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Professor Eckrich Honored with Endowed Chair

On Oct. 18, 2012, Colby-Sawyer College honored excellence in teaching and contributions to leadership on campus by investing Professor of Exercise and Sport Sciences Jean Eckrich as the new David H. Winton Endowed Teaching Chair.

Professor Eckrich is a scholar and tireless champion of both students and faculty colleagues. An expert in the mechanics and development of human motion, the changing role of women in sports, and appropriate principles and practices for coaches, she joined the college in 1995. She has published and presented regionally, nationally and internationally with colleagues from across the college, as well as with students.

As department chair from 1995 to 2009, Eckrich was part of two major curriculum revisions. Among many other initiatives with which she was involved, Professor Eckrich created professional development activities for students; increased the number of faculty within the department; supported the professional development of department members; collaborated on the renovation of Mercer Hall; increased the laboratory equipment and experiences for students; and worked on two successful athletic training accreditation self-studies.

Amy Hebert '10, a Sport Management major who went on to earn her master's degree and has returned to Colby-Sawyer as the college's internship coordinator, says Professor Eckrich's influence “overflowed into every aspect of her students' lives both during their time at Colby-Sawyer and after. Jean went beyond the requirements of her position to cultivate our academic, intellectual and personal growth.”

Professor Eckrich's colleague, Professor and Chair of Exercise and Sport Sciences, Russ Medbery, says her commitment to the college is clear.

“Jean creates an environment that challenges students to take responsibility for learning,” he says. “It is clear that Professor Eckrich loves this college and this community. She demonstrates this love by committing herself fully to the educational and governance goals of the college.”

Professor Eckrich founded the college's Teaching Enrichment Center in 2009 and has overseen the development and implementation of a four-day orientation program, as well as a monthly seminar series for new faculty. She also has developed a series of online resources for faculty and leads small group instructional diagnosis sessions for individual faculty members.

Professor Eckrich holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University, an M.S. from University of Wyoming and a B.S. from University of Delaware.

David H. Winton was an honorary life trustee and longtime chair of the Board of Trustees; the endowed chair was established to honor and recognize the excellence of long-standing members of the teaching faculty.

-Kate Seamans


Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire.

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