About Agenda Committee Members

Faculty Senate Chair

Daniel E. Innis is a Professor of Marketing and Hospitality Management at the University of New Hampshire and he is the former Dean of the UNH’s Peter T. Paul College of Business.  Prior to his tenure at UNH he served as a faculty member and administrator at Ohio University and also as dean at the UMaine Business School.  Professor Innis is co-author of the book Strategic Planning for Logistics, his papers have appeared in numerous academic journals, and he has made many presentations at professional conferences and meetings.  His teaching interests include marketing, strategic management, and pricing.  Professor Innis serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing and the Journal of Education for Business.  He is also an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the MIT Sloan Management Review, and the Journal of Business Logistics.  Professor has also consulted with several Fortune 500 firms in the areas of customer service, channel management, and buyer behavior.  He earned his Ph.D. in marketing and logistics with a minor in consumer behavior from The Ohio State University in 1991. 

Faculty Senate Vice Chair

R. Scott Smith, Professor and Coordinator of Classics, joined the UNH faculty in 2000 after receiving his PhD from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in the same year. Specializing in ancient mythography (the way the Greeks and Romans organized and interpreted their own mythical stories) and the philosopher-poet Seneca the Younger, he has written or co-authored numerous articles and books, including the most recent Ancient Rome: An Anthology of Sources (Hackett 2014) and Writing Myth: Mythography in the Greek and Roman World (2013). Currently, he is co-editing for Oxford University Press The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Mythography, as well as heading an digital humanities project, "Putting Greek Myth on the Map," a digital platform to visualize the relationship between mythical figures and real places on the ground. A teacher at heart—his motto is qui miscuit utile dulci ("one who combines fun with something useful")—he has taught all levels of Latin, Greek, and Classics courses, and is director and instructor of the January-term Study Abroad in Rome Program. For his sins in past lives he currently serves as president or chair in state and regional classics organizations, as well as in many university committees and other administrative bodies.

At-large Agenda Committee Members

James J. Connell (Jim) received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.  From graduate school he went to the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago as academic research staff.  His main work involved the High Energy Telescope (HET) on the Ulysses deep-space mission.  In 2002 he moved to the University of New Hampshire as an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and the Space Science Center.  Since coming to UNH, Professor Connell has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate physics courses.  He developed and taught an interdisciplinary Inquiry Course, PHYS-444, "Myths and Misconceptions about Nuclear Science," which addresses nuclear physics, technology, policy and society.  This course was in the first group of 444 courses ever taught.  At UNH, Dr. Connell has continued his research on high-energy space radiation.  He developed a new technique known as ADIS (Angle Detecting Inclined Sensors) which is the basis of the Energetic Heavy Ion Sensor (EHIS) for the GOES-R series of weather satellites.  The first of four EHIS instruments was launched in 19 November 2016 on GOES-16.  Professor Connell has served on a range of departmental and university committees and became a faculty senator in 2011.  He has served five terms on the Agenda Committee and acted as Parliamentarian for the last four of those sessions.   

Lori Hopkins is Associate Professor in the Program of Spanish & Portuguese in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as well as a core faculty member of the Women’s Studies Program and co-director of Latin American Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UNH since 1997, she has earned an excellence in teaching award (COLA 2002) and has also been the recipient of a Humanities’ Center Fellowship, as well as directing UNH’s study abroad program in Granada, Spain. She has served on various University committees, such as the Graduate Council, the COLA Executive Council, and the P&T COLA committee. As a Latinamericanist, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on contemporary Latin American literature and culture on topics such as Human Rights and Performance Arts. Her scholarly work focuses on contemporary Latin American literature, film and culture, particularly on and through Southern cone narratives. Her current research project involves the relationship between literature, ethics and politics, especially as literature and the humanities force us to consider the ethical relationships of peoples and cultures, and how literature can challenge us to consider the possibility of a new kind of politics.

Erin H. Sharp is an associate professor of human development and family studies and a faculty fellow with the Carsey School of Public Policy. Sharp arrived at UNH in 2009. She received her MS and PhD at the Pennsylvania State University also in human development and family studies. Sharp teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in adolescent development, research methods, human sexuality, and family theory. Her research, published work, and presentations focus on out-of-school activity involvement as a context for development; parental, family, and broader contextual influences on adolescent development; and prevention research and theory from a positive youth development perspective. Sharp has served on a range of committees at UNH including several search committees, the dissertation year fellowship committee, and the Winant fellowship committee, and as a faculty senator, she has served as the chair of two committees: campus planning and finance and administration. 

Faculty Senate Past Chair

(as per the Faculty Senate Constitution)

Dante J. Scala is an associate professor of political science who arrived at UNH in 2007. In his department, he teaches various American politics and research methods courses. He has published articles and book chapters on campaigns and elections, campaign finance, and political demography. His second book, The Four Faces of the Republican Party, was published last December. At UNH, Dante has served as chairman of his department. Outside the department, his service includes membership on the University Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee; the search committee for the first director of the Carsey School of Public Policy; and the University Senate’s committee on promotion and tenure. He also serves on UNH Pre-Law Advisement; the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research; and as an officer for the UNH chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.