UNH Welcomes New Group of Professors

UNH Welcomes New Group of Professors

by Dave Cranshaw
UNH Today Editor

Don’t tell Lisa Dadio ’88, ’92 M.S. that you can’t come home again. Following a distinguished 20-year career in law enforcement, she is returning to UNH this semester to the place where it all began. This time, she will be in front of the classroom preparing the next generation of forensic scientists.

“UNH is a home away from home for me,” she said. “I felt compelled to come back to the institution that provided me with an exceptional undergraduate and graduate education, which directly impacted my career.”

Lisa Dadio

Dadio retired in 2012 as a lieutenant and head of major crimes with the New Haven Police Department. This semester, she will teach introduction to forensic science and two sections of a crime scene investigation course.

“I encourage open dialogue and strive to ensure that my students leave my class with as much knowledge and understanding of the material as possible,” said Dadio, who previously taught courses at Manchester Community College. “In the field of forensic science, it is important for students to have a hands-on approach to learning and for the students to actually partake in the learning process by involving them in the experience.”

Dadio is part of a group of talented faculty members across all colleges joining the University community this semester.

Houssein El Turkey, an assistant professor of mathematics and physics, said he was attracted to UNH by the University’s reputation as a national leader in experiential education. One of his primary goals is to help students improve their problem solving skills.

“I want to help them communicate effectively, be able to reason through a problem and develop the technical expertise needed to solve interesting problems,” he said.

Emese Hadnagy, an assistant professor of mechanical, civil and environmental engineering, has more than 10 years of experience as an environmental consultant.

“I wanted to teach in a small classroom setting where I can have a lot of personal interaction with my students,” she said. “My main goal is to foster independence in my students and to help them transfer the knowledge they gain in the classroom to their current and future jobs.”

Glenn McGee, professor of public management, has been a leading voice in the area of medical ethics. His current research focuses on creating a model for state and local approaches to providing autism services and developing best practices for healthcare institutions regarding big data.

McGee, who previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, also is a scholar of John Dewey, a 19th century education reformer credited with developing the idea of experiential education, the focus of UNH’s mission.

“I’m very glad to find a place where that’s the focus,” he said.

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