Sabbatical Leaves

Manchester University offers faculty members the opportunity to contribute to their academic disciplines or the scholarship of teaching and learning through sabbatical leave. Sabbatical experiences promote professional renewal and strengthen the University program by bringing new ideas and vitality onto the campus. Faculty members with the rank of associate professor or professor are eligible for consideration for sabbatical leaves after the completion of seven years of full-time teaching at Manchester University. More information on sabbatical leaves for current faculty members can be found here.  


2019-2020 Sabbaticals

Mark Bryant, Associate Professor of Chemistry
January & Spring 2020

Mark plans to explore and develop several avenues of research into the role that a fluorescing compound has in causing a dye to completely lose its color when irradiated with visible light in the presence of ascorbic acid or other compounds that are easily oxidized.  He will have several projects to be the basis of research to offer students and will include some of the results in lab experiments for general chemistry or advanced analytical chemistry lab courses. He also plans to design a LED photometer that can be replicated easily and cheaply for high school chemistry lab use.


Jeff Diesburg, Associate Professor of Art
Fall 2019 & January 2020

Jeff plans to serve as Resident Steward on the Nearing Forest Farm in Maine while producing a body of visual art of sustainable food production and human interaction with the land. His goals are to integrate his experience into existing requirements for art majors. He also plans to publish his work and share his art with the Manchester University community with a show on campus and possibly other venues.


Terrie Salupo-Bryant, Associate Professor of Chemistry
January & Spring 2020

Terrie plans to develop, submit, and publish new learning objects on the Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource (VIPEr) website. She also will present her VIPEr work at the 20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education in summer 2020 and to compile a list of Inorganic journal articles for student research talks.


Kristen Short, Associate Professor of Biology
Full Academic Year 2019-2020

Kristin will be developing a collection of scientist stories by interviewing Manchester alumni who are professional scientists. Her goals are to compile case studies for use in a flipped introductory-level science classroom and to test the use of the scientist stories course text in a first-year course.


Stacy Stetzel, Associate Professor of Education
Fall 2019 & January 2020

Stacy will be spending time shadowing teachers and administrators in order to revitalize connections with P-12 classrooms. Stacy’s goals are to build a field experience guide for Manchester University’s teacher education program and to implement it in a draft/pilot form upon her return. She also plans to seek publication for usage in all field experiences and to share with colleagues at other institutions.