Northwestern announces sabbatical leaves

Sabbaticals have been granted to three Northwestern College faculty. Michael Andres and Juyeon Kang will be on sabbatical for the full 2010–11 school year, while Dan Young’s sabbatical is for the spring 2011 semester.

Andres, associate professor of religion, plans to complete his book manuscript, Christian Witness: Introducing the Whole Gospel Through Evangelism, Justice and Apologetics. His sabbatical will include visits to holistic ministry sites on the East Coast and a one-month stay at the Cary Christian Center in Mississippi. Andres also will continue his research and writing on a theology of consumerism. A member of Northwestern’s faculty since 1998, he holds a doctorate in philosophy of religion from the King’s College, University of London. He served for six years on the Commission on Theology for the Reformed Church in America.

Kang, associate professor of music, will study piano at the University of Vienna and attend master classes at various European institutions during her sabbatical. Her main goal is to grow in her understanding of German piano literature and culture. She will develop a recital program consisting of various German composers’ pieces. A member of Northwestern’s faculty since 2003, Kang has performed extensively on four continents. She earned doctoral and master’s degrees in piano performance and literature, as well as a master’s degree in pedagogy of music theory, at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

Young, associate professor of political science, will work on several scholarly articles, many of which deal with the theme of political realism. Among his projects will be articles about the relationship of political liberalism and natural law. A member of Northwestern’s faculty since 2002, Young has presented papers at several academic conferences and has contributed chapters to two books. He earned a doctorate in political science at Temple University and a master’s degree in public and international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.