Professors Honored with University Professorship and Presidential Chairs
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
June 11, 2008
Four professors have been honored for their outstanding contributions in their
fields and to the university community with a University Professorship and
three Presidential Chairs.
Mathematics professor Kevin Short has been named a University Professor. Professors
Martin Lee, physics; William McDowell, natural resources; and Janet Polasky,
history; have received Presidential Chairs, initiated by President Mark Huddleston
in consultation with the Provost and Deans Council to recognize faculty members
in a new way.
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 during an extended period of tenure at UNH.
Recipients of the University Professorships are expected to have attained
international stature in their discipline because of their significant contributions
to the advancement of knowledge or aesthetic understandings. They will have
received other widely recognized honors such as international prizes, fellowships,
University Professorships, with their annual $20,000 stipend, are the highest
form of recognition at the university and are available to no more than four
individuals at any one time. The position is held as long as the individual
is employed by the university.
Up to four Presidential Chairs, funded through the President’s Excellence
Fund, are awarded for a period of 10 years with the option of renewal. Each
recipient receives $15,000 a year for the duration of their chair.
“The recipients of the University Professorship and the Presidential
Chairs represent the high level of excellence for which UNH is known and furthers
the university’s efforts to attract and maintain talented faculty,” says
Bruce Mallory, UNH provost and executive vice president. “The Presidential
Chairs, initiated by President Huddleston in consultation with the Provost
and Deans Council, are a new way to recognize faculty members’ many contributions
and years of service.”