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K-State Today

February 11, 2021

Forty-eight Kansas State University faculty members granted sabbatical leave

Submitted by Brian Niehoff

Note: This article has been updated since the original announcement on Feb. 9.

Kansas State University is granting sabbatical leave to 48 faculty members during the 2021-2022 academic year.

The purpose of a sabbatical leave is to provide faculty members with the opportunity for scholarly and professional enrichment. Sabbatical leave allows faculty to pursue advanced study, conduct research studies, engage in scholarly and creative activities, or secure appropriate industrial or professional experience. Once faculty members return from their sabbaticals, they are expected to share the knowledge and experience they gained with their students, colleagues and the Kansas State University community.

Faculty members being granted sabbatical leave:

Cydney Alexis, English; Sally Bailey, music, theatre and dance; Itzik Ben-Itzhak, physics; R. Scott Beyer, animal sciences and industry; Nathaniel Birkhead, political science; Yolanda Broyles-González, American ethnic studies; Hugh Cassidy, economics; Rollie Clem, biology; David Defries, history; Steffi Dippold, English; Wayne Goins, music, theatre and dance; Ruth Gurgel, music, theatre and dance; Jessica Heier Stamm, industrial and manufacturing engineering; Takashi Ito, chemistry; Mark Jackson, integrated studies; Michael Krysko, history; Yoonjin Lee, economics; Nina Lilja, agriculture dean's office-international programs; Colene Lind, communication studies; Anne Longmuir, English; Diego Maldonado, mathematics; Wendy Matlock, English; Virginia Naibo, mathematics; Philip Nel, English; Jesse Nippert, biology; Eleni Pliakoni, horticulture and natural resources; Pavithra Prabhakar, computer science; Punit Prakash, electrical and computer engineering; Hayder Rasheed, civil engineering; Cary Rivard, horticulture and natural resources; Natalia Rojkovskaia, mathematics; Tosha Sampson-Choma, English; Lado Samushia, physics; Caterina Scoglio, electrical and computer engineering; Ryan Sharp, horticulture and natural resources; Aleksey Sheshukov, biological and agricultural engineering; Jeffrey S. Smith, geography and geospatial sciences; Weixing Song, statistics; Kevin Steinmetz, sociology, anthropology, and social work; Jaebeom Suh, marketing; Uwe Thumm, physics; Amber Vennum, applied human sciences; Nelson Villoria, agricultural economics; Jida Wang, geography and geospatial sciences; Zhilong Yang, biology; Dukno Yoon, art; Han Yu, English; and Ilia Zharkov, mathematics.