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Research and Engagement Academy Inducts 21 Faculty Scholars

February 23, 2011

Standing left to right: Dain LaRoche, Andrew Houtenville, Brad Kinsey, Dennis Britton, Michael Gass, Janet Campbell, Jingfeng Xiao, Svetlana Peshkova, Nelson Barber, Alynna Lyon, Charles Drum, Julie Williams, Yannis Korkolis, Marybeth Mattingly, Timothy Fukawa-Connelly, Cord Whitaker, Peter Bloser, Eleanor Abrams, Sharyn Potter, David Watters, Barbara White, David Hiley.

Seated, left to right: Catherine Violette, Feixia Chu, André Brito, Delia Konzett, Michael Jonas, Patti Craig, Joanne Samuels, Michele Dillon. Not shown: Rebecca Glauber, Serita Frey, Kevin Gardner, Venky Venkatachalam, Cameron Wake.

UNH’s Research and Engagement Academy inducted 21 faculty members into its inaugural class in the spring of 2011. The Academy is designed to enhance faculty members’ scholarly careers by strengthening the quality and quantity of proposals submitted to external funders and to increase the diversity of faculty who are awarded grant funding. This faculty professional development Academy is one of several programs offered by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach (SVPEAO) to help advance faculty scholarship and engagement. Other programs include the Engaged Scholars Academy and a number of learning communities that specifically work with faculty in the humanities, social sciences and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Tenure-track, research, and extension faculty who exhibit promise were nominated to the Research and Engagement Academy by their dean or director. As a result of a competitive application review process, conducted by a team of UNH faculty from the faculty advisory panel of the New Ventures Fund Advisory Board, twenty-one faculty scholars were selected from those who applied. The inaugural class represents participation from all UNH colleges and schools, UNH-Manchester, UNH Cooperative Extension, the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and the Carsey Institute.

Each participating Academy scholar commits to submit a competitive grant proposal to an external funder and to attend six workshops and receive guidance from an assigned “scholarly coach.” Scholarly coaches are senior UNH faculty with established track records of external funding and with the personal qualities and desire necessary to serve others.

“This is a very important initiative—one of the programs developed to help implement and bring to life the UNH Strategic Plan. We are supporting our faculty in so many ways as a result of the Research and Engagement Academy and extending that support to even more faculty through a range of faculty learning communities,” noted Senior Vice Provost Julie E. Williams.

Provost and University Professor John Aber further stated, “The Research and Engagement Academy has already exceeded our initial expectations.” There are 34 faculty involved in this Academy and more than 50 additional faculty members involved in a range of smaller learning communities. Aber furthered stated, “I look forward to what I know will be anticipated and unanticipated positive outcomes for our faculty, our university and our partners.”

Each faculty member must commit to submit a competitive proposal and will be given additional planning support from the Office of Research Development and Communication.

Professor Eleanor Abrams, senior faculty fellow and director of the Research and Engagement Academy notes, “Every faculty member can benefit from collegial sharing about successful strategies to enhance their scholarship and the submission of grant proposals.” Scholars in the academy learn how to build relationships with funders from a range of faculty experts who serve on panels, roundtable discussions, and from their scholarly coach.

“This year we are fortunate to have the head of the National Science Foundation’s education directorate meeting with Academy Scholars as a part of our March workshop and some scholars are meeting with program officers from the National Endowment for the Humanities when they attend a day-long program at Dartmouth next month,” notes Williams.

Brad Kinsey, faculty fellow in the SVPEAO and associate professor of mechanical engineering states, “This is an exciting time at UNH. We are working closely with many of our faculty colleagues across the entire campus to help support their success and advance their scholarship. I am pleased to be a part of this important work.”

The inaugural class of the Research and Engagement Academy includes:

  • Nelson Barber, associate professor, Hospitality Management, Whittemore School of Business and Economics
  • Peter Bloser, research assistant professor, Space Science Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
  • Andre Brito, assistant professor, Biological Sciences, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
  • Dennis Britton, assistant professor, English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Feixia Chu, assistant professor, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
  • Patti Craig, assistant professor, Recreation Management and Policy, College of Health and Human Services
  • Timothy Fukawa-Connelly, assistant professor, Mathematics and Statistics, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Michael Gass, professor, Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Services
  • Rebecca Glauber, assistant professor, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Michael Jonas, assistant professor, Division of Science and Technology, UNH-Manchester
  • Delia Konzett, associate professor, English, and Coordinator of the Women’s Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Yannis Korkolis, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Dain LaRoche, assistant professor, Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Services
  • Alynna Lyon, associate professor, Political Science, College of Liberal Arts
  • Marybeth Mattingly, research assistant professor, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts, director of Research, Vulnerable Families, Carsey Institute
  • Svetlana Peshkova, assistant professor, Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Joanne Samuels, assistant professor, Nursing, College of Health and Human Services
  • Catherine Violette, Extension professor, Animal and Nutritional Sciences, UNH Cooperative Extension/College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
  • Cord Whitaker, assistant professor, English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Barbara White, associate professor, Occupational Therapy, College of Health and Human Services
  • Jingfeng Xiao, research assistant professor, Complex Systems Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space

This year’s scholarly coaches include:

  • Eleanor Abrams, professor and senior faculty fellow, Education, College of Liberal Arts, and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach
  • Janet Campbell, research professor, Ocean Process Analysis Lab, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
  • Michele Dillon, professor/chairperson, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Charles Drum, professor and director, Health Management and Policy, College of Health and Human Services, and the UNH Institute on Disability
  • Serita Frey, associate professor, Natural Resources & The Environment, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
  • Kevin Gardner, associate professor and Faculty Fellow, Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research
  • David Hiley, professor, Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts
  • Andrew Houtenville, associate professor, Economics, Whittemore School of Business and Economics
  • Brad Kinsey, associate professor and Faculty Fellow, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach
  • Sharyn Potter, associate professor, Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Cameron Wake, research associate professor, Complex Systems Research Center, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
  • A.R. (Venky) Venkatachalam, professor and chairperson, Decision Sciences, Whittemore School of Business and Economics
  • David Watters, professor and Faculty Fellow, English, College of Liberal Arts, and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach

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