UNH Professors Receive Spencer Grant for Education Research

July 31, 2015

Education professors Emilie Reagan and Thomas Schram have been awarded a research grant from the Spencer Foundation to support research on how and if teacher education performance assessments effectively prepare teachers for the classroom and their first year of teaching. The $50,000 grant project will inform the work that Reagan, Schram, and faculty across five New Hampshire higher education institutions have been conducting to develop an effective state-wide assessment tool for teacher candidates.

“Across the nation, calls for performance assessments in teacher preparation are widespread,” write Reagan and Schram in their grant proposal. “Many states now require performance assessments as part of teacher licensure and program approval processes. However, there is a lack of knowledge surrounding the impact of performance assessments on teacher learning and practice beyond teacher preparation—that is, how performance assessments support teacher learning over time.”

Reagan and Schram intend to close those gaps in knowledge. They also hope their findings will inform the ways teacher preparation performance assessments are implemented throughout the United States—with an eye to enhancing teacher learning and teaching effectiveness from preparation to practice.

“Receiving the highly competitive Spencer grant is something few are able to do and signals leadership in education on a national scale,” says Leslie Couse, chair and associate professor of education at UNH.

New UNH Fellowships Available in the Humanities

July 29, 2015

The UNH Center for the Humanities has announced a new funding opportunity for UNH faculty: Fellowships in Publicly Engaged Humanities. Up to three fellowships of $5,000 each will be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year. These awards will enable individual humanities scholars or teams of scholars to undertake collaborative projects, partnering with community or other public organizations, bringing humanities scholarship to bear in the context of advancing democracy, civic life, and the public good. The deadline for proposals is October 30, 2015.

The announcement can be read here.

For criteria, guidelines, deadlines, and more, please see this page.

New Book Analyzes Role of New Hampshire Primary

July 21, 2015

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Andrew E. Smith has co-written a book that examines the history and impacts that the New Hampshire first-in-the-nation primary has on American presidential politics. The First Primary: New Hampshire’s Outsize Role in Presidential Nominations is co-authored with David W. Moore, senior fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH and former vice president of the Gallup Organization. Smith is associate professor of practice in political science at UNH and director of the UNH Survey Center. He oversees the Granite State Poll, a quarterly survey of public opinion and public policy.

Since 1952, the primary election in a small, not very diverse New England state has had a disproportionate impact on the U.S. presidential nomination process and the ensuing general election. Although just a handful of delegates are at stake, the New Hampshire primary has become a massive media event and a reasonably reliable predictor of a campaign’s ultimate success or failure.

Available from the publisher and major online retailers.

UNH Furniture Makers Featured in Concord, NH Exhibit

July 2, 2015
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Library Stand by David Masury

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association is sponsoring an exhibition that celebrates the work of furniture makers who have studied in UNH’s Department of Art and Art History. This free exhibition opened earlier this month and runs through September 7 at the Furniture Masters Gallery at 49 South Main Street in Concord, NH.

The fourth exhibition in the Association’s “Schools of Thought” series, this show examines work by graduates of the UNH program and considers the ways in which their education shaped their development as artists. Artists include Michael Ciardelli, Jeffrey Cooper, David Masury, John McAlevey, Fred Puksta, Mark Ragonese, and Molly Thunberg. The work of UNH Associate Professor of Art Leah Woods is also on display.

“The Furniture Masters group, both the UNH alumni who are part of it, and those who hail from elsewhere, are incredibly talented and generous with their time and knowledge,” says Woods. “They easily share techniques, ideas, and thoughts about each other’s work. This is an important dynamic of the group for me. Sometimes people can feel proprietary over their ideas, but the people in this group have such an open, supportive attitude–they want to succeed and make great work and they want others to be equally successful. I feel lucky to be connected to these artists.”

The Furniture Masters Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gallery is closed on Sundays.

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