The Berman Sabbatical Award

The Harry and Deborah Berman Sabbatical Fund

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Berman, faculty who are awarded sabbatical leaves may apply for supplemental funding to assist with sabbatical expenses. During his years at UIS, Dr. Harry J. Berman served as a gerontology professor, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Interim Chancellor. Deborah M. Berman served in a variety of central administrative positions at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Through the fund, the Bermans continue their commitment to academic and faculty excellence.

Awards are granted through a competitive review and selection process. Application materials and review criteria can be found on the UIS Faculty Research and Scholarship Support page.

2019 Award

Jennifer Manthei

Anthropological Studies of Children in Foster Care

  • Jennifer Manthei, Associate Professor of Sociology/Anthropology

Project Summary:

The purpose of Dr. Manthei’s sabbatical is to pursue specialization in anthropological and interdisciplinary childhood studies, with particular attention to foster care and adoption models and assessment. Dr. Manthei’s previous anthropological research focused on the lifestyles of disadvantaged teenage girls in Brazil.

2018 Award

Pilot implementation of accessible theatre shop and craft spaces across the countryDathan Powell

  • Dathan Powell, Associate Professor of Theatre

Project Summary:

Dathan Powell, MFA, has been researching accessible design in the scene shop at the UIS Theatre program, and in related classes, for students with physical and cognitive disabilities.  He will spend his Spring 2019 sabbatical on campuses around the country, sharing his research results and learning how to implement his designs in different types of institutions and student populations.