Three College faculty members receive University Professorship Awards

Three College faculty members receive University Professorship Awards

Monday, February 29, 2016

Picture of professorsThree faculty members within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences were recently awarded professorships by the University.

Ruth Varner (Class of 1940 Professorship), Will Clyde (Carpenter Professorship), and Steve Frolking (Class of 1941 Professorship) received the awards from the provost following nominations from CEPS dean Sam Mukasa.

“I am absolutely delighted to see these three colleagues recognized this way for the tremendous contributions they have made to the College and University over the years,” said Mukasa. “All three are great scholars, yet also find the time to be engaged with leadership and outreach. We are very lucky to have them in CEPS."

With the help of the University of New Hampshire Foundation, UNH initiated the Professorships program in 1990 to help support faculty members in their teaching, public service, and research.

The purpose of the program is to help the University be more competitive in hiring new faculty members, reward outstanding academic accomplishments, and enhance the faculty's opportunities for superior scholarship, innovative teaching, and meaningful service.

The Class of 1940 Professorship, awarded to Varner for three years, recognizes and rewards a UNH faculty member for outstanding interdisciplinary teaching and research.

Varner is an Associate Professor in the Earth Systems Research Center of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and in the Department of Earth Sciences. She is also the Director of the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education at UNH.

The Carpenter Professorship, awarded to Clyde for three years, was created from the John T. and Doris H. Carpenter Trust is awarded to "a worthy faculty recipient.”

Clyde is a Professor of Geology in the Earth Sciences Department. He is fundamentally interested in Earth history and his research focuses on how climate change, tectonics, and other geological forces have influenced mammalian evolution and shaped the terrestrial sedimentary record.

The Class of 1941 Professorship, awarded to Frolking for two years, was established with a gift from the Class of 1941 and recognizes outstanding teaching, research, or public service, especially from an international perspective.

Frolking is a Research Professor in the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS) and Earth Sciences Department. His background and training are in physics and biogeochemical cycling, with particular focus on climatic controls on trace gas emissions from terrestrial ecosystems. His current research focuses on the interactions between terrestrial ecosystems, human land and water use, and the Earth's climate system.

Professorships are typically funded from the interest on invested funds that have been given or bequeathed to the University. Most are awarded for a term of one to three years and carry a special supplemental allowance, usually ranging between $5,000 and $10,000 a year that may be spent by the faculty member in support of his or her academic activities.

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