Todd A. DeMitchell, UNH professor of education, has been named the John and H. Irene Peters Professor in Education, an endowed professorship that will support DeMitchell’s teaching, research, service, and other activities.
“Professor DeMitchell has a long and impressive record of scholarship, teaching, and service at UNH,” says Ken Fuld, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “His dedication to the field of education and his obvious passion for it make him a perfect choice for this honor.”
DeMitchell was appointed to the UNH faculty in 1990. His teaching and research focus on the impact of legal mechanisms–such as court cases, statutes, and collective bargaining–on schools and colleges, including such topics as sexual abuse and legal remedies, school uniforms and free speech, affirmative action, educational malpractice, and collective bargaining and educational reform. His most recent book is Student Dress Codes and the First Amendment: Legal Challenges and Policy Issues (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), which he co-authored with Richard Fossey of the University of Louisiana. At UNH, DeMitchell has been honored with the Lamberton Professorship in Justice Studies, the 2010 Distinguished Professor Award, and a 1997 Teaching Excellence Award. DeMitchell earned a B.A. and M.A.T. at the University of LaVerne, an M.A. at the University of California at Davis, and an Ed.D. at the University of Southern California.
The John and H. Irene Peters Professorship in Education was established in 2013 by Brian M. Peters ’77, his wife Ann-Frances Peters ’78, and their son Matthew in honor of John and Irene, the parents of Brian Peters.
Irene Peters attended UNH at the age of 39 after the death of her husband John, when her two sons were still quite young. John’s final request of his wife was: “Please, make sure the boys go to college.” Irene showed the way. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in education, and a certificate of advanced study. Her perseverance and dedication were transformative for Brian, who developed a life-long love of learning. Both Brian and his brother Douglas went on to graduate from the University of New Hampshire.