Fellows, in collaboration with faculty and staff in academic departments and with their dean/associate dean, offer resources and services to academic departments in areas related to teaching and student learning and advise CEITL on the interests and needs of faculty regarding teaching and learning within their college and across the university.
Nora draper, PH.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Nora A. Draper joined the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Communication in 2014 after completing her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. Nora teaching focuses on the relationship between technology and social including courses on digital cultures, gender and technology, and youth media. She is also interested in research and media literacy and is developing a course to help familiarize Communication Majors with academic research practices. Nora’s research examines the political economic and sociocultural dimensions of media and technology industries. She is the author of The Identity Trade: Selling Privacy and Reputation Online (NYU Press, 2019) in which she examines how the companies across the consumer privacy industry have responded to and shaped public concerns regarding identity, reputation, and surveillance through the promotion and sale of tools to enhance personal privacy online. Her recent work has been published in the International Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, the Journal of Broadcast & Electronic Media, Media Industries, Policy & Internet, Feminist Media Studies, and Surveillance & Society.
CARRIE HALL, PH.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Carrie L. Hall grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and was always interested in learning as much as possible about all of the living things all around her. This love of the natural world was fostered by excellent secondary teachers and influential mentors in her early life, and lead Dr. Hall to the decision to pursue her post-secondary education in the biological sciences. After graduating from high school, she completed an eight-year active duty career in the U. S. Air Force before returning home to attend college as a non-traditional student. Dr. Hall completed her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and her Master of Science in Biochemistry at the University of Tulsa, and then completed a dual-track Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Biology Education at Idaho State University. She continued her post-doctoral training and her first faculty position at a small liberal arts college in South Dakota before joining the UNH faculty in Biological Sciences in 2015. Throughout her professional and academic career, Dr. Hall has been interested in teaching and learning methods that best work for students from diverse backgrounds. Herself being a non-traditional, veteran, low-income, woman student in the sciences, she seeks to understand how faculty decisions and adoption of teaching methodology best inspire all students to succeed.
Julien Kouame, Ph.D., Extension Specialist for Program Development and Evaluation
Julien Kouame earned a Bachelor of Art in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from Manchester University; a Master of Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University; and a Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation from Western Michigan University. He provides state-wide evaluation leadership to UNH Cooperative Extension program development. He joined Cooperative Extension in December 2015. Previously, he was Health Communication Specialist at Grady Hospital (Atlanta, GA), Research Assistant at the CDC malaria branch in Atlanta, GA. and Research Manager in the Community Research Institute at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy (Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan). He was responsible for the evaluations of various federal and local community interventions including the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaboration (ELNC), the LINC Community Revitalization funded by W.K. Kellogg and evaluation advisor for the Kent County Community Transformation Grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Julien Kouame is a member of the American Evaluation Association since 2006.
Lina lee, PH.D., PROFESSOR
Lina Lee is a professor of Spanish. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialty in second language acquisition and assessment. She has been a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire since 1996. She regularly teaches courses in second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and foreign language methodology. Her research focuses on oral assessment, computer-mediated communication and discourse analysis.
John McClain, PH.D., Lecturer
John McClain is a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He joined the faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics as a lecturer in 2015. He has research interests in computational solid state physics and renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. He is primarily responsible for teaching first- and second-year courses for students majoring in engineering and physical sciences. He believes that the greatest advances in mathematics and science education have taken place outside of the textbooks. He also likes to believe that students can learn from any 'good' text. Demonstrating these beliefs is a work in progress that involves exposing students to OER graphing and computational software and guiding students through various OER references. Dr. McClain holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from UNH, an MA in Math from University of Texas, and a BS in Math and Physics from Rutgers University.
ALISON PAGLIA, PH.D., ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Alison Paglia’s teaching focus is on research methods, developmental psychology, and health psychology. Many of her courses have an applied focus, as she requires her students to apply course material to real world settings. She has been formally recognized for her ability to connect service to the community with course content. The service learning partnership for students in Adult Development and Aging between UNH Manchester and Pearl Manor at Birch Hill Terrace (formerly Pearl Manor at Hillcrest Terrace) was acknowledged for its success in service to the community and enhancement of the students’ academic experience. Campus Compact of New Hampshire awarded Professor Paglia the 2004 President’s Good Steward Award, and awarded Pearl Manor at Hillcrest the 2004 President’s Community Partner Award. Professor Paglia and Neila Dagget, former Activities Director at Pearl Manor were also the recipients of the 2004 UNH Manchester Dean’s Award for Service to the Community and College. Dr. Paglia’s research and service work also have an applied focus. Dr. Paglia’s partnerships have included the NH Cooperative Extension, Southern New Hampshire AIDS Task Force, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services STD/HIV Prevention Section, Easter Seals / Seniors Count, the Manchester YWCA, and the Concord Boys and Girls Club.
Leah A. Plunkett, PH.D., ASsociate PROFESSOR
Leah A. Plunkett is an Associate Professor of Legal Skills and a member of the leadership team at University of New Hampshire School of Law, where she is responsible for accreditation and standards compliance. In addition, she directs UNH Law’s Academic Success Program, which engages students in “meta-learning”: learning about how they learn best so they can excel in law school, on the bar exam, and in law practice. Leah also is a Fellow with the Youth & Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Previously, she was a Climenko Fellow & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Leah does legal and interdisciplinary research into how digital technologies are transforming education and other core components of youth and family life. Leah has a background as a legal aid and a consumer rights lawyer; these past experiences as an advocate inform her current academic work with an awareness of the often over-looked challenges facing indigent and low-income individuals and families. Digital educational technologies and digital data are also central to her own teaching and administrative responsibilities. She holds an A.B., summa cum laude, in American History and Literature from Harvard College, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was training director for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.
bill ross, PH.D., PROFESSOR
Bill Ross has been Special Collections Librarian at UNH since 1990. He has a BA in American history from East Carolina University, an MA in history and an MLS in library science from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from American University. His teaching and research interests range from the use of primary resources in the classroom to the preservation of memory and culture in post-Katrina New Orleans. Bill has developed and taught three first-year seminars at UNH: one uses primary source material to teach the Civil War, another is an in-depth course on New Orleans, and a third looks at fly fishing and American identity. He is the father of three and grandfather to twin granddaughters; He and his wife live in nearby Dover, NH.
Wenjuan Xie, PH.D., PROFESSOR
Wenjuan Xie joined UNH in 2008 and is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Paul College of Business and Economics. Dr. Xie’s research interest is in Equity Markets and Investments Analysis. She also has a significant amount of studies and increasing interests in Corporate Finance, Emerging Markets and Financial Intermediaries. Dr. Xie’s scholarly work has been published in premier and high-impact academic journals such as the Journal of Corporate Finance, the Multinational Finance Journal, the Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics, and the Review of Accounting and Finance. In addition, her research was one of the semifinalists for Best Paper Award in Investments at the Financial Management Association 2009 Annual Meeting. From 2013 to 2018, she was the recipient of the distinguished Virginia Paul Dee Professorship.
Professor Xie’s teaching portfolio includes undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration core courses, undergraduate finance option required courses, and Master of Business Administration elective courses. Her teaching interests focus on investments analysis and stock valuation, which aligns closely with her research expertise. She was nominated several times for the tenure-track Excellence in Teaching Award. As Paul College’s CEITL faculty fellow, Dr. Xie aims to serve the faculty and teaching community, and contribute to the improvement in teaching methodology, assessment, feedback and innovation, etc.