Faculty Achievements

College of Education Distinguished Achievement Professors for 2012  Congratulations to Dr. Michael Waldo in Counseling & Educational Psychology, Dr. Rudolfo Chávez Chávez in Curriculum and Instruction and Dr. Karin Wiburg in Education Research and Budgeting for being selected as this year’s Distinguished Achievement Professors for 2012. We would like to thank the senior faculty for their input during the review process and the department heads for their review of the nominees as well. Read more…

NMSU faculty members named to leadership roles in American Psychological Association  New Mexico State University faculty members Jonathan Schwartz and Luis Vazquez have been elected to prominent leadership roles of their respective divisions of the American Psychological Association. Schwartz, head of the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department in the College of Education, was one of three candidates nominated for the president-elect position of Division 51 of the American Psychological Association – the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity. Vazquez serves as NMSU’s associate vice president for research integrity, and was elected president-elect of Division 45 of the American Psychological Association – the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues – last August. His term as president starts at the APA convention in Orlando next month. Read more…

Dr. Anita Hernandez was named editor of New Mexico Journal of Reading  The New Mexico International Reading Association appointed New Mexico State University associate professor Anita Hernandez to serve as editor for the New Mexico Journal of Reading. Hernandez will oversea the NMJOR, a peer-reviewed journal published primarily for classroom teachers, reading teachers, reading specialists, interested parents, university instructors and school administrators. She will serve as a co-editor with Jose Montelongo, a school librarian for Canutillo Independent School District in Canutillo, Texas. Read more..

NMSU faculty member to lead ASHA special interest group  Marlene Salas-Provance, associate professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders in the New Mexico State University College of Education, has been appointed to coordinate a national special interest group on global issues for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for 140,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists. It provides governmental oversight and advocacy for legislative issues related to scope of practice, reimbursement and ethical practice. Read more…

NMSU Education Dean selected as U.S. Department of Education rulemaking negotiator  New Mexico State University College of Education Dean Michael Morehead has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as a non-federal negotiator to prepare proposed regulations under Title II and Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Morehead is serving as an alternate negotiator representing Hispanic Serving Institutions for the Teacher Preparation Committee, which will develop proposed regulations related to teacher preparation programs. Read more…

Vazquez honored by National Association of School Psychologists  New Mexico State University’s Enedina Garcia Vazquez was honored in February with a presidential award at the National Association of School Psychologists’ (NASP) national conference in Boston. Vazquez, associate dean and deputy director of the Physical Science Laboratory, also is a full professor in the College of Education’s Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. NASP President Gene Cash honored her for her outstanding continuing service to the profession as well as the NASP organization. Vazquez serves as the chair of the NASP Program Approval Board. Read more…

Dr. Debra Knapp named University Dance Educator of the Year  New Mexico State University College of Education Director of Dance Debra Knapp has been named the University Dance Educator of the Year by the National Dance Association. The award, presented in March at the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention in Boston, recognizes effective teaching methods that inspire college students toward a comprehensive appreciation for dance as a performing art and healthy lifestyle. Award recipients effectively apply a balanced and sequential curriculum based on the developmental, social and psychological needs of students. Emphasis is placed on the significance of dance as an integral cultural component that enables students to understand their own cultural heritage as well as that of others. Read more…

Cecilia Hernandez, a new assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the New Mexico State University College of Education, will receive the Distinguished Dissertation Award at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators this spring. Hernandez finished her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on science education in May 2011 at Kansas State University. While pursuing her doctorate, Hernandez worked in the Kansas State University Office of Diversity. She has a bachelor’s and master’s from Texas Tech University in biology. Read more…

Judith Franzak, Ph.D. ,Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, was named Fulbright Roving Scholar of American Studies in Norway Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research & The US-Norway Fulbright Foundation August 2012 – May 2013. The Fulbright Roving Scholar Program brings American teachers to Norway to spend an academic year travelling throughout the country giving presentations, seminars and lectures for teachers and students in lower and upper secondary schools. Read more...

Everett Egginton has recently had his keynote address, entitled “Educational Global Strategies for a University of Quality,” published in the Fall 2010 issue of Realidad y Reflexion, a quarterly refereed journal in San Salvador, El Salvador. Egginton was invited to open a University Congress in San Salvador in September 2010 as a result of his work in that country from 1986 to 2003.

Mary Prentice, Associate Professor of Educational Management and Development, was honored as a 2011 Roush Excellence in Teaching Award winner. The award, given annually, is named for Donald C. Roush, a former NMSU executive vice president. In addition to her outstanding teaching, Dr. Prentice has been instrumental in developing the College’s service learning program.

Jonathan Schwartz, department head for Counseling and Educational Psychology, has been selected as the Fritz and Linn Kuder Early Career Scientist/Practitioner Award Winner for 2010-2011. The Kuder Award recognizes early career achievement in the science and practice of counseling psychology. Dr. Schwartz is being honored for his outstanding scholarship, administrative accomplishments, clinical work, and service contributions. He will receive a plaque and $1000 at the 2011 American Psychological Association Convention.

Nancy Baptiste, Elizabeth Cahill, Wanda Maria Bulger‐Tamez, and Karin Wiburg were recognized as “millionaire researchers” by the Office of the Vice President for Research. They received the recognition for having been awarded grants and contracts exceeding $1 million during the 2008-2009 fiscal year. Baptiste and Cahill serve as co-PIs for early childhood programs, including Head Start, and Bulger-Tamez and Wiburg work on math education projects.

Everett Egginton was awarded Fulbright to Colombia Almost forty years ago,  professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, completed his dissertation research in Bogota, Colombia, with support from a Fulbright-Hayes fellowship. Now, Egginton will return to Colombia for six weeks in the Fall of 2010 thanks to the Fulbright Specialist Program. On this visit, Egginton will focus on providing assistance in six universities in and around Medellín with strengthening international education programs, establishing ties with universities in the U.S., and developing long-term plans for internationalization. Among the six universities, Egginton will be working with administrators and faculty members from the University of Medellín and the National University.  Read more …

Hermán Garcia named 2010 Distinguished Alumnus by New Mexico Highlands University. He is being recognized for his contributions to bilingual education, including an extensive record of publications. Garcia was recognized as a Regents Professor, the university’s highest academic honor, in 2005. Throughout his career in education, Garcia has impacted the lives of hundreds of aspiring teachers and educators, including many in Latin America. In 1975, he completed his bachelor’s degree in modern languages with a minor in education from Highlands, and went on to receive his master of arts in Languages and literatures from Washington State University. His doctorate in education with an emphasis in bilingual education was granted by NMSU.

Anita Hernandez selected as NMSU’s Kidd Literacy Chair. Hernandez joins the NMSU faculty from California Polytechnic State University. She is especially interested in reaching out to Latino students who have learned English as their second language to extend her knowledge of how Latin students achieve academic success and what literacy and educational challenges they face in that quest. Hernandez holds a doctorate in literacy education from Stanford University and has co-authored two books on literacy. She recently served as principal investigator for a $1.5 million federal grant to provide professional development for teachers of English language learners.  Read more…

Kristin Kew, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Management and Development, has been invited by the Oxford University Press to join two colleagues from Boston College and the University of Buffalo to help develop the entry “Education Reform and School Change” for its prestigious and influential online reference project, Oxford Bibliographies Online. The entry in education reform will join bibliographies already in progress across the humanities and sciences. The entries in education will be revised on a regular basis, and will expand by at least 50 new additions per year. In addition, each entry and bibliography will be networked and linked to online journals, databases, and other electronic resources. The resulting reference tool combines the best features of a bibliography with a high-level encyclopedia.

Rhodes named associate dean for NMSU’s College of Education. He was serving as the interim Associate Dean prior to his appointment and has served in a number of other leadership positions during his 15 years at NMSU, including department head for the Department of Special Education/Communication Disorders, co-director of the School Psychology Training Program, president of the New Mexico Association of School Psychologists, state delegate to the National Association of School Psychologists, and associate editor of the American Psychological Association’s School Psychology Quarterly. Rhodes was named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the Spring semester of 2009. As an ACE Fellow, he worked at Pepperdine University, focusing on national accreditation and strategic planning efforts. During that time he also visited a number of institutions across the country to study how they approach development challenges and build partnerships.  Read more…

NMSU faculty member elected to represent New Mexico on ASHA Advisory Council.   The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for 140,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists. It provides governmental oversight and advocacy for legislative issues related to scope of practice, reimbursement and ethical practice. Salas-Provance serves as director of the NMSU Communications Disorders Program. Read more…

Cristobal Rodriguez  has been recognized by the American Association for Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) as a 2010 Faculty Fellow. As a fellow, Rodriguez is provided the opportunity to be mentored by nationally recognized faculty, as well as the opportunity to mentor developing scholars in the AAHHE Graduate Student Fellows Program. Rodriguez is president of La Academia Dolores Huerta Public Charter Middle School Governing Council, a dual-language school in Spanish and English in Las Cruces with an emphasis on multicultural education. His research interests focus on education policy research in the borderland region, particularly how policies shape student experience. Read more …

Jonathan Schwartz department head for the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department, was recently named the fourth most productive scholar nationally in the field of Men and Masculinity. The analysis and announcement were published in the American Psychological Associations’ Journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity. Schwartz recently published an article in the same journal, co-authored with his research team in Houston, Texas, entitled “Masculine Gender Roles and Differentiation: Predictors of Body Image and Self-Objectification in Men.”  Read more…

The Counseling and Educational Psychology Department distinguished itself at the recent APA annual conference in San Diego, California. Elaine Levine received the John D. Black Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Practice of Counseling Psychology. Eve Adams received The Counseling Psychologist Issue of the Year, “Counseling Values Statement for Diversity Training”. Doctoral student, Cynthia Guzman, received the 2010 Latina/Hispanic Woman Student Scholar Award from Div. of the Psychology of Women. And doctoral student, Sandy Newsome received the Prevention Section in the Society of Counseling Psychology’s Dissertation of Year Award. In addition, NMSU faculty members Rachel Navarro, Jonathan Schwartz, Eve Adams, and Michael Waldo and doctoral students Cynthia Guzman, Lorena Navarro, Laura, Luna, Brady Garrett, Dianna Gonzalez, Sharna Horn, Richard Martinez, and Vanessa Berens, and master’s degree student Brett Shumway participated in 12 paper presentations, poster presentations, panel discussions, roundtable discussions, and conversation hours.