Liberal Arts Departments on the Move

August 19, 2014
people in sociology office in McConnell Hall

The sociology department’s main office is up and running on the third floor of McConnell

Several academic departments and research centers in the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) have moved over the summer and are starting the fall semester in new or renovated locations. Here’s a rundown by building of where departments and centers are now housed.

McConnell Hall

After the move of Paul College to its new home on Garrison Avenue, McConnell Hall underwent extensive renovations in preparation for housing several COLA units:

  • the Department of Psychology on the fourth floor;
  • the Department of Sociology on the third floor; and
  • the Crimes Against Children Research Center, Family Research Lab, and the Foundation’s development team for COLA on the first floor.

Horton Social Science Center

  • Renovations to the third floor of Horton have changed the location of the main office for the Department of Political Science, which will be room number 327 as of August 25th (the office is located in 125 until then).

Huddleston Hall

  • The Justice Studies Program has moved to a different office on the second floor, room 206, most easily accessible by the building side entrance closest to Holloway Commons.
  • Prevention Innovations has moved to the space formerly occupied by Justice Studies on the second floor of Huddleston, room 202.
  • Confucius Institute at UNH has moved from Murkland Hall to the first floor of Huddleston Hall, in the office suite formerly occupied by the Humanities Program, room 104.

Murkland Hall

  • The newly created Department of Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies is located on the third floor of Murkland Hall.


Justiceworks Researcher Recognized for Distinguished Contributions to Research

August 14, 2014

photo of L.A. French

Laurence Armand French ’68 ’70G ’75G, a UNH researcher and affiliate professor of Justiceworks, has been awarded the Distinguished Career Contribution to Research Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (Division 45) of the American Psychological Association. The award recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions in service to the field of ethnic minority psychology as well as ethnic minority communities. French received his award in Washington, DC, earlier this month.

On behalf of Division 45, Professor Luis A. Vázquez of New Mexico University noted that French’s “significant contributions to research have greatly contributed to the understanding of ethnic minorities” and that French is a “great role model” who has demonstrated his commitment to people of color.

French has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology (social disorganization/social psychology) from the University of New Hampshire, a Ph.D. in cultural psychology (educational psychology and measurement) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a M.A. in school psychology from Western New Mexico University. He pursued postdoctoral studies in minorities and criminal justice education at the State University of New York-Albany and completed the post-doctoral prescribing psychology program. He is professor emeritus of psychology from Western New Mexico University. French is a licensed clinical psychologist (Arizona); a Fulbright Scholar (University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina – 2009-2010); and Visiting Endowed Chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (fall semester 2010). He is the winner of a 2014 McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award. He has over 300 publications including 17 books—his latest books are Frog Town: Portrait of a French Canadian Parish in New England (University Press of America, 2014); War Trauma and its Aftermath: An International Perspective on the Balkan and Gulf Wars (University Press of America, 2012); and Running the Border Gauntlet: The Mexican Migrant Controversy (Praeger, 2010).

Faculty Promotions 2014

August 4, 2014

Murkland Hall dome

Dean Kenneth Fuld of the College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce this year’s faculty promotions in the College.

Promoted to the rank of professor are Michael Annicchiarico (music), David Bachrach (history), Kurkpatrick Dorsey (history), Sarah Way Sherman (English), R. Scott Smith (classics, humanities & Italian studies), and Nicholas Smith (philosophy).

Promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure are Rebecca Glauber (sociology), Eleanor Harrison-Buck (anthropology), Josh Lauer (communication), Jessica Lepler (history), Elizabeth Mellyn (history), Thomas Payne (English), Danielle Pillet-Shore (communication), Mary Stampone (geography), Reginald Wilburn (English), and Ann J. Williams (English).

Promoted to the rank of research associate professor is Kristin E. Smith (sociology).

Promoted to the rank of clinical professor is Charles Putnam (justice studies).

Promoted to the rank of clinical associate professor is Joan Glutting (psychology).

Promoted to the rank of Murkland lecturer are Johannes Frank (languages, literatures, and cultures), Clark Knowles (English), and Catherine Peebles (classics, humanities & Italian studies).

Promoted to the rank of senior lecturer are Pam Ikegami (languages, literatures, and cultures), Krista Jackman (English), Kelly Peracchi (psychology), Nancy Sell (English), Oksana Semenova (English), and Leah Williams (English).

Congratulations to all!

Youth Enrichment For Budding Investigators

July 28, 2014

dusting brush and fingerprint

LAST WEEK TO REGISTER! Course registration for Investigating Homicide ends this Friday, August 1 at 4 p.m. Don’t miss out! Course dates: August 4-15, 2014.

Does your son or daughter enjoy CSI? Does he or she aspire to a career as an investigator? If so, your child will love this program! During this online course, students will work with University of New Hampshire Professor Charles Putnam in a 2-week program that explores the world of forensic investigation through case studies in homicide. For youth entering grades 8 – 11.

UNH faculty and staff receive a 50% discount on tuition when they use their UNH emails to register their children.

More info and registration at:

Education Professor Publishes Book on Legal Boundaries of Dress Codes

July 22, 2014

book cover

Todd A. DeMitchell, UNH professor of education and justice studies, has co-authored a book due to be released in early August entitled Student Dress Codes and the First Amendment: Legal Challenges and Policy Issues. Co-author Richard Fossey is the Paul Burdin Endowed Professor of Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The book’s publisher is Rowman & Littlefield.

Students’ early morning decisions about what to wear to school have led many school districts into legal issues and policy challenges. Confederate belt buckles, exposed bellies, sagging pants, political statements, and social commentary have all been banned from schools, and these bans have often resulted in litigation by students who claim their constitutional right to free speech has been violated.

Student Dress Codes and the First Amendment: Legal Challenges and Policy Issues explores the legal issues that arise when a school prohibits various types of student attire. Through an analysis of major Supreme and federal court cases, this volume examines conflicts that arise when administrators juggle a student’s right to free speech with the need to maintain an environment conducive to learning.

DeMitchell is a former public school elementary teacher, principal, director of personnel and labor relations, and superintendent.

The book is available for preorder now from the publisher and major online retailers.

Attention Harry Potter Fans

July 3, 2014

animated photo of James Krasner

REGISTER NOW! Course registration for Reading, Writing, and Storytelling with Harry Potter ends July 11 at 4 p.m. Don’t miss out! Course dates are July 14 – August 1, 2014.

Join Professor James Krasner for a 3-week online adventure that uses the Harry Potter series to help students learn about language, writing, history, art, and culture. For children entering fourth through eighth grade, this dynamic program features rich media and interactive learning.

UNH Faculty and Staff receive a 50% discount on tuition when they use their UNH emails to register their children.

Find out more and register at

“Here’s my take away from the course. First off it was brilliantly taught at the children’s level of understanding. Professor Krasner taught via videos in each section of the course. The array of information he pulled in from a myriad of other sources was phenomenal. ‘O’ kept mentioning over and over again about how much he was learning. He even mentioned once that he might want to go to University of New Hampshire just to study with Professor Krasner.”
–an online parent review. Read the full review.

Music Professor Releases CD of Works by Women

June 23, 2014

CD cover

Click above to listen
Audio: Nocturne (1911) (2:59), Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)

Professor of music and flutist Peggy Vagts has released a new CD of compositions by women, Persistence, Works by Women, 1850-1950: Music for Flute and Piano. Vagts is joined by UNH Murkland lecturer Arlene Kies on piano.

“While the composers on this recording wrote in a variety of styles,” says Vagts, “they all shared one admirable quality: persistence. They persevered as composers despite the many limitations placed on them as women of their era.”

The composers whose works are performed include:

Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
Mélanie Bonis (Mel-Bonis) (1858-1937)
Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896)
Claude Arrieu (Louise Marie Simon) (1903-1990)
Peggy Glanville-Hicks (1912-1990)
Amy Cheney Beach (1867-1944)

Contact the Music Department to purchase a CD.


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