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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 3-5 p.m, on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, while classes are in session.

The Office of the Faculty Senate is:
Purchasing Building Room 6
Telephone: 426.2004

ZOOM link for Faculty Senate and Academic Affairs Meetings: https://nmhu.zoom.us/j/459946531

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 2019-20 academic year are:

  • Orit Tamir– Executive Committee, Faculty Senate Chair (Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice)
  • Robert Karaba– Executive Committee, Faculty Senate Vice Chair (Social & Behavioral Sciences)
  • Daniel Chadborn – Executive Committee, Faculty Senate Secretary (Psychology)
  • Maureen Romine – Executive Committee, Faculty Senate (Biology)
  • Kipling Coggins – Executive Committee, At Large (Social Work/Albuquerque)
  • Ali Arshad (School of Business / Business Administration)
  • John Jeffries (Computer and Mathematical Sciences)
  • Kevin Ensor (School of Education / Counseling & Guidance/Rio Rancho)
  • Ann Wolf (School of Education / Curriculum & Instructional/Rio Rancho)
  • Shirley Meckes (School of Education / Teacher Education)
  • Ben Villarreal (English & Philosophy)
  • William Hayward (Exercise & Sport Science)
  • Steven Williams (History & Political Science)
  • Norma Valenzuela (Languages & Culture)
  • Andrea-Garcia Nuthmann (Visual & Performing Arts)
  • April Kent (Library)
  • Sandra Gardner (Nursing)
  • Maria Fox-Haussmann (Media Arts & Technology)
  • Jennifer Lindline (Natural Resources Management)
  • Vacant (School of Education / Special Education)
  • Vacant (Chemistry)
  • Adele Ludi (Staff Senate Representative) (Non-Voting)
  • Tamlyn Crain (Student Senate Representative) (Non-Voting)
  • Mary Jane Valdez (Administrative Assistant to the Faculty Senate)