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German


Lois Phillips

Lois Phillips

Adjunct | MA German, Stanford University, CA

Lois Phillips received her BA in German Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her MA 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.   [View full profile]



Hispanic Studies


Rafael Lara-Martinez

Rafael Lara-Martinez

Professor | PhD Latin American Literature

Rafael Lara-Martinez was born in El Salvador. He studies 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.
In 2011, he was awarded the National Culture Award of El Salvador.
Desde Comala siempre...   [View full profile]



History


Yulia Mikhailova

Yulia Mikhailova

Adjunct | PhD History, University of New Mexico, NM

Yulia Mikhailova teaches history courses. 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.   [View full profile]



Stephanie Pick-Baca

Stephanie Pick-Baca

Adjunct | MA Medieval History, University of New Mexico, NM

Stephanie has a Masters in history, her major concentration in Medieval and Classical Europe, with a secondary in American history. She earned a Graduate Certificate in American History from American Military University and is currently working on her doctorate in American Studies. (With an emphasis on Xenophobic America during the first World War.) She teaches American History and Western Civilization classes at NMT and is presently working on the completion of her first historical fiction novel.   [View full profile]



Alexander Prusin

Alexander Prusin

Professor | PhD History, University of Toronto, Canada

Associate Professor of History, 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 and The “Lands Between”: Conflict on the Eastern European Frontiers, 1870-1992—and a number of articles.   [View full profile]



Humanities


Doug Dunston

Doug Dunston

Professor | DMA Conducting, Claremont Graduate University, CA

Professor of Music and Music Program Director, Doug Dunston conducts orchestral and choral concerts, operettas, and musical theatre, and teaches courses in Music, Creativity, and Interdisciplinary Problem Solving. He has conducted orchestral performances in the US (Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, Claremont Concert Orchestra, Animas Music Festival in Durango, Colorado), Austria and Hungary.   [View full profile]



Music


Paul Barrientos

Paul Barrientos

Adjunct | BM, University of New Mexico, NM

Professional musician, conductor, music arranger, actor, theater director, producer for 45 years. He worked with Opera Theater of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra. He began teaching at New Mexico Tech in 1999.   [View full profile]



Gaby Benalil

Gaby Benalil

Lecturer, Music Performance Coordinator | MM Vocal Performance, University of New Mexico, NM

Gaby Benalil teaches Beginning Voice and Chamber Choir. She earned her MM Vocal Performance in 2009 from UNM, holds a BS in Voice from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil (2000), and a Music degree from the School of Music of Brasilia, Brazil (2005). She also attended the University Candido Mendes of Rio de Janeiro for a master of Psychomotor Education (2004).   [View full profile]



Technical Communication


Rosário Durão

Rosário Durão

Assistant Professor | PhD Translation Studies, Open University of Lisbon, Portugal

Rosário’s research centers on international professional communication, information design and data visualization, science and technology (S&T) studies, and complexity. Co-director of the Department’s Humanizing Technology resesearch project and director of its Visualizing STEM Research Synergy Cluster, she is also the founding editor of connexions • international professional communication journal.  [View full profile]



Elisabeth Kramer-Simpson

Elisabeth Kramer-Simpson

Assistant Professor | PhD Composition Studies, University of New Hampshire, NH

Assistant Professor of Technical Communication, Elisabeth Kramer-Simpson 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.   [View full profile]



Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson

Associate Professor of Communication and Department Chair | PhD, University of New Hampshire, NH

Steve Simpson, Associate Professor of Communication, is Chair of the CLASS Department and teaches courses in science and technical communication and ESL. He serves on the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing, a national committee advising writing programs on how to meet the needs of multilingual students in higher education.  [View full profile]



Social Science


Taylor Dotson

Taylor Dotson

Assistant Professor | PhD Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Taylor Dotson teaches interdisciplinary social science courses concerning the culture and politics of science and technology, including such topics as environmental problems, industrial accidents, the barriers to achieving a saner technological civilization, and the shaping power of dominant technologies on everyday life. His doctoral research examined the relationship between technology and communal life, exploring the possibilities for realizing artifacts and systems better compatible with “thick” community.   [View full profile]



Writing and Literature


Mary Dezember

Mary Dezember

Professor of English| PhD Comparative Literature, Indiana University, IN

Mary Dezember is a Professor of English. She earned her PhD in Comparative Literature at Indiana University, with an emphasis in poetry and with PhD minors in Performance Studies and Art History. She teaches Creative Writing, Art History, Literature, and other writing and communication courses and is a co-leader of the Student Research Symposium.   [View full profile]



Kristina Henneke

 

Kristina Henneke

Adjunct | MA English, Trent University in Peterborough, Canada

Kristina Henneke began teaching College Writing at New Mexico Tech in 2013. She completed her BA in English at the University of Guelph in 2006 and began her MA in English at Trent University in 2008. Her classroom-related research pertains to contemporary media studies and dissent, while her publication-related research spans late fourteenth century English book history, writing, and rebellion as well as the intersection of vernacular technical writing and the Oxford translation debate.   [View full profile]

 



Shawn Higgins

Shawn Higgins

Assistant Professor of English / Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Shawn Higgins researches about race, culture, and citizenship in American literature through lenses such as food, language, and sound. His dissertation, "Literary Soundscapes: Nationalism and U.S. Literature, 1890-1940," focused on writers such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Israel Zangwill, Irving Berlin, and Américo Paredes. He previously taught at universities in Japan and is an immersive student of the language. He is from Ontario, California. [View full profile]

 

Janet Kieffer

 

Janet Kieffer

Instructor | BA English, University of Iowa; MA English, University of Colorado; MA Media Communications, CO

Janet Kieffer has taught various writing courses at New Mexico Tech, since 2006. 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.   [View full profile]

 



Jesse Priest

Jesse Priest

Assistant Professor of English | PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jesse Priest helps direct the New Mexico Tech Writing Center and teaches courses in college writing and technical communication. His research interests focus on Writing Center Studies, as well as the relationship between academic knowledge and public engagement, particularly with regard to how scientists talk to people outside of their disciplines. He is also interested in writing assessment and composition pedagogy. [View full profile]

Roland Rowe

Roland Rowe

Instructor | MA Comparative Literature

An avid reader, animal lover, and motorcyclist, Roland writes daily but seldom shares with others. His publications include articles on Cervantes, motorcycles, and a monthly motorcycles magazine, Southwest Bike. A teacher for over 30 years, Roland hopes to continue teaching English and literature courses. But most of all, he is trying very hard to become sane in an insane world.   [View full profile]



 

Staff

Liza Apache

Liza Apache

Department Secretary

Liza 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.   [View full profile]

 

 



Emeritus and Retired Faculty


Susan Dunston

Susan Dunston

Emeritus Professor | PhD English, University of New Mexico, NM

Susan Dunston teaches English and Philosophy courses. Her scholarship includes publications on Ralph Waldo Emerson and Sufi mysticism, physics and metaphysics in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony, and philosophy and loss. She is the president of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society and has been active in the society’s past conference programs in the US, England, and Italy. She is also interested in diversity issues in science and engineering and co-founded the NMT Women's Resource Center in 2001.   [View full profile]



Maggie Griffin Taylor

 

Maggie Griffin Taylor

Instructor and Writing Program Coordinator | PhD Rhetoric and Composition, Texas Tech University, TX

Maggie Griffin Taylor’s dissertation explored the philosophy of science and medicine. Maggie directs our Writing Program. She also teaches for three of our departmental programs: Writing, Philosophy, and Technical Communications. She was named the 2010/11 Tech Goddess and is the 2011 recipient of NMT’s Distinguished Teaching Award.   [View full profile]

Glenda Stewart-Langley

 

 

 

Glenda Stewart-Langley

Instructor | MA English and Speech/Drama, Texas A&M-Kingsville, TX

Glenda Stewart-Langley 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. She has authored three books: Dakota Dreamtime, Murder in Mesquite Springs, and Portraits of America.   [View full profile]

 

 


Department Chair
Dr. Steve Simpson
ssimpson@nmt.edu

Department Secretary
Liza Apache
lapache@nmt.edu
Department of Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences
New Mexico institute of Mining and Technology
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