Faculty members chosen for Hal and Alma Reagan Faculty Leave Awards
Contact 1: Erin Chesnut
MARTIN, Tenn. – Three faculty members from the University of Tennessee at Martin have received Hal and Alma Reagan Faculty Leave awards to pursue academic research and advancement during the 2017-18 academic year.
Dr. Roberto Mancusi, associate professor of music; Dr. Christopher Brown, professor of philosophy; and Dr. Chara Van Horn, assistant professor of communications, chose to take their leave time during the spring 2018 semester.
Mancusi has developed a concert series called “The Big Sing Theory” and plans to perform a concert tour of England during his leave period. He will also use this time to write a book on practical applications for vocal students, which will be considered for publication by the Oxford University Press.
Brown will use his leave to complete a book manuscript titled “St. Thomas Aquinas on God and Human Happiness: Solving Puzzles about Eternal Life,” which has been invited for formal consideration for publication by the Catholic University of America Press. Brown argues that Aquinas’ views allow for new ways to solve five puzzles for a traditional Christian understanding of eternal life.
Van Horn will use her time to expand her doctoral dissertation into a book examining the influence of conspiracy theories on official discourse. She plans to specifically focus on the intersection between conspiracy theories and the Warren and 9/11 Commission reports. Van Horn will also present her research at the Popular Culture/American Culture Association Joint Conference in Bloomington, Ind.
UT Martin’s 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 fulltime service at UT Martin are eligible to apply for awards.
For more information on the Hal and Alma Reagan Faculty Leave Program or the current or past recipients, contact the UT Martin Office of Research, Grants and Contracts at 731-881-7015.
PHOTO ID: (l-r) Dr. Roberto Mancusi, associate professor of music; Dr. Christopher Brown, professor of philosophy; and Dr. Chara Van Horn, assistant professor of communications, have received Hal and Alma Reagan Faculty Leave awards to pursue academic research and advancement during the 2017-18 academic year.