Sean Moore Appointed to Director of University Honors Program
May 25, 2011
Sean D. Moore, associate professor of English, has been named the new director of the University Honors Program. He will succeed Professor Monica Chiu as of July 1.
“What a pleasure it is to welcome Professor Moore to the University Honors Program and the Hood House community. He has been a devoted and creative scholar and teacher, and, having worked for Massachusetts representative Barney Frank, has a fascinating nonacademic background as well. I’m delighted to have the chance to work with him through the next stages of the program’s development,” says Lisa MacFarlane, senior vice provost for Academic Affairs.
The University Honors Program provides academically ambitious, motivated, and able students with a coherent, challenging academic experience and a strong sense of intellectual community.
“I am looking forward to expanding my horizons beyond the English department and working with faculty, staff, and administrators from around the university on the needs of some of our most ambitious students,” Moore says. “I view it as an opportunity to break out of my narrow disciplinary mindset and work with a multidisciplinary group of administrators, faculty, staff, and students on the big picture.”
Moore, who received his master’s degree from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. from Duke University, joined the UNH faculty in fall 2003 as an assistant professor of English, specializing in restoration and 18th-c. British literature.
“I think the Honors Program and other Hood House offices such as the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research and the Center for International Education help prepare our students for the kinds of scholarly work and community engagement that UNH values,” Moore says. “The success of UNH, however, also depends on what our students do after they graduate. One of my priorities as director will be working with our upperclass students on their plans after college, tracking their successes after they leave UNH, and encouraging them to stay involved with the program by giving back through alumni career events and other activities.”
“I’d like to thank Professor Monica Chiu for her terrific work over the last three years—a period which saw the program celebrate its 25th anniversary, go through a successful external program review, and develop, with help from the UNH Foundation and Mark Rubinstein’s office, the signature Hamel Scholars Program,” MacFarlane says. “It’s been a busy time, and Monica has handled it all with grace and creativity. “
Chiu, associate professor of English, has received a prestigious Fulbright Award to teach and conduct research in Hong Kong during the 2011-12 academic year.