Since joining UNH Manchester’s faculty in 2017, there’s one thing the community echoes about Maeve Dion: She is a fierce champion for students.
The assistant professor of security studies is deeply committed to her students’ success, and that dedication permeates her work. Maeve created the online master’s program in cybersecurity policy and risk management in 2018, and she continues to work tirelessly to ensure the program is rigorous, enjoyable, and valuable for her students. Colleagues and students alike recognize Maeve’s ability to create a welcoming learning environment, which spurs lively discussion on topics like national and international cybersecurity, internet policy, and global governance. Her students love that current events and real-world issues are weaved into each lecture.
Speaking of weaving, Maeve is also a talented knitter. When she heard that some of our international students were having a hard time adjusting to winter, she offered informal lessons and resources to knit their own scarves. News travels fast at our campus, so she ended up spending several months of lunch hours teaching students and staff how to knit.
Maeve’s compassion does not go unnoticed. Colleagues praise her rapport with students, acknowledging her classroom as a place where critical thinking and idea exchange is constant. Student evaluations routinely highlight her willingness to provide constructive feedback and mentorship.
Maeve is a tremendous asset to UNH Manchester and a worthy recipient of the 2021 teaching excellence award.