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Award Recipients


Ethan Gannaway, History, Art History and Geography Department. Ethan Gannaway conducted research focused on Ambrose and the iconography of the cock on a column, a curious motif that appears in scenes of Peter's denial in late antique art. More broadly, his research focuses on audience reception of Ambrose. These research topics, both specific and broad, were greatly enhanced by visits to museums, archaeological sites, and the Queens College library (Oxford) and, especially, by conversations with a large and diverse group of scholars gathered at Oxford University.

Jessica Gosnell, Philosophy Department.  Jessica Gosnell studied Clinical Mediation at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Clinical Ethics. This course was focused on the practical application of mediation in a clinical setting including extensive lecture, discussion, and role plays. Using this training, Dr. Gosnell has delivered lectures on this practice to the Genesis System Ethics Committee, the Quad City Assisted Living and Nursing Home Round Table, and the Petersen Health Care system. As research in this area continues, it is hoped that basic clinical mediation skills can be incorporated into healthcare education rather than offering it as a separate training. Clinical mediation can provide clinicians with the communication skills that will help resolve conflict as it arises rather than addressing problematic conflicts after they have become elevated.

Rev. Bud Grant, Theology/Pastoral Theology and General Education.  Bud Grant participated in a coordinated research project with a diverse group of humanities scholars representing art history, history, linguistics, and theology at Oxford, UK.  His research demonstrates that Saint Ambrose was to Stoicism what Augustine was to Neo-Patonism and Aquinas to Artistotle, which provides a completely different lens through which to interpret Christian theology--especially ethics.  His contribution on Ambrose's Natural Law has been accepted for publication by Oxford University.


Marian Lee, Music Department.  Marian Lee participated in the Teachers Program at Piano Texas 2015 in June in Fort Worth, Texas at Texas Christian University. The program and culminating festival investigated and celebrated the work of Chopin.  her time at PianoTexas was also spent in preparation for her upcoming performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

Hunhui Oh, Master of Social Work.  "Rural Wisdom" This Rural Wisdom investigates the role of early life course factors and social support networks in the development and conceptualization of wisdom. This research is expected to shift the scientific study of wisdom from how people understand wisdom differently to WHY people do so. The finding also advocates that as a lifelong process of human development, growth in wisdom might sometimes begin by recognizing the legacy of family values, wherein the "seeds of wisdom" continue to ripen.

Tadd Ruetenik, Philosophy.  "Demons, Mediums, and Seers: William James and Reaches of Human Consciousness." Tadd Ruetenik conducted research for his book at the Summer Institute in American Philosophy in Dublin, Ireland.  His book explains Willaim James through his consideration of what james calls "exceptional mental states." These states often produce the belief that one is perceiving either ghosts, demons or heavenly worlds.  Ruetenik analyzes James' investigations of these things, as well as more recent physical research, to develop a Jamesian notion of human consciousness.

Brittany Tullis, Modern Languages and Cultures.  "Social Comics in Peru"  To support an ongoing research project on Peruvian social and testimonial comics, Brittany Tullis continued research on these comics and their creators in Peru, visiting libraries, museums, and special collections at institutions like "The Place of Memory and Social Inclusion," as well as conducting personal interviews with Jesus Cossio and Juan Acevedo, two of the most influential comics creators in contemporary Peru.


Current funding opportunities are available for the following grants:

1) Research Grants:  primarily fund travel to conduct research in the humanities and creative arts, and may include workshops and training.

2) Research Fellowships: fund 1-2 course releases for faculty to devote more time for research projects, covering the cost of adjunct or overload contracts.

3) Occasional Events:  funds a variety of events hosted by departments or programs featuring the humanities.

4) Small Conference Grant:  funds costs associated with hosting a conference or colloquium in the humanities at SAU.