor
Mathematics and Statistics
2013 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Because mathematics teaching in Japan has been recognized as exemplary and their students have historically achieved at the highest level in international studies, an investigation of Japanese mathematics teacher education programs may be informative for US mathematics teacher education programs. This project will focus on field experiences, long recognized as a critical component of teacher education programs. Japanese universities appear to use their attached schools strategically in their...
Xuepeng Liu
Associate Professor
Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis
2013 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Much work has been done to examine national borders as impediments to international trade, but less attention has been paid to inter state/provincial border effects. We plan to estimate the internal trade barriers in China, a country with substantial domestic market segmentation which has been largely concealed by its impressive export performance. By comparing China's internal trade barriers to its international trade barriers, we can explain why many Chinese-made products are sold in China at...
Albert Way
Assistant Professor
History and Philosophy
2013 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This book project examines the efforts of agricultural scientists to transform the agricultural landscape of the U.S. South in the early twentieth-century, and the extension of those efforts into global regions with similar ecological characteristics. In the decades after the Civil War, the southern farm economy mirrored that of many hot climates: a mix of intensive plantation agriculture and extensive open-range husbandry. Agricultural scientists and reformers sought to replace these hot...
Jane Barnette
Associate Professor
Theatre and Performance Studies
2013 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
As co-directors and co-creators, Michael Haverty and Jane Barnette will stage an original adaptation of Stephen Crane's groundbreaking novel, The Red Badge of Courage in spring 2014. Slated for production at both KSU's Onyx Theater and Atlanta's 7 Stages, this performance will combine puppets, object theatre, live actors, and an original score in order to take audiences to the heart of the Civil War. Spectators will experience an intimate visual and sonic journey through the battle-scarred...
Barbara Blake
Professor
School of Nursing
Marie Bremner
Professor
School of Nursing
Vanda Wagner
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
2013 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Research indicates that Reiki Touch Therapy may be helpful for decreasing stress, anxiety and depression; however, there are no specific studies that have focused on newly diagnosed persons with HIV and the intervention ofReiki Touch. This pilot study will explore the use of Reiki as an alternative and complementary intervention for reducing anxiety, stress and depression in person's newly diagnosed with HIV.
Charity Butcher
Assistant Professor
Political Science and Int'l Aff.
2013 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The tie of ethnic and religious kinship is often considered one of the most salient connections between humans, and such ethnic connections are increasingly considered as a possible motivating factor for the foreign policy of countries. Unfortunately, the existing data for ethnic affinity is insufficient and flawed, preventing a full consideration of the importance of this affinity. The purpose of this research project is to provide a comprehensive, more detailed, account of cross-border ethnic...
Linda Hightower
Professor
Visual Arts
2012 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
This Faculty Sabbatical will be dedicated to professional service, scholarship, and research as an designer/consultant-in-residence with a large Nepali nonprofit arts and crafts collective: The Association for Craft Producers (ACP), which allows continuance of my international field research on the impact of participation on non-profit collectives members attitudes towards gender equity, globalism, and liberalism. ACP has offered me an unpaid, twelve-week position, giving me direct access to...
Martha Bowden
Professor
English
2012 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
This book-length project examines contemporary novelists' combination of historical authority and narrative art to create authentic and accessible depictions of the past. This technique, the "romance of history," challenges conventional theories that the novel as a genre erased the romance. Individual chapters establish the critical framework, analyze the strategies authors use to romance history, and demonstrate the subgenres that exist in current historical fiction. Research for the project...

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