Spring Sabbaticals for Mary Baldwin Faculty

December 9, 1999

Several Mary Baldwin University professors will be on sabbatical leave during the upcoming Spring 2000 term and the college’s May Term.

Jackie Beals, associate professor of biology, will work as a “courier” (a volunteer) in the Frontier Nursing service in Hyden, KY. The sabbatical will enhance her role as advisor to pre-med, pre-nursing, and medical technology students; enrich her course in Human Health and Medicine; and provide her an opportunity to do social research. Beals has been at Mary Baldwin since 1987.

Mike Gentry, associate professor of mathematics, will pursue courses at James Madison University in computer science and topology to increase the variety of courses offered in mathematics at Mary Baldwin. Gentry joined the faculty in 1982.

Ken Keller, professor of history, will be on sabbatical during May Term to do research on several aspects of the history of the Shenandoah Valley during the era of the Valley Turnpike from 1834 to 1914 for conference presentation and publication. This is a continuation of the research Keller began while he was on sabbatical this fall. A member of the faculty since 1981, Keller also plans to develop his teaching skills using computer technology.

James Lott, dean of the college and professor of English, will take a leave to pursue writing fiction, primarily short stories, and preparing a collection of stories for possible publication. Dean Lott joined the faculty in 1964.

Sharon Spalding, associate professor of physical and health education and athletic director, will develop a program of coaching workshops for women. She will do market research and a needs assessment. She will also develop and implement several coaching clinics at Mary Baldwin. Spalding joined the faculty in 1989.