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Faculty and Staff

Our Faculty


Our faculty members exhibit professionalism, passion and a commitment to education. But their unparalleled dedication goes beyond teaching and research. It extends to the community where they contribute to the intellectual and cultural life in New Mexico by sharing their talents and time.

The outreach and advocacy they provide is especially critical given their expertise in high need areas and the educational challenges that the state faces. You’ll find our faculty running professional development seminars for teachers, hosting summer institutes on campus, acting as resources for local schools and serving on local, state and national committees in their fields of expertise. Students aren’t sidelined either—they are always encouraged to participate in outreach efforts, academic and non-academic settings, creativity, language learning, language retention, bilingualism, literacy—and then use what they learn to shape educational policy.

Special Education Department Faculty by Program


  • Ruth Luckasson (Distinguished Professor, Special Education; Chair, Special Education Department)

Special Education Program Faculty

  • Lance Alarcon (Assistant Professor)
  • Mary Brindle (Assistant Professor) 
  • Margaret Collier (Assistant Professor)
  • Susan Copeland (Professor)
  • Megan Griffin (Assistant Professor)
  • Erin Jarry (Lecturer III)
  • Elizabeth Keefe (Professor)
  • Ruth Luckasson (Distinguished Professor)
  • Megan Martins (Lecturer III)
  • Veronica Moore (Lecturer III)
  • Yen Pham (Assistant Professor)
  • Cathy (Huaquing) Qi (Professor)
  • Julia Scherba de Valenzuela (Associate Professor)
  • Loretta Serna (Professor)
  • Clare Stott (Lecturer III)
  • Melanie Brawley-Wigren (Lecturer III)

Staff


Audrea N. Padilla
Department Administrator
Hokona-Zuni, Room 106
505/277-6915
anp@unm.edu

Audrea oversees the daily administrative functions of the department office and supervises the staff. She assists with development and management of the operating budget. She manages faculty, part-time instructor, and teaching assistant contracts. She serves as department liaison to central offices of the college and university.

Teresa Tobin-Esdale
Administrative Assistant 2

Hokona-Zuni, Room 104
505-277-1499
ttobinesdale@unm.edu

Teresa provides administrative support to the department.