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Borden, Allison
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
Associate 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
Associate 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

Gould, Deena
Assistant Professor: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 267

Hathaway, Amy
Department Administrator
Hokona Hall 123


Haniford, Laura
Associate Professor: Secondary Education
Hokona Hall 230

Holmes, William (Toby)

Holmes, William (Toby)
Assistant Professor: Educational Leadership
Hokona Hall 380
Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly interests:

  • Research and teaching in the areas of leadership communication
  • Motivating language theory
  • Culturally sustaining instructional leadership

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
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.

Lopez, Patrick
Lecturer III: Educational Leadership
Hokona Hall 124
Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly interests:

  • Fiscal and legal issues
  • Accountability
  • Technology
  • Professional development
  • Hispanic persistence/completion rates in higher education
Russ Romans

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

Scholarly interests:

  • Leadership Development
  • Adult Learning
  • School Data Analysis
  • Principal Preparation Programs

Sánchez, Rebecca
Professor: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 238

Secatero, Shawn
Associate 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
Associate 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


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.

Pertinent website links:

Zink, Waunita (Penny)
Lecturer II: Elementary Education
Hokona Hall 291

Woodrum, Arlie
Associate Professor: Educational Leadership
Hokona Hall 370