December Professor of the Month | Kelly Jenks

Hello Aggies, 
I am Professor Kelly Jenks
kelly jenks smiling with her dog

I began teaching here in the fall of 2015, so I’m in my third year at New Mexico State!

I grew up mostly in north Texas, but also lived in Washington, Australia (Victoria and New South Wales), upstate New York, southern Arizona, northern New Mexico, northern Virginia, and Colorado before moving to Las Cruces. I love travelling to Albuquerque because I can go to Trader Joe’s! I came here from Durango, Colorado, where I was teaching at a liberal arts college. I’m an anthropologist and my area of specialization within that field is historical archaeology. My research focuses on the archaeology of Spanish colonization and settlement in the Southwest. I like running, hiking with my dog in the mountains, and eating tacos at the farmer’s market downtown. I serve on the historic preservation committee for the City of Las Cruces and I’m a board member for CARTA (the Camino Real Trail Association). I love books and have too many favorite to name just one, so I will tell you my favorite quote: “If nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do.”

One thing I would change about the Honors College is that more students would know about it. I’ve advised students before who were eligible to enroll in Honors College classes, but didn’t know it. My advice to students is try new classes and new experiences, and seek out opportunities for research and professional mentorship here at the university. You can do incredible things, but you have to make it happen. Trying new classes in the Honors College is a great change to not only meet new people but to build your way to an Honors degree. Small classes are the best and classes in the Honors College allow you to meet and get to know other interesting students with different majors and interests. Plus, it looks good on your transcripts!


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