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.

photo of Michele Dillon

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

photo of Kurk Dorsey

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.

photo of Nora Draper

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.

Photo of Ken Johnson

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.

photo of Mary Stampone

Mary Stampone of the department of geography will be the‚Ä® 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.


August 2, 2012

Dig deep, and don't hold back from pursuing those things that you are good at. ~Michele Dillon, UNH Professor of Sociology


Research on Roman Catholics’ attitudes published in new study

October 25, 2011

Christ handing the keys to Saint Peter, Pietro Perugino painting

Michele Dillon, professor of sociology, was in Washington, D.C., yesterday at the National Press Club to talk about a new study of Roman Catholics she just released with colleagues from Georgetown and Catholic University.

The study, which surveyed 1,400 adult Catholics, found that Catholics are moving away from strict adherence to the dictates of the church hierarchy at the same time that they are staying true to their core beliefs in the tenets of Catholicism. Some divisive issues are abortion, homosexuality, divorce, and remarriage, which many Catholics see as personal decisions rather than ones for church leaders to decide.

Read more about the study in The Washington Post.


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