Excellence in Teaching, 2022

Stephen Pimpare

Since joining UNH Manchester’s faculty in 2015, Stephen Pimpare has inspired the campus community with his passion for American politics and public policy. A nationally recognized expert and author on poverty, homelessness and U.S. social policy, he brings expertise, compassion and a sense of boundless energy to his classroom.

He spearheaded the creation of the college’s public service and nonprofit leadership program, which prepares students with real-world experience and service learning in government, law and nonprofit organizations. He is not only passionate about the subjects he teaches, but also about his students and their journey. Colleagues and students alike recognize how invested he is in his students’ success both inside and outside the classroom, and many student evaluations cite his knowledge, humor and enthusiasm. A fierce proponent of experiential learning, Pimpare inspires students to get involved in local politics, issues and advocacy.

If you have not watched him teach, perhaps you have heard his voice from well outside his classroom. Having trained to be an actor at The Juilliard School, he certainly knows how to project. The passion in his voice is infectious — and reflects how deeply he cares about the subject matter and conveying knowledge to his students. Colleagues also praise his patience, kindness and creativity, and laud his classroom as a place where critical thinking is developed, and the exchange of diverse views is encouraged.

About This Award

Each year, the University selects a small number of its outstanding faculty for special recognition of their achievements in teaching, scholarship, and service. Awards for Excellence in Teaching are given in each college and school, and University-wide awards recognize public service, research, teaching, and engagement.