College Support and Award Opportunities

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 $5,000 stipend. The recipient is invited to present the Liberal Arts Lecture to the public during the following academic year.

Lindberg Nomination Information

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Lindberg Lecture

Breaking the Build: Digital Humanities and (Re)Constructing Community in the Neoliberal University
The date for the Lindberg Lecture by Siobhan Senier will be announced when available.

2019 Lindberg Award Recipient

Announced March 13, 2019

Siobhan Senier

Siobhan Senier, Professor of English, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Lindberg Award, given annually to the outstanding teacher-scholar in the College of Liberal Arts.

Appointed to the faculty in 2000, Professor Senier focuses on Native American literature, women's studies, sustainability and environmental studies, disability studies, and digital humanities.

Professor Senier's books include Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), which serves as a model for community-responsive scholarship and establishes Professor Senier as one of the most authoritative scholars on Northeast Indigenous writing. The book's innovative digital companion,, edited by Professor Senier with the help of students, Native American authors, and local colleagues, is both a literary magazine and an archive of Native American literature from New England. This vibrant website reflects the passionate commitment Professor Senier brings to her advocacy for regional Indigenous communities. She is currently finishing Sovereignty and Sustainability: Indigenous New England Literary Stewardship in the 20th and 21st Centuries, to be published by University of Nebraska Press, a book that unites Indigenous studies with ecocriticism and sustainability. Other publications include Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona: A Critical Edition (Broadview, 2008) and Voices of American Indian Assimilation and Resistance: Helen Hunt Jackson, Sarah Winnemucca, Victoria Howard (University of Oklahoma Press, 2001), and numerous refereed articles and book chapters. Professor Senier's scholarship has been recognized with the Roland H. O'Neal Professorship for Junior Faculty Excellence and the James H. and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities, as well as external funding from NEH, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Studies Association, and the NH Humanities Council.

In the classroom, Professor Senier is extremely skilled, teaching a wide range of courses from First-Year Writing to graduate seminars, as well as chairing or serving on many dissertation and thesis committees. Students routinely praise the passion, knowledge, and skill that produce "unforgettable class discussions." Expressing respect and admiration, they say she is a role model, not only as a teacher and scholar, but also as a person. Professor Senier has been innovative in her use of digital studies methodology, an expertise she has brought to bear on curriculum for the new English major option: Text, Business Writing, and Digital Studies and the Cognate in Digital Studies.

Professor Senier has demonstrated that she possesses the highest qualities of scholarship and teaching and is most deserving of the Lindberg Award. Please join me in congratulating her.

Previous Lindberg Award Winners

Paula Salvio
Ellen Fitzpatrick
David Kaye
W. Jeffrey Bolster
Michael Ferber
Rochelle Lieber
Jan Golinski
Charlotte Witt
Thomas Newkirk
Douglas Lanier
Scott Schnepf
Sheila McNamee
J. William Harris
Susan Schibanoff
David Frankfurter
Sally Ward
Charles Simic
Robert Mair
Cathy Frierson
Alasdair Drysdale
Ann Diller
Paul Brockelman
Janet Polasky
Keith Polk
Victor Benassi
David Richman
Joshua Meyrowitz
Laurel T. Ulrich
Robert Hapgood
Barbara Cooper
Donald J. Wilcox
Michael DePorte

Education 2018
History 2017
Theatre 2016
History 2015
English and Humanities 2014
English and Linguistics 2013
History and Humanities 2012
Philosophy and Humanities 2011
English 2010
English 2009
Art 2008
Communication 2007
History 2006
English 2005
History and Religious Studies 2004
Sociology 2003
English 2002
Psychology 2001
History 2000
Geography 1999
Education 1998
Philosophy 1997
History 1996
Music 1995
Psychology 1994
Humanities and Theatre 1993
Communication 1992
History 1991
English 1990
LLC/French 1989
History 1988
English 1987

This annual award recognizes curricular innovations through the use of technology.  Examples may include (but are not limited to) new ways of teaching that promote student engagement, reorganization of a course that improves students’ ability to apply what they learn either inside or outside the classroom, and/or the promotion of inclusive group-learning activities. 

All teaching faculty are eligible to apply. 


  • Creative use of technology begins with solid pedagogy.  Applicants must exhibit extensive knowledge and mastery of the subject matter
  • Technological innovation in course and curriculum design
  • Ability to inspire, guide and engage students in achieving their academic goals

Applicants should submit a 1-2-page (single spaced) statement demonstrating award criteria and a Box link to a smartphone video self-presentation (up to 2 minutes) demonstrating the effectiveness of technological integration in their course curriculum. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Calls for applications will be announced in the spring each year. The College’s Executive Committee will review applicants and advise the Dean on the selection of the awardee.

Award Recipients

Ivo van der Graaff, Art and Art History, 2020 (inaugural award)

The College of Liberal Arts provides limited support (up to $500) for research-related activities, with particular preference given to those that will advance efforts to secure external grants and fellowships, such as travel to funding agencies in Washington, DC. There is no deadline for applications, but once funds have been depleted for a given year, requests will be deferred until the following fiscal year. To apply, please briefly describe your project and proposed budget in less than one page, indicating what if any support your department will provide. This should be addressed to Dean Michele Dillon and submitted electronically. We ask for your chair's endorsement, only in the form of a signature, so please send a copy of your application to him or her. If your request is approved, support will take the form of reimbursement of documented expenses. Please address any questions to Michele Dillon.

For summer 2020, the College of Liberal Arts will offer up to 5 research stipends to tenure-track faculty, across all three ranks. The stipends are intended to support the completion of a research or artistry project currently at an advanced stage and thus to help accelerate the submission of the project’s results for publication (either toward a book manuscript or peer-reviewed journals) or performance/exhibition. Ordinarily, teaching summer school or receipt of University summer awards cannot be combined with a summer research stipend. The amount of each award is $5,000, and will be paid in June 2020. Proposals are due to the Dean’s Office, via electronic submission to, no later than March 23, 2020.

The proposals will be reviewed by the College of Liberal Arts Executive Committee.

Please submit an updated CV together with a one- or two-page (single-spaced) statement of your in-progress research/artistry and describe how the summer stipend will accelerate its completion.

Please also indicate previous funding for this project and any concurrent applications for summer 2020 support, as well as other time-consuming commitments for the summer.

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.

Request for Ad Hoc Faculty Development Funds

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.

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.

Center for the Humanities

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.

Nomination Information

Award Recipients


University-wide Awards

Kabria Baumgartner, Department of English
Outstanding Assistant Professor

Jason Sokol, Department of History
Outstanding Associate Professor

Charlotte Witt, Department of Philosophy
Distinguished Professor Award

Scott Smith, Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies
Jean Brierley Award for Excellence in Teaching

Greg McMahon, Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies
Excellence in International Engagement Award

Excellence in Teaching

Harriet Fertik, Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies
Alex Holznienkemper, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Michael Leese, Department of History


Winners are profiled on the Faculty Excellence Awards website

University-wide Awards

Svetlana Peshkova, Department of Anthropology
Excellence in Public Service Award

Jeannie Sowers, Department of Political Science
Excellence in International Engagement Award

Excellence in Teaching

Renee Heath, Department of Communication
Alecia Magnifico, Department of English
Charles Vannette, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (German)


Winners are profiled on the Faculty Excellence Awards website

University-wide Awards

Eliga Gould, Department of History
Distinguished Professor Award

David Richman, Department of Theatre and Dance
Jean Brierley Award for Excellence in Teaching

Excellence in Teaching

Jennifer Armstrong, Department of Philosophy
Monica Chiu, Department of English
Kristen Swann, Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies


Winners are profiled on the Faculty Excellence Awards website

University-wide Awards

Andrew Boysen, Department of Music
Excellence in Research Award

Mary Fran Malone, Department of Political Science
Excellence in International Engagement Award

Scott Weintraub, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Outstanding Assistant Professor Award

Janet Polasky, Department of History
Jean Brierley Award for Excellence in Teaching

Excellence in Teaching

Raina Ames, Department of Theatre and Dance
Susan Curry, Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies
Kevin Healey, Department of Communication


Winners are profiled on the Faculty Excellence Awards website

University-wide Awards

Gregory McMahon, Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies
Jean Brierley Award for Excellence in Teaching

Judy Sharkey, Department of Education
Excellence in International Engagement Award

Excellence in Teaching

Amy Boylan, Department of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies
Stephanie Harzewski, Department of English
Susan Siggelakis, Department of Political Science

Previous winners can be found on the Faculty Excellence Awards website

The Provost's Office awards University Professorships, Presidential Chairs and Professorships.

Provost's Office Faculty Professorships and Chairs

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.

Provost's Office Faculty Support

Engagement and Faculty Development Program

The Graduate School awards Summer Faculty Fellowships. Contact Dean Cari Moorhead,, for information.

The Global Education Center awards competitive grants for internationalizing faculty engagement and development.

Global Education Center Grants

Check out this website for the most comprehensive information about support for research and other scholarly activities provided by units within UNH.