Leslie Couse has been appointed executive director for engagement and faculty development. She replaces Eleanor Abrams, who accepted a position as a dean at UMass Lowell.
“I am both very pleased and honored that professor Leslie Couse has agreed to serve in this key leadership position as executive director,” says Julie Williams, senior vice provost for engagement and academic outreach. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help us elevate the success of our faculty, staff and external collaborators. I am delighted to welcome Leslie to our team.”
Couse most recently served as chair of the UNH department of education and is a highly regarded scholar in the field of inclusive early childhood education and teacher education. In addition to her scholarship and leadership, she has been actively engaged in a wide array of faculty development programs in the office and has served as a scholarly coach for faculty participating in both the Writing Academy and the Research and Engagement Academy.
“Engaging in critical questions that advance knowledge and improve the quality of life is central to the land-grant mission of UNH,” says Couse. “It is an honor to work with faculty from across the university to promote meaningful engagement in ways that advance public scholarship, support communities and advance their careers.”
Couse received a bachelor’s degree in education from SUNY Cortland, a master’s degree in education from SUNY Brockport, a master’s in public administration from Russell Sage College and a doctorate in child and family studies with an emphasis on child development and inclusive early education from Syracuse University.