Team Academy

Tara Gray, Ph.D., became the first director of the Teaching Academy in January 2003. Her tenure home is the Department of Criminal Justice, where she served for ten years. She served there after teaching economics for ten years and writing her dissertation on the question, “Do prisons pay?” Tara sets the direction of the Academy in terms of programming; leads one-time and multi-session workshops, hosts outside speakers; builds spirit among the Academy staff; manages the budget; and fund-raises. She studies scholarly writing, directing effective teaching centers, teaching for active learning, and collaborative faculty development programs. She has published 50 scholarly works and four books, including Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar. Tara has won ten awards for teaching, scholarship and service both on campus and nationally. She has presented workshops to more than 10,000 educators in 120 venues, 35 states and in Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Tara’s work is her play, but she also treasures spending time with friends and family as well as teaching parenting to women at Doña Ana County Detention Center. You can reach Tara at 575.646.1013 or

Morgan Iommi, Ph.D., joined the Teaching Academy in 2018 as associate director for teaching and learning. She leads workshops and book groups that explore topics such as motivating students to enhance learning and principles for universal design. Morgan also assists faculty and staff in designing, developing, and delivering their own workshops on a variety of teaching and learning topics. Morgan comes to NMSU most recently from the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology at the University of Iowa, where she provided professional development for graduate students and post-docs. Morgan’s Ph.D. work was completed at The Ohio State University in communication studies, with a dissertation on motivational factors influencing instructor involvement in teaching development. She also earned a specialization in college and university teaching, while serving as a graduate teaching fellow who provided professional development for graduate students in The Ohio State School of Communication. If you have an idea for a workshop at the Teaching Academy, or a question about teaching and learning, you can reach Morgan at 575.646.1788 or


Alice Martinic, Ph.D. comes to NMSU from the University of California, Davis. As an educational specialist, she consults individually with instructors on enhancing classroom teaching and facilitates workshops on teaching topics such as promoting inclusive classroom practices and STEM teaching. Alice’s doctoral work in Nutritional Biology investigated how and why probiotics have beneficial effects. As a graduate student, she served as a graduate teaching fellow at the UC Davis Center for Educational Effectiveness where she led workshops and conducted consultations for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in all disciplines. Alice was born and raised in New Mexico, earned a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico, and is excited to be back in NM to join Team Academy. Her favorite hobbies include hiking, cycling, cooking, and spending time with her dog. You can reach Alice at 575.646.2072 or


Theresa Remacle was born and raised in PA, joined the army after high school, and was stationed in Germany where she met her husband, Joe. They have since lived in CO, WI, and PA, and recently relocated to NM. Theresa was an elementary school teacher/reading specialist in WI for 11 years and was a caseworker with the PA Department of Human Services for 7 years before she became the Administrative Assistant with The Teaching Academy. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on reading instruction. She has two daughters and three dogs. She enjoys reading, walking her dogs, and spending time with family. You can reach Theresa at 575.646.2204 or