Sabbatical leave granted to 37 WMU faculty members

Contact: Deanne Puca

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Thirty-seven Western Michigan University faculty members have been granted sabbaticals during the 2016-17 academic year to engage in research and creative projects as well as other work that promotes their professional growth and development.

The leaves were granted by the WMU Board of Trustees during its Dec. 8 meeting.

Effective for the spring 2016 semester

  • Dr. James M. Murray, professor of history, change of effective date only.

Effective for the fall 2016 semester

Dr. Heather Addison, associate professor of communication.

Dr. Upul Bandara Attanayake, associate professor of civil and construction engineering.

Dr. Nancy Eimers, professor of English.

Dr. Paul Farber, professor of teaching, learning and educational studies.

Sandra O. Glista, master faculty specialist of speech pathology and audiology.

Dr. Vyacheslav G. Karpov, professor of sociology.

Renata A. Knific, professor of music.

Thomas Knific, professor of music.

Dr. Elena B. Lisovskaya, professor of sociology.

Dr. Annegret Paul, professor of mathematics.

Dr. Thomas V. Scannell, professor of management.

Megan Slayter, associate professor of dance.

Dr. Grace C. Tiffany, professor of English.

Effective for the 2016-17 academic year

Dr. Ala I. Al-Fuqaha, professor of computer science.

Dr. Sisay Asefa, professor of economics.

Dr. Peter Blickle, professor of world languages and literatures.

Dr. James Butterfield, professor of political science.

Dr. William J. Charland, associate professor of art.

Dr. Sally E. Hadden, associate professor of history.

Dr. David Huffman, professor of chemistry.

Dr. Denise Keele, associate professor of political science.

Dr. Jane-Jane Lo, professor of mathematics.

Dr. Alexandra Pekarovicova, professor of chemical and paper engineering.

Dr. Jocelyn D. Steinke, professor of communication.

Patricia E. Villalobos Echeverria, professor of art.

Dr. Victor C. Xiong, professor of history.

Effective for the spring 2017 semester

Lori J. Brown, associate professor of aviation sciences.

Dr. Bernard T. Han, professor of business information systems.

Dr. C. James Hueng, professor of economics.

Dr. Jerry G. Kreuze, professor of accountancy.

Dr. Dennis Metro-Roland, associate professor of teaching, learning and educational studies.

Dr. Timothy B. Palmer, professor of management.

Dr. Robert E. Vann, professor of Spanish.

Dr. Elizabeth Whitten, professor of special education and literacy studies.

Effective summer I and II 2017

Michele D. Behr, professor of University Libraries.

Effective for fall 2016 and fall 2017 semesters

Dr. Doris J. Ravotas, faculty specialist II-professional specialist of interdisciplinary health programs.

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