Sabbatical Reports

“For each academic year of this Agreement the University shall grant a total of up to (3) semesters of sabbatical leave at full pay.” (Faculty Agreement effective 7/15/22-6/30/27, Section 14.4.1)


Dr. Derek Wright

  • Development and Application fo Microanalysis and Chemical Imaging to Research and Instruction in the Biological, Forensic, Materials, Earth, and Environmental Sciences
  • Wright Sabbatical Abstract

Dr. Brit Ranson-Olson


Dr. Jun Li

Dr. Barbara Evans

  • Advancing Student Centered Science at LSSU: Structured Labs, Experiential Learning, adn Professional Opportunities
  • Evans Sabbatical Abstract


Dr. H. Russell Searight

Dr. Paul Kelso


Dr. Jason Garvon


Given COVID, Dr. Christopher Smith chose to defer his sabbatical to 2021-2022.


Dr. R. Adam Mosey

Dr. George Voutsadakis


Sabbatical awards were deferred to 2019-2020


Dr. Alexei Iretski

Dr. James Schaefer


Dr. Britton Ranson-Olson

Dr. Paige Gordier


Jason Garvon, Ph.D.

  • Keeping Pace with the Field: Learning DNA Extraction, PCR and Sequence Analysis
    Garvon Proposal and Garvon Report.
  • Presentations: Student co-author posters: Peters, Flannigan, Kane. The Science of Evolution, Garvon. Entomological Society of Ontario – October 2016. Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizen Advisory Council (EUPCAC) April 2016.
  • Publications: Blood Parasites of Blue-winged Teal from Two Migratory Corridors in the Southern US. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 52,3,2016.

Jun Li, Ph.D.

  • Study of Fish Infectious Diseases and Immunity in the Great Lakes: Enhancing the Research Ability of LSSU’s Fish Disease Laboratory
    Li Proposal and Li Report


Chad Barbour, Ph.D.

Ashley Moerke, Ph.D.

  • Understanding Aquatic Ecosystem Linkages in the Great Lakes Basin: Enhancing LSSU’s Research Capacity and Collaboration
    Moerke proposal and Moerke report


Kathy Berchem

  • Summary: Professor Berchem’s application for sabbatical is based on her desire to pursue advanced education in her professional field of Nursing
  • Berchem proposal and Berchem report

Jason Swedene, Ph.D.

  • Summary: Dr. Swedene will study perspectives on childhood and children from the 8th century BCE through the 18th century neoclassical period
  • Swedene proposal and Swedene report

Brian Zinser

  • Summary: Professor Zinser’s proposed sabbatical project will attempt to explain the determinants of American Muslim’s intentions to use retail Islamic banking and financial services in the United States
  • Zinser proposal and Zinser report


Dennis Merkel, Ph.D.

Aaron Westrick, Ph.D.

  • Summary: Fourth Amendment Seizures: The Processes of Investigating Police Force Incidents – A (book) guide for evaluating law enforcement use-of-force.
  • Westrick proposal and Westrick Report

Greg Zimmerman, Ph.D.

  • Summary: Dr. Zimmerman’s sabbatical follows on research he has been doing over the past few years in the area of using local weedy grasses for pellet fuels for heating
  • Zimmerman proposal and Zimmerman report


Paul Kelso, Ph.D.

  • Summary: An EarthScope project to study deformation and magmatic modification, Western Idaho – Eastern Oregon and Localization of deformation in lithologically heterogeneous lower crust, Arunta block, central Australia.
  • Kelso Sabbatical Report

David McDonald

  • Summary: Control and Integration of Electrical Motors for Electric Vehicle and Industrial Applications
  • McDonald Sabbatical Report

James Zukowski, Ph.D.

Brian Snyder, Ph.D.

  • Summary: Mathematics Visualization Program (MVP) – Developing Visual Media in the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics
  • Snyder Sabbatical Report


Marshall R. Werner, Ph.D.

  • Summary: Expanding Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Capabilities of 60 MHz permanent magnet systems through the development of novel pulse sequences for use in an undergraduate chemistry curriculum and incorporation into a course on Molecular Spectroscopy.
  • Werner Sabbatical report

David Szlag, Ph.D.

  • Summary: Detection, Occurrence, and Fate of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products released from On-Site Wastewater Systems.
  • Szlag Sabbatical Report