Commencement 2024 Information

Commencement 2024 Information


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Created through a generous endowment to New Mexico Highlands University by Samuel and Ethel Ballen, The Nina Tesla Ballen Visiting Professorship is intended to promote an energized scholastic environment among the faculty at NMHU. Each year a selection committee will award one to two visiting scholars an honorarium of no less than $5,000 to spend two weeks on the NMHU campus interacting with faculty, students and the greater Las Vegas community.

Nominees for the visiting professorship should be 1) scholars of national or international stature, recognized as leaders and/or innovators in their chosen fields; and 2) preferably persons with the widest potential impact on the faculty, students and staff of New Mexico Highlands University, and the community of Las Vegas. Any member of the faculty or, as per the endowment agreement, the original donors or their family, successors, or assignees may submit a nominee for the Visiting Professorship.

The selection committee is comprised of voting members of Academic Affairs Committee, as well as the faculty senate chair and the chief academic officer of the university as ex officio members.

The call for nominations usually come out early in the fall semester.