Mount Union Faculty Members Approved for Sabbaticals

July 20, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Ten University of Mount Union faculty members have been approved for sabbaticals for the 2015-2016 academic year. Faculty members taking sabbaticals are as follows:

For her sabbatical, “Ensuring High Quality Assessments to Improve Our Teacher Education Program,” Dr. Melissa Askren-Edgehouse, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Education, will conduct an investigation of best practices in teacher preparation and evaluate various methods that are used for assessing the work of students in education programs. Askren-Edgehouse earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Mount Union, a Master of Education degree in administration and supervision from Ashland University and a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration and leadership studies from Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Robert Ekey, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was granted sabbatical. Ekey’s sabbatical project, “Further Exploration of Molecular Hydrogen Near the Third Dissociation Limit,” will find him working in collaboration with colleagues at Bryn Mawr College to study excited states of molecular hydrogen that have rarely been explored in the past. Ekey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Dickinson College and Master of Arts in physics and Doctor of Philosophy in physics degrees from Bryn Mawr College. 

Dr. Xiaoshu Han, associate professor of economics, plans to study “The Effect of Smoking on Individuals’ Earnings” during her sabbatical. Han’s previous research in health economics was on the effects of obesity on wages. Han earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University, a Master of Arts degree in economics from State University of New York at Binghamton and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in economics from the University of Texas.

Dr. Ivory Lyons, professor of philosophy and religious studies, will teach at Christ University in Bangalore, India, during his fall 2015 sabbatical. He will teach a course on Buddhism in Film and explore historical aspects of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism in Indian culture. Lyons earned a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary science from Morehouse College, a Bachelor of Science degree in manufacturing engineering from Boston University, a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in religion from Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Charles McClaugherty, professor of biology, has been writing about nature for over a quarter century. During his sabbatical project, “Naturalist’s Chronicles: 25 Years of Nature Writing,” McClaugherty will collect and edit his numerous writings into one collection. McClaugherty earned a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology and entomology from Cornell University, a Master of Science degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in forestry from the University of Wisconsin.  

Dr. Michael Myler, professor of economics, accounting and business administration, will study the economic dynamics of the local currency, the Zloty, and the European Union currency, the Euro, in Poland using Robert Mundell’s Theory of Optimum Currency Areas. Myler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Northern Michigan University and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in economics from Michigan State University.

Dr. Ernest Pratt, associate professor of education, will study the teaching of mathematics in Ghana, with a focus on the intersections of culture and mathematics education. Pratt earned a Bachelor of Science Education degree in chemistry from the University of Sierra Leone, a Master of Education degree in secondary education from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Tennessee. 

Dr. David Thiele, assistant professor of English, will study trends in rhetoric and the perception and definition of liberal education since the industrial revolution in his sabbatical project, “The Idea of a University.” Thiele earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Kenyon College and Master of Arts degree in Irish Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from Boston College.

Dr. Anne Triplett, professor of mathematics, will use gaming theory and various computer languages and applications in her sabbatical project, “Developing High-Interest Materials for Mathematics Instruction.” Triplett also plans to study methods for bringing examples from popular culture into the math classroom to emphasize the day-to-day relevance of math. Triplett earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mathematics from California State University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in mathematics from University of Oregon.

Dr. Gerry Wuchter, professor of mathematics, will undertake a “Biomedical Statistical Study of Obesity in Pediatric Patients” during his spring 2016 sabbatical in Wadsworth, Ohio. Wuchter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and statistics from Miami University and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in in mathematics from the University of Michigan.

 

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