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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 and 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, while classes are in session.

The Office of the Faculty Senate is:
Lora Shields 213
Telephone: 505-426-2004

ZOOM link for Faculty Senate:

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 2022-23 academic year are:

Rod Rock – Education – Educational Leadership Chair (Spring 2023)

Jennifer Lindline – Natural Resources Management  Secretary

Edward Harrington – Art and Music

Justine Garcia – Biology

Ali Arshad – Business Administration

David Sammeth – Chemistry

Gil Gallegos – Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Sulema Perales – Education: Counseling and Guidance

Ann Wolf – Education – Curriculum & Instruction

PJ Sedillo – Education – Special Education

Melani Buchanan-Farmer – Education – Teacher Education

Lauren Fath English and Philosophy

William Hayward – Exercise and Sport Sciences

Blanca Cespedes – Forestry

Steven Williams – History and Political Science

Norma Valenzuela – Languages and Culture

April Kent – Library

Morgan Barnard – Media Arts and Technology

Sandra Gardner – Nursing

Daniel Chadborn – Psychology, Chair (Fall 2022)

Rebecca Moore – Social Work

Mario Gonzales – Sociology, Anthropology, and CJ

Sam Minner – President             

Roxanne Gonzales – Provost/VPAA

Robert Anaya – Staff Senate (Non-Voting)

Karla Espinoza – Student Senate (Non-Voting)