Tara Gray, Ph.D., became the founding director of the Teaching Academy when it opened in January 2003. She is also an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, where she served ten years, after teaching economics for the previous ten years. Tara has won seven awards for teaching or service both on campus and nationally. She has presented faculty development workshops to 8,000 participants in more than a hundred colleges and universities, thirty-five states, and Thailand, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Tara studies ways that faculty can improve their teaching and scholarship by working collaboratively. To this end, she teaches or helps teach one-time workshops as well as short courses at the Teaching Academy: Teaching Scholars, Teaching Portfolios, Tenure & Promotion Portfolios, Writing Groups, Scholarly Writing Retreat, Team Mentoring for New Faculty, Publish & Flourish, and Peer Coaching (a classroom observation program for teachers). Tara’s faculty development philosophy focuses on building community. You can reach Tara at 575.646.1013 or email@example.com.
Michelle Jackson, Ph.D., joined the Academy team in 2015 as associate director. She designs, develops, and delivers workshops on a variety of teaching and learning topics. She also orchestrates the workshop schedule that provides faculty, staff, and graduate students with multiple opportunities to engage with pedagogical topics and transformative teaching practices. Prior to NMSU, she taught English as a Second Language at UT El Paso and Harvard University as well as Spanish at UT Austin. Her passion for teaching inspired her to seek employment at the Center for Teaching and Learning at UT Austin where she crafted professional development opportunities for graduate student instructors and faculty. You can reach Michelle at 575.646.1788 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shawn Werner, M.A., joined the Teaching Academy in 2012 as associate director for ADVANCE. From 2008–2011, she worked as a program specialist for the NSF ADVANCE-PAID grant at NMSU. This grant disseminated the ADVANCE mentoring program, department head training program, and promotion and tenure workshops across the state. She is now responsible for continuing the work of ADVANCE at the Teaching Academy through the coordination of Advancing Leaders, ADVANCE Mentoring Program, the Department Head Academy, and Promotion and Tenure Training. Her employment background includes a long history working in academia, including student advising and program coordination, as well as six years as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Communication Studies at NMSU. You can reach Shawn at 646-2583 or email@example.com.
Sandra Lujan, B.B.A., is our business manager, joining the staff in 1995. She is the main contact for special events, which include contracting guest speakers and handling their reimbursements. She keeps us all on the straight and narrow by tending the Teaching Academy’s accounts, making sure billing is accurate and timely, and handling the Teaching Academy’s paperwork and personnel processes. Sandra is a proud Aggie, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in general business with minors in management and marketing. She can be reached at 575.646.1591 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terri Cross McEntire joined the staff at the Teaching Academy in 2014. Terri is native to Las Cruces and returned home to follow in her mother’s footsteps, who retired from NMSU after almost 40 years of service. In fact, Terri was known as the “Hadley Hall Baby.” Long before women received maternity leave her mother was needed at work and told to bring her baby with her, so when Terri was three days old a bed was made for her in a file drawer in her mom’s office and the rest is history. She keeps our office running. While juggling countless administrative duties, she never fails to present a smiling face and a welcoming word to a thousand different visitors per year, many of whom come back and back (for more smiles and welcoming words). Terri can be reached at 575.646.2204 or by email at email@example.com.
Michèle Shuster, Ph.D., is a Teaching Academy fellow and an associate professor of biology. Her disciplinary scholarship focuses on undergraduate biology education and K–8 STEM teacher professional development. Her teaching includes introductory biology for majors and non-majors, as well as upper division cancer and medical microbiology courses. She has won two NMSU teaching awards, and a NMSU Teaching Academy outstanding workshop award. She has facilitated professional development workshops at NMSU, Utah State University, Connecticut College, the American Society for Microbiology and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The best way to reach Michèle is via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
David E. Smith, Ph.D., is a Teaching Academy fellow and an associate professor of physical chemistry in NMSU’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. He primarily teaches general chemistry and is actively involved in developing and evaluating formative assessment techniques for use in large classes. He also trains and mentors graduate teaching assistants at the Teaching Academy. He was the recipient of the NMSU Teaching Academy Innovation Award as well as the Outstanding Workshop Award, both related to the use of classroom remote response devices (“clickers”). The best way to reach David is via e-mail: email@example.com.