The Kathleen Cheek-Milby Endowed Faculty Fellowship is named for Dr. Kathleen Cheek-Milby, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Citizenship and Education at Lynn University. From 1999 to 2007, she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lynn.
Announced in Fall 2008, the Board of Trustees initially established this endowment for institution-wide faculty development on a bi-annual basis to promote faculty scholarly development in teaching and research. It was Dr. Cheek-Milby’s expressed desire that these funds be directed to support the faculty in honor of their dedication to the mission of Lynn and to excellence in international education.
In 2020, Lynn University Clinical Mental Health Counseling Professor Dr. Jonathan Sperry completed an evaluation of how psychological trauma therapy is applied around the world.
Dr. Sperry's research concluded that mental health professionals in the trauma-care field outside of the United States were "largely underprepared, and not feeling competent." As a result of his sabbatical experience, he is even more committed to advocating for the development of mental health professionals worldwide.
Dr. Valeria Fabj, Professor in the College of Communication and Design, performed research on the controversy surrounding forced sterilizations of Peruvian women under the Fujimori regime (1995-2001). Dr. Fabj traveled to Peru in Fall 2018 and interviewed victims of forced sterilizations as well as members of various human rights organizations who are advocating for this population. Her research was supported by the Kathleen Cheek-Milby Faculty Fellowship.
In 2016, religious studies Professor Dr. Mark Luttio began a five-month journey to the world’s religious epicenters with nothing more than a single change of clothes and his laptop tucked into an ordinary backpack.
Luttio traveled 100,000 miles, visiting 55 cities in 17 countries. He spent a month in Asia, two months in the Middle East, a month in Europe and a month in India. Made possible by the Kathleen Cheek-Milby Endowed Faculty Fellowship, his journey focused on promoting global understanding. Such a broad, encompassing topic becomes manageable the moment it becomes personal, he said.
Luttio began his journey in Japan in December 2016 with J-Term students. In Kyoto, they were served by a 16th generation tea master. The tea ceremony is a Zen ritual focused on being present in the moment.
2015: Civil Society, Political Agency, and Environmental Problem-Solving: Solutions from Marginalized Indigenous Peoples and Women
In 2015, Dr. Marchéta Wright received the Kathleen Cheek-Milby Faculty Fellowship award. Shortly thereafter, she focused her career-long research in human rights of indigenous peoples, gender roles and the environment on “investigating the ways in which local communities identify and address problems related to living in marginalizing conditions.” The research has taken place in Kenya, upstate New York, southern Ontario and India.
Barbara R. Barry
Dr. Barbara Barry, Professor of Musicology in the Conservatory of Music, became the first faculty member to win the Kathleen Cheek-Milby Endowed Faculty Fellowship Award in 2009.
Dr. Barry’s project promotes establishing a relationship between the Jerusalem Music Center (JMC), a renowned conservatory in Israel, and Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music through the establishment of an integrated curriculum and opportunities for faculty and student exchange and an international partnership.