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Borden, Allison
Associate Professor: Educational Leadership
Hokona Hall 390
Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly interests:

  • Preparation of Educational Leaders in the United States
  • Building-level Leadership and Education Reform in Latin America
  • Democratic Education

Courses taught:

  • LEAD 503: Data-Informed Instructional Leadership,
  • LEAD 520: The School Principalship,
  • LEAD 528: Leading Improvement in Low Performing Schools,
  • LEAD 560: Instructional Leadership, Supervision, and Evaluation,
  • LEAD 561: Legal Issues for School Leaders,
  • LEAD 603: Introduction to Data Analysis for Organizational Leaders,
  • LEAD 609: Quantitative Methods for Analyzing and Transforming,
  • LEAD 620: Democracy, Ethics, and Social Justice in Transformational Leadership,
  • LEAD 629: Seminar for Practicing School Administrators,
  • LEAD 693: (topics course) Workshop in Secondary Data Analysis

During the 25 years prior to her work in higher education, Dr. Borden served as a K-12 teacher and principal in the USA and Honduras, including service as a bilingual teacher and bilingual program director in Massachusetts. She has consulted on education reform projects and conducted research on principal preparation and professional development in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Paraguay. Her current research agenda focuses on democratic education and citizenship development in Guatemala and leadership preparation in the USA.


Chávez, Alicia F.
Associate Professor: Educational Leadership
Hokona Hall 392A
Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly interests:

  • Culture and College Teaching
  • Identity and Leadership in Higher Education
  • Applied Anthropology in Higher Education
  • Socio-cultural Studies in Higher Education

Courses taught:

  • LEAD 529: Adult Learning
  • LEAD 550: Culturally Responsive Leadership
  • LEAD 594: Practicum in Educational Leadership
  • LEAD 503: Data Informed Leadership
  • LEAD 501: Educational Leadership in a Democratic Society
  • LEAD 693/593: Enhancing Leadership through Educational Anthropology
  • LEAD 601: Perspectives in Leadership
  • LEAD 605: Qualitative Research Methods
  • LEAD 607: Qualitative Research Analysis
  • Faculty Development in the area of Culture and College Teaching

Dr. Alicia Fedelina Chávez has co-authored/edited 4 books on higher education with a fifth on the way in areas of culture and college teaching as well as identity and leadership. Her background in collegiate administration and faculty development serve her well as she mentors emerging and current leaders in education and offers consultation to faculty on teaching across cultures in college. Her Spanish and Apache ancestry are in the Taos and Luis Lopez/Socorro areas of New Mexico.

Crawford-Garrett, Katy
Assistant Professor: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 236
Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly Interests:

  • Critical Literacy
  • Feminist Pedagogy
  • Practitioner Inquiry
  • Corporate School Reform
  • Teach for America

Courses taught:

  • EDUC 330L- Teaching of Reading
  • EDUC 331L- Teaching of Reading in the Elementary School
  • LLSS 535- Critical Literacy

Special projects/initiatives:

  • Fulbright Grant Recipient- New Zealand 2016
  • TECLA program- Supporting arts integration and language diversity at La Mesa Elementary
  • Facing History and Ourselves Teaching Grant 2015

Katherine Crawford-Garrett is an assistant professor of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of New Mexico. Her research explores neoliberal contexts of schooling, teacher activism, critical literacy and arts integration. Her book, Teach for America and the Struggle for Urban School Reform: Searching for Agency in an Era of Standardization, traces the experiences of Teach for America corps members working in Philadelphia during an era of high-stakes accountability and privatization.


Desai, Shiv
Assistant Professor: Elementary and Secondary Education
Hokona Hall 235

Scholarly interests:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Out-of-School Literacies (Spoken Word and Hip Hop)
  • Teacher Education
  • Social Justice
  • Transformational Resistance
  • Critical Race Theory

Courses taught:

  • EDUC 652: Teacher Education and Social Justice
  • EDUC 450: Issues in Secondary Education
  • EDUC 400: Student Teaching Elementary School Semester 1
  • EDUC 400: Student Teaching Elementary School Semester 2
  • LLSS 524: Critical Race Theory

Special projects/initiatives:
National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015-16 Recipient

Dr. Desai is currently working with LOUD (Leaders Organizing 2 Unite & Decriminalize), where he is helping them conduct a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project that examines the school-to-prison pipeline as well as how YPAR can be utilized to inform new policies to shape a more socially just juvenile justice system. His other research interests include centering and privileging youth voices through spoken word poetry, hip hop and other forms of artistic expression. Shiv also recognizes that indigenous forms of knowledge are essential to reclaiming an education that pushes liberation. His research draws upon critical race theory, critical literacy, and decolonizing methodologies.


Flores-Duenas, Leila
Associate Professor: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 211

Hathaway, Amy
Department Administrator
Hokona Hall 123


Haniford, Laura
Associate Professor: Secondary Education
Hokona Hall 230

Hooper, Mary
Operation Manager/Coordinator for Educational Leadership and Teaching, Learning, Teacher Education
Hokona Hall 126

Kingsley, Karla
Associate Professor: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 289

Scholarly interests:

  • Digital game-based learning
  • Media literacy education
  • Aesthetically-oriented multiliteracies/new literacies for 21st century learning
  • Digital critical pedagogy
  • Interactive participatory approaches to equity and social justice
  • Technology for authentic instruction, learning, and assessment
  • Culturally relevant/sustaining pedagogy

Courses taught:

  • EDUC/MSET 570 Digital Game-Based Learning,
  • EDUC/MSET 571 Multimedia Literacy for Educators,
  • EDUC 500 Research Methods in Education,
  • EDUC 502 Advanced Instructional Strategies,
  • EDUC 400 Student Teaching,
  • EDUC 590 Masters Seminar,
  • MSET 365 Technology Integration for Effective Instruction

Special projects/initiatives:

  • Kellogg START Grant: Participatory, Interactive, Professional Development (PIPD) at Pajarito Elementary and G.I. Sanchez Community School
  • National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Studies in Multimedia and Literacy (SLAM) Assembly Secretary and founding member
  • Cyberbullying/bullying prevention professional development initiatives with K-12 Teachers
  • Institute for the Study of “Race” and Social Justice Board Member; UNM COE Graduate Committee Chair
  • LGBT Education Group (LEG) Founding member

Dr. Kingsley earned her MA and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She has been teaching instructional technology and educational computing for 28 years; currently she serves on the editorial boards for three scholarly journals: Journal of Research on Technology in Education, Intervention in School and Clinic, and the Journal of Multicultural Praxis. She has worked as a computer programmer, instructional designer, director of information management training, and educational consultant.

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Krebs, Marjori
Associate Professor: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 110
Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly interests:

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Service-Learning
  • Project-Based Learning

Courses taught:

  • EDUC 321L:  Teaching Social Studies K-8
  • EDUC 516: Curriculum & Inquiry
  • EDUC 568: Art of Masterful Teaching
  • EDUC 563: Mentoring Educators for Professional Growth
  • EDUC 400: Elementary Education Seminar
  • EDUC 502: Advanced Instructional Strategies
  • EDUC 505:  Service- and Experiential Learning
  • EDUC 660: Instructional Leadership & Supervision
  • EDUC 662: Practicum in Supervision & Instruction

Special projects/initiatives:
W. K. Kellogg Grant Recipient 2013-2016:  ZETAC:  Zuni Engaging Teachers and Communities

Dr. Krebs is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Studies.  She obtained her Master's Degree in Educational Theory & Practice from The Ohio State University, and her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Oklahoma, with a Major in History with an Emphasis in Education.


Lim, Woong
Assistant Professor: Secondary Education
Hokona Hall 287

Scholarly interests:

  • Mathematics Teacher Preparation
  • Language and Mathematics
  • Equitable Classroom Practices
  • Classroom Discourse Assessment

Courses taught:

  • MSET 429: Teaching of Secondary Mathematics
  • EDUC 462: Student Teaching
  • EDUC 464: Student Teaching Seminar

Professor Lim is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of New Mexico since 2015. He has a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.A. and Ed.D from University of Houston. He has taught mathematics (high school and college) and mathematics education (undergraduate and graduate).

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Lopez, Patrick
Lecturer III: Educational Leadership
Hokona Hall 124


Madsen, Anne
Interim Associate Dean: College of Education
Associate Professor: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 214

Scholarly interests:

  • Mathematics Education, K-12
  • Professional Development in Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction
  • Mathematics Education for Pre-service Teachers
  • Research in Teaching and Learning Mathematics

Courses taught:

  • EDUC 361: Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School,
  • EDUC 461: The Mathematics Program in the Elementary School,
  • MSET 561: Seminar in Teaching Mathematics,
  • EDUC 400: Student Teaching in the Elementary School,
  • EDUC 542: Principles of Curriculum Development,
  • EDUC 590: Seminar,
  • LLSS 501: Practitioner Research

Dr. Madsen received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in "Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy." She has teaches mathematics education courses for inservice and pre-service teachers at Michigan State University, The University of Texas at Austin, and UNM. In addition, she taught mathematics education courses in the following areas: Bangkok, Thailand; Yokota, Japan; Yokosuka, Japan; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Okinawa, Japan; Taipei, Taiwan; Manila, Philippines. Dr. Madsen was the PI for the "Lockheed Martin Mathematics and Science Teacher Academies for Professional Development" from 1994 to 2008.

Perrone, Frank
Assistant Professor: Educational Leadership
Hokona Hall 382
Curriculum Vitae

Roberts-Harris, Deborah
Associate Professor: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 267

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Romans, Russ
Lecturer III: Educational Leadership
Hokona Hall 378
Curriculum Vitae

Sánchez, Rebecca
Associate Professor: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 238

Secatero, Shawn
Assistant Professor: Educational Leadership
Hokona Hall 388
Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly interests:

  • Higher Education, Indigenous Leadership
  • Holistic Education
  • Wellness Studies
  • Literacy Education
  • Indigenous Education
  • Program Development

Courses taught:

  • LEAD 521: School Finance and Resource Allocation
  • LEAD 501: Leadership in a Democratic Society
  • LEAD 530 Conflict Resolution in Schools and Organizations
  • LEAD 601 Leadership Perspectives
  • LEAD 505: Visionary Leadership for Learning
  • LLSS 593: Issues in American Indian Education.

Special projects/initiatives:

  • Coordinator of Educational Leadership POLLEN (Promoting Our Learning, Leadership and Empowering Nations) Kellogg Grant School Administrators Program for Native American Schools Cohort
  • Faculty Advisor for Society of Native American Graduate Students (SNAGS) at UNM
  • Director of Striking Eagle Native American Basketball Invitational and Education Fair at UNM

Dr. Shawn Secatero is a member of the Canoncito Band of Navajos and is an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education, Educational Leadership Program at UNM. He has ten years of teaching background at the secondary-higher education level and specializes in holistic education and wellness. Dr. Secatero is currently developing an indigenous based holistic well-being model in education and leadership as part of his research.

Sosa-Provencio, Mia
Assistant Professor: Secondary Education
Hokona Hall 233

Torres-Velásquez, Diane
Associate Professor: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 113


Torrez, Cheryl
Professor: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 244

Scholarly interests:

  • Teacher inquiry and practitioner research
  • PK-12 school/university partnerships
  • Curriculum and instruction in PK-12 settings

Courses taught:

  • Curriculum Theory Seminar,
  • Principles of Curriculum Development,
  • Advanced Instructional Strategies,
  • Elementary Social Studies Methods,
  • Elementary Student Teaching/Seminar,
  • Processes of Reflection and Inquiry,
  • Research Applications to Education

Special projects/initiatives:

  • W.K. Kellogg Grant Recipient: Zuni:Engaging Teachers and Community (ZETAC)
  • Faculty Sponsor: CoTeaching Collaborative Schools (CTCS)

Dr. Torrez received her Ph.D. in Education, from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and her M.A. in Education- Curriculum and Instruction at California State University, Sacramento.  She was a Distinguished Teacher in Residence at California State University-Sacramento.  She taught in elementary school classrooms in California for 12 years and also held an academic appointment as Assistant Professor at Boise State University before joining the teacher education faculty at UNM. 


Tyson, Kersti
Associate Professor: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 234

Vernon, Mary B.
Coordinator: Education Support
Hokona Hall 128


Vitali, Frances
Sr. Lecturer: Elementary and Secondary Education

Scholarly interests:

  • Storytelling in Education
  • Teacher Practitioner Research
  • Social Justice in teaching
  • Rural literacy
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Authentic learning

Courses taught:

  • EDUC 400
  • EDUC 513
  • EDUC 590
  • LLSS 315
  • THEA 418
  • MUSE 298
  • LLSS 443
  • EDUC 552
  • EDUC 438*

Special projects/initiatives:
Storyteller, Chautauqua presenter, creative drama workshops in local school districts

Dr. Vitali has been an educator for 15 years teaching in the areas of music education, special education, and general education. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kosrae, Micronesia.


Walker, Trenia
Hokona Hall 121

Scholarly interests:

  • Media, culture, and curriculum
  • Teaching history
  • Comparative education
  • School/teacher effectiveness

Special projects/initiatives:

  • Fulbright Scholar in Kosovo 2013-2014
  • U.S. State Department/U.S. Embassy in Kosovo Grant - 2014 ""Supplemental Teacher Training Program - Preparing Better Teachers""
  • Conducted a 5-week ""Institute in American Education"" for 10 undergraduate students from the University of Pristina who were preparing to become teachers in the Republic of Kosovo.

Dr. Walker is Professor and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy.  She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, her M.A. in History, and her B.A. in English from the University of Houston.  Walker has served as a middle- and secondary- school History and English/Language Arts teacher, university History lecturer, a supervisor of student teachers, and held several administrative positions at the university-level.

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Watkins, Kathryn
Associate Professor: Secondary Education
Hokona Hall 296
Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly interests:

  • Development of science pre-service teachers
  • Professional development for novice and in-practice science teachers.
  • Models of student teaching that support student and mentor teachers.

Courses taught:

  • EDUC 500 Research Application to Education
  • MSET 530 Seminar in Science Teaching
  • MSET 431 Teaching Secondary Science
  • EDUC 590 Seminar
  • EDUC 542 Curriculum Development           

Special projects/initiatives:

  • Kellogg Grant Participant 2014-2016
  • AALP Advisory Board
  • Secondary TAG
  • Bernalillo supervision and professional development in Mathematics and Science.

Dr. Kathryn Watkins has a B.S. in Biology in 1974 from University of Houston, MEd in Secondary Education in 1978 ( Lifetime Secondary Teaching License in Texas and Level 3 Teaching License in New Mexico, Endorsements in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Texas and Science in New Mexico), and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (concentration in Science Education) in 1996 from Texas A&M. Dr. Watkins began her career in education in 1976 as a Physical Science teacher at a middle school in Houston, TX then continued her teaching career in Harlingen, Texas as a teacher in HISD from 1979 to 1996. She received numerous awards during her teaching career at Harlingen as well as teaching classes in Advanced Placement Biology and International Baccalaureate Biology. Since coming to the University of New Mexico, Dr. Watkins had taught a wide range of graduate and doctoral courses from research to curriculum development as well as being an active member of the Secondary Education Program and focusing on the secondary science and mathematics component of the program.


Welch, Irene
Sr. Lecturer: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 207

Scholarly interests:

  • Literacy, Bilingual Education
  • Translanguaging
  • Co Teaching
  • Teaching of Writing

Courses taught:

  • EDUC 330L, Teaching of Reading
  • EDUC 333L, Oral and Written Language
  • EDUC 331L, Teaching of Reading in the Elementary School
  • EDUC 400, Student Teaching Seminar

Special projects/initiatives:
Teacher Education Collaborative for Language and Arts Integration (TECLA) at La Mesa Elementary School

Dr. Welch received her PhD in Language and Literacy Education from Georgia State University.  She teaches literacy courses and has served as embedded faculty as part of the CoTeaching Collaborative School model in the Elementary Education Program.  Her teaching and research focus on issues related to teacher preparation, co teaching, language and literacy development, bilingual education and ESL.


Williams, Sheri
Associate Professor: Educational Leadership
Hokona Hall 380
Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly interests:

  • Relational Leadership, Cultural Competence, Critical Thinking, and Community Engagement in the preparation of Next-Generation Leaders for Change in Urban, Rural, & Tribal Schools and Systems

Courses taught:

  • LEAD 503 Data-Informed Instructional Leadership
  • LEAD 510 School Community Relations
  • LEAD 520 The School Principalship
  • LEAD 560 Instructional Leadership: Supervision and Evaluation
  • LEAD 615 Leadership Group Dynamics
  • LEAD 629 Seminar for Practicing School Administrators
  • LEAD 699 Dissertation
  • MGMT 707 Executive Leadership for Educators

Special projects/initiatives:

  • Kellogg Grant Recipient 2014-17: Curriculum Revision for Native-inspired schools
  • Invited Conference Keynoter 2017: Student Employee and Employer Experience
  • UCEA Research Project Team 2017: State ESSA plans for the Preparation and Development of School Leadership, Trends and Cross-State Findings
  • COE Grant Recipient 2013-2016: Assessing Learning in Face-to-Face and Online environments and Using Performance Tasks to teach Critical Thinking

Dr. Sheri Williams joined the Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, and Policy in UNM's College of Education in 2013. Prior to her appointment at UNM, Williams served as an instructor at the University of Colorado and the University of Nebraska. She works with interdisciplinary scholars, policy makers, and practitioners on projects designed to reimagine the teaching and learning of next-generation school leaders. She is devoted to inquiry, dialogue and action that generates strategic interventions and program innovations which can be replicated on a large scale to improve the quality of teaching and learning in New Mexico. She partners with external evaluators on the assessment of innovative and clinically-rich preparation programs for educational leadership in rural, tribal, and urban schools. Williams came to UNM after more than two decades of continuous service as a public-school administrator, serving as a Superintendent of Schools in rural Colorado and New Mexico, Assistant Superintendent and Director in two large suburban districts in Colorado, and Principal of 4 rural, remote elementary schools in Colorado's high country. Her administrator license is current through 2020 in New Mexico. During her service as an administrator, she was elected to state-level leadership on a number of professional boards. Her resume attests to her track record of success in advancing equity and excellence in diverse schools and communities. When she stepped into the role of tenure-line faculty, she enthusiastically embraced UNM's academic mission, working collaboratively with interdisciplinary faculty to advance the presence of UNM as an intensive research university. She brings an international and cross-disciplinary perspective to her research. Her scholarship is focused on transformational theories of leadership and culturally-rooted pedagogies that help shape educational outcomes through school, university, and community partnerships. Among a variety of articles, her research on teaching and assessing critical thinking was published in a high impact international journal and viewed by nearly 900 scholars in the first month of publication. Her report on gaps in state ESSA plans for advancing principal preparation was deemed influential for policy makers at the federal and state levels. Her teaching centers on the preparation of candidates for data-informed and socially just leadership. She is known for her substantial record of mentoring next-generation school leaders who are prepared to influence and make an impact in New Mexico and beyond. In addition to the aforementioned scholarship and teaching roles, Williams has served on a variety of university committees at the college and university level and on service boards at the local and national levels. She has gained a national presence among professional organizations serving as an elected officer with AERA, an appointed-member with UCEA's Policy Review Team, a reviewer of multiple journals, and as a certified leadership trainer with McREL International. She has received numerous honors including the "Excellence in Education Award" from the National Alliance of Business and the "Friend of Education Award" from the Colorado Education Association, an affiliate of NEA. She was elected Vice President of the National PTA and was appointed to the National Advisory Panel for Child Care Action Campaign and the Sixth US Congressional District Education Task Force. She served as a Board member for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the New Mexico Voices for Children. She is a graduate of the 2007 International Aspen Ideas Institute and the 2011 Leadership New Mexico Core Program. Williams earned a post-doctoral certificate in executive leadership from the University of Colorado in 1990 and a doctorate in educational psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1978. She received her masters and bachelors' degrees in communications and teaching from the University of Illinois and Colorado State University. Sheri was raised in Colorado in a culturally- and linguistically-diverse neighborhood and attended Denver's inner-city schools. She and her spouse, Dr. Johnny Williams, moved to New Mexico in 2008 and live in Albuquerque in an adobe home filled with cultural artifacts, green chili, and a succulent garden.

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Winfield, Maria
Lecturer III: Elementary and Secondary Education

Scholarly interests:

  • Arts based learning, pedagogy and research
  • Critical race theory
  • Culturally responsive pedagogy
  • The intersectionality of language and visual arts
  • Qualitative research
  • Social justice

Courses taught:

  • Hampton University, Hampton, VAw
    • EDU 295 (Learning to Learn)
    • EDU 314 (Teaching Reading in the Content Area)
    • EDU 610 (Current Issues)
    • EDU 623 (Teaching Reading in the Content Area)
    • ENG 209 (Children’s Literature)
    • EDU 556 (High School English Pedagogy)
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  • The University of Georgia, Athens, GA:
    • ENGL 0442 (Multicultural Literature)
    • ELAN 5220 (Middle School Writing Pedagogy)
    • ELAN 4120 (Pre-K-5 Writing Pedagogy)
    • ARED 3350 (Pre-K- 5 Art Education)

Maria Inez Winfield earned her PhD in Language and Literacy Education from the University of Georgia, Athens. She earned Her Master of Liberal Arts from the prestigious Bread Loaf School of English where she studied Renaissance Literature in Oxford, England. Her research agenda includes metacognitive engagements with language and visual arts, qualitative research methodologies, and social justice issues

Woodrum, Arlie
Associate Professor: Educational Leadership
Hokona Hall 370