COLA Faculty Awarded Professorships

March 30, 2017

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Five faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts have received professorship awards, effective July 2017.

University professorships are supported through the generosity of donors and awarded to faculty members who have demonstrated the highest levels of excellence in teaching, scholarship (including the creative arts) and service over an extended period of time. The UNH provost awards professorships based on nominations from deans. Each professorship carries a 3-year term.

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Michele Dillon of the department of sociology will be the Class of 1944 Professor. The award recognizes an outstanding faculty member.

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Kurk Dorsey of the department of history will be the Class of 1938 Professor. Established by alumni from that class, this award recognizes excellence in teaching.

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Nora Draper of the communication department will be the Roland H. O’Neal Professor. Established by Virginia O’Neal in memory of her husband, who was a member of the UNH Class of 1934, this award recognizes an outstanding untenured member of the teaching faculty.

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Kenneth Johnson of the department of sociology will be the Class of 1940 Professor. This professorship, established in honor of the 50th reunion of the Class of 1940, recognizes a UNH faculty member for outstanding interdisciplinary teaching and research. Johnson is also a senior demographer at the Carsey School of Public Policy.

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Mary Stampone of the department of geography will be the
 Class of 1941 Professor. Established with a gift from that class, this award recognizes outstanding teaching, research or public service, especially from an international perspective.


Passing: Professor Emeritus John Shotter

December 12, 2016

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Remembrance by John Lannamann, associate professor of communication:

We received the sad news that our former colleague and good friend John Shotter died at his home in Whittlesford, England. John came to the Communication Department in 1991 and served as chair of the department from 1999 until 2001. He retired from UNH in 2004.

John was a prolific scholar and an extremely humble person. Although hired as a full professor, we were obliged to wait out the mandatory two-year period before presenting his case for tenure. One of his letter writers, Jerome Bruner, was incredulous that we would put someone with John’s record through such a process. He was right, but John would be the last to remind us of that fact. At the time, John had well over 100 publications appearing in a broad range of journals spanning many disciplines. Without the benefit of an institutionally mandated C.V., we’ve now lost count of his publication record since leaving UNH, but we know from following his work that the pace has kept up. Just last month, he published his most recent book, “Speaking, Actually: Towards a New ‘Fluid’ Common-Sense Understanding of Relational Becomings.” That book completes a life-long project that began with “Images of Man in Psychological Research” in 1975. In each of his nine subsequent books, he continued to upset our standard assumptions about how to study humans.

We’ll miss John. He was a good friend and a generous colleague who was at home in the Communication Department but kept ties with his original discipline of psychology while reaching out to kindred spirits in philosophy, sociology, anthropology and education. The College of Liberal Arts was fortunate to have him with us.

Professor Shotter was professor emeritus of communication. He passed away on December 8, 2016.


“Iris,” Award Winning Documentary to Screen, with Producer Q&A

April 1, 2016

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The documentary film “Iris” will be shown at UNH on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building, Theatre II. This event is free and open to the public.

From legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (“Grey Gardens,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Salesman”), “Iris” pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire.

The film won the Best Documentary Feature Audience Award at the 2014 Hamptons International Film Festival and was nominated for the 2015 Indiewire Critics’ Poll for Best Documentary.

Two of the film’s producers will be present to answer questions after the screening: Rebekah Maysles (daughter of Albert Maysles), and Laura Coxson (long time producer with Albert and David Maysles).

Don’t miss the screening of this excellent film, and this rare opportunity to discuss documentary filmmaking with people who have worked with the masters of the genre.

This event is sponsored by the UNH Department of Communication. It is made possible by the UNH Provost’s office and by a grant from the Class of 1954 Academic Enrichment Fund.

Contact Bri Smith at the Communication Department with any questions: Brianna.Smith@unh.edu.


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.


2015 University-Wide Student Awards Announced

May 14, 2015

Each spring, university-wide, competitive achievement awards are given to only a dozen or so of the most accomplished and impressive undergraduates at UNH. This year, five liberal arts students won awards.

An award ceremony to honor these students was held on May 5.

Stephanie Kuhn and Larry Brickner-Wood

The Class of 1899 Prize was awarded to Stephanie A. Kuhn, a women’s studies and communication major from Kittery, Maine. The award recognizes a senior who has developed the highest ideals of good citizenship during his or her course of study. Stephanie is pictured here with one of her nominators, Rev. Larry Brickner-Wood.

Philip Horner-Richardson and Subrena Smith

The Frederick Smith Book Award went to Philip A. Horner-Richardson, a philosophy major from Cornish, N.H. This award recognizes the most meritorious student and supports the purchase of books. Philip is pictured here with one of his nominators, philosophy professor Subrena Smith.

Bryan Merrill and Lisa MacFarlane

The Jere A. Chase Service Award was awarded to Bryan W. Merrill, a political science and international affairs dual major from Londonderry, N.H. This award honors the graduating senior who has displayed outstanding service to the University. Bryan is pictured here with Provost Lisa MacFarlane.

Hannah Waller and Georgeann Murphy

The UNH Award of Excellence was awarded to Hannah M. Waller, a political science and international affairs dual major from Spokane, Wash. This award recognizes excellence in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Hannah is pictured here with one of her nominators, Georgeann Murphy, international research coordinator at UNH’s Hamel Center.

The Hood Achievement Prize was awarded to Cory McKenzie, a history, philosophy, and classics triple major from Hampstead, N.H. This award recognizes the senior man who shows the greatest promise through character, scholarship, leadership, and usefulness to humanity. Cory was studying abroad in Japan at the time of the award ceremony.

Congratulations to all!


COLA Students on Winning Teams in Holloway Competition

May 13, 2015

A.J. Asbury, a junior political science major, was on the winning team in the 2015 Paul J. Holloway Innovation-to-Market Prize, for his team’s company, Everton’s Organics. Sixty teams submitted registrations for the competition. Forty teams were invited to participate in the first round of the competition, with 20 teams moving on to the Bud Albin Challenge Round. The field was narrowed to just six teams for the May 5 finals, where the competitors vied for cash and other prizes valued at more than $75,000.

Everton’s Organics is a company intended to provide organic fertilizer to organic farmers. The product was touted by team members as more sustainable than most organic fertilizers, with locally sourced components that would otherwise have been discarded. In addition to Asbury, the interdisciplinary team included Ian Marshall from CEPS, Everton Parkinson from COLSA, and Sean Whittier from Paul College.

Lauren Rhodes, an English/journalism and communication double major, was part of the team that earned second place for MediaBite, a company providing the conduit for pay-per-article media consumption for end users of digital written media.

The Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation-to-Market Competition honors the student team submitting the best strategies for starting, acquiring, or expanding a business venture. Now in its 27th year, the competition leads to the presentation of cash awards to the winning teams and the runners-up for plans that demonstrate significant opportunities for innovation and growth, capital gain, and the potential for implementation.


2014-2015 COLA Student Fellows Named

January 13, 2015

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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 2014-15 Student Fellows:

  • Ben Bertrand, a history major in the Honors Program from Wakefield, Mass. Passionate about history, Ben is particularly interested in Crusade history and the material culture of weapons and armor. Last summer, he received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from UNH to conduct research into depictions of Muslims in illuminated manuscripts. He also works as a research assistant for history professor Lucy Salyer, who is doing research on expatriation laws in the 19th century. Last year, he was awarded the Charles Clark Prize by the Department of History for the best undergraduate research paper. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, martial arts, and theatre.
  • Gennifer Davidson, a communication major with a business applications option from Lee, N.H. Gennifer is editor-in-chief of Comm-Entary, the Department of Communication’s undergraduate research journal. She is the business manager of Lambda Pi Eta, a member of the communication honor society, a writer for Her Campus, and has worked as a peer advisor during first-year orientations. Gennifer has interned for New Hampshire Public Television, The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, The Boston Celtics, and The Boston Bruins. She received the J. Gregg Sanborn Alumni Association Scholarship for her contributions to the UNH community through demonstrated leadership and involvement with campus activities.
  • Nadine Maliakkal, an honors psychology major from Rochester, N.Y. Nadine is a member of Dr. Ellen Cohn’s Legal Socialization Lab. She received the Undergraduate Research Conference Award of Excellence in 2013 for her research. She was subsequently awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to continue research on parental factors and how they influence adolescent engagement in rule-violating behaviors. She is co-author of an article that is currently in preparation for the Journal of Research on Adolescence. In addition, Nadine is a synchronized skater who has not only skated for UNH at the national level, but has also been elected president of UNH’s Synchronized Skating Team for the past two years.
  • Daniel S. Roberts, an English teaching major from Sandown, N.H. An avid believer that anyone can be taught and that there is no excuse for failing a student, Daniel plans to earn a master’s degree and teach in inner-city schools. He intends to study and implement innovative pedagogical techniques that will enable him to empower all students to live according to their passions and succeed in any goal they truly wish to accomplish. In his down time, Daniel enjoys surfing the coast, skating the streets, and biking the vast roads that New Hampshire has to offer.
  • Hannah Waller, a dual major in political science and international affairs from Spokane, Wash. Hannah is deeply interested in the field of human rights. She has interned at Amnesty International in Washington, D.C., conducted field research on human rights in Bosnia-Herzegovina through a UNH International Research Opportunities Program grant, and studied peace and human rights at Lancaster University in the UK. Throughout her time at UNH, Hannah has been involved in a variety of clubs and held numerous executive positions, including founder and former president of Amnesty International UNH, former president of STAND (United to End Genocide), former secretary of UNH Model United Nations, and member of Buddies Without Borders.

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