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Wadley, Mack & Madsen Earn Sabbaticals

Wadley, Mack & Madsen Earn Sabbaticals

: Photos courtesy of Cornish College of the Arts.

Superior performance and engaging proposals earn Peter Mack, Wade Madsen and Preston Wadley sabbaticals from Cornish to pursue their professional work.

One of the main engines that makes Cornish College of the Arts go is that its professors are working professionals. Time spent outside the classroom can be as valuable to the College as time spent in, as these professionals share their work experiences with students. All Cornish faculty are working all the time no matter what, but at certain junctures, the College offers blocks of time away — sabbaticals — to professors who have earned it by service, merit or both. This academic year, three faculty members have been selected to receive sabbaticals: Preston Wadley, Peter Mack and Wade Madsen.

“Academic sabbaticals provide the needed time away from teaching and service to re-charge, renew, and ensure that the persons working most directly with our students are at the top of their game,” writes Jenifer K. Ward, Interim Provost and Vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Ward continues, “Sabbaticals have long been part of academic culture and take their name from the concept of ‘sabbath’—a time to stop, refresh, and reflect. Faculty members on sabbatical use the uninterrupted time to dig deep into artistic or scholarly projects, or to complete work that would otherwise go unfinished due to teaching and service responsibilities. This year’s awardees were recognized by the faculty selection committee for their years of dedicated service to the College and for the strength of their sabbatical project proposals.”

The Faculty Sabbatical Committee reviewed excellent proposals from faculty members and, after thorough deliberation, made recommendations for awarding sabbaticals —two based on seniority and one on merit.
For seniority, Preston Wadley, Art, was awarded a sabbatical “to practice and deepen his craft in sustained fashion.” From Music, Peter Mack will go on sabbatical “to record a CD (working title: Unknown Twentieth Century Masterpieces).”

For merit, Wade Madsen, Dance, was awarded a sabbatical “to work collaboratively on an extended dance theater performance work, one in process and drawing on previous work with Cornish students and one new work with Dayna Hanson and her company.”

Madsen plans to extend work he has done at Cornish. “I intend to spend my time working with more mature dancers who are will into their careers along with some recent graduates,” Madsen writes in his proposal, “and focus on creating an extended dance theater performance work. Some aspects of this new work will be a concerted reexamination of recent work set previously on Cornish students over the past few years.”

Mack has professional aspirations to fulfill. “I need to record a CD, both for artistic and professional fulfillment,” he writes. “I have made recordings with other people, and they have met with critical success, but I have yet to make a solo CD, and that needs to change. My professional recording will do many things: I will have examples of my work to use in promoting my performing career; I feel I have something artistic to say, and I was to say it; the works I want to record are undeservedly neglected, and I would like for them to be heard; it will show my students that I can do as well as teach.”

For Wadley, the sabbatical is about teaching enrichment: “My activities on sabbatical will be to research, execute and promote a new body of work,” writes Wadley. “It is crucial that I practice my craft and advance my career as an artist, thus allowing me to teach from a position of pragmatic professionalism as well as theory and technique.”


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