Kennesaw State University

Faculty Funding Recipients

Kimberly Loomis
Professor of Science Education
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
2004 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
As a science educator, I have often taught life science content n the context of the environment. While working on my doctorate, I had the opportunity to visit the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. "Tremont" is a nature center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, serving students, teachers, and adults with educational programs. Because of the experience and a lifelong love of nature, environmental education became one of my cognate areas of doctoral study and the focus of my...
Laura Davis
Associate Professor
English and Interdisciplinary Studies
Ellen Taber
Senior Lecturer
English
2004 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Nationwide, college student enrollment is exploding while budgets are diminishing. Faculty members at Kennesaw State University need innovative yet cost-effective support to successfully educate the overwhelming number of general education students. CIRCLEs, small groups of faculty learning communities, allow for intensive classroom observations and shared teaching strategies across all ranks. Instead of paying for entire departments to hear first-rate teachers at conferences and seminars...
Laurence Sherr
Professor
School of Music
2004 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The purpose of this project is the creation of a significant new musical composition for vocal soloist and chamber orchestra based on poetry by Nobel laureate Nelly Sachs. The composition will promote healing through poetry and music that address human loss. A national consortium of performers will present multiple performances of the composition in different regions of the country. The project will impact thousands of people, including KSU faculty and students. Additionally, this creative...
Sharon Pearcey
Associate Professor
Psychology
2004 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project will investigate and compare the fold intake, meal patterns, and activity levels of weight-gaining and weight-stable individuals with an emphasis on carbohydrate consumption. Food intake and activity data will be collected from approximately 40 weight-gaining and weight-stable adults. Students enrolled in directed studies and volunteers will act as research assistants getting firsthand experience in conducting research. The data collected from this project will be compiled into...
Michele Zebich-Knos
Political Science and International Affairs
2004 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The project focuses on Antarctic policy as its main theme and seeks to broaden the scholarly understanding of how Antarctica, a continent without countries, is governed within the global community. To complete the observational portion of my project, I will travel to Antarctica on one of two scientific vessels that take on "single researcher" passengers, the Akademik Ioffe or Akaademik Sergei Vavilov. This trip will complement, and follow, the library research phase conducted from July-November...
Rolf Schimmrigk
Biology and Physics
2004 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Until Einstein's insight into gravity ninety years ago, space and time were considered to provide the inert background in which all physical events took place. Einstein was the first to realize that space and time are active participants in these events, determined by the energies involved. The important question of how space and time are supposed to emerge from matter was left unanswered by Einstein. In the project described here we develop a new method that is able to throw light on this...
Martha Bowden
Professor
English
2004 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The project will produce a book-length study of the life and liturgical practices of parish churches in the eighteenth century. This book will provide a context for the work of the country parson, Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), best known for his novel, Tristram Shandy. The primary focus is on parish structures, liturgical forms, preaching parish officials, and the role of women. It also includes the influence of Sterne's family background and institutionalized anti-Catholicism. Its methodology...
Hope Baker
Professor
Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis
Dera Weaver
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
Jeffrey Helms
Professor
Psychology
Christine Ziegler
Professor
Psychology
Ronghua Ouyang
Instructional Technology
Ikechukwu Ukeje
Professor
Early Childhood Education
2004
Research has shown that a high number of teacher burn out within the first 5 to 7 years of teaching. According to Jorissen (2002), "the current forecast projects a need of more than 2 million new teachers in the next ten years" due to anticipated retirement. Hare and Heap (2001), found that 17% of urban teachers left in the first year, while other researchers noted that between 40% and 50% of teachers leave during the first 7 years (Wong, 2002, Huling-Austin, 1986). Several factors and...
Elizabeth Giddens
Professor
English
Susan Hunter
English
Margaret Walters
Associate Professor
English
Betty Dorman
Professor
School of Nursing
Jeffrey Helms
Professor
Psychology
Carole Mauge-Lewis
Professor
Visual Arts
2003 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The primary goal of this project is to advance the discipline of graphic design and to produce a well-informed design community. The secondary goal is to encourage aspiring graphic designers at KSU, to possibly consider a teaching career in graphic design education. KSU also has a vibrant art education program, which can benefit this venture. The ultimate goal is to develop a technology enhanced set of lesson plans and activities, complete with a CD, a VHS video tape and a web site, for the...
Amy Woszczynski
Interim Chair and Professor
Information Systems
2003 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The CyberTech I project will strengthen the currently successful CyberTech program offered for the last 3 years through the cooperation of the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and local area high schools, which seeks to promote technology and science-related careers to underrepresented groups - namely women, African Americans, Hispanics, and the disabled. CyberTech I will introduce basic computing concepts and illustrate career options in technology-related fields through the use...
Paula Jackson
Professor
Biology and Physics
2003 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Given the global expectation of an overall increase in the severity of drought episodes the understanding the water acquisition patterns of tress is especially important. With this study data will be gathered as to the source of water preferred by different tree species of the Dzibilchat????n National Park in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Through their involvement in this study, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to do groundbreaking research in collaboration with scientists and...
Sarah Robbins
English
2003 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project will facilitate KSU students' active participation in two scholarly enterprises - the creation of an edition of primary materials with secondary interpretive apparatus, and the development of associated curricular materials. The overarching purpose of this project will be to use and to evaluate a collaborative model for doing inquiry research and creating teaching materials in the humanities. The project team's model will not only generate important new knowledge but also open up...
Thomas Brown
Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Matthew Laposata
Professor
Biology and Physics
Stephen Rahn
Information Technology Specialist
Instructional Technology
2003 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The specific goal of the project is to increase the number of qualified science teachers who teach science in an inquiry-based, curiosity-stimulating manner. This project creates opportunities for prospective teachers to learn about science and pedagogy through activities that are designed to rekindle curiosity, build understanding, and promote meaningful changes in conceptions of science teaching and learning. We anticipate that through their active participation and exploration, they will...
Marina Koether
Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
2003
Plagiarism has always been a problem in the academic setting. In the sciences, when confronting a student guilty of plagiarism, the student claims ignorance as to the exact nature of plagiarism. Perhaps these students are not being taught what plagiarism is? The students deserve to be taught what is wrong before they are punished for such. The creation of an interactive lecture on plagiarism for science students, chemistry in particular, and delivering it to KSU 1101, Chem 1211/L, Chem 1110 and...
Beverly Farnsworth
Professor Emeritus
School of Nursing
Janice Flynn
Associate Professor
School of Nursing
Christina Horne
WellStar School of Nursing
Lois Robley
Professor Emeritus
School of Nursing
2003
As part of an ongoing process of review and evaluation of online nursing education at Kennesaw State University, three in-depth focus group interviews were conducted with a total of 27 baccalaureate nursing students enrolled in at least one online nursing course. The purpose of this project is to complete the final phase of interpreting and analyzing qualitative data collected from the focus group interviews. The ultimate goal is to produce and publish an article of original research that...

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