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Faculty Senate

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The Faculty Senate is the primary way that faculty participate in university governance. It is elected in accordance with its own constitution that appears in the Faculty Handbook and approved by the Highlands Board of Regents. To carry out its responsibility, the Faculty Senate and its subcommittees meet on a regular basis. Meetings of the Faculty Senate are scheduled between 3-5 p.m, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, while classes are in session.

The Office of the Faculty Senate is:
Purchasing Building Room 6
Telephone: 426.2004

ZOOM link for Faculty Senate and Academic Affairs Meetings:

The Faculty Senate at New Mexico Highlands University has the following authority, responsibility and functions:

  • To initiate and review policies which affect the faculty at Highlands
  • To make studies and offer recommendations and advisory opinions on any matters germane to the welfare of the faculty and students
  • To create, update, distribute and permit electronic access to the NMHU Faculty Handbook.
  • To elect members to certain committees
  • To create ad hoc committees to study, investigate and make recommendations on matters that concern the well being of the faculty
For additional information relating to faculty, please see the Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Members of the Faculty Senate for the 2016-17 Academic Year are:

  • Dr. Brandon Kempner – FS Chair – Executive Committee – (English)
  • Dr. Maureen Romine – FS Vice Chair – Executive Committee – (Biology)
  • Cheryl Zebrowski, FS Secretary – Executive Committee – (Library)
  • Dr. Ian Williamson – Executive Committee – At Large (College of Arts and Sciences / Psychology)
  • Dr. Kathy Jenkins – Executive Committee – At Large (Exercise and Sport Sciences)
  • Professor Angela Meron – Executive Committee – At Large (Media Arts & Technology)
  • Dr. Edward Harrington – (Visual & Performing Arts) (Student Affairs Representative)
  • Dr. Gloria Gadsen – (Social, Anthropology and Criminal Justice) – (Academic Affairs Rep.)
  • Dr. David Sammeth – (Chemistry)
  • Dr. John Jeffries – (Computer and Mathematical Sciences)
  • Dr. Elaine Rodriquez – (History and Political Science)
  • Dr. Jennifer Lindline  – (Natural Resources Management)
  • Dr. Luis Ortiz  – (School of Business/Business Administration)
  • Dr. Kipling Coggins – (Social Work/Rio Rancho)
  • Dr. Kevin Ensor – (School of Education/Counseling and Guidance/Rio Rancho)
  • Dr.  James Burns   – (School of Education/Educational Leadership)
  • Dr. Emily Williams – (School of Education/Special Education)
  • Dr. Shirley Meckes – (School of Education/Teacher Education)
  • Dr. Susan Williams – (Nursing) (Non-Voting)
  • Laird Thornton– (Staff Representative) (Non-Voting)
  • Julian Padilla – Graduate Student Senator (Student Representative) (Non-Voting)
  • Languages & Culture – Vacant
  • Mary Jane Valdez –  (Administrative Assistant to the Faculty Senate)