Institute Report, March 2005
By Wendy Lovell, Special Correspondent
Seven faculty members will be taking a leave of absence to pursue other scholarly work and pedagogical projects during the next school year, Brig. Charles F. Brower IV, deputy superintendent and dean of the faculty, announced recently.
In Spring 2006, the Wachtmeister Faculty Development Leave will allow Lt. Col. Duncan Richter, associate professor of philosophy, to work on two book-length scholarly projects, a translation of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and a line-by-line commentary and analysis of the Tractatus.
In Fall 2005, Col. Don Sunnen, professor of modern languages and cultures, will redesign the German curriculum to emphasize topical and cross-genre approaches to the languages. He received the VMI Awards Faculty Developmental Leave.
Lt. Col. Wade Bell, associate professor of biology, received the Ayres Faculty Development Leave for Fall 2005. He will conduct research and present a seminar at the Nebraska Center for Cell Biology and develop a new course for the science and security minor on biological weapons, warfare and terrorism.
In addition, four faculty members have received Jackson-Hope Faculty Development Leaves.
In Fall 2005, Capt. Ron Erchul, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will study the karst geological hazards along the I-81 corridor for use by the Virginia Department of Transportation and enhance his teaching of certain related courses in the civil and environmental engineering curriculum.
Lt. Col. James Hentz, associate professor of international studies, will work on a book manuscript, States, Boundaries and Regional Collapse in Sub Sahara Africa, in Spring 2006.
Col. Ken Koons, professor of history, will be on leave in Fall 2005 to complete a book manuscript on the social and economic history of the Valley of Virginia.
In Spring 2006, Col. Gary Rogers, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will compile and analyze data regarding a 90-year-old landslide in Narrows for publication and use as a case history in teaching geological engineering (GE 306) and geotechnical engineering (CE 310).