Mary Dezember is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of English. She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Indiana University, with an emphasis on poetry and with Ph.D. minors in Performance Studies and Art History. Her poems have appeared in several publications, including divide: journal of literature, arts, and ideas; The Ledge; The New York Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine,Santa Fe Poetry Broadside,Weber Studies; Wind; and the 1997 Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry, and have aired on radio programs in New Mexico and Indiana and on Area Arts Television in Bloomington, Indiana. She has a book of poetry,Earth-Marked Like You, to be published early 2012 by Sunstone Press. She is currently completing a second collection of poetry. She teaches Creative Writing, Art History, Literature, and other writing and communication courses.
Susan Dunston, Associate Professor of English, teaches English and Philosophy courses including American Literature, Nature Writing, College Composition, Philosophical Novels, Ethics, World Religions, Western and American Philosophy, and Asian Philosophy. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of New Mexico in 1994. Her dissertation was later published as the book The Romance of Desire: Emerson’s Commitment to Incompletion.Dr. Dunston’s recent and forthcoming scholarship includes publications on Ralph Waldo Emerson and Sufi mysticism, physics and metaphysics in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony in the context of the uranium industry in New Mexico, and philosophy and loss, and conference papers on teaching Emerson to science and engineering undergraduates, Emerson and feminism, and American literary orphans.She is also interested in diversity issues in science and engineering and is the co-founder of the NMT Women's Resource Center and a participant in several student and faculty diversity initiatives funded by the National Science Foundation.
Maggie Griffin Taylor
Maggie Griffin Taylor, Instructor, earned her MA from New Mexico State University and her Ph.D.from Texas Tech University. Her dissertation explored the philosophy of science and medicine. She teaches courses in Writing, Technical Communication, and Philosophy, including Philosophy of Bioethics, Philosophy of Digital Communication, and Philosophy Through Film. She is a member of several writing groups, including the Sirens and the Tenth Muse Poetry Collaboratorium.
Janet Kieffer, Lecturer, holds an MA in English from the University of Colorado, an MA in Media Communications from Webster University, and a BA in English from the University of Iowa. Since 2006, she has taught various writing courses at New Mexico Tech including College English I, College English II, Creative Writing, and Technical Writing. She is currently teaching a themed College English II class in the Short Story and Ethics. She has published short stories and essays in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, and Canada and was recognized by BBC World Service in 1998. Her book of short fiction, Food Chain, was published by Lost Horse Press in 2004.
Julianne Newmark, Associate Professor of English, is Writing Program Coordinator and Xchanges journal Editor and teaches Literature and Writing courses. Her recently completed book manuscript, "Place, not Race: Sites of American Literary Neonativism, 1899-1933," examines place-based authorial refusals of race-centric nativist ideologies. She is at work on her second book-length manuscript, a project born of her archival work with the papers and political writings of Gertrude Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa), Carlos Montezuma, and Charles Eastman. Other recent work includes a forthcoming article in Arizona Quarterly and a chapter in the book "Terra Incognita": D. H. Lawrence at the Frontiers.
Roland Rowe, Instructor, has an BA degree in Anthropology and Comparative Literature and an MA in Comparative Literature. He has catalogued a photo collection for UNM, briefly edited a regional motorcycle magazine and taught English. Currently Roland is struggling to finish a novel. He likes to take photographs, walk his dogs, and ride one of his three motorcycles.
Glenda Stewart-Langley, Instructor, earned a BS in English and drama from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, in 1979 and an MA in English and speech/drama at Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1981. She has been teaching at NMT since 1993.
TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION & COMMUNICATION
Rosário Durão is an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication. She teaches visual and digital communication, technical writing, and persuasive communication. Her research interests lie mainly in information design, and international professional communication. Before coming to NMT, she was a research fellow from FCT, in Portugal. She is currently a contributing researcher with the University of Lisbon's CEC and ULICES research centers. She founded and is the editor of the open-access online publication, connexions • international professional communication journal | revista de comunicação profissional internacional.
Julie Dyke Ford is Director of the Technical Communication program and Associate Professor of Technical Communication. Past projects include work as a communication consultant for McCulley/Cuppan and consultant and editor for the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. Research interests include communication within engineering, organizational communication, and technical communication pedagogy, and she has published over a dozen articles in technical and professional communication and engineering education journals.
Elisabeth Kramer-Simpson, Assistant Professor of Technical Communication, received her PhD from University of New Hampshire in Composition Studies with an emphasis on Second Language Writing. She teaches Technical Writing and Introduction to Technical Communication at New Mexico Tech. She is also the director of the Technical Communication Program. Her research interests focus on pedagogical techniques that lead to learning such as written response to student writing.
Steve Simpson, Assistant Professor of Communication, received his PhD from the University of New Hampshire. He teaches Technical Writing, Communication in the Sciences (for graduate students), and ESL, in addition to working with the New Mexico Tech Writing Center. He is also co-coordinator of the graduate student ‘Learning Community’ initiative through the Graduate Studies Office. His research interests include second language writing, graduate student writing, situated learning theory, technical writing, and technology and pedagogy. His book chapter, “Mentoring as a Long-Term Relationship: Situated Learning in a Doctoral Program,” appeared in Casanave & Li’s (2008) edited collection, Learning the Literacy Practices of Graduate School: Insiders’ Reflections on Academic Enculturation, and he has published in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and SLW News . He currently serves on the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing, a national committee that advises writing programs on how to meet the needs of multilingual students in higher education.
Alexander V. Prusin, Associate Professor of History, earned his Ph.D.in History from the University of Toronto. He teaches World and European History. His research interests include Russia and Eastern Europe, nationalism, ethnic conflict, and genocide. He has authored two books--Nationalizing a Borderland: War, Ethnicity, and Anti-Jewish Violence in East Galicia, 1914-1920 (University of Alabama Press: 2005) and The “Lands Between”: Conflict on the Eastern European Frontiers, 1870-1992 (Oxford University Press: 2010) and a number of articles.
Yulia Mikhailova, instructor, teaches history courses. She received an MA in history from Moscow University, Russia, an MA in Russian from Michigan State University, and she is currently a doctoral student at the History Department of the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include medieval chronicles, comparative studies of medieval polities of Eastern and Western Europe, relationships between Eastern and Western Christians, medieval women, and, oddly, ethnic relationships in contemporary Russia.
Rafael Lara-Martinez, Professor of Spanish, was born El Salvador. He studied linguistics anthropology and Latin American literature in Mexico, France and the USA. He has published in Australia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Italy, Mexico, and the USA. He collected the works of the Salvadoran guerrilla-poet Roque Dalton and Pedro Geoffroy Rivas, and co-authored Remembering a Massacre in El Salvador (with Héctor Lindo-Fuentes and Erik Ching, 2007). His works include: La tormenta entre las manos. Ensayos polémicos de literatura salvadoreña (2000), Ensayos sobre antropología y literatura. Entre ciencia yficción (2004), Del dictado. Miguel Mármol, Roque Dalton y 1932, del cuaderno (1966) a la “novela-verdad”(1972) (2007), Balsamera bajo la guerra fría (2009), Mitos en la lengua materna de los pipiles de Izalco en El Salvador de Leonhard Schultze-Jena (Translation-Interpretation, in-press). Desde Comala siempre…
Barbara Bonnekessen, Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Chair CLASS department, and Director of the Women’s Resource Center, did her undergraduate studies in Ancient American Languages and Cultures at the University of Hamburg (Germany), earned an MS in Cultural Anthropology at Purdue University and her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Kansas. Her research interests include feminist theories, racialized representations of women, and right-wing/religious-right women’s organizations. She offers courses in Cultural Anthropology, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Paul Barrientos, Music Performance Coordinator, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Mexico. A professional singer and conductor he has been a featured artist with such groups as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Southwest, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Symphony. He has taught Music Performance for New Mexico Tech for 12 years.
Doug Dunston is Professor of Music and Music Program Director at New Mexico Tech, where he has conducted orchestral and choral concerts, operettas, and musical theatre, and where he teaches courses in Music, Creativity, and Interdisciplinary Problem Solving. In recent years he has guest conducted the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra and the Claremont Concert Orchestra, and he conducts frequently at the Animas Music Festival in Durango, Colorado, where he specializes in large-scale chamber works integrating instrumentalists with singers, dancers, and actors.He has also conducted orchestral performances in Schloss Esterhazy in Eisenstadt, Austria and with the Sinfonietta Hungarica in Budapest, Hungary. Dr. Dunston received his DMA in conducting from Claremont Graduate University and also holds degrees in physics from Harvey Mudd College and University of California, Berkeley.
Andrew Saletta is in his second year of directing the New Mexico Tech Orchestra, and now also teaches a class on Music Composition. He is currently finishing his Master's Degree in Music Composition and Music Education at the University of New Mexico, where he instructs beginning Aural Theory. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at the University of Wyoming, where he studied flute with Rod Garnett. Andrew taught K-5 music in Durango, Colorado for four years before beginning his Masters program. In addition to the flute, he plays guitar, piano, and tries his hand at anything that comes his way. Consistently being involved in a variety of musical projects, he also plays in a Javanese percussion ensemble, Gamelan Encantada, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Lois Phillips received her B.A. in German Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her M.A. in German from Stanford University. She spent one year studying at the Georg August Universität in Göttingen. ”Frau P.” has been teaching German at NM Tech since the year the Berlin Wall came down.
Steve Seth earned a B.A. in Government from Franklin & Marshall College, and an M.A. in Politics at Princeton University. He has worked in business, politics, and gifted education. Seth's Constitutional Law teams at Highland High School in Albuquerque have been New Mexico State Champions in the national "We the People" competition for nine of the last eleven years, finishing as high as fourth at the national competition in Washington, D.C. He has been teaching Politics and Economics at Tech since 1987. His interests are constitutional politics, globalization and culture, and political economy.
Daniel H. López
Daniel H. López is President of New Mexico Tech, Professor of Political Science, and Professor of Management. Selected in 1993 from a national search to lead the Institute, Dr. López’ position involves overseeing and leading our research science and engineering institution of nearly 2,000 students, 100 plus tenured faculty, and a total of more than 1,000 employees, with an approximate $165 million expenditure-level. Dr. López personally directs the activities of four vice presidents, three research and testing units and a number of other ancillary programs. He works closely with the Commission on Higher Education Department, federal and state legislators, and the executive branches of government to secure funding and develop higher education policy. He received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in Political Science and Public Administration at the University of New Mexico in 1970 and 1982 respectively. He has written extensively in the field of Technical Education.
L. Greer Price, Adjunct Instructor, is the Deputy Director at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, where he manages the publishing program. His varied experience includes eight years as a geologist in the oil patch, ten years with the National Park Service, and four years with Grand Canyon Association. He is a graduate of the Stanford Professional Publishing Course and has served on the board of the Publisher’s Association of the West. He holds a BA and an MA in Geology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Ms. Liza Apache joined the department in January 2012.She is a graduate of Socorro High School and, when not in the office, spends her free time with her children.