Image previewDean, William Conroy Honors College
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Miriam Chaiken

Miriam Chaiken is the Dean of the William Conroy Honors College and she previously served as the Department Head in Anthropology, after having worked for more than 20 years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Chaiken is an applied nutritional anthropologist who has combined professional activities in academia with research and consulting in international development in Africa and Southeast Asia. She has collaborated with humanitarian organizations such as Save the Children and UNICEF to help create effective and culturally sensitive programs to address hunger, malnutrition, food security, and gender equity in developing countries. She is committed to helping improve well-being for rural populations through participatory strategies in planning humanitarian response. Her current research focuses on a community of artists in New York.

Her publications range from examples of traditional scholarship in academic journals and books to more popular accounts of her adventures in anthropological fieldwork. Her years of fieldwork internationally have provided her with many tales to tell, feel free to ask her about traffic lights on toast, pig bombs, monitor lizards in her Kenyan kitchen, penguins in South Africa, Balinese temples, Mozambiquan mosquitos, or life as a slash and burn farmer in the Philippines.

As an anthropologist, she finds people endlessly fascinating and enjoys working with students and faculty in the Honors College.  |  575-646-2005


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Associate Dean, William Conroy Honors College

Director, Office of National Scholarships and

International Education (ONSIE)



Dr. Tim Ketelaar

Dr. Tim Ketelaar is the Director of the Office of National Scholarships and International Education (Conroy Honors Center room 204) and the Associate Dean of the Honors College.

Dr. Ketelaar works with NMSU students who are applying for national scholarships at all stages of the process. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and has been teaching in the honors college since 2003.

Email Dr. Ketelaar at with your questions about scholarships or to make an appointment, or just drop by my office any afternoon in Room 204 William Conroy Honors House.   |   (575) 646-2051 or (575) 405-3729 [Text/Voice] 




Executive Administrative Assistant



Maricruz Aguilar

Maricruz Aguilar “Mari” is the Executive Administrative Assistant for the Honors College. She has been with New Mexico State University for 13 years. She joined the NMSU Honors College team from the College of Engineering in July 2019. Mari provides administrative support to the Honors College team to ensure efficient operation of the office. She also helps students with Honors registration related issues and is always happy to assist with any other requests with a warm smile.

Mari obtained her Bachelors Degree in Applied Studies with Minors in Business Administration, Management, and Spanish from NMSU in 2013.

In her spare time, she likes to kick back and enjoy time with her 3 boys and husband. Even though she is outnumbered, she has adapted and now loves watching superhero movies, comics, and hardcore action movies with her boys. When she has time to regain her femininity, she enjoys crafts, crocheting, and gets herself mani/pedis.   |   575-646-2005



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Crimson Scholar Coordinator



Roman Gutierrez

Roman Gutierrez began his job as the Crimson Scholar Coordinator in the Honors College in April 2016. He joined NMSU from Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque. His primary responsibility entails assisting all Crimson Scholars with determining if they qualify for Crimson status, as well as answering any and all questions the Crimson Scholars may have.  |  575-646-2542

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Honors Professor



Judith Flores Carmona

Dr. Judith Flores Carmona is Associate Professor and Faculty Fellow for the Honors College at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Before joining NMSU she was an Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow in Critical Literacies and Pedagogies at Hampshire College (2010-2012). She earned her doctorate at the University of Utah in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society (2010). Her research interests include critical pedagogy, Chicana/Latina feminist theory, critical race feminism, critical multicultural education, social justice education, and testimonio methodology and pedagogy. Her work has appeared in Equity and Excellence in Education, Race Ethnicity and Education, the Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies, the International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development, the Journal of Latinos and Education, and in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.

She has two co-edited books, Chicana/Latina Testimonios as Pedagogical, Methodological, and Activist Approaches to Social Justice (Routledge) with Dolores Delgado Bernal and Rebeca Burciaga and Crafting Critical Stories: Toward Pedagogies and Methodologies of Collaboration, Inclusion & Voice (Peter Lang) with Kristen Luschen. She also co-authored Un-Standardizing Curriculum: Multicultural Teaching in the Standards-Based Classroom (2nd Edition) with Christine Sleeter (Teachers College Press).

Dr. Flores Carmona is the daughter of Josefina and Vicente (QEPD). She was born in Veracruz, Mexico, raised in Los Angeles and is a first-generation college student. Her academic and community work is guided by a sense of responsibility and commitment to social change.  |  575-646-2005



Student Assistant



Amanda Pando

Amanda Pando is a student assistant in the Honors College and an Honors College Ambassador. She loves to bake and do crafts in her free time. Amanda hopes to someday get a Masters and become a Marriage and Family Therapist.



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Yomara Rios-Laurenzana

Yomara is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering Technology. Currently active in Aggies Without Limits, Associated General Contractors of America, Defend Our Future, ETSE Leadership Organization and College of Engineering Ambassador. When there is time, she loves to dance to almost every music genre.



Honors College Graduate Assistant



Yael Cano

Yael Cano is currently one of the coordinators for the Honors Ambassador Program in the Honors College. At the same time, she’s working to get her masters degree in Anthropology with a focus in museum studies at NMSU as she hopes to work in a museum in the future. Though she may look serious, don’t let that scare you off as she likes to talk to everyone about everything and anything. She also has a deep love for all dogs and hopes that you bring your dog when you come to visit her.  |  575-646-2005



Honors College Graduate Assistant

Collette Ceballes

Collette is currently one of the Graduate Assistants working for the Honors College. She recently graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education in the math-teaching field and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences in the hopes of eventually helping families who are struggling. Collette spent the last four years as an NMSU student employee working in several different departments across campus and has enjoyed getting to work with the students, faculty, and staff of NMSU. She enjoys playing tennis, listening to music too loud, and spending time with family and friends. If you have any questions or there is anything she can assist you with, feel free to let her know. |  575-646-2005



Computer Technician


Dominick Cordova

Dominick Cordova is the Computer Technician at the Honors College. Dominick is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Philosophy. His responsibilities are the maintenance of the Honors College website, classroom technology, and lab computers. If you encounter any issues with these things, feel free to contact him, or fill out a tech issue form located here.  |  Contact Webmaster