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Honors Program Director Named Interim Vice Provost

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
May 7, 2008

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Lisa MacFarlane, director of the University Honors Program and a professor of English and American Studies, has been appointed interim vice provost, replacing Alan Ray who is leaving to become president of Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois.

"The University in general and my office in particular will benefit greatly from the appointment of professor MacFarlane as interim vice provost. Lisa has demonstrated outstanding academic leadership in her role as director of the honors program, she has a deep understanding of the undergraduate curriculum, and she brings great sensitivity to the interests and values of faculty as well as students. I am very pleased that she has accepted this interim appointment," said Provost Bruce Mallory.

MacFarlane, who came to UNH in 1987 as an assistant professor, received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a master's and Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Before becoming the director of the Honors Program, MacFarlane directed the American Studies program. She has taught a wide range of classes on mid-19th to mid-20th century culture.

"I'm looking forward to working with my faculty colleagues across the university on a whole host of issues and particularly on fostering shared governance and developing the undergraduate curriculum," MacFarlane said.

Her publications include "A Mighty Baptism: Race, Gender and the Creation of American Protestantism" (Cornell, 1996); "This World is Not Conclusion: The Spiritual Landscape of Nineteenth-Century New England Fiction" (University Press of New England, 1998); an edition of Henry Adams's 1884 novel "Esther" (Penguin, 1999); and "Trading Gazes: Anglo-American Women Photographers and Native North Americans 1880-1940" (Rutgers, 2003). She is presently at work on "The Minister's New Clothes", on cultural authority in American fiction.

MacFarlane is a past president of the New England American Studies Association and is on the board of directors for the New Hampshire Humanities Council. She is a recipient of a College of Liberal Arts Teaching Excellence Award and in 1999-2000 held the Fulbright Commission's Walt Whitman Chair in American Studies in the Netherlands.

Amongst other duties, her responsibilities as interim vice provost will include oversight of the Center for International Education, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Discovery Program, the University Honors Program, the University Writing Program, and the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research.


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