COLA Students Win Critical Language Scholarships from State Department

March 16, 2016
Crystal Napoli and Eden Suoth

Crystal Napoli (l) and Eden Suoth (r)

Crystal Napoli ’18, an honors history and justice studies major, and Eden Suoth ’18, an honors mechanical engineering and philosophy major, won Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to participate in fully funded summer language and cultural immersion programs in China and Indonesia, respectively. Under the U.S. Department of State, the CLS program is part of a U.S. governmental effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Napoli and Suoth are the only students from UNH this year to win the scholarship.

2016 Liberal Arts Student Fellows Named

March 15, 2016

Murkland Hall column

Each year, the College selects a handful of students to represent the University, the College, and their respective academic departments. Students are nominated by department chairs and chosen by the associate dean of the College. Typically seniors, Student Fellows have dynamic backgrounds and stellar academic records. They serve as student ambassadors during the open houses for prospective students, describing their experiences to and answering questions from students and parents. Other responsibilities include meeting with alumni and donors to the College, and representing the College at special events. The Student Fellows program is intended to recognize fine achievement at UNH and provide a way for students to serve the University in their final year of study.

The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce the 2016 Student Fellows: Hannah Drake, an English and International Affairs major from Nashua, N.H.; Ian MacKay, a German and International Affairs major from Peterborough, N.H.; Michael Mignanelli, a classics major from Campton, N.H.; Lauren Percy, a history major from Bow, N.H.; and Stephanie Yee, a psychology major from Concord, N.H.

Click here to read the bios of the student fellows.

UNH Researcher Selected as Fulbright Specialist to Bosnia-Herzegovina

March 14, 2016

photo of L.A. French

Laurence French, senior researcher in Justiceworks and affiliate professor of justice studies, has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist for the Republic of Srpska Ministry of the Interior, Internal Affairs College in Bosnia and Herzegovina to work on their project, “Peace and Conflict Resolution.” French is already on the ground in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he will remain for six weeks, drafting new and amending existing institutional curricula, developing research capacity and publishing relevant publications.

“This is critical assignment given the turmoil in the region with thousands of Middle Eastern and African migrants traversing through the former Yugoslavia and the presence of ISIS in Bosnia,” says French. “This is also the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Dayton Accords that partitioned Bosnia-Herzegovina into two major entities.”

The project is intended to give students, employees and the public new insight into war crimes and restorative justice.

French served as a Fulbright Scholar in 2009-10 at the University of Sarajevo on the faculty of criminal sciences.

COLA Faculty Honored with University Awards and Professorships

March 11, 2016

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Faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts have been selected for a number of prestigious University awards.

Faculty university-wide awards for 2016 have gone to Gregory McMahon and Judy Sharkey. Gregory McMahon, Associate Professor of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies, won the Jean Brierley Award for Excellence in Teaching, recognizing excellence in teaching by a faculty member over the course of a long-term distinguished career at UNH. Judy Sharkey, Associate Professor of Education, won the Excellence in International Engagement Award, which recognizes exceptional international engagement by a UNH faculty member.

Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2016 have gone to Amy Boylan, Associate Professor of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies; Stephanie Harzewski, Senior Lecturer in English; and Susan Siggelakis, Associate Professor of Political Science.

Four of the eight University professorships were awarded to College faculty. Victoria Banyard, Professor of Psychology, received the Class of 1941 Professorship Award, which honors a UNH faculty member for outstanding teaching and research or public service. David Kaye, Professor of Theatre, received the Class of 1940 Professorship Award, recognizing a UNH faculty member for outstanding interdisciplinary teaching and research. Rochelle Lieber, Professor of English and Linguistics, received the Carpenter Professorship, an award that honors an outstanding faculty member. Jason Sokol, Associate Professor of History, received the Arthur K. Whitcomb Professorship, recognizing excellence in teaching. The professorships carry three-year terms beginning July 1, 2016.

Marla Brettschneider, Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies, has been named the next Pamela Shulman Professor in European and Holocaust Studies, with a term beginning September 1, 2017. This College professorship recognizes an outstanding tenured faculty member who will contribute to the study of European and Holocaust studies in the classroom as well as in research.

The Center for the Humanities has named Meghan Howey, Associate Professor of Anthropology, the next James H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Professor of Humanities, a chair established to be a focal point for research and teaching on New Hampshire’s history, culture and government. Professor Howey’s five-year term begins in the fall of 2016.

New Associate Deans Named in COLA

March 10, 2016

Brett Gibson and Mary Rhiel

Brett Gibson, associate professor of psychology, has been named associate dean of faculty for the College of Liberal Arts, effective July 1, 2016. Current associate dean and professor of geography Alasdair Drysdale will be stepping down from the position at the conclusion of this academic year. Gibson’s responsibilities will include oversight of a number of important faculty areas including faculty appointments, the promotion and tenure process, lecturer promotions, computing, professional development funds, annual faculty and departmental reports, and sponsored research. “As a faculty, we often become insular and necessarily focus on our own scholarship and department. I am looking forward to working with faculty across the diverse programs offered by the College of Liberal Arts,” says Gibson, who brings 13 years of experience to UNH, including service as coordinator of the neuroscience and behavior major as well as acting chair of the Department of Psychology.

Mary Rhiel, interim senior vice provost of academic affairs and associate professor of German, has been named associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts, effective June 1, 2016. John T. Kirkpatrick, named senior vice provost and dean of students earlier this year, had served in the associate dean role, with only a 2-year hiatus, since 1988. Rhiel’s responsibilities will include oversight of key undergraduate and graduate areas including student academic matters, student recruitment, study abroad, student conduct, student scholarship, career advising and curriculum. Rhiel brings many years of service to the University including the current year in Academic Affairs, two years as faculty fellow in the Dean’s Office, and chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Rhiel also created the Berlin summer study abroad program, serving as its director since 2009. “I care deeply about students and believe strongly in the value of a liberal arts education. I am excited to assume a position in the College of Liberal Arts in which both are central to the work I’ll be doing,” says Rhiel.

Dean Kenneth Fuld, who himself will be stepping down at the end of the academic year, has invited the newly appointed associate deans to work alongside the Dean’s Office staff this spring, whenever possible, in order to aid with a smooth transition. “Professors Gibson and Rhiel are and will continue to be wonderful assets to the College,” says Fuld. “They will be key figures in supporting the incoming dean, Dr. Heidi Bostic, as she familiarizes herself with the faculty, staff and programs in the College.”

The Motherhood Business

March 9, 2016

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Associate professor of communication Jennifer Borda has co-edited a collection of essays about the motherhood industry.

“The Motherhood Business: Consumption, Communication & Privilege” follows the harried mother’s path into the anxious maelstrom of intelligent toys, healthy foods and meals, and educational choices. It also traces how some enterprising mothers leverage cultural capital and rhetorical vision to create thriving baby- and child-based businesses of their own, as evidenced by the rise of mommy bloggers and “mompreneurs”over the last decade. Starting with the rapidly expanding global fertility market, “The Motherhood Business” explores the intersection of motherhood, consumption and privilege in the context of fertility tourism, international adoption and transnational surrogacy. The synergy between motherhood and the marketplace demonstrated across the essays affirms the stronghold of “intensive mothering ideology” in decisions over what mothers buy and how they brand their businesses even as that ideology evolves. Across diverse contexts, the volume also identifies how different forms or privilege shape how mothers construct their identities through their consumption and entrepreneurship.

Borda specializes in rhetoric, feminist studies and democratic deliberation. She is author of “Women Labor Activists in the Movies: Nine Depictions of Workplace Organizers, 1954-2005” (McFarland Publishers, 2010).

More information about the book can be found at the publisher’s website.

David Kaye Named 2016 Lindberg Award Recipient

March 2, 2016

David Kaye

David Kaye, professor of theatre, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Lindberg Award, given annually to the outstanding teacher-scholar in the College of Liberal Arts.

Professor Kaye earned a B.S. at Castleton State College and an M.F.A. in acting at Brandeis University. He was appointed to the UNH faculty in 1996.

Professor Kaye’s scholarly and creative work focuses on acting, directing, playwriting and applied theatre. He deftly produces, directs and performs a wide range of material, from the ancient Greeks to contemporary works, at UNH and for equity and non-equity companies regionally. As a playwright, Kaye’s most recent endeavor has been a one-man tragi-comedy, which he also performs, titled “How I Brought Peace to the Middle East.” Based on his experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in Israel, the play had two successful runs in Portsmouth and was selected for inclusion in a juried festival of one-person plays on Broadway. Kaye’s innovative work often involves collaboration across cultures, disciplines and even geographic locales, such as his 2013 multi-media production “Estranged,” performed at the University of Southern Maine and UNH simultaneously through video simulcast and other technologies. His applied theatre work stretches the bounds of theatre further, moving into the realms of social justice and workplace training. For example, Kaye founded Powerplay, a professional company that creates interactive theatre performances for personal and institutional development. PowerPlay has worked with New Hampshire Easter Seals, Primax Incorporated and several programs run by the National Science Foundation. In short, Kaye has been a champion for theatre, working hard to demonstrate that the discipline is exciting and relevant not only in the Paul Creative Arts Center but also in many other areas of our culture.

Professor Kaye’s commitment to theatre pedagogy registers loudly with his students. With enthusiasm, patience and sensitivity, he challenges them to take big risks and be courageous. Students accept the challenge and recognize its value. What comes through in their testimony about Professor Kaye’s teaching is that his lessons in the classroom are really lessons about life. One student sums up the sentiment: “He taught me things this semester that will forever change the way I approach performing and even everyday life.” Professor Kaye has been recognized for his outstanding work with students on multiple occasions. In 2009, he won both a UNH Excellence in Teaching Award and the Leonidas A. Nickole Theatre Educator of the Year Award from the New England Theatre Conference. He won the University Social Justice Award in 2010 and the Outstanding Associate Professor Award in 2012.

Professor Kaye has demonstrated that he possesses the highest qualities of scholarship and teaching and is most deserving of the Lindberg Award.

The annual Gary Lindberg Award was established by the College of Liberal Arts in 1986 in memory of Professor Gary Lindberg of the Department of English. Professor Lindberg was an exceptional scholar and outstanding teacher whose dedication and service to the University of New Hampshire as well as the wider community exemplified the highest academic standards and ideals. In memory of Professor Lindberg and as a means of publicly supporting superior faculty accomplishment, the College of Liberal Arts annually recognizes one truly outstanding scholar and teacher within the College. The recipient is invited to present the Lindberg Lecture to the public during the following academic year.

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