Elizabeth Crepeau, Professor
Of Occupational Therapy, Named To First England Professorship
Contact: Beth Potier
UNH Media Relations
DURHAM, N.H. – Elizabeth Crepeau, professor and department
chair of occupational therapy at the University of New Hampshire,
has received the first England Professorship, announced James McCarthy,
dean of the UNH School of Health and Human Services (SHHS). She
will hold the professorship, which includes a stipend, for a three-year
term starting this academic year.
“Professor Crepeau is—without a doubt—the most
fitting first recipient of this award,” said McCarthy. “Her
colleagues describe her teaching as having great depth and reflecting
outstanding expertise and sophistication. Her scholarship is equally
Crepeau, a graduate of UNH, has served on the faculty since 1981.
She received the Faculty Scholar’s Award in 1997, the SHHS
Teaching Excellence Award in 2000, and the university’s Outstanding
Associate Professor award in 2001. “This professorship is
a great honor and an affirmation of my work over a fairly long career,”
she said. Crepeau said the professorship will help her focus on
her current research, collecting oral histories of older people
living in Stratham, N.H.
The England Professorship was established in 2004 through the generosity
of the England Family Fund. Valerie England is a loyal graduate
of UNH’s Occupational Therapy Department. Three generations
of the England family, starting with Valerie England’s aunt,
Marian Cutts Mitchell, and continuing through her children (Jennifer
England Decker ’77 and Hilary England Norman ’86), have
been staunch supporters of students in the Occupational Therapy
department at UNH, through both the Mitchell Scholars program and
the England Family Scholars program.
“The generosity of their gift and what it will do not only
for me but for other Occupational Therapy faculty in the future
is wonderful,” said Crepeau, who has forged a friendship with
the Englands over the past 20 years.
Elizabeth Crepeau is a resident of Newmarket, N.H. Valerie England
and her husband Fred are residents of Durham, N.H.