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.”


Celebration for Dean Kenneth Fuld Announced

March 1, 2016

Kenneth Fuld photo

A celebration for Dean Kenneth Fuld and his years of service to the Department of Psychology, the College of Liberal Arts and the University of New Hampshire will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Huddleston Hall Ballroom. Dean Fuld will be stepping down in June of 2016. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

An RSVP is requested by April 10, 2016. Please click here to RSVP.

Fuld joined the UNH Psychology Department in 1979 after spending three years as a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow at Brown University. He earned his Ph. D. in psychology from Dartmouth College and his B.A. in psychology from Northeastern University. After serving as chair of UNH’s Psychology Department for more than eight years, Fuld joined the Dean’s Office as Associate Dean in January 2008. He was appointed Interim Dean in July of that year, and became Dean in July 2010. Fuld’s field of research, broadly construed, is neuroscience, with an emphasis on vision and visual perception. He has published in leading journals on the topics of color vision, spatial vision, and physiological optics and has taught courses ranging from Introduction to Psychology at the undergraduate level to advanced seminars in color vision and the development of vision at the graduate level.


“Frozen” Screenwriter/Director Jennifer Lee ’92 Visits COLA

May 16, 2014

Academy Award winner Jennifer Lee ’92 (English major) arrived on campus today. She will be delivering the commencement address tomorrow to the class of 2014. She spent some time this morning visiting with students, faculty, and staff in the Liberal Arts Dean’s Office in Murkland Hall. It turns out that, as an undergrad, Ms. Lee took a psychology course taught by Dean Fuld. Who knew?

Jennifer Lee speaks with Molly Foye '14 and Graham Turner '14

Jennifer Lee speaks with Molly Foye ’14 and Graham Turner ’14

Jennifer Lee and Dean Ken Fuld

Jennifer Lee and Dean Ken Fuld

A parting shot

A parting shot

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A COLA Homecoming

October 16, 2013
The guests of honor, Charles Simic (left) and John Angelopoulos (right)

The guests of honor, Charles Simic (left) and John Angelopoulos (right)

The College of Liberal Arts kicked off its Homecoming celebration over the weekend with a Dean’s Reception featuring the poetry of Charles Simic and the paintings of John Angelopoulos. The Special Collections room of the Dimond Library was packed with alumni, faculty, students, administrators, staff, and community members.

Attendees view Angelopoulos's paintings. Simic's poems are mounted below each painting.

Attendees view John Angelopoulos’s paintings. Charles Simic’s poems are mounted below each painting.

Angelopoulos is a Portsmouth-based painter who, upon reading Simic’s poetry, said he “saw” the poems and could relate to their darkness and humor. He was inspired to paint what he saw. The show on Friday consisted of 12 of Angelopoulos’s oil paintings, accompanied by the text of the poems on which they were based. Simic read six of the poems.

The audience rapt as Simic reads his poetry.

The audience rapt as Charles Simic reads his poetry.

Simic is professor emeritus of English at UNH but still teaches poetry in the M.F.A. in Writing program. He is considered one of the most prominent poets writing today and has won a number of major literary prizes and honors, among them the Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, the Robert Frost Medal, and the Vilcek Prize in Literature. He was appointed as U.S. Poet Laureate in 2007.

left to right: Mr. John Angelopoulos, Provost Lisa MacFarlane, Dean Kenneth Fuld, and Professor Charles Simic.

left to right: John Angelopoulos; Lisa MacFarlane, Provost; Kenneth Fuld, Dean; and Charles Simic


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