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    May 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Faculty


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The following is a list of faculty at New Mexico Military Institute. Their name, year they came to NMMI, NMMI rank, academic rank/title, highest degree and institution where the degree was awarded are listed.

Disha Acharya (2020)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of English

        Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Desi Aguilar (2010)

        (Major) Academic Success Coordinator

        B.S., Eastern New Mexico University

Lorenza Aho (2012)

        (Major) Assistant Professor of Spanish

        M.A., Eastern New Mexico University

Anta Akuro (2022)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Mathematics

        Ph.D., Free University of Berlin

Mary Beth Atwood (1994)

        (Colonel) Professor of Biological Sciences, Pre-Nursing Advisor

        M.S., New Mexico State University

Jose O. Barron (2003)

        (Colonel) Director of Athletics, Instructor of HPER

        M.A., New Mexico Highlands University

Jeff Boyd (2001)

        (Colonel) Professor of Communications

        M.A., Texas Tech University

Kyle Chaney (2006)

        (Colonel) Professor of English

        M.F.A., Lindenwood University

Nicholas Cody (2019)

        (Major) Assistant Professor of English

        M.F.A., Lindenwood University

Chris Cook (2012)

        (Major) Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education, Head Baseball Coach (JC)

        B.S., Rockford College

Gerald M. Diaz (2021)

        (Sergeant First Class, US Army) Senior Military Science Instructor

        A.A. Counter Terrorism Studies, American Military University

Ryan Eisenhauer (2021)

        (Lieutenant Colonel, US Army) Professor of Military Science

        M.S., Kansas State University

Elaine Espinosa-Sims (2014)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Reading/Writing

        M.Ed., Eastern New Mexico University

Jared Farley (2016)

        (Colonel) Professor of Political Science and Government

        Ph.D., Miami University

Jonathan Fincher (2013)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of English

        M.F.A., University of Arkansas at Monticello

Stephen Foggatt (2022)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Dean of Paul Horgan Library and Center of Academic Excellence

        Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Joe Forchtner (2006)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Kinesiology

        M.Ed., Delta State University

Shelby Forchtner (1991)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of HPE, Head Volleyball Coach (JC)

        B.S., Lubbock Christian University

June Frosch (1992)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Head Librarian

        M.S.L.S., Clarion University

Billy S. Gallagher (2001)

        (Colonel) Professor of History

        M.A., Eastern New Mexico University

Teresa L. Garvey (1989)

        (Colonel) Professor and Head, Business and Leadership

        M.B.A., Eastern New Mexico University

Bertha Gomez (2018)

        (Major) School Counselor II, Academic Counselor

        M.Ed., Eastern New Mexico University

Orlando Griego (2021)

        (Colonel) Chief Academic Officer/Dean of Academics

        Ph.D., Colorado State University

Conrad Harter (2018)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of History

        Ph.D., University of California - Irvine

Pamela Harter (2021)

        (Captain) Instructor of History

        B.A., California State University

Gina Hartwick (2006)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Mathematics

        M.A., Eastern New Mexico University

Patricia Hubbard (2023)

        (Major) Assistant Professor of Mathematics

        M.Ed., Eastern New Mexico University

Joan Jump (1997)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Librarian

        M.L.I.S., Wayne State University

Stephen Kaftan (2013)(2021)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Head, Social Sciences

        M.S., Indiana State University

Nicole Katz (2019)

        (Major) Librarian/Archivist

        M.L.I.S., San Jose State University

Frank Kimbler (2009)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Geology and Earth Sciences

        M.S., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Tamara Kinnally (2007)

        (Major) Assistant Professor of Business/Computer Science Literacy

        M.Ed., Eastern New Mexico University

Richard Kitchen (2002)

        (Colonel) Professor of History and Social Science

        Ph.D., Arizona State University

Carlos E. Marrujo III (2018)

        (Major) Deputy Director Toles Learning Resource Center

        M.S., University of the Southwest

Jessica Martin (2015)

        (Major) Instructor of Cadet Academic Services

        M.S., Angelo State University

Demvia Maslian (2015)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Sciences

        MSE, Henderson State University

        MST, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Patricia Matchin (2007)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Humanities

        M.A. Ed., New Mexico State University

        M.A. Psych., Fisher College

Lindsay Mayo-Fincher (2013)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor and Head, Art, Music & Philosophy

        Ph.D., University of Nebraska

Daniel McKay (2023)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of English

        Ph.D., University of Canterbury

Jamie McKinney (2023)

        (Major) Associate Professor of Communications

        DSL, Regent University

Sandra Medina (2015)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor and Head, Mathematics

        M.Ed., Lesley University

Henri Ndaya (2014)

        (Major) Assistant Professor of Mathematics

        M.S., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Wataru Niimori (2023)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Band Director

        D.M.A., University of Nebrasa-Lincoln

Cody Northrup (2013)

        (Major) Assistant Professor of History and Associate Dean of Social Sciences

        M.Ed., Eastern New Mexico University

Jan Olesinski (1988)

        (Colonel) Professor of HPER, Cross Country

        M.A., Academy of P.E. Poland

Destiney O’Kane (2022)

        (Captain) School Counselor I, Academic Counselor

        B.A., University of Texas at El Paso

Katrina Peterson (2019)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of English

        Ph.D., Ohio State University

Arun Pokhrel (2021)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of English

        Ph.D., University of Florida

Jose Porras (2020)

        (Colonel) Vice Dean of Academics/High School Principal

        M.Ed., Eastern New Mexico University

Ephraim Post (2022)

        (Commander) Assistant Professor of Leadership

        M.S., Saint Leo Univesrity

Chris Royalty (2021)

        (Major, US Army) Assistant Professor of Military Science

        Masters in Operational Studies, Command and General Staff College

Staci Saiz (2019)

        (Major) Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

        M.S., New Mexico State University

Sean Schooley (1987)(2018)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Instructor of HPE, Head Basketball Coach (JC)

        B.A., McMurry University

Charity C. Schwalm (2005)

        (Colonel) Professor of Mathematics and Associate Dean for Curriculum Planning

        M.S., Texas Tech University

Jasmine Small-Armstrong (2014)

        (Major) School Counselor II, Academic Counselor and Director of Franklin Counseling Center

        M.S., Kansas State University

        M.S., University of the Southwest

Raechal Stoneburner (2022)

        (Captain) Instructor of Business

        M.A., Arizona State University

Sydney Tammarine (2022)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of English

        M.F.A., Hollins University

Aonan Tang (2011)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Physics

        Ph.D., Indiana University

Kurt Taufa’asau (2016)

        (Captain) Instructor of PHE/PHEA, Head Football Coach (JC)

        B.A., University of Wyoming

Christopher Tebo (2008)

        (Captain, ARNG), (NMMI Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of College First Year Experience, Academic Skills Programs

        Ph.D., New Mexico State University

Thomas Tekut (1998)

        (Colonel) Professor of Chemistry and Astronomy

        Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Moses Theimer (2006)

        (Colonel) Professor of Communications, Film

        M.F.A., American Film Institute

Kelly L. Torske (2014)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Mathematics

        M.Ed., Grand Canyon University

Karina Trivino-Norris (2014)

        (Major) Assistant Professor of Biology and Chemistry

        M.Ed., Eastern New Mexico University

Cydni Vandiver (2009)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor and Head, History

        M.A., Southern Methodist University

Beaune Villaraza (2020)

        (Major) Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Head, Department of Science

        M.S., Adamson University

Elena A. Viltchinskaia (2002)

        (Colonel) Professor of Chemistry

        Ph.D., Ural Polytechnic Institute

Orson Webber-McCollaum (2013)

        (Major) Assistant Professor and Head, Languages & Communications

        M.A., Southern Oregon University

Adam Wells (2022)

        (Captain) Instructor of Mathematics

        B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Gregory Williams (2022)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of English

        Ph.D., Ohio State University

Connor Williamson (2017)

        (Major) Instructor of Health, Physical Education, Basketball (HS)

        M.S., Arizona State University

William Wilson (2017)

        (Captain) School Counselor I, Academic Counselor

        M.S., University of West Alabama

Xiaoyuan Xian (2021)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Art

        Ph.D., University of Houston

Mia Yang (2009)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Physics and Associate Dean of Mathematics and Sciences

        Ph.D., Indiana University

Ben Zefack (2022)

        (Captain) Assistant Professor of Chemistry

        M.S., University of Clermont-Ferrand II

Emeritus Faculty

Elizabeth L. Boese (1999-2018)

        (Colonel) Professor of English

Paul G. Burrow (2005-2020)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Mathematics

Nancy A. Castillo (2004-2022)

        (Lieutenant Colonel)  Associate Professor of Mathematics

        M.Ed., Eastern New Mexico University

Roger K. Castillo (2005-2022)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Sciences and Mathematics

        M.S.T., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Andalecio Gallegos (1981)(2008-2021)

        (Colonel) Professor of Spanish, French

        M.A., New Mexico Highlands University

Clare L. Galloway (2000-2018)

        (Colonel) Professor of Computer Sciences and Mathematics

Jerry A. Garcia (1978-2014)

        (Colonel) Department Chair, Mathematics

Valarie Grant (2012-2022)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of English

        M.A., Eastern New Mexico University

Nancy Hein (2002-2019)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

W. Theodore Hitchcock (1993-2020)

        (Lieutenant Colonel USAF Ret) Professor of History

        Ph.D., University of Mississippi

Holly Huber (1998-2021)

        (Colonel) Professor and Department Chair, Art

        M.A. Ed., Eastern New Mexico University

Robert E. Hudgens (2007-2020)

        (Colonel) Professor and Head, Department of Sciences

Heidi Huckabee (2010-2021)

        (Colonel) Professor of English

        Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Jerome J. Klopfer (1984-2017)

        (Colonel) Associate Dean of Paul Horgan Library and Center of Academic Excellence

Kay Kuhlmann (2007-2017)

        (Major) Assistant Professor of Drama and Academic Advisor

Cheryl A. Martinez (1986-2022)

        (Colonel) Professor and Head, Department of Mathematics

        Ed.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Eva McCollaum (2006-2019)

        (Colonel) Professor and Head, Department of English

John R. McVay (2005-2022)

        (Colonel) Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Dean of Mathematics and Sciences

        Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

J. Michael Patton (2007-2014)

        (Major) Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Rhonda Reagor Johnson (1989)(2001-2021)

        (Colonel) School Counselor III, Academic Counselor and Department Head, SAC

        M.S., University of West Alabama

Steve Thorp (1997-2019)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor and Department Chair, Music

Lewis Toland (1999-2015)

        (Colonel) Professor of English

John K. Umberger (2000-2016)

        (Lieutenant Colonel) Associate Professor and Head, Department of Political Science and Leadership