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About our Faculty

 New Mexico Highlands University – All Faculty – Fall 2018

Lauren Addario. M.A., B.F.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of Media Arts and Technology.

Jason Aleman. Ph.D., Texas State University; M.S. and B.A., University of Texas at Austin. Assistant Professor of Social Work.

Ken Alford. M.S., New Mexico Highlands University; B.S., Texas A&M University. Instructor of Mathematics.

Rebecca Alvarez. Ph.D., M. A., B. S., University of California, Riverside. Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Studies/Sociology.

Heath Anderson. M.B.A., New Mexico Highlands University; B.S., University of Georgia. Instructor of Business.

Nariman Arfai. Ph.D, M. S., University of New Mexico; B. A. University of California, Los Angeles. Instructor of Psychology.

Ali Arshad. Ph.D., University of Connecticut; M.A., Atlanta University; B.A., University of Karachi. Associate Professor of Business.

Jeannette Baca. M.S.W., B.S.W., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of Social Work.

Kevin Barnas. M.S.W., Arizona State University; M.B.A., University of New Mexico; M.A., Seton Hall University; B.A. Rutgers University. Instructor of Social Work.

Judith Barnstone. Ph.D., University of Maryland; M.S.W., University of Washington; B.A., Cornell University. Associate Professor of Social Work.

Ben Bencomo. M.S.W., B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of Social Work.

James Biggs. Ph.D., M.S., B.S., New Mexico State University. Instructor of Forestry.

Helen Blythe. Ph.D., Stanford University; M.A., B.A., Auckland University. Professor of English.

Kristin Bogda. Ph.D., University of Oklahoma; M.S., University of Central Oklahoma; B.S., University of Central Missouri. Assistant Professor of Health.

Peter Buchanan. Ph.D., University of Toronto; M.A., University of Toronto; B.A., University of Kansas. Assistant Professor of English.

Leon Bustos. M.S., B.A., New Mexico Highlands. Instructor of Psychology.

Blanca Cespedes. Ph.D., M. Sc. University of Castilla La Mancha, Toledo, Spain; M. Sc. University Complutense of Madrid, Madrid, Spain. Assistant Professor of Forestry.

Daniel Chadborn. Ph.D., Texas A & M University, Commerce; M.A., Southeastern Louisiana University; B.S., University of New Orleans. Assistant Professor of Psychology.

Alba Chavez. Ph.D., M.S., New Mexico State University; B.S., Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua. Instructor of Biology.

Chien-Chung Chen. Ph.D., University of Texas, Arlington; M.S., University of Texas, Dallas; M.B.A., Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan. Assistant Professor of Marketing.

Jiao Chen. Ph.D., University of North Dakota; B.E., Zhejiang Chinese Medical University. Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

Todd Christensen. M.F.A., University of Arizona; B.S., Southern Utah University. Professor of Art.

Kip Coggins. Ph.D., University of Michigan; M.S.W., B.A., Michigan State University. Professor of Social Work.

Craig Conley. Ph.D., University of California, Davis; M.S., University of California, Berkeley; B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz. Associate Professor of Forestry.

Sarah Corey-Rivas. Ph.D., B.S., Ohio State University. Associate Professor of Biology.

Erika Derkas. M.A., University of New Mexico; B.A., Humboldt State University. Professor of Sociology.

Kathryn Dziekan. Ph.D., Syracuse University; M.B.A., Western New Mexico University; M.S., B.A., University of Wisconsin. Instructor of Rehabilitation Counseling.

Kevin Ensor. Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park. M. Ed., Loyola College Baltimore. Assistant Professor of School Counseling.

Donald Evans. M.A., University of Arizona; B.A., Southern Illinois University. Instructor of Speech and Theater.

Lauren Fath. Ph.D., M.A., University of Missouri; M.F.A., Oregon State University; B.S., Northwestern University. Assistant Professor of English.

Jeanie Flood. Ph.D., University of Hawaii; M.S.N., University of Phoenix; B.S.N., California State University. Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Program.

Gloria Gadsden. Ph.D., M.A., University of Pennsylvania; A.B., Columbia University. Associate Professor of Criminal Justice.

Gil Gallegos. Ph.D., M.S., B.S., New Mexico State University. Associate Professor of Engineering and Computer Science.

Juan Gallegos. Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.A., New Mexico Highlands University; M.A., B.A., New Mexico State University. Assistant Professor of English.

Andre Garcia-Nuthmann. Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.M., University of New Mexico; B.M., Southwestern University. Professor of Music.

Sandra Gardner. Ed. D., University of Missouri-St. Louis; M.S.N., Arizona State University; M.A., B.S.N., New Mexico State University. Associate Professor of Nursing.

Stuart Gelzer. M.F.A., Colombia University; B.A., Yale College. Instructor of Media Arts and Technology.

Geri Glover. Ph.D., University of North Texas, Denton; M.A., Appalachian State University; B.S., University of New Mexico; B.A., St. John’s College. Associate Professor of Counseling.

Elias Gonzales. M.A., B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of Media Arts/Videography.

Mario Gonzales. Ph.D., Washington State University; M.A., New Mexico Highlands University; B.A., California State University. Assistant Professor of Anthropology.

Chris Graham. Ph.D., Southern Illinois University; M.Ed., B.S., Eastern New Mexico University. Instructor of Rehabilitation Counseling.

Edward Harrington. Ph.D., University of Phoenix; M.A., Bowling Green State University; B.A., Heidelberg College. Associate Professor of Music Education and Technology.

Mariah Fox Hausman. M.F.A., B.F.A., University of Miami. Associate Professor of Media Arts.

William Hayward. Ph.D., University of New Mexico; M.S., Loughborough University, England; B.A., Carnegie College, England. Associate Professor of Exercise and Sports Sciences.

Laura Heflin. Ph.D., M.A., University of Southern California; B.S., Florida State University. Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology.

Sarra Hinshaw. Ph.D., Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Australia; B.S. Coastal Carolina University. Instructor of Biology.

Houliez, Christophe. Ph.D., Arizona State University; M.B.A, University of Texas at Austin; M.S., Grenoble School of
Management; B.S., Two Years, Engineering School, Preparatory School in Mathematics. Associate Professor of Marketing.

Beatrice Hurtado. M.S.N., B.S.N., University of New Mexico. Instructor of Nursing.

Michael Immerman. Ph.D., University of New Mexico; M.A.E., University of Akron; B.A., Utica College of Syracuse University. Associate Professor of Education.

William Jaremko-Wright. M.S., B.S., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of Geology.

Sheree Jederberg. Ed. D., University of Southern California; M.A., M.A./B.A., San Diego State University; B.S., University of California, San Diego. Associate Professor of Educational Leadership.

John J. Jeffries. Ph.D., M.A., University of California, San Diego; B.A., University of California, Los Angeles. Associate Professor of Mathematics.

Kathy Jenkins. Ph.D., M.S., B.A., University of New Mexico. Professor of Exercise Physiology.

Jessica Johnsen. M.S., New Mexico Highlands University; B.A., New Mexico State University. Instructor of Computer Science.

Robert Karaba. Ph.D., B.S., Miami University of Ohio; M.A., Colorado State University. Associate Professor of Educational Leadership.

Brandon Kempner. Ph.D., M.A., Pennsylvania State University; B.A., University of Oregon. Professor of English.

Siri Khalsa. B.S.N., M.S.N., University of New Mexico. Instructor of Nursing.

Taik Kim. Ph.D., M.S., University of Cincinnati; M.S., B.S., SungkyunKwan University, Korea. Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and Mathematics.

Yongseek Kim. Ph.D., M.B.A., University of New Mexico; Master of Health and Sport Science, University of Tsukuba; B.A.,

Kyung-Hee. University. Associate Professor of Sports Administration.

Anna Koch. Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City; M.S., University of Nebraska-Kearney; B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling.

Linda LaGrange. Ph.D., University of Alberta; M.S., New Mexico Highlands University; B.A., University of Alaska. Professor of Psychology.

Miriam Langer. M.F.A., Tisch School of Fine Arts, New York University; B.F.A., B.A, Cornell University. Professor of Media Arts.

Ludmila Layne. Ph.D., B.E., Central University of Venezuela, Caracas; Ph.D., University of New Mexico; M.S., Syracuse University. Instructor of Curriculum and Instruction.

Jay Lee. Ph.D., M.Ed., B.S., University of Houston. Associate Professor of Exercise Science/Kinesiology/Motor Behavior.

Jonathan Lee. M.A., New Mexico Highlands University; B.A., University of North Texas. Instructor of Software Systems Design.

Jared Leyba. M.S., B.S., New Mexico Highlands University; A.S., Santa Fe Community College. Instructor of Computer Science.

Peter Linder. Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin; M.A., University of New Mexico; B.A., University of New Mexico. Professor of History and Political Science.

Jennifer Lindline. Ph.D., M.A., Bryn Mawr College; B.S., Temple University. Professor of Geology.

Carol Litherland. M.A., New Mexico Highlands University; B.S., University of New Mexico. Instructor of American Sign Language.

David M. Lobdell. M.F.A., University of Notre Dame; B.F.A., University of Southwestern Louisiana. Professor of Art.

Shereen Lobdell. M.A., B.F.A., University of New Mexico. Instructor of Art.

Douglas Main. Ph.D., University of Arkansas; M.S., Fort Hays State University; M.R.E., Nazarene Theological Seminary; B.A., Mid-America Nazarene College. Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling.

Abbas Manafy. Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin; M.A., B.A., University of Kansas, Lawrence; B.A., University of Azerbaijan. Professor of Political Science.

Carlos Martinez. M.S., University of New Mexico; B.S., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of Mathematics.

Rey Martinez. Ph.D., Florida State University; M.S.W., Boston University; B.A., University of Hawaii. Professor of Social Work.

Elizabeth Massaro. Ed. D., Creighton University, Omaha, NE; M.S.W., New Mexico Highlands University; B.A., Vermont College, Montpelier, VT; A.S., Massachusetts Bay Community College. Associate Professor of Social Work.

Jason McIntosh. Ph.D., University of Nebraska; M.A., Pittsburg State University; B.A., Texas Wesleyan University. Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition.

Shirley Meckes. Ph.D., Salve Regina University; M.Ed., B.A., Rhode Island College. Associate Professor of Early Childhood/Elementary Education.

Richard Medina. Ph.D., University of Hawaii; M.S., B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Assistant Professor of Computer Science.

Angela Meron. MFA-V, Vermont College of Fine Arts; B.A., Grand View College. Assistant Professor of Media Arts.

Amy Messex. M.S.W., University of Michigan School of Social Work; B.A., University of Michigan. Instructor of Social Work.

Tyler Mills. Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago; M.F.A., University of Maryland; B.A., Bucknell University. Assistant Professor of English.

Rebecca Moore. Ph.D. Cornell University; M.S.W., B.S., University of Utah. Professor of Social Work.

Michael Morad-McCoy. M.A., University of New Mexico; B.A., Antioch College. Instructor of Counseling.

German Moreno. Ph.D., New Mexico State University; M.A., B.S. University of Texas, El Paso. Visiting Associate Professor of Teacher Education.

Yvonne Moreno. Ph.D., M. A., New Mexico State University; B.A., University of Texas, El Paso. Assistant Professor of Special Education.

Maria Munguia-Wellman. Ph.D., University of New Mexico; M.S.W., George Warren Brown School of Social Work; B.A., University of St. Thomas. Assistant Professor of Social Work.

Ben Nelson. D.V.M., B.A., Texas A&M University. Instructor of Biology.

Emmanuel Nkwenti-Zamcho. D.B.A., US International University, San Diego; M.B.A., University of South Dakota. Associate Professor of International Business.

Dolores Ortega. Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University; M.S.W., B.S.W., B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Associate Professor of Social Work.

Luis Ortiz. Ph.D., University of Texas; M.B.A., B.B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Associate Professor of Business.

David Pan. Ph.D., M.A., University of Southern California; B.A., Stanford University. Associate Professor of Psychology.

Seonsook Park. Ph.D., M.A., University of New Mexico; B.A., Mokpo National University. Associate Professor of Education.

Michael Petronis. Ph.D., M.S., University of New Mexico; B.S., Kent State University. Professor of Geology.

Melissa Phillips. Ph.D., Walden University; M.A., College of Notre Dame; B.A., Towson State University. Assistant Professor of Special Education.

Jesus Rivas. Ph.D., University of Tennessee; Licenciatura in Biology, Universidad Central de Venezuela. Professor of Biology.

Rodney Rock. Ed. D., M.A., Central Michigan University; B. A., Aquinas College. Instructor of Educational Leadership.

Debra Rodda. M.S.W., New Mexico Highlands University; B.S.W., California Polytechnic University. Instructor of Social Work.

Elaine Rodriquez. Ph.D., Northern Arizona University; M.A., New Mexico Highlands University; B.A., Mesa State College. Associate Professor of Political Science.

Carla Romero. M.B.A., B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of Business.

Eric Romero. Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.A., Escuela Nacional de Antropología E Historia, México City; B.A., University of Colorado Boulder. Instructor of Native American/Hispano Studies.

Maureen Romine. Ph.D., M.S., B.S., Colorado State University. Professor of Biology.

Kyle Rose. Ph.D., Purdue University; M.S., Michigan Technological University; B.A., Grove City College. Assistant Professor of Forestry.

Monica Rossetti. M.A., B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of Sociology.

Lori Rudolph. Ph.D., M.A., University of New Mexico; B.S.W., University of Wisconsin. Associate Professor Counseling and Guidance.

Gerald Russell. Ph.D., M.A., University of California; B.A., San Diego State University. Instructor of Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology.

Joseph Sabutis. Ph.D., M.S., University of Pittsburgh; M.S., University of California, Los Angeles; B.A., University of Nebraska, Omaha. Professor of Physics.

David Sammeth. B.S., Ph.D., Montana State University. Professor of Chemistry.

Rod Sanchez. Ph.D., Indiana University/Walden Institute; B.S., University of New Mexico. Instructor of Management and Entrepreneurship.

Sarah Santillanes. Ph.D., M.A., B.S., University of New Mexico. Assistant Professor of Teacher Education.

Joseph Schmalfeldt. Ph.D., Louisiana State University; M.S., University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse; B.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Associate Professor of Physical Education.

Paul Sedillo. Ph.D., M.A., University of New Mexico; B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Assistant Professor of Special Education.

Jan Shepherd. Ph.D., Duke University; B.A., Pfeifer College. Instructor of Chemistry.

Joshua Sloan. Ph.D., B.S., Purdue University. Assistant Professor of Forestry.

Jessica Snow. Ph.D., University of New Mexico; B.S., University of Illinois. Assistant Professor of Biology.

Christopher Stead. Ph.D., Medical College of Georgia; M.S. Chem., University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, England. Assistant Professor of Biochemistry.

Kazumi Stovall. M.S., B.S., Georgia State University; B.E., Kinki University. Instructor of Mathematics.

Charles Swim. D.B.A., United States International University; M.B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas; M.S., B.A., Eastern Montana College. Instructor of Management.

Janis Taback-Keene. Ed. S., M.S., University of New Mexico; B.A., Queens College. Instructor of Education and Field Services Coordinator.

Eddie Tafoya. Ph.D., Binghamton University; M.A., B.A., University of New Mexico. Professor of English.

Orit Tamir. Ph.D., M.A., Arizona State University; B.A., University of Haifa, Israel. Professor of Anthropology.

Samuel Terrazas. Ph.D., M.S.W., Barry University, Miami Shores; B.S.W., Florida Atlantic University. Associate Professor of Social Work.

Alan Thomas. Ph.D., B.A., University of New Mexico. Instructor of Physical Chemistry.

Tatiana Timofeeva. Ph.D., Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Science; M.S., B.S., Moscow State University. Professor of Chemistry.

Sara Tracy. Ph.D., New Mexico State University; M.A., Pepperdine University; B.S., James Madison University. Instructor of Psychology.

Rianne Trujillo. M.A., B.F.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of Media Arts and Technology.

Julie Tsatsaros. Ph.D., James Cook University, Australia; M. Sc., Michigan State; B.E.S., University of Waterloo, Canada. Instructor of Forestry.

Keith Tucker. M.B.A., New Mexico Highlands University; B.A., University of New Mexico. Instructor of Economics and Finance.

Kent Tucker. D.B.A., M.B.A., United States International University; B.A., California State University, Fullerton. Associate Professor of Finance.

Gregg Turner. Ph.D., M.A., Claremont Graduate School; B.A., California State University. Associate Professor of Mathematics.

Carl Valdez. Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.S.E, University of New Mexico; M.A., New Mexico Highlands University; B.A., University of New Mexico. Instructor of Special Education.

Norma Valenzuela. Ph.D., M.A., Arizona State University; B.A., University of New Mexico. Assistant Professor of Spanish.

Valerie Valles-Pedroza. M.S.W., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of Social Work.

Edgar M. Vargas Blanco. Ph.D., University of Houston; M.A., University of Texas at El Paso. Assistant Professor of Spanish.

Donna Vigil. M.B.A., B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of Accounting.

Benjamin Villarreal. Ed. D., Columbia University; M.A., New Mexico Highlands University; B.A., University of Memphis. Assistant Professor of English.

Alexis Weathers. M.A., B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of English.

Steven Williams. Ph.D., Northwestern University; B.A., Rutgers College. Professor of History.

Ann Wolf. Ed. D., University of Northern Colorado; M.S., Syracuse University; B.A., Rutgers University. Assistant Professor of Reading Education.

Donna Woodford-Gormley. Ph.D., M.A., Washington University; B.A., California State University. Professor of English.

Efstathia “Eva”+ Yerende. Ph.D., M.A., University of Arizona; M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute; M.A., Northern Arizona University; B.A., American College of Greece. Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education.

Joseph Zebrowski. M.S., B.A., Texas A&M University. Instructor of Forestry and GIS Laboratory Administrator and Service Provider and Rio Mora NWR and Conservation Area Liaison.

Kevin Zoernig. B.A., Grinnell College. Instructor in Music.

Melanie Zollner. M.B.A., B.B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of Business.

 

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