I am so pleased to announce upcoming developmental leaves for the following faculty members. Through developmental leaves, faculty members add to their knowledge and skills, which in turn adds to the knowledge and skills of our students and our fine institute. As you will read, leave for these professors involves significant travel – in many cases global travel – and working with other universities in ways that advance teaching, scholarship or service. Please join me in congratulating these deserving individuals. Like you, I look forward to their return to UND and to learning about their productive semesters away.

Professor Xiaozhao Huang: Research sociolinguistic use of Chinese Mandarin with colleagues and other exchange scholars at Fundan University and Shaanxi Normal University in China.

Professor Melissa Gjellstad: Research developments and the longer-term ramifications of gender and literacy theories at the University of Osla and the University of Washington.

Professor Emily Cherry: Guest artist to direct a mainstage production and also to study the pedagogy of teaching while at Texas Wesleyan University.

Professor Michael Niedzielski: Research to develop new models of spatial inequality and accessibility and to share these models with high school teachers in Warsaw.

Professor Sean Valentine: Research publications and work on the new edition of his Human Resources Management textbook.

Professor Yun Ji: Research, in collaboration with the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland and the USDA, in bio-based products to make renewable fuels and chemicals, particularly in water use reduction in the pulp, paper and oil recovery industries.

Professor Reza Fazel-Rezai: Research on hybrid brain-computer interface systems, in collaboration with colleagues at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego.

Professor Sima Noghanian: Collaboration with colleagues at University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University to further research in wireless antennas for vehicular communications.

Professor Deborah Worley: Research, based in the UK and US, on culture and communications by institutions of higher education through campus traditions.

Professor Kara Wettersten: Research, particularly in rural areas of North Dakota, on friendship and teaching school-aged children about healthy relationships.

Professor Cheryl Hunter: Research on curricular models for innovation in doctoral education.

Professor Donna Pearson: Research to further establish inquiry into inter-culturalization, teacher education and educational professional development in exchange with fellows in Turkey, Tajikistan, Russia, Central America and India.

Professor Gretchen Mullendore: Research on tropical meteorology in collaboration with Texas A&M University and the University of Melbourne, Australia with visits to meteorology facilities in Tiyan, Guam.