Melinda Negron-Gonzales Recognized for Teaching Excellence at UNH

Melinda Negron-Gonzales Recognized for Teaching Excellence at UNH

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Melinda Negron-Gonzales, assistant professor of the Politics and Society program at UNH Manchester, is the recipient of the college’s 2013 Faculty Excellence Award. Negron-Gonzales will be recognized at UNH Manchester’s 28th annual commencement ceremony Thursday, May 16.

UNH’s Faculty Excellence Award recognizes a residential faculty member who is an inspiring, challenging, and effective teacher whose support and respect for students is evident both in and out of the classroom. The positive comments from students’, faculty and staff in the nomination process set Melinda Negron-Gonzales apart in a field of gifted colleagues.

Since joining UNH in 2008, Negron-Gonzales has garnered praise for her enthusiasm and brilliant teaching skills. She consistently puts her students’ needs first. As one student clearly noted in a course evaluation, “Professor Negrón-Gonzales was extremely enthusiastic and encouraged debate and lively discussion, which made her classes very exciting. It was pleasure being one of her students.”

Negron-Gonzales is a student-centered teacher who has taken her passion for comparative politics and international relations to the classroom. Her commitment to teaching excellence earns the respect from UNH Manchester students and colleagues alike. From her dedication to organizing travel abroad opportunities, to her genuine interest in her students, she has supported and inspired many in the community.

Negron-Gonzales teaches courses in comparative politics and international relations and serves as the faculty advisor for the Politics and Society Club for students in the program. Her research and interests focus on social movements, civil society and democratization in Turkey and the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA), and the International Criminal Court and Responsibility to Protect. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Turkey in 2006. She earned a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in religious studies, an M.A. in international relations and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida.