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Lisa MacFarlane Named UNH Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

December 16, 2009

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UNH Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Aber has named Lisa MacFarlane as UNH's senior vice provost for academic affairs. She has served in this capacity on an interim basis since 2008. Her permanent appointment is effective immediately.

“Lisa MacFarlane is an accomplished scholar with an in-depth understanding of, and respect for, the full scope of the academic mission here at UNH,” said Aber.  “She has provided leadership for a number of offices that enhance the academic experience of our students, and cares deeply about the quality of our offerings.  That experience will be especially valuable as we enter the next round of the university-wide NEASC accreditation process.  She has also played a key role in the on-going development of the University’s strategic plan.  We are fortunate to have a person of Lisa’s abilities willing to serve in this position.”

MacFarlane, who came to UNH in 1987 as an assistant professor, has also served as director of the University Honors Program and of the American Studies program. She has taught a wide range of classes on mid-19th to mid-20th century culture. 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.

“Working in Academic Affairs is inspiring,” MacFarlane said. “UNH is filled with brilliant and dedicated scholars and teachers.  Every day I hear about UNH faculty working together, and with students, in classrooms, studios, labs, practice rooms, on our campuses and around the world; and I watch new research, new courses, and new programs come to life.  I love the challenge of translating across disciplinary idioms, of finding and articulating the connections, commonalities, and contrasts amongst a diverse range of fields and activities, and of representing those to students here and audiences outside the university. Being able to support my colleagues through this position is a privilege.”

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.

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