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UT Martin faculty members receive Hal and Alma Reagan Leave to pursue research interests


Contact 1: Bud Grimes

MARTIN, Tenn. – Four faculty members at the University of Tennessee at Martin were awarded Hal and Alma Reagan Faculty Leave Awards for the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. David Barber, associate professor of history; Dr. Paula Gale, professor of agriculture; Dr. Kurt Gorman, professor of music; and Dr. Julie Hill, associate professor of music, will spend the spring 2015 semester participating in a variety of academic research and advancement opportunities.

Barber will produce the first chapters of a new book titled A Hard Rain Fell: SDS and Why It Failed. The work will focus on the history of the American New Left’s collapse and analyze the resulting anti-colonial revolution’s impact on the United States. He will conduct his research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which serves as the central archive for the Students for a Democratic Society.

Gale will conduct research in the field of soil microbiology at Kansas State. This research will give her experience in cutting-edge techniques to improve and maintain soil health. Gale hopes to bring this new information back to the classroom and keep her students at the forefront of relevant research.

Gorman will expand his doctoral dissertation, which focuses on the introduction of the trumpet to chamber music composition in 1900. His initial survey included 1,200 compositions for trumpet with wind, strings, percussion, keyboard and electronics, and he intends to conduct additional concentrated analysis of musical scores and musicological research in this area.

Hill, president-elect of the Percussive Arts Society, will spend her leave co-authoring a collection of new musical audition etudes for middle and high school percussion students. This collection will initially be used for regional and state auditions in Tennessee, but Hill hopes to ultimately provide the works to state music associations across the country.

The UT Martin Hal and Alma Reagan Faculty Leave Program is designed to enable participants to become more effective teachers and scholars by engaging in a variety of academic renewal experiences. Tenured faculty members with six or more years of full-time service at UT Martin are eligible to apply for a one-year leave at half salary or a half-year leave at full salary.

Awardees are chosen by the Faculty Research and Development Committee.



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