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Faculty Scholarship Showcase 2020

On February 25, 2020, about 40 students, faculty, and staff gathered for a showcase of six faculty members' sabbaticals or publications:

  • Brent Smith, associate professor of religious studies and assistant chair of integrative, religious, and intercultural studies (IRIS), wrote a book, Religious Studies and the Goal of Interdisciplinarity, published by Routledge.
  • Deana Wiebel, professor of religious studies and anthropology, spent a 2019 sabbatical conducting a multi-sited ethnography on the manifestation of religion among NASA Human Research scientists, technicians, astronauts, flight surgeons, engineers, and pilots. Her ethnographic research into space exploration reveals that religion is a fundamental part of human culture.
  • Joel Wendland-Liu, associate professor of integrative and intercultural studies, spent his sabbatical researching a project titled, "Racial Formation in West Michigan." Joel visited seven archival sites around the region as well as Madison and Ann Arbor. The aim of the project is to produce a two-part history of West Michigan covering the 19th century through the 21st century.
  • Peter Wampler, associate professor of geology and faculty-in-residence in honors, spent his sabbatical leading a study abroad trip Haiti, publishing research, traveling for speaking engagements, traveling to locations including Puerto Rico, Iceland, and Switzerland.
  • Tracy Flemming, associate professor of area and global studies, spent his sabbatical researching his project, "Travel and the Pan African Imagination," which included research in Ghana.
  • Kelly Parker,director of environmental and sustainability studies and professor of philosophy, co-edited a book, Pragmatist and American Philosophical Perspectives on Resilience, published by Lexington. Kelly also wrote the introduction and contributed a chapter to the book.


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