ABSTRACT OF SABBATICAL LEAVE PROPOSALS
2008-2009 Academic Year
Bonnie Barrett, Professor of Art and Design. 100% Academic year 2008-2009. Formal study, self-directed study and travel.
Ms Barrett will update her technical skills in design for the Internet and typography. Activities during the leave will include formal study, self-directed study and travel to attend professional conferences. She will create updated lectures and instructional materials for the benefit of her students and the Department of Art and Design. Conference attendance will provide current information on best practices in other colleges and universities.
Steven Portigal, Professor of Art and Design. 100% Academic year 2008-2009, Formal study, self-directed study and travel.
Professor Portigal will use his sabbatical leave to learn how to use a Three-Dimensional Computer Modeling program and Rapid-Prototyping Technology with the intent of introducing this technology into the teaching of Art 121, Three-Dimensional Design. In addition, he will travel to Japan to study and document the ceramics produced in the Six Ancient Kilns. This research will result in presentations on Japanese Ceramics that will be shared with students and colleagues.
Lynn Serwin, Professor of English. 100% Academic year 2008-2009, Research Project.
Lynn Serwin will be conducting an action research project with methodologies of observation, survey, and interviews. She hopes to learn what “effective classroom practices,” by both instructors and students, exist in developmental writing classes both on Cerritos College’s campus and other campuses in the California Community College system that increase student success. This will be accomplished by self-directed study of the background material, classroom observation, interviews of students and faculty, analysis of conclusions, and creation of a publication describing how faculty and students can better work together to increase student success.
Armando Soto, Associate Professor, Counselor. 100% Academic year 2008 – 2009 , Self-directed and formal study.
Armando Soto will complete a minimum of 18 units of graduate level course work towards a graduate certificate in community college counseling at California State University Long Beach. He will pursue additional units outside of the curriculum for the certificate program to expand his skills in grant writing, computer technology, and crisis counseling. Also, he will increase his knowledge and teaching skills in the CG 200 and CG 1 courses taught annually. This self-directed and formal study will enhance his skills and ability to serve Cerritos College’s students in his role as a counselor in student services.
Bill Sparks, Associate Professor of Speech Communication; 100% Academic year 2008-2009, Formal and self-directed study.
Mr. Sparks will use his sabbatical leave to develop an online course in Argumentation and Persuasion (Speech 235). Formal study in Education Technology and the development of online tools will enhance effective teaching skills and methods. Self-directed study will incorporate surveys, interviews and observations of effective online practices in Speech Communication and Communication Studies departments at other colleges. In addition, Mr. Sparks will be attending sessions about online teaching at the National Communication Association convention and the League Connections convention. This project will provide information to enhance effective teaching practices at Cerritos College and to increase student learning outcomes and success.
Ana Torres-Bower, Professor of Philosophy; 70% Academic year 2008-2009, Self-directed and formal study.
Professor Torres-Bower will dedicate her sabbatical leave to continue studying and writing philosophy with two objectives in mind. First, to enhance the knowledge base and pedagogy for teaching philosophy of cultural diversity (Philosophy 104), especially since a certificate of contemporary world cultures will be coordinated by the Cerritos College Department of Philosophy. And second, to read and complete two philosophical papers: one in 17th century science and philosophy, and the second paper on Skepticism and Descartes’s method of doubt. Her research and writing will provide new material for lectures and other classroom activities for Philosophy 100 (Introduction to Philosophy), Philosophy 102 (Ethics), Philosophy 103 (Critical Thinking in Philosophy), and Philosophy 104 (Philosophy of Cultural Diversity).
Joseph Van de Mortel, Professor of Philosophy; 100% Academic year 2008-2009, Formal study and travel.
Subject to availability of university offerings, Professor Van de Mortel will examine religious theories, concepts, thinkers, and traditions through coursework on these kinds of topics: Buddhism, Southeast Asian Religions, the Historical Jesus, Hinduism, Jainism, Native American Religions, African Religions, Confucianism, Hermeneutics, Zen Buddhism, etc. It also incorporates a plan to study one or more of the following languages: Pali, Sanskrit, Japanese, or Spanish. This sabbatical includes a provision to supplement study with travel to Japan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and/or Thailand.
Dr. Linda Waldman, Professor of Chemistry; 100% Academic year 2008-09, Self-directed study, research, and travel.
Professor Linda Waldman intends to study groundwater replenishment in order to introduce environmental chemistry into her lecture and lab courses. Professor Waldman will update and create online materials for her courses, including a naming practice program and a photographic and video resource for laboratory courses. During her sabbatical leave, Professor Waldman will travel to Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York for a historical perspective on Chemistry. Finally, Professor Waldman will attend conferences and visit with chemistry professors in order to expand her knowledge of teaching techniques, use of technology in the classroom and environmental science.
Martha Yeager, Professor of ESL; 100% Academic year 2008-2009, Formal study.
The purpose of Professor Yeager’s leave is to study and retrain in the science of English and Reading instruction, with the specific goal of improving teaching. There are new developments in linguistics, learning theory of first and second languages and educational philosophy that directly apply to the students of Cerritos College. The most appropriate program in her field is the MA ED in Reading Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Professor Yeager’s sabbatical activities will be comprised of 18 units of upper-division and graduate level courses, attendance at the International Conference of Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages, and a reading list.