Educational Leadership Faculty

Patricia Cruz, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department Chair

Patricia Cruz (1 of 1)Dr. Patricia Cruz strives to bring leadership theory and the practical application of educational leadership pedagogy to the graduate students in the Educational Leadership program at NMHU. Dr. Cruz completed her Master’s degree in Educational Administration at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and her doctoral degree in Educational Administration from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.   Dr. Cruz is currently an Associate Professor and the Department Chair for the Educational Leadership Program. She has been an educator for 37 years…23 years as a public school elementary teacher, 11 years as a school administrator, and three years as a full-time faculty member at New Mexico Highlands University.

Phone: 505-891-6917
Email: pacruz@nmhu.edu
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Robert Karaba, PhD., Assistant Professor

Portrait of Dr. Robert karabaDr. Robert Karaba seeks to foster systematic self-reflection in educational leaders for the purpose of social reconstruction toward democracy. After earning a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Colorado State University, he acquired his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.  Since then he has been the founding director of a Native American charter school, and has taught cultural studies and educational leadership for over 10 years.  He is currently an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership at New Mexico Highlands University and Director of Communications for the John Dewey Society.

Phone: 505-891-6901
Email: rkaraba@nmhu.edu
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Pedro Vallejo, PhD., Term Professor

Phone: 505-891-6919
Email: pedro@nmhu.edu