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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 2017-18 Academic Year are:

  • Dr. Thomas Ward – Executive Committee, FS Chair (Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice)
  • Dr. David Sammeth (Chemistry) – Executive Committee, FS Vice Chair
  • Dr. Jennifer Lindline – Executive Committee, FS Secretary (Natural Resources Management)
  • Dr. Kipling Coggins – Executive Committee, At Large (Social Work/Albuquerque)
  • Dr. Kathy Jenkins – Executive Committee, At Large (Exercise and Sport Sciences)
  • Professor Angela Meron – Executive Committee, At Large (School of Business, Media Arts &   Technology)
  • Dr. Maureen Romine (Biology) – Executive Committee, At Large (Biology)
  • Broughton, Leslie (Library)
  • Dr. Leon Bustos, (Psychology)
  • Dr.  Patricia Cruz (School of Education / Educational Leadership/Rio Rancho)
  • Dr. Kevin Ensor (School of Education / Counseling & Guidance/Rio Rancho)
  • Dr. Lauren Fath (English & Philosophy)
  • Dr. Sandra Gardner (Nursing)
  • Dr. Edward Harrington (Visual & Performing Arts)
  • Dr. John Jeffries (Computer and Mathematical Sciences)
  • Dr. Shirley Meckes (School of Education / Teacher Education)
  • Dr. Luis Ortiz (School of Business / Business Administration)
  • Dr. Elaine Rodriquez (History & Political Science)
  • Dr. PJ Sedillo (School of Education / Special Education / Rio Rancho)
  • Dr. Norma Valenzuela (Languages & Culture)
  • Dr. Eva Yerende (School of Education / Curriculum & Instruction/Rio Rancho)
  • Laird Thornton (Staff Senate Representative) (Non-Voting)
  • Natasha Lujan (Student Senate Representative) (Non-Voting)
  • Mary Jane Valdez (Administrative Assistant to the Faculty Senate)