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Leber Receives Hortense Cavis Shepherd Professorship

August 3, 2011

Andrew Leber, assistant professor of psychology, has been selected to receive the university's Hortense Cavis Shepherd Professorship.

The Hortense Cavis Shepherd Professorship was established by a bequest from Hortense Shepher 1921, and Sarah Shepherd. This award recognizes outstanding, untenured members of the teaching faculty who have served the university at least two years. The term is for three years.

With the help of the University Foundation, UNH initiated the professorships program in 1990 to help support faculty members in their teaching, public service, and research.

The purpose of the program is to help the university be more competitive in hiring new faculty members, reward outstanding academic accomplishments, and enhance the faculty's opportunities for superior scholarship, innovative teaching, and meaningful service. Professorships are typically funded from the interest on invested funds that have been given or bequeathed to the university. Most are awarded for a term of one to three years and carry a special supplemental allowance, usually ranging between $5,000 and $10,000 a year, that may be spent by the faculty member in support of his or her academic activities.

Professorships are awarded by the provost based on nominations by deans.

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