College of Education Endowed Chairs

anita hernandezDon and Sarrah Kidd Chair in Literacy

Anita Hernandez, C&I Associate Professor, provides leadership for improved literacy to the residents of New Mexico and far beyond.    Hernandez serves as editor of the New Mexico Journal of Reading. She established the Children’s Choice Project in New Mexico and is the recipient of a $1.8 million federal grant to provide professional development training designed to improve the quality of instruction for English learners. The Kidds established the chair with the vision of providing a model of high-quality research, teaching, service and collaborative outreach to improve literacy for people of all ages.




Blanca Araujo

Stan Fulton Chair for the Improvement of Border and Rural Schools

Blanca Araujo, Associate Professor in the School of Teacher Preparation, Administration and Leadership, has served as Director of Elementary Education, Office for Teacher Candidate Preparation (OTCP). 

The Stan Fulton Chair was established to enhance synchronistic communication and partnerships between NMSU and pre-K through 12th-grade students with the goal of improving border and rural schools. Dr. Araujo’s research in pedagogy and bilingual education, and her leadership and commitment to the teacher preparation makes her an ideal person to take on this role.