Faculty Professorships and Chairs

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University Professorships

University Professorships are supported through the generosity of the UNH Foundation and awarded to full professors who have demonstrated the highest levels of excellence in teaching, scholarship (including the creative arts) and service over an extended period of tenure at the University of New Hampshire.

Recipients are expected to have attained international stature in their discipline because of their significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge or aesthetic understanding. They will have received other widely recognized honors such as international prizes, fellowships or appointments. University Professorships are the highest form of academic recognition at the University and are available to no more than four individuals at any one time. University Professorships are granted until the individual is no longer employed by the University. The value of University Professorships is $20,000 per annum. 

 

Presidential Chairs

Presidential Chairs are initiated by the president in consultation with the provost and the Deans' Council. Funds to support up to four chairs are made available through the President’s Fund for Excellence.

Presidential Chairs are awarded for a period of 10 years with the option of renewal. Recipients of Presidential Chairs will be full professors who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, scholarship (including the creative arts) and service. They will be highly regarded for having made substantial contributions to the knowledge or aesthetic understanding of their respective disciplines. Recipients may have held tenure at the University or be newly appointed. The value of Presidential Chairs is $15,000 per annum.

 

Professorships

With the help of the University of New Hampshire Foundation, UNH initiated the professorship program in 1990 to help support faculty members in their teaching, public service and research.

The purpose of the program is to help the University be more competitive in hiring new faculty members, reward outstanding academic accomplishments, and enhance the faculty's opportunities for superior scholarship, innovative teaching and meaningful service. Professorships are typically funded from the interest on invested funds that have been given or bequeathed to the University. Most are awarded for a term of one to three years and carry a special supplemental allowance, usually ranging between $5,000 and $10,000 a year that may be spent by the faculty member in support of his or her academic activities.

Professorships are awarded by the provost based on nominations by deans.

 

Created from the John T. and Doris H. Carpenter Trust, the Carpenter Professorship is awarded to "a worthy faculty recipient." The term is three years.

 

FY17 - 19

William Clyde, Earth Sciences

FY17 - 19

Rochelle Lieber, English

FY09 - 11

Thomas Laue, Molecular, Cellular
and Biomedical Sciences

FY06 - 08

Dennis Chasteen, Chemistry

FY08 - 10

Ellen Fitzpatrick, History

FY05 - 07

Ellen Fitzpatrick, History

FY04 - 06

Karen VonDamm, Earth Sciences

FY04 - 06

J. William Harris, History

FY03 - 05

Nodie Oja, Education

FY00 - 02

Thaddeus Piotrowski, Sociology,
Manchester

FY96 - 98

Charles Simic, English

   

 

 

Established by Virginia O'Neal in memory of her husband, Roland O'Neal, member of the UNH Class of 1934, this award recognizes an outstanding, untenured member of the teaching faculty. The term is three years.

FY18 - 20

Nora Draper, Communication

FY14 - 16 

Stuart Grandy, Environmental Sciences

FY13 - 15

Joel Hartter, Geography

FY09 - 12

Michael Goldberg, Economics  

FY07 - 09

Udo Schlentrich, Hospitality
Management

FY06 - 08

Alex Parson, English

FY06 - 08

Nicholas Smith, Philosophy

FY04, 05 & 06

Stacy VanDeveer, Political Science

FY03, 04 & 05

Siobhan Senier, English

FY00, 01 & 02

Robert Macieski, History,
Manchester

FY97, 98 & 99

Jane Bellamy, English

   

 

 

Established by a bequest from Hortense Shepherd, Class of 1921, and Sarah Shepherd, this award recognizes outstanding, untenured members of the teaching faculty who have served the University at least two years. The term is three years.

FY12 - 14

Andrew Leber, Psychology

FY02 - 04

Thomas Kocher, Zoology

FY00 - 02

John Archer, English

FY00 - 02

Nicoletta Gullace, History

FY99 - 01

Eleanor Abrams, Education

FY95 - 97

Gay Nardone, Theatre and Dance

FY96 - 98

Jeffrey Bolster, History  

   
   
   

 

 

Established in recognition of Arthur K. Whitcomb, Class of 1930, this award allows the University to compete for, and retain, the best academic talent for its faculty. This award recognizes teaching excellence. The term is three years.

FY17 - 19

Jason Sokol, History

FY13 - 15

Mihaela Sabin, Computer
Information Systems, Manchester

FY10 - 12

Nicholas Smith, Philosophy

FY07 - 09

Thomas Lee, Natural Resources

FY03 - 05

Liming Ge, Mathematics

FY03 - 05

Lucy Salyer, History

FY00 - 02

Stacia Sower, Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology

FY97 - 99

Eberhard Moebuis, Physics

   
   
   

 

 

Funded by the Class of 1938, this award recognizes excellence in teaching. The term is three years.

FY18 - 20

Kurk Dorsey, History

FY14 - 16

David Richman, Theatre and Dance

FY12 - 14

Karen Conway, Economics

FY07 - 09

Kimberly Babbitt, Natural Resources

FY02 - 04

Carole Barnett, Management

FY99 - 01

Joshua Meyrowitz, Communication

FY96 - 98

Melody Graulich, English, Manchester 

   

 

 

 

Established in honor of the fiftieth reunion of the Class of 1940, this award recognizes and rewards a UNH faculty member for outstanding interdisciplinary teaching and research. The term is three years.

 

FY18 - 20

 Anne Lightbody, Earth Sciences

FY18 - 20

Ken Johnson, Sociology
FY17 - 19

David Kaye, Theatre and Dance

FY17 - 19

Ruth Varner, Earth Sciences

FY13 - 15

Karen Van Gundy, Sociology

FY09 - 11

Eberhard Moebius, Physics

FY06 - 08

Corinna J.Tucker, Family Studies

FY02 - 04

Eliga Gould, History

FY99 - 01

Michael Contarino, Political Science,
Manchester

   

 

Established with a gift from the Class of 1941, this award recognizes outstanding teaching, research, or public service, especially from an international perspective. The term is two years.

FY18 - 20

Mary Stampone, Geography

FY17 - 19

Stephen Frolking, Earth Sciences

FY17 - 19

Victoria Banyard, Psychology

FY12 - 14

Michael Palace, Complex Systems
Research Center

FY07 - 08

Lawrence C. Reardon, Political Science

FY06 - 07

Peter Lane, Management

FY03 - 04

Cathy Frierson, History

FY01 - 02

Nina Glick Schiller, Anthropology

FY99 - 00

Rebecca New, Education

FY97 - 98

Rita Weathersby, Management  

 

 

 

This award from the Class of 1944 recognizes an outstanding faculty member. The term is three years.

FY18 - 20

Michele Dillon, Sociology

FY18 - 20

Phil Hatcher, Computer Science

FY14 - 16

Larry Mayer, Earth Science and Ocean Engineering
FY09 - 11

Glen Miller, Chemistry

FY06 - 08

Serita Frey, Natural Resources

FY02 - 04

Sheila McNamee, Communication

FY99 - 01

Barbara Houston, Education

FY96 - 98

Jennifer Bernhard, Electrical and
Computer Engineering