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About our Faculty

 NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS UNIVERSITY – ALL FACULTY – SPRING 2017

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, CA. Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Studies/Sociology.

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

Nariman Arfai. Ph. D, M. S., University of New Mexico; B. A. University of California, Los Angeles. Visiting Assistant Professor 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.

Michelle Baca. M.S.W., New Mexico Highlands University; B.A., University of New Mexico. 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. Assistant Professor of Social Work.

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

Pamela Begay. Ph.D., Smith College-School of Social Work; M.S.W., Washington University in St. Louis; B.U.S., University of New Mexico; A.A., San Juan College, Farmington. Visiting Professor of Social Work.

James Biggs. Ph.D., M.S., B.S., New Mexico State University. Visiting Assistant Professor of Forestry.

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

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

Melani Buchanan-Farmer.  Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies; M.E., B.E., The University of New Mexico. Visiting Professor of Curriculum and Instruction.

James Burns. Ed. D., University of Vermont; M.S., B.S., University of Wisconsin. Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership.

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.

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. Assistant Professor of Art

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

Stanley Cohen. Ph.D., University of New Mexico; M.S., B.S., University of Washington. Visiting Professor of Technology.

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. Assistant Professor of Biology.

Jerry Cronin. Ph. D., University of New Mexico; M. S., University of Arkansas; B. S., University of New Mexico; B. A., St Johns College, Santa Fe. Assistant Professor of Science/Mathematics.

Patricia Cruz. Ed. D., New Mexico State University; M.E., Northern Arizona University; B.S., New Mexico State University.  Associate Professor of Educational Leadership.

Robert Deacon. Ph.D., University of New Mexico; MA, Webster University; B.A., College of Santa Fe.  Visiting Professor of Social Work.

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

Mark Dyke. Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of New Mexico. Associate Professor of Social Work.

Kathryn Dziekan. Ph.D., Syracuse University; M.B.A., Western New Mexico University; M.S., B.A., University of Wisconsin. Visiting Associate Professor 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. 

Natalie Farr. M.A., New Mexico Highlands University.  Intruct0r of English.

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

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

Miki Ii. Ph. D., Kyushu University, Japan; M.S., B.S., Kagoshima University, Japan. Assistant Professor of Biology.

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. Assistant Professor of 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.  Associate 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. 

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.

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

Jane Gorman. Ph.D., M.A., University of Chicago; B.A., DePaul University. Assistant Professor of Social Work.

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

R. Greene. Ph.D., Colorado State University; M.S., B.A., Rice University. Professor of Biology.

Ashlyn Harrington.  M.M., Louisiana State University; B.M., New Mexico State University. Instructor of Music. 

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

William Hayward. Ph.D., University of New Mexico; M.S., Loughborough University, England; B.A., Carnegie College, England. Assistant Professor of Exercise Science. 

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

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

Beatrice Hurtado. M.S.N., B.S.N., University of New Mexico. Visiting Professor 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.

Suzen James. M.S.W., Arizona State University; M.S., Elmira College; B.S.W., Lock Haven State College. Assistant Professor of Social Work.

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

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

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

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

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

Siri Khalsa. BSN., MSN., University of New Mexico. Visiting Professor of Nursing. 

Yongseek Kim. Ph.D., MBA., University of New Mexico; Master of Health and Sport Science, University of Tsukuba; B.A., Kyung-Hee University.  Associate Professor of Sports Administration.

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

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. 

Warren K. Lail.  Ph.D. University of Oklahoma; J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law; M.A., University of Oklahoma; B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Assistant Professor of Anthropology.

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

Jay Lee.  Ph.D., M.Ed., B.S., University of Houston. Visiting Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology.

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

Nicholas Leger. J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law; B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Assistant Professor of Business Law.

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

Jennifer Lindline. Ph.D., M.A., Bryn Mawr College; B.S., Temple University. Associate Professor of Natural Resources Management.

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.

Kerry Loewen. M.F.A., San Francisco State University; B.A., Evergreen State College. Associate Professor of Media Arts.

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. Associate professor of Rehabilitation Counseling.

Brooks Maki. Ph.D., Northwestern University; B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College. Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry.

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.

Beth 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. Assistant Professor of English and Director of Composition. 

Shirley Meckes. Ph.D., Salve Regina University; M.Ed., B.A., Rhode Island College. Assistant 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. Visiting Professor 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.

Ishmael Mondragon. M.A., New Mexico Highlands University; B.A., University of New Mexico. Instructor of English.

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

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

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.  Visiting Professor of Social Work.

Anna Nelson. M.S.W., New Mexico Highlands University. B.A. San Francisco State University. Visiting Professor of Social Work.

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

Chris Nelson. Ph.D., M.S. Ed., University of Kansas; B.A., Augustana College. Associate Professor of Special Education.

Carolyn Newman. Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin; M.A., B.A., George Mason University. Associate Professor of Early Childhood Multi-cultural Education.

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

Michael O’Brien. Ed. D., Oklahoma State University; M.A.Ed., Chadron State College; B.A., University of Missouri. Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling.

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. Assistant Professor of Management.

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

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

Debra Rodda. M.S.W., New Mexico Highlands University; B.S.W., California Polytechnic University. Visiting Professor 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.

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

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

Eric Romero. Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.A., National School of Anthropology and History; B.A., University of Colorado Boulder. ­­­­­­­­Assistant Professor of NAHS.

Mary Romero. M.B.A., B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Visiting Professor of Accounting.

Kristie Ross. Ph.D., B.S., Columbia University; B.A., Barnard College. Associate Professor of History.

Monica Rossetti. M.A., B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of Criminal Justice Studies/Sociology.

Aaron Rudolph. Ph. D., Texas Tech University; M.F.A., Minnesota State University; B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Instructor of English.

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

Gerald Russell. Ph.D., M.A., University of California; B.A., San Diego State University. Associate Professor 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. Associate Professor of Physics and Education.

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

Rod Sanchez. Ph.D., Indiana University; Ph.D., Princeton University; B.S., University of New Mexico. Visiting Professor of Management Information Systems and Coordinator of the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

David Sanchez Burr.  M.F.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas; B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University. Assistant Professor of Media Arts.

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. Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

Linda Silber. Ph.D., M.A., University of Minnesota; B.A., Evergreen State College.  Visiting Instructor of Sociology.

Jessica Snow. Ph.D., University of New Mexico; B.S., University of Illinois. Visiting 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. Associate Professor of Management and Management Information Systems.

Janis Taback-Keene. Ed. S., M.S., University of New Mexico; B.A., Queen’s College. Professor 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.

Danita Tanner. M.S.W., New Mexico Highlands University; B.A., Western New Mexico University. Instructor of Social Work.

William Taylor. Ph.D., University of New Mexico; M.A., University of Chicago; B.A., University of California.

Tracy Temple Armijo. M.B.A., B.B.A., New Mexico Highlands University. Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting.

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

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. Visiting Professor of Psychology.

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

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 and Interim Department Chair, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

Valerie Valles-Pedroza. M.S., New Mexico Highlands University. B.S., University of New Mexico. Visiting Professor of Social Work.

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

Carlos Velasquez-Torres. Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.A., University of Washington; B.A., Universidad Nacional de Colombia.  Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish.

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

Thomas Ward. Ph.D., M.S., Iowa State University; B.S., Northern Arizona University. Professor of Sociology. 

Stephen Weatherburn. M.A., Northern Arizona University; B.A., University of Essex.  Instructor of English/Assistant to the Director of Composition.

Scarlett Widgeon. Ph.D., University of California, Davis; B.S., University of New Mexico. Visiting Professor of Chemistry.

Emily Williams. Ph.D., New Mexico State University; M.ED., University of Florida; B.E., Ottawa University. Assistant Professor of Special Education.

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

Ian Williamson. Ph.D., University of Minnesota; B.A., Macalester College. Assistant Professor of Psychology.

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.  Associate Professor of English.

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. Visiting Professor of Forestry and Director of Geospatial Technology.

Kevin Zoernig. B.A., Grinnell College.

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

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