Leslie Couse

Executive Director
Engagement and Faculty Development


Dr. Leslie J. Couse is Executive Director in the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Faculty Development and a Professor of Education at the University of New Hampshire.   She collaboratively leads a variety of faculty development programs designed to support faculty success across their careers.  These semester-long learning communities of interdisciplinary faculty include the Research and Engagement Academy, the UNH Writing Academy, and Pathway to Professorship.  Committed to strengthening higher education, she is co-chair of the new President's Leadership Academy, and Advancing Academic Leaders, where she draws on her expertise as a former department chair and non-profit leader.

Advancing outreach and engagement, Dr. Couse serves on the leadership team for the STEM Teachers Collaborative, and as an ambassador in the Faculty Engagement with Alumni program. In addition, she provides leadership in the evaluation of the impact of the Office’s faculty development programs to enable data-informed decisions that enhance engagement and program development to serve the current and future needs of the faculty.    

Dr. Couse pursues her own externally-funded scholarship agenda focused on improving teacher education through interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement.  With other researchers, she is exploring rural place-conscious teacher education in the Teacher Residency for Rural Education program. Dr. Couse is co-editor of The Handbook of Early Childhood Teacher Education (Routledge, 2016).

In 2016, she was named the Kimball Faculty Fellow, the highest award given to a member of the Education Department for exemplary leadership in education, and bestowed a  UNH Teaching Excellence Award in 2013.  Dr. Couse was awarded her Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University, a Masters of Public Administration from Russell Sage College and a Master of Science in Education from State University of New York at Brockport. She completed her undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Cortland.


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Scholarly Coach, Writing Academy
Scholarly Coach, Research and Engagement Academy
Faculty Scholar, Writing Academy
Professor and Past Chair, Department of Education

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