Since joining the faculty in 1998, Dr. Barbara Jago has challenged her students to become braver, stronger, and more thoughtful. Jago, associate professor of communication arts, has taught courses in relational communication for two decades, inspiring students with her passion and knowledge on identity, gender, family communication, and more.
Jago’s courses are hands-on and interactive, encouraging students to explore personal, cultural, social, and political topics through open dialogue. Her dedication to fostering her students’ social, emotional, and intellectual growth earned her UNH’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004.
Creating an inclusive learning environment is central to Jago’s teaching philosophy. She received the 2016 UNH Women’s Commission Faculty Award for her efforts in making the University a safe, welcoming environment for women. UNH also presented Jago with the 2013 Kidder Award for her commitment to educating students and colleagues about gender identity and sexual orientation—and for creating a safe and respectful forum for discussion.
In addition to teaching, Jago serves as chair of the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences and is an active researcher in the field of relational communication. Her research seeks to understand how we make sense of ourselves and our relationships through storytelling, and how we can use that understanding to improve our individual and collective lives. Jago has been published in a variety of academic journals, including Qualitative Inquiry, Journal of Loss and Trauma, and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.
Jago earned a Ph.D. in Communication and M.A. in Secondary Social Science Education from the University of South Florida, an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University, and a B.A. from Smith College.
Our students. We have the best students in the world! They are smart, thoughtful, and creative, and work diligently to earn their degrees. Teaching them is a privilege.
Every graduation ceremony for the past 20 years.
Kayaking, hiking, and travelling.
Barcelona. I love the architect Gaudi and Barcelona is filled with his buildings. The Sagrada Familia and Park Güell are especially impressive.
I love watching true crime stories.
Margaret Sanger, Martin Luther King, and Dorothy Parker.
A National Geographic photographer.
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