Spring 2022 Professorship Lecture Series

Professorships are established by generous donors to honor exceptional faculty in their fields. We are pleased to present PSU’s spring 2022 Professorship Lecture series. Each of these lectures are free and open to the public, with prior registration encouraged.

The Power of the Arts 

Dr. Patricia (Trish) Lindberg, Stevens-Bristow Professor of Education
Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 4:00-5:30 PM
Museum of the White Mountains

About Trish Lindberg

Dr. Patricia (Trish) Lindberg is professor and the coordinator of the M.Ed. in Integrated Arts at Plymouth State University (PSU) in Plymouth, New Hampshire. She completed her BA in Youth Drama and her BS in Music Education with certification at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, her MA in Theatre Education at Emerson College, Boston, MA and her PhD in Educational Theatre at New York University, New York, NY.

Trish created an MEd in Integrated Arts and a CAGS in Arts Leadership and Learning at Plymouth State University and worked for many years in the Elementary Education Program, teaching core and general education courses, as well as supervising students in methods courses and student teaching. For over 25 years, Trish has worked collaboratively with cherished colleagues to produce an annual Integrated Arts Conference, offering graduate credit and professional development for educators across New England. Currently, Trish teaches graduate courses in Integrated Arts and Education.

Trish founded and artistically directed the Kearsarge Arts Theatre (KAT), an award-winning children’s theatre based in New London, NH for thirty summers and is currently the artistic director of the Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) based at Plymouth State University, the St. Martins Summer Theatre based in New Brunswick, Canada, the Palestinian-American Children’s Theatre (PACT) based in Ramallah, Palestine, the Flying Monkey Family Theatre based in Plymouth, NH, and the Emmy Award-winning Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility (TIGER), a professional educational theatre company based at Plymouth State University that has performed for over half a million school children throughout New England.

In addition to her teaching, producing, and directing, Trish is also a published author and playwright. Her book Bringing the Word Alive and her original musical Pollyanna, and short play Bystander Blues are published by Dramatic Publishing, Inc. Her original musical production, based on letters from children to the President, Mail to the Chief was performed at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Trish has won numerous awards including:
The National Youth Theatre Director Award (AATE), The NH State Council of the Arts Governor’s Arts Award for Arts and Education, the Plymouth State University Distinguished Teaching Award, the prestigious Carnegie Foundation NH Professor of the Year Award, an Edie Excellence in Education Award given by the NH Department of Education, a Regional Emmy for Co-Producing the Best Children/Youth Program, a NH Association Broadcaster Award for Best Feature, a Bronze Telly for Best Youth and Children’s Program, and the Moss Hart Trophy (awarded twice, once for
A You and Me World at KAT in 2002 and once for Marking the Moment at ETC in 2013), given by the New England Theatre Conference (NETC). Trish has directed well over 100 educational theatre productions for family audiences, many of them her original scripts, including performances in the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, France, Palestine, South Africa, China, New Zealand, and Lithuania. In 2015, Professor Lindberg was awarded the first NH Humanities Council’s 40 over 40 Award, celebrating the forty individuals who have made the most significant impact on the arts and humanities in the state of New Hampshire in the last forty years.

About the Stevens-Bristow Professorship of Education

The Plymouth State University Stevens-Bristow Professorship was established in 2007 by Wallace R. ’62 and Meredith Bristow Stevens ’62 to honor an exceptional faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching, advising, or mentoring; engages in scholarly activity that is recognized nationally or internationally; and makes outstanding contributions to the profession, university, or state.

Meteorology Lecture

Dr. Eric G. Hoffman, Souza Professor of Meteorology
Saturday, April 2, 2022, 3:30-4:30 PM
Merrill Place Conference Center

About Eric Hoffman

Dr. Eric G. Hoffman received his B.S. in meteorology from Cornell University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University at Albany (SUNY). His areas of expertise include synoptic and mesoscale meteorology.

Prior to joining the PSU faculty in 2000, Dr. Hoffman worked for the National Weather Service as an aviation meteorologist for the Aviation Weather Center. While in graduate school, he worked as a part-time broadcast meteorologist for WGY-AM Radio in Schenectady, NY, and as a graduate research and teaching assistant.

Dr. Hoffman has a wide range of research interests and has recently worked with both undergraduate and graduate students on a variety of projects including cold-air damming in northern New England, impactful weather associated with stationary fronts in the eastern U.S., climatological studies of high wind events, and weather-related power outages.

About the Colonel Craig Souza ’87 Endowed Professorship of Meteorology

The Colonel Craig Souza ’87 Endowed Professorship in Meteorology was made possible through a generous gift from retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Craig Souza. Souza served most of his career supporting the U.S. Army, including serving as the senior Air Force meteorologist supporting the Army and its Chief of Staff’s weatherman. Souza credits his illustrious career to his time at PSU. The purpose of the endowment is to celebrate and provide financial support to a deserving PSU faculty member who will research and present on the value of “functional meteorology.”

Assessing Assessment

Dr. Matthew D. Zawodniak, Wixson Professor of Mathematics
Friday, April 15, 2022, 3:00-4:30 PM
Silver Center for the Arts

About Matthew Zawodniak

Dr. Z received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Georgia in 2016. His research was in the broad field of Algebraic Topology (playing with Play-Doh in n-dimensional space) and the specific area of Rational Homotopy Theory, which studies how similar different mathematical constructs are. While pursuing his Ph.D., he discovered his love for teaching. Dr. Z tried to bring this love of mathematics to pre-calculus courses by hosting math murder mysteries, using twitter in the classroom, and trying to teach outside whenever possible. He also increased his pedagogical knowledge by becoming a member of the UGA future faculty program and pursuing the UGA Certificate of Mathematics Education. From these experiences, Dr. Z tries to combine pedagogy, innovative techniques, and his love of math to every class he teaches.

One of Dr. Z’s favorite courses to teach is Mathematics for Elementary Teachers. Elementary mathematics is both interesting and integral to the future mathematical success of young students. Dr. Z has designed and taught courses for in-service elementary teachers as well. His overall goal as a teacher is to improve K-16 mathematics education.

When Dr. Z isn’t teaching you might find him mountain biking, bowling, or playing video games.

About the Ed and Marilyn Wixson Endowed Professorship of Mathematics

The Plymouth State University Ed and Marilyn Wixson Endowed Professorship of Mathematics was created by longtime PSU mathematics faculty Ed and Marilyn Wixson to celebrate and recognize faculty in the Department of Mathematics who are exemplary faculty models of teaching, scholarship, and service or who show strong promise to become such excellent faculty.

Environmental Studies Lecture

Dr. Kerry Yurewicz, Abbott Professor of Environmental Studies
Friday, April 22, 2022, 4:00-5:30 PM
Silver Center for the Arts

About Kerry Yurewicz

Kerry Yurewicz is an ecologist who uses natural surveys and experiments to investigate questions about animal behavior, interactions between species, and patterns of biodiversity across environmental gradients.  She joined the faculty at PSU in 2004, after earning her PhD in biology from the University of Michigan and conducting postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame.  Kerry teaches courses in introductory biology, invertebrate zoology, and ecology, often using local habitats as outdoor labs. She is passionate about inspiring an appreciation for biodiversity, and working with students to ask and answer questions about the natural world. Most of her research has focused on amphibians and invertebrates, often in freshwater systems, and she’s enjoyed collaborating with both undergraduate and graduate students on projects involving crayfish, insects, fish, and salamanders. Kerry is also a long-time member of the board of directors at Quincy Bog Natural Area, a local nonprofit environmental organization whose mission is to conserve land and connect people with nature.

About the Helen Abbott ’39 Professorship of Environmental Studies

Janice Griffith, a former student from Union, NH, established the Helen Abbott ’39 Professorship of Environmental Studies to honor her friend, teacher and mentor, who graduated from the Plymouth Normal School (which is now PSU), for her commitment to youth environmental education.  The endowment supports a three-year term professorship that recognizes an exemplary member of the PSU faculty who integrates elements of environmental studies into coursework or research.