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6326-Malone University Announces Recipients of Summer Research Grants

6326-April 19, 2012

The Malone University Office of the provost announces the following summer research grant recipients for 2012:

  • James Brownlee, Ph.D., professor of English and chair, Department of Language and Literature. Dr. Brownlee will be exploring religious and moral conflicts in the novels and non-fiction essays of the Catholic writer Ron Hansen with intent of a conference presentation and subsequent article.
  • John Estes, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and director of creative writing. Dr. Estes will be embarking on literary pilgrimages to explore writings of Flannery O'Connor, Orthodox writers, and other writers in partial preparation for teaching a new course on faith traditions and creative writing.
  • Sarah Hanssen, M.F.A., assistant professor of communication arts. Professor Hanssen will be finalizing a documentary film project (with commercial editor Robert Mead) on confronting illness with intent of exhibiting at film festivals and potential broadcast.
  • Maria Lam, Ph.D., professor of business administration. Dr. Lam will be researching gaps between the ideals and realities of sustainability in business education especially for Christ-centered institutions with goal of presenting at conference on global market economy and journal article.
  • Elizabeth Patterson, assistant professor of social work and field coordinator. Professor Patterson will work on literature review, in-depth interviews, and field note analysis and coding for exploring experiences in international practicums and how these experiences influence career choices and practice.
  • Joel Soza, Th.D., professor of biblical studies. Dr. Soza will be doing research on a book proposal for a new publication on biblical theology from a confessional viewpoint.

Summer Research Grants are awarded to conduct scholarly work appropriate to their academic discipline with the goal of producing a publishable (or otherwise disseminated) professional work.  Up to six grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Among other criteria, applications are judged according to quality of the proposal, scholarly significance, and contribution of the research to effectiveness and professional development.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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