Jamie Lynn Slenker, a lecturer and coordinator of the interior design and pre-architecture programs, is the second faculty member to serve as assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences as part of an innovative program that is meant to bring new perspectives to the office and to serve as a mechanism for leadership development and mentoring across the college.
“I am proud to be in such a position, but more importantly, I am impressed by the dean's investment in my career at UNH, particularly for a newer, non-tenure-track faculty member like myself,” she said. “It shows me there are ways to grow within the University.”
As the assistant dean for the 2013-14 academic year, Slenker is working to build upon the prestigious grants and fellowships initiative, providing students with more information and getting more students to compete for fellowships such as Boren awards and Fulbright scholarships.
Slenker, who received an M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design and practiced professionally in the architectural field for five years in Virginia and Colorado, teaches courses in the interior design and pre-architecture programs.
“I feel it is an imperative, particularly in my discipline, to offer real-world opportunities for learning, working with local architects and existing buildings in our community,” she said. “I like that UNH's emphasis on experiential education plays directly into my personal teaching pedagogy.”
Slenker likes what the position says about UNH. “It is very forward-thinking,” she said. “I see it as a great opportunity to inject various, cross-disciplinary viewpoints into the dean's office and to provide an innovative approach to initiatives in the College of Arts and Sciences. Fresh ideas are vitally important in keeping our University relevant as we grow.”