What do professors do all summer? You may think professors are kicking back and relaxing. However, professors are more likely to be bent over microscopes, combing through archives, and conducting field research. Summer is when many professors undertake research that makes a difference in the community and the world. This summer, professors at the four Connecticut State Universities were hard at work from Connecticut to China. Here are some of their stories.
Dr. David Fearon – CCSU, Management & Organization
This summer, Dr. David Fearon worked alongside top management professionals as an examiner in the federal Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. He and his team will help organizations improve quality management. Additionally, he is working with Juran Global CEO Joseph De Feo to edit the Juran Handbook of Quality’s 7th edition. To top it off, he’s working with the National Graduate School for Quality Management in Falmouth, MA.
Kristen Morgan, M.F.A. – ECSU, Theatre & New Media
Kristen Morgan traveled to the Czech Republic in June to present at the Prague Quadrennial of Theater Design & Space. The ten-day exhibition explored the study and practice of performance design from every angle, drawing top professionals in the field from all over the world. Morgan is excited to bring what she learned into the classroom and hopes to bring students with her to the next Quadrennial in 2019.
Dr. Darryl E. Brock – CCSU, History
Dr. Darryl E. Brock spent winter semester in Taipei as a Research Fellow for the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he worked on Taiwan’s public diplomacy in Latin America. At the request of the Ministry, he also wrote an article in Taiwan Review magazine regarding their global aquaculture science as a form of foreign aid. He spent this summer conducting further research in Beijing on China’s recent diplomatic forays into Latin America. Simultaneously, he worked on a book contracted with the University of Alabama Press, entitled “Botanical Monroe Doctrine and American Empire: The Scientific Survey of Puerto Rico.”
Dr. Jenna Scisco – ECSU, Psychology
Dr. Jenna Scisco taught a month-long study abroad course on the history of psychology for ECSU students in London. The home of Big Ben played an important part in the foundation of modern psychology, and students visited sites like Bethlem Royal Hospital, the British Museum, the home of Charles Darwin, and the Freud Museum. Additionally, students conducted archival research at the Wellcome Library and the British Library, which culminated in a written biography of a historical British psychologist.
When summer ends, professors return to the classroom, but they won’t stop researching. Connecticut State University faculty members continue to do important work on and off campus year round.