COLA Support and Awards
The annual Gary Lindberg Award was established by the College of Liberal Arts in 1986 in memory of Professor Gary Lindberg of the Department of English. Professor Lindberg was an exceptional scholar and outstanding teacher whose dedication and service to the University of New Hampshire as well as the wider community exemplified the highest academic standards and ideals.
In memory of Professor Lindberg and as a means of publicly supporting superior faculty accomplishment, the College of Liberal Arts annually recognizes one truly outstanding scholar and teacher within the College. The award carries a stipend. The recipient is invited to present the Liberal Arts Lecture to the public during the following academic year.
Lindberg Nomination Information
2023 Lindberg Award Recipient
Sharyn J. Potter, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the Lindberg Award, given annually to an outstanding teacher-scholar in the College of Liberal Arts.
Professor Potter earned both her M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management and Ph.D. in Sociology from Emory University. She joined the University of New Hampshire in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and in 2019, as a full professor, joined the newly formed Women’s and Gender Studies Department. Throughout her career, Professor Potter has established herself as a highly prolific scholar whose work has had tremendous impact on public health policy, especially in regard to interpersonal violence and its prevention.
Professor Potter is the author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, essays, national and state reports, policy papers, scholarly commentary, and educational videos and maintains a hectic schedule of conference presentations and invited talks. Her research has consistently been supported by external competitive grants from federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as from state and other institutional sources.
Most notably, in 2006, Dr. Potter co-founded and continues to direct the Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC), a designated university research center that has become nationally and internationally recognized for research and community engagement focusing on sexual and relationship violence and stalking prevention and response. As a result of Professor Potter’s energetic leadership and hard work, PIRC was one of three university research centers identified by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and tasked to examine the efficacy of delivering campus sexual misconduct policies. Among Dr. Potter’s and PIRC’s significant accomplishments was the development of uSafeUS®, a smartphone app that has sexual assault, dating violence and stalking prevention and response strategies. She also holds three additional registered trademarks for interventions to prevent sexual violence including the Know Your Power® Bystander Social Marketing Campaign. PIRC was awarded UNH Innovation’s Innovator of the Year Award in 2015. That same year, and again In 2017, it was awarded the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award and was a finalist both years for the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award.
Professor Potter is also a committed teacher who is dedicated to undergraduate and graduate student enrichment. She teaches important topical courses such as #MeTooMovement: How we got here; Gender, Power and Privilege; Sexualized Violence; and Gender Based Violence: US and International Perspectives. And beyond the classroom, she engages several undergraduate and graduate students – as well as faculty colleagues – in her research and policy implementation projects, and has served on numerous doctoral dissertation and M.A. and honors thesis committees.
Previous Lindberg Award Winners
This award recognizes a liberal arts faculty member who best embodies the qualities and spirit of Professor Gwynne Harris Daggett. These qualities include independent thinking, exploring new ideas, representing academic freedoms, and the encouragement of students to share these values. The award carries a small stipend. All COLA teaching faculty are eligible. Self-nominations are accepted.
- 1- to 2-page (single-spaced) statement demonstrating award criteria stated above using specific empirical examples from their courses, research and/or service.
- Up-to-date/current CV
Please send your nomination(s) to Kayla Laurie by March 22, 2024 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Limited funds are available to faculty members on an ad hoc basis to support their professional development. Proposals should be made through one’s chair and support from other sources should be sought as well.
John and H. Irene Peters Professorship in Education
This award recognizes a faculty member in the Department of Education and is intended to provide support for teaching, research, service and other activities. The award carries an annual allowance for a three-year term, which may be used to support any bona fide professional expense.
Lamberton Professor of Justice Studies
This award recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and teaching in the field of justice studies. The award carries an annual allowance for a three-year term.
Pamela Shulman Professorship in European and Holocaust Studies
This award recognizes an outstanding tenured faculty member who will contribute to the study of European and Holocaust studies in the classroom as well as in research in this area. The Professorship carries an annual allowance that is intended to support outreach and networking initiatives that foster professional relationships with other centers of study, as well as lectures on campus and in the region.
Burnham Estate Faculty Summer Residency Fellowship
A gift from the Burnham Trust makes possible a short-term residential fellowship for tenure-track, lecturer, clinical, and research faculty who wish to pursue pedagogical, writing, or artistic activity in a rural retreat setting. See the document below for more information on the estate.
Fellowship recipients will be offered short-term summer stays typically ranging from 3 to 14 days between July 1 and August 18, 2024 at the Burnham Estate in Grafton Center, NH.
Interested faculty should submit a completed application. The number of fellowships awarded will depend on the number of applications received.
- Cover Sheet: see form below
- Justification narrative (500 words maximum) that includes the topic, project description, work plan (how the Burnham Residency Fellowship will fit into the project goals), and requested time period/specific dates for residential occupancy
- Updated CV
- Signature from the appropriate department/program chair, director, or coordinator on the cover sheet form
Application materials should be submitted electronically to Jenni Cook in the COLA Dean’s Office by March 22, 2024 (email@example.com).
- Liberal Arts Burnham Faculty Fellowship Summer 2024 application
COLA's Center for the Humanities hosts and sponsors interdisciplinary conferences; supports faculty programs, projects, and lectures; and offers faculty fellowships, an endowed chair, stipends, and workshops.
Other UNH Support and Award Opportunities (Selected List)
Each year, the University selects a small number of its outstanding faculty for special recognition of their achievements in teaching, scholarship, and service. Awards for Excellence in Teaching are given in each college and school, and University-wide awards recognize public service, research, teaching, and engagement.
Robin Hackett, English, Graduate Faculty Mentor
Casey Golomski, Anthropology, Outstanding Associate Professor
Lin Zhang, Communication, Outstanding Assistant Professor
Excellence in Teaching
Anna Wainwright, Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies
Molly Dorsey, History/Justice Studies
Mauricio Pulecio, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Lina Lee, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Excellence in International Engagement
Excellence in Teaching
Nicoletta Gullace, Department of History
Nena Stracuzzi, Department of Sociology
Nina Windgätter, Department of Philosophy
Kurk Dorsey, Department of History
Graduate Student Mentor Award
Ellen Fitzpatrick, Department of History
Jean Brierley Award for Excellence in Teaching
Ethel Sara Wolper, Department of History
Excellence in International Engagement Award
Excellence in Teaching
Kimberly Alexander, Department of History
Jennifer Borda, Department of Communication
Kathryn McCurdy, Department of Education
The University supports professional development through Faculty Development Grants and research through the Faculty Scholars Program; it supports a host of other opportunities through the Engagement and Faculty Development program.
The Graduate School awards Summer Faculty Fellowships. Contact Dean Cari Moorhead, Cari.firstname.lastname@example.org, for information.