Stanley used a semester-long faculty research leave to finish a book in what he calls the somewhat new and hybrid genre of creative non-fiction. His book features Lucinda Williams, a critically acclaimed vocalist and songwriter. Stanley spent time at stops along her concert tour and describes his finished product as part biography, part memoir and part travel narrative. He says the project strengthened his ability to teach within a recently added writing track within the English major at Union. Stanley had been teaching at Union for 21 years prior to his leave in spring 2011. He says the research leave made his book possible and reinvigorated his classroom teaching.
Stanley: "Union, while retaining its teaching focus, has given us more and more opportunities for research. Folks should take advantage of that."