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Sabbatical Projects Awarded

Sabbatical Applications and Reports

2011-2012 Sabbaticals Awarded

Rebecca Anderson (Fall 2011; Modern Languages & Cultures). Professor Anderson will undertake formal study at the University of Salamanca (Spain) with the aim of improving her understanding of evolving idioms and culture. Additionally, she will travel through Spain researching and documenting evidence of the cultural influences on the Iberian Peninsula pre-1492. She will also conduct classroom observations and interview Spanish educators on the best methods for teaching Spanish as a first language.

Miguel Aparicio (Spring 2012; Modern Languages & Cultures). Professor Aparicio will undertake intensive study of the Spanish language at the Colegio de España. He will also visit colleges and universities to study the methodology of teaching Spanish as a Second Language and Spanish Culture at the college level in Spain. He will also embark upon the study of social, political, and religious issues impacting Spain.

Frank Dawson (Fall 2011; Communication). During sabbatical, Professor Dawson will complete the production of “Agents of Change,” a documentary film that focuses on the transformation of the American University, and tells the story behind a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph that shook the foundation of American higher education-- the aftermath of a 36 hour siege by 50 Black and Puerto Rican students (including Prof. Dawson) of the student union building at Cornell University in April of 1969. By undertaking this project, Prof. Dawson will enhance his documentary film production skills. Once completed, he will share this historical film with the Santa Monica College community. His documentary film making experience will be integrated into the Film Studies program and the development of a documentary filmmaking course.

Robin Ramsdell (Fall 2011; Counseling). As a liaison to the Music Department, Counselor Robin Ramsdell will utilize her sabbatical leave to research music programs at select colleges and universities with the ultimate aim of facilitating transfer for music students. She will research specific admission practices, including the type of audition and supplemental materials required for such programs as performance, composition, music therapy, music industry, ethnomusicology, opera, etc. She will personally visit a minimum of 15 top music institutions in three states, including Julliard, Oberlin College, and Berklee College.

Hari Vishwanadha (Spring 2012; English). Professor Vishwanadha will travel to England and India to conduct archival research pertaining to Elihu Yale and Nathaniel Higginson’s role in the establishment and expansion of the British East India Company in Madras. He will specifically study ship logs, diaries, and letters written by captains and sailors and will focus on their thoughts and reactions to encountering a new culture/society. His studies will culminate in the preparation of a manuscript for publication and in the creation of teaching units/exercises for his composition courses.


2010-2011 Sabbaticals Awarded

Dorothy Chin (Fall 2010; Psychology). Professor Chin seeks to increase her knowledge in the area of cultural and clinical psychology through appointments as a Visiting Scholar at two major research institutions renowned for the study of these disciplines --the Center for Culture, Trauma, and Mental Health Disparities at UCLA and the Social Science Research Institute at the University of Hawaii. While a visiting scholar, she will engage in formal study and participate in cross-cultural empirical research, including child development and mental health. This experience will culminate in the development and integration of materials for her introductory, personality, and childhood psychology classes.

Judith Douglas (Fall 2010; Dance). Professor Douglas seeks to immerse herself through independent research and consultation with leading dance experts, in the study of traditional dance forms from Latin American (including dances of Argentina, Brazil and Cuba), Asia (including dances of China, Japan and Korea), and of 21st century dance in the USA (including hip hop and fusion). This will result in the writing of a course reader, which she will use in her Dance 2 course.

Amber Katherine (Fall 2010; Philosophy). Professor Katherine seeks to develop and launch a “Greening the Curriculum” website at SMC that will feature discipline specific tools and resources devoted to green professional development across the campus. She will produce an example of greening philosophy, showing how the ILOs on global citizenship and sustainability might be embedded in an introductory philosophy course. She will also complete a book (already in progress) entitled, Greening Philosophy: A Fresh Introduction to the Field, for use in Philosophy 1 courses.

Judith Remmes (Spring 2011; English). Professor Remmes seeks to improve her online teaching skills by researching current and emerging theories of online pedagogy and by learning software programs such as Captivate, Articulate, and Jing. Through this study, she will construct two innovative outreach modules: an online student orientation to online learning and an online newsletter for online faculty. Additionally, she will organize the new English Department online Homeroom in eCompanion, explore the use of widgets and social networking to increase interactivity between the student and the online classroom, and integrate these new programs into lesson modules stored in FAC 101 as models for other instructors.

Kathryn Sucher (Fall 2010; ESL). After conducting a faculty needs assessment and soliciting student writing samples from across the disciplines, Professor Sucher seeks to develop an interactive grammar website that will provide writing feedback to basic skills and ESL students. The website will be designed to facilitate student engagement in targeted and diagnostic independent study. The website may also be used by content-course faculty who would like specific help with language challenges faced by their students.


2009-2010 Sabbaticals Awarded

Ethan Gallogly (Physical Sciences): will spend a semester performing research in fuel cell technology at the laboratory of Professor Ruilin Wang at Sichuan University in Chengdu China. Prof. Gallogly will learn to fabricate and characterize the materials used in fuel cells. He will bring this technical knowledge back to SMC where he will incorporate it into his classroom and departmental teaching program. He will also be doing work that should lead to joint scholarly publications with Professor Wang and his associates.

Judith Marasco (ESL, Fall 2009): will undertake a sabbatical project in the fall of 2009 that involves professionally beneficial travel to China. The purpose of her trip will be to refresh her understanding of how English is taught at the college level in China, to establish professional relationships with colleagues who teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL), and to lay the groundwork for a potentially very exciting study abroad experience for SMC students.

Dana Morgan (English, Spring 2010): will pursue independent research and field study to explore the complex relationship among food, culture, and society in the community garden, home garden and small family farm. During the spring and summer of 2010, Prof. Morgan plans to conduct interviews with writers in various disciplines who have been addressing “the garden” and food as a cultural and environmental issue. The central focus of her research will be an inquiry into our relationship with food as part of our historical knowledge, as an element of our close connection with the land that feeds us, and also as a resource for the future. Besides interviews and reading, she also plans to enroll in a course on community gardening and to visit several community and school gardens. Supporting this research will be inquiry into how an organic garden can support learning across the curriculum and how such a garden can potentially support the SMC Institutional Learning Outcomes and the mission of the college.

Pete Morris (Earth Science): will revise and improve his course, Geography 8: Introduction to Urban Studies, with an eye toward its inclusion in SMC’s Global Citizenship initiative, as well as (potentially) a new A.A.-degree program in Urban Studies. Specifically, he plans to: (A) develop an online version of the class; (B) build an interactive website in support of both the online and on-ground versions of the class, which will present a series of virtual field trips featuring the neighborhoods and communities of the Santa Monica Bay region and the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area; and (C) return to Genoa, Italy, where he has several personal contacts, to explore the possibility of developing a Study Abroad program or other scholarly exchange.

Wendy Parise (ECE): will research and develop online pedagogy that will create greater student interaction and engagement in the online classroom. Prof. Parise has been teaching online for the past three years and has discovered that what works on-ground does not necessarily translate to online instruction. Reaching the cyber learner requires the instructor to employ a new and different set of teaching techniques. Much research indicates that educational immediacy is critical to student success. In other words, how well the student relates to the instructor correlates to student success. Creating more personalized connections with students in the cyber classroom is a challenge. Her overall objective is to develop and implement some new online teaching strategies which would further student success.

Marc Trujillo (Art, Fall 2009): will take sabbatical under the categories of independent research/ creative project/ field study, professional development, and professionally beneficial travel. His sabbatical leave consists of field research; work on his own paintings towards an exhibition and travel to Europe in order to research old master paintings in Amsterdam and London, then returning to bring the tangible results of this research into the classroom and to the campus at large. For studio art, research in the field is done in the studio, museums, galleries, and of course in the world we share. Producing and exhibiting is his discipline’s equivalent of publishing, Reviews and articles about the work help to bring people’s attention to it and contribute to an artists’ relevance in the discipline. This relevance in turn does help attract students who will be more likely to major in that discipline as they continue their education as well as adding to what you have to offer them in the classroom. The field research, (drawings, work in sketchbooks, paintings from observation) studio paintings, and copies of old master paintings would all be presented to the campus at large by including them in an exhibition at one of the gallery spaces on campus.

Carol Womack (Library): will explore alternative ways of delivering Library instruction at a community college. Prof. Womack would like to have an opportunity to investigate new media for delivering instruction, particularly gaming. She has spent the past few years as an SMC distance ed. student and have been on the receiving end of some cutting edge instruction techniques that I would now like to incorporate in the Library’s program. She would also like to see the technology that other community college libraries have incorporated into their teaching. She would also like to incorporate new technology into our current library orientation program and to find ways to present the content when it is not possible to schedule on site visits. As Santa Monica College grows, the number of requests we receive from instructors to introduce their classes to the Library grows. Soon we will not be able to accommodate all of these classes, and we will need to find alternative delivery mechanisms.


2005-2006 Sabbaticals Awarded

Marilyn Adler (Health Science, Spring 2006): The scope of Professor Adler's leave includes professional development and formal study at the Clayton College of Natural Health. Professor Adler will pursue a Natural Wellness Certificate and develop a course that explores Alternative Health Modalities among Diverse Populations.

Jan Austin (Earth Sciences, Spring 2006): Professor Austin proposes a program of research with the intent of developing a paper for possible publication in the Journal of Human Evolution or others. She will also convert several lab courses and develop a lecture series for Anthropology 9.

Suzanne Borghei (History, Spring 2006): Professor Borghei proposes a program of independent research and field study. She will use material gathered during travel to the Midwest, Northeast and Lower South regions of the United States to revise several history classes and her class syllabi and create visual materials to illustrate lectures.

Suellen Gauld (Earth Science, Fall 2005): Professor Gauld will engage in research and field study at a prehistoric site in Turkey called Domuztepe and use this research to prepare two research papers. She will also participate in a symposium on skull modifications and mortuary practices at the Annual Conference of the Association of European Archaeologists.

Christine Holmgren (Philosophy, Spring 2006): Professor Holmgren will enroll in classes at several colleges and universities in Boulder, Colorado including the University of Colorado's Peace and Conflict Studies program and the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies. She will use these studies to enhance the curriculum of the new Philosophy course, "Nonviolent Resistance: A Historical and Philosophical Examination."

Anne Marie Karlsen (Art, Spring 2006): Professor Karlsen has been awarded an Artist in Residence Fellowship at the Salzburg Kunstlerhaus in Salzburg, Austria. During the Fellowship, she will establish connections with artists and art professionals affiliated with the Kunstlerhouse and other art institutions in Austria. She will also create 15 artworks while in residence.

Lesley Kawaguchi (History, Spring 2006): Through professional development and field study, Professor Kawaguchi proposes to gather historical materials that document the existence of and changes in ethnic and racial communities in the Los Angeles Area. She will incorporate the materials she documents in several History courses.

Peter Morse (Physical Sciences, Fall 2005): Professor Morse proposes to revamp the conceptual physics program through partnerships with SMC's Education Department and teacher training programs at local four-year institutions; change the pedagogy of the conceptual physics course to better meet the needs of students, especially those who are future teachers; and develop physical resources and mentoring services for part-time instructors teaching in the program.


2004-2005 Sabbaticals Awarded

Miguel Aparicio (Modern Language, Spring 2005): This is a sabbatical project combining formal study of the French Language in France, professionally beneficial travel and independent research in the area of methodology in teaching French. Prof. Aparicio will enroll in the French University of Aix-Marseille III for a regular advanced level IV French semester (which comprises 3½ months) with a load of 20 weekly hours of study. Independent research will be done concurrently with the courses. Prof. Aparicio will visit classes for the purpose of appreciation of methods used, engage in pedagogical discussions with the professors involved and undertake analyses of methodologies.

Mary Bober (Life Sciences, Spring 2005): Prof. Bober will obtain training in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Birrer in the area of genomics and cancer biology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The goals of the sabbatical are to acquire the skills required to perform microarray analysis of DNA and to obtain, through laboratory research and NCI seminars, a current perspective on both the molecular techniques relative to the study of cancer detection and prevention.

Ellen Cutler (DSPS, Fall 2004): Prof. Cutler will develop documents for evaluating text-to-speech options for college students with learning disabilities. These documents can be used by professionals as well as students to ensure choosing technologies that provide the most effective compensatory strategies. A range of options will be evaluated incorporating the following technologies: free software; multi-featured studying and writing software; software for listening to PDF files; digital talking book listening options; and MP3 players.

Link to Professor Cutler's Application

Philip Daughtry (English, Spring 2005): Prof. Daughtry will write a series of short stories focused around a theme of initiation for his sabbatical project. A manuscript version of at least 125 final draft pages will be produced. Prof. Daughtry will also visit people and places central to his plots and encounter some characters and/cultures around whom he intends to base some of the stories.

Cynthia Gonzalez (Life Sciences, Fall 2004): In this sabbatical project, Prof. Gonzalez will establish a Nutrition and Wellness Associate of Arts program (for transfer) within the Life Science Dept. This program would strive to increase the representation of diverse and culturally competent health care practitioners in our communities by recruiting more women and underrepresented groups into the sciences and cultivating their awareness of and interest in health care professions (particularly nutrition). The program will also infuse cultural content/context through the nutrition curricula to enhance the cultural competency of all participants.

Gail Livings (Philosophy/Social Sciences, Fall 2004): Prof. Livings will undertake independent sociological research on social changes in the United States that have occurred since the events of September 11, 2001. She will focus primarily on the effects of 9/11 as a factor in the interaction between citizens and the criminal justice system. Prof. Livings plans to examine various legal changes, their implementation and their effects on ethnic/racial minorities, immigrants and organizations challenging the consequences of the USA Patriot Act and on our constitutional rights at the local, state and federal levels.

Deborah Schwyter (Physical Sciences, Spring 2005): Prof. Schwyter will learn the theory, operation and maintenance of SMC’s NMR spectrometer. This experience will allow her to actively teach NMR technology to the organic chemistry/biochemistry students of SMC. In addition, Prof. Schwyter will gain the background needed to create new course materials related to NMR technology. This will involve becoming a student in courses outside of science in the areas of foreign language and art. Through art and foreign language classes, Prof. Schwyter will gain a renewed understanding of what students need in a teacher, particularly when tackling a new and difficult subject.

Lynette Shishido (Business, Spring 2005): Prof. Shishido’s sabbatical project falls under two categories: professional development and field study relating to the area of human relations and ethical issues in business. Her field study will include talking with top managers, middle managers and employees regarding ethical issues in business as well as reading and analyzing various ethic codes and their implementation in the “real world.” Prof. Shishido’s professional development will include participation in training sessions and orientations, attending seminars presented at the Josephson Institute of Ethics, and conducting case studies.


2003-2004 Sabbaticals Awarded

Ellen Baker – Life Science (Spring 2004): This sabbatical will engage Prof. Baker in independent research with the goal of producing a manual for the maintenance of SMC’s greenhouse facilities. In addition, Prof. Baker will increase her mastery of the field of botany by studying plant taxonomy at UCLA.

Joan Barker – Earth Science (Fall 2004): Prof. Barker’s sabbatical will allow her to continue to do fieldwork in Bujan, Ghana, Africa and to incorporate the findings into her lectures. As part of this sabbatical project, Prof. Barker will produce audio visual materials drawn from the field to be used in her classroom and will obtain anthropological materials to be used at SMC in both teaching and display.

Diana Englemann – English (Fall 2003): This sabbatical will provide essential time for research and writing of the two remaining chapters in Prof. Englemann’s dissertation on the work of contemporary poet, Charles Simic. Prof. Englemann expects to structure these chapters as separate and publishable scholarly papers which will be submitted to conferences and periodicals. Her sabbatical will also give her the opportunity to interview Charles Simic at the University of New Hampshire.

Teresa Hall – Counseling/Scholars (Spring 2004): Prof. Hall’s sabbatical will allow her to research and develop a series of activities and strategies for motivating African-American male students and other high-risk student groups within the framework of student success seminar courses as well as special workshops. Her contact will be with Stanford University as well as local community colleges and support programs. Prof. Hall’s research will culminate in the development of a special section of Human Development 20 targeted toward African American males and a series of supplemental motivational materials designed to address underachieving students in general.

Jim Keeshen – Academy of Entertainment &Technology (Fall 2003): This sabbatical will enable Prof. Keeshen to enter into a unique internship with the animation studio of Klasky Csupo. As part of this internship, Prof. Keeshen will work closely with CEO Terry Thorne and will be able to see first hand how a large animation studio works on the business as well as creative level. Prof. Keeshen expects that the outcome will create greater opportunities for students in SMC’s AET program to network and develop professional relationships with animation artists, directors and human resource personnel.

John Kennedy – Math (Fall 2003): Prof. Kennedy plans to study and implement some of the features of the Internet Web language called MathML (Mathematical Markup Language). Part of his study will also involve learning parts of OpenMath and learning some of the basics of the XML language. Prof. Kennedy will also be writing software to interface parts of MathML with some of his existing math programs.

Melody Nightingale – ESL (Spring 2003): Prof. Nightingale will use her sabbatical to develop hybrid courses for her department, focusing on a complete revision of ESL 16A and ESL 16 B. This sabbatical will also provide the department with an accumulation of multimedia presentations to be used for auxiliary courses. Prof. Nightingale will take numerous technological training workshops at SMC and will establish connections with colleagues at Glendale College and the College of the Canyons where hybrid courses have been successfully integrated as part of the core ESL program.

Link to Professor Nighingale's Application

Marylynne Stephanou – Life Science (Fall 2003): This sabbatical project will allow Prof. Stephanou to develop proficiency in the production of digital video and multimedia for use by Anatomy and Physiology students and instructors. Prof. Stephanou will learn to edit software and video transfer techniques in order to revise digitized analog video that she produced several years ago and that is used extensively by both students and Anatomy faculty. She will produce at least two new videos for use as tutorials for students in Anatomy and Physiology and will also travel to scientific museums in Washington and London.

Link to Professor Stephanou's Application

Denise Travis – Interior Architectural Design/ Design Technology (Fall 2003): The aim of this sabbatical is the creation of ten professional industry career videotapes for use in SMC’s programs of Interior Architectural Design, Set Design for Film and Television, and the CAD Production and Design Program. In addition, Prof. Travis plans to create one departmental videotape for all new students explaining specific job opportunities in the industry and introducing the above three programs. This final video will be available to the Counseling Department, International Student Counseling Center, and the Counseling Department of the Academy of Entertainment and Technology.

Susan Wyman – Modern Languages (Fall 2003): Prof. Wyman plans to renew and refresh her knowledge and contact with Spanish through formal study abroad and travel to Spain. She will live with a Spanish family and travel to Salamanca as well as several areas of Spain that she has never been before. In addition to taking language courses at the Don Quijote School of Languages in Salamanca, she will spend one month walking the historic Camino de Santiago in order to immerse herself with the language and customs of rural Spain. Prof. Wyman expects to bring back new teaching materials and cultural knowledge which she will share in presentations campus wide.

Links to Professor Wyman's Report