McNamee Selected for Prestigious Lindberg Award
By Lori Wright, Media Relations
February 28, 2007
Sheila McNamee, professor of communication, has won the 2007 Lindberg
Award, given annually to an outstanding teacher and scholar in the College
of Liberal Arts.
“I am honored to be named this year's recipient of the Lindberg
Award. My scholarship and teaching are very important to me and thus, receiving
recognition for both activities from my colleagues is not only supportive,
but encouraging and very validating. It is also an honor to join the group
of former Lindberg Scholars who I have admired over the years for their
outstanding academic achievements,” said McNamee, a resident of Durham.
Nominated by students and colleagues, McNamee will be honored during the
annual Lindberg ceremony Tuesday, May 8. Following tradition, last year's
recipient, J. William Harris, professor of history, will give the Lindberg
Address during the event, which begins at 1 p.m.
“Her current and former students write passionately about the influence
she has had on their lives. And her colleagues see her as a model to emulate
in teaching, research, and contributions to the many communities she serves.
The Lindberg is a fitting award for the cumulative success she has achieved,” said
Marilyn Hoskin, dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
First appointed in 1982 from the doctoral program at the University of
Massachusetts, McNamee has become one of the university’s most engaged
faculty members across all areas of involvement. Under her leadership the
department of communication developed an impressive core of faculty achievement
and innovative curricula for students.
Over the course of her career at UNH McNamee, who studies interpersonal
communication, has produced five books and 50 journal articles and book
chapters, all while presenting colloquia or workshops in more than 45 international
settings. Her work on the intersection of language and social construction
has attracted broad acclaim and spawned a range of related work on personal
“Literally practicing what she preaches, Sheila has collaborated
with some of the true pioneers in the fields that interleave with her own,
occasioning a host of testimonials to the role her research has played
in the development of the field,” Hoskin said. “The testimonials
from students reveal far greater evidence that her courses transform the
way they think and assess their human surrounding. Indeed, many pay her
the ultimate compliment of changing them from passive students to passionate