Dean, 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.

mchaiken@nmsu.edu  |  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 onsie@nmsu.edu 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.

onsie@nmsu.edu   |   (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.

maricagu@nmsu.edu   |   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.

rgtz129@nmsu.edu  |  575-646-2542

Bio and photo courtesy of NMSU Hotline

 

 

 

Affiliated Professor

 

 

Andrea Orzoff

Andrea Orzoff is an associate professor of History and Honors. She completed her doctorate from Stanford University in 2000. Her research and teaching interests involve the intersection of politics and ideas, whether via propaganda and the mass media, high culture and migration, or the creation and development of international institutions and movements. She is the author of Battle for the Castle: The Myth of Czechoslovakia in Europe, 1914-1948 (Oxford University Press 2009, paperback 2011), Music in Flight: Refugees, Exiles, Fugitives, and the Politics of Music in Latin America (in progress), and various articles in German History, New German Critique, the Austrian History Yearbook, Nationalities Papers, and Slavic Review. Her most recent articles address the German-speaking chapters of the International PEN Club during the Cold War; she also contributed an overview of democracy and democratic internationalism in interwar Europe to the Oxford Handbook on Europe 1900-1945 (2016).

She has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the US Fulbright Commission, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD, German Academic Exchange Commission), the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the International Research and Exchanges Board, or IREX. She has been an invited or keynote speaker at Tel Aviv University, Vanderbilt University, Cornell University, the University of Oxford, Trinity College (Dublin), and Berlin’s Freie Universität.

Her current book project tells the stories of German and Austrian classical musicians who fled Nazism for Latin America. She also plans to explore the topics of Anglo-American defectors to East Germany and East German ties to Latin America. Dr. Orzoff teaches lower-division courses on European history and the history of ideas, and upper-division courses on European history, global history, and thematic courses, for both the History Department and NMSU’s Honors Program.

aorzoff@nmsu.edu  |  575-646-4601

 

 

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.

judithfc@nmsu.edu  |  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. 

apando@nmsu.edu

 

 

Student Assistant

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.

yomarar3@nmsu.edu

 

 

Honors College Graduate Assistant

Ifham Hassan Zareer

Ifham Hassan Zareer is one of the graduate assistants at the Honors College. She is a Fulbright Scholar who comes from the Maldives. Ifham is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology with a Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and is also a volunteer at the NMSU Herbarium. She hopes to delve deeper into the anthropological effects of climate change on small island nations.
When she has time to spare, she enjoys reading, hiking, and binge-watching conservation documentaries. If you have any questions regarding the Masters Accelerated Program or other student programs (or if the Maldives piques your curiosity!) feel free to email her or drop by for a chat.

ifham@nmsu.edu  |  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.

cceballe@nmsu.edu |  575-646-2005

 

 

Computer Technician

Webmaster

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.

dom1n1ck@nmsu.edu  |  Contact Webmaster