Jan Nisbet is currently the Senior Vice Provost for Research at the University of New Hampshire, a position she has held since September, 2009. In this role, she directs the Research Office, which provides leadership and services to support research and scholarly work, facilitates cooperation with businesses and communicates the scope and impact of UNH research. Research at UNH brings in more than $100 million each year in competitive external funding.
Prior to assuming this position, Nisbet was the founding director of UNH’s Institute on Disability and a tenured professor in the department of education at UNH. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1982 and her B.S. in physical therapy from Simmons College. She taught at Syracuse University prior to moving to New Hampshire.
Nisbet has published extensively in the field of disabilities, serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards and presents nationally and internationally. She has been principal investigator on many state and nationally funded projects related to the community integration of persons with disabilities. She is the recipient of UNH’s Excellence in Research Award, the Pettee Medal and the Alumni Association’s Award for Excellence in Public Service.