Faculty Excellence Awards Honor Outstanding Professors

Faculty Excellence Awards Honor Outstanding Professors

This week, five professors were recognized with Faculty Excellence Awards.

Excellence in Teaching, Part-Time Faculty – Linda Brill, Adjunct Professor of Composition and Literature
“Linda cares intensely about her students,” wrote a colleague in a nomination. “She knows personal things about them and invites them to share about their lives. She is a consummate educator, and UNH is bettered by her presence. I could not think of a more worthy candidate for this award.  

Excellence in Experiential Education – Matthew Schmidt, Assistant Professor of National Security and Political Science
“After spending a great deal of time as his student over this past year, I can wholeheartedly say that he has changed my life,” wrote a student. “Dr. Schmidt is far from a typical professor. He does not believe in making his students memorize a multitude of facts and mindlessly rewrite them for a test. Rather, he believes in making his students engage in deep critical thinking about topics. He pushes them outside of the small, boxed-in education many of them received in high school. His lessons develop real-life skills and are completely relevant to what students will actually have to face when they leave the classroom.”

Excellence in Research/Creative Activity – Nikodem Poplawski, Senior Lecturer in Physics

“Nikodem is a world-renowned researcher, and he has been compared and described as the current generation’s Albert Einstein,” wrote a colleague. “He is a source of energy to everyone, especially his students.

Excellence in Leadership and Service – Virginia Maxwell, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Forensic Science

“Virginia plays an integral role in student recruitment, student retention, faculty mentoring and coordination of the EGAP process,” wrote a colleague. “Furthermore, she also serves on the Faculty Honors Committee, the Academic Building Taskforce, and is faculty liaison for the softball team. Moreover, she does not limit her service and leadership skills to UNH. She serves as a NEASC site evaluator. Simply put, Virginia is deserving of recognition for her efforts in service and leadership.”  

Excellence in Teaching, Full-Time Faculty – Rosemary Whelan, Lecturer and Coordinator in Biology and Environmental Science

“In Rosemary’s ten years at UNH she has brought a passion for creating a student-centered learning environment to her students through innovative pedagogical approaches,” wrote a colleague. “Rosemary engages her students in a cycle of learning where they are given the opportunity to explore as they engage in problem-solving and application.”

Also as part of the event, Glenn McGee, professor of business, delivered a “Last Lecture” presentation about what happens when a person loses their digital identity. The talk was titled “Lost.”

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