Distinguished Elon faculty receive research fellowships

Three Elon faculty members have been awarded senior faculty research fellowships for the next two academic years to pursue extensive study in their fields. The recipients will be rewarded a two-course reassignment, as well as $2,000 per year in research funding.

Kevin Boyle, Megan Squire and David Crowe were selected by The Presidential Task Force on Scholarship for their established records of scholarship and strong project proposals with the potential to significantly advance their research agendas. Faculty with a minimum of seven years at the university were considered starting in early fall.

“I was pretty surprised that I was picked because I figured it was a long shot and people might not understand the work I do,” Squire said. “But I’m excited to be one of the three chosen. It is really an honor.”

Since 2004, Squire has been studying the creation of free, libre and open source software (FLOSS). A computer science professor at Elon, she strives to integrate her research into the classroom.

“There are very clear ties between the way I use database and data mining techniques in my research and the courses I teach,” she said. “Working with me on research projects provides a nice introduction for students who want to work on real-world applications. Students can contribute to the FLOSS project individually through undergraduate research projects and in the classroom as project-based assignments.”

Boyle, professor and chair of the Department of English, said he believes the fellowship can change his work in the classroom.

“My writing always informs my teaching,” he said. “I discover new things all the time when I write and I try to transfer that information to students in my classes.”

For all three recipients of the fellowship, the course-reassignment will allow the time for research, independent study and writing.

“If I teach three classes a semester,” Boyle said, “I really can’t write or revise very much during the school year, but with this fellowship I will be able to write much more often.”

Writing is also the primary focus for David Crowe, professor of history and of legal history at Elon’s School of Law. With the fellowship, Crowe plans to begin his biography of the Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin.

Lemkin originally coined the term genocide and was a driving force in the acquisition of justice for Armenians and Jews.

“What I’m going to do is start back in Poland,” Crowe said. “And try to piece together his story there, his life from birth to death.”

Before traveling to Europe to begin research for the biography, Crowe plans to use the award to finish his current project “War Crimes, Genocide, and Justice: A Global History,” which focuses on issues that were of interest to Lemkin.

“Lemkin wanted to write a book like this but never got the chance,” he said. “It’s not that I’m following in his footsteps, but it makes me feel good that it’s something he wanted to do too.”

The distinguished faculty recognized that through this fellowship they have received the opportunity to further discover what interests them most, expanding their depth of understanding and that of their students.

“I love to write, I love the exhilaration of creating something out of nothing and I like the sense that all parts of my life come together in my writing,” Boyle said. “I’m really very thankful that Elon has created this type of fellowship. It really will be a great help in my writing and my teaching.”

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