School of Arts & Sciences Faculty

Elyn Palmer, Ph.D.
Dean of Arts & Sciences

Phone: (575) 492-2189 or (800) 530-4400, Ext. 2189
Building: Fadke Arts and Sciences Building

Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 9am-11am


Ph.D. Texas Tech University 2013
MS College of the Southwest 2003
BAS College of the Southwest 1996

Professional Highlights:
**2009 University of the Southwest Outstanding Faculty Member**

Scholarly Work:

Jones, S.J., & Palmer, E.M. (2011). Glass ceilings and catfights: Career barriers for women in academia. Advancing Women in Leadership (31), 189-198. ISSN 1093-7099.

Palmer, E.M. Letter to Grandma: A comparison of generation perspective of women's growth as higher education faculty. Qualitatitve Inquiry.

Jones, S.J., Warnick, E.M. Environmental barriers and their effects on the perceptions of women on the tenure track. NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education.


Jones, S.J., Warnick, E.M., & Palmer, E.M. (2012). Environmental Barriers and Their Effects on Perceptions of Women on the Tenure Track. 28th Annual All-University Conference - Texas Tech University.

Jones, S.J., Robertson, H., Palmer, E., Haggard, S., Malone, A., and Rice, N. (September 28, 2010). "The Hidden Rules of Higher Education." Presented to Texas Tech University, Teaching, Learning and Technology Center.

Grants Funded

Jones, S.J. (Principal), Warnick, E.M. (Co-investigator), Palmer, E.M. (Co-investigator). (2011). The Hidden Rules of Higher Education for Female Nontraditional College Students. College of Education Research Grant, Texas Tech University. (funded - $3,000 - 3/11 - 8/31/2011)


Yusheng Wu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology 
Phone: 575-492-2118
Building: Fadke Arts & Sciences Building Rm #113

Office Hours:
Call for Appointment

Ph.D. South Dakota State University Brookings South Dakota 2009
M.S. Beijing Agricultural University Beijing P.R. China 1988
B.S. Beijing Agricultural University Beijing P.R. China 1985


Dr. Parvathi Chary M.Sc., M.Phil, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry 
Phone: 575-492-2129

Building: Fadke Arts & Sciences Building

Office Hours:
 Monday: 2:20 - 5:00 and Wednesday: 1:00 - 5:00

Oklahoma Teacher Certification for Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physical Science and Physics for 6th to 12th grades. (Teacher No. 418533)                   2014
Ph.D. in Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM                 1989
Master of Philosophy in Plant Pathology, University of Madras, India       1979
M.Sc. In Botany, Annamalia Univeristy                                              1978
B.Sc. in Botany, Andhra University, India                                           1974

Professional Highlights:
(a)The Best Teacher Award several times; b) The Best Research Presentation several times; and c) the honor and privilege of being the very first person to have cloned, sequenced and expressed a gene (Cu/Zn Superoxide-Dismutase from Neurospora crassa), followed by making a null- mutant; in the history of the University of New Mexico. She subsequently cloned, sequenced and expressed the enterotoxin gene and also the Mn SOD gene from Salmonella typhimurium.

Dr. Chary received the prestigious Post-Doctoral McLaughlin Fellowship for Infection and Immunity, from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. She was a keynote speaker in 2011 and 2012 at the Indian Science Congress. In addition to this, she is the recipient of several major research grants from the Government of India that culminated in a number of scientific publications and patents which are beneficial to the field of Biotechnology.

Her lifelong passion has always been research and teaching. After obtaining an MPhil Degree from the Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany, Madras University, India, she moved to the US in 1981and pursued her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Following this she worked in various Institutions in the US, both as a Research Scientist and also as a Teaching Faculty-Member.

Scholarly Work:
Dr. Chary’s research includes areas ranging from Medicinal Plants, Cancer Research, DNA repair enzymes and Oxidative-Stress. She has published over 45 original research articles in well- known peer-reviewed international and national journals. After two-decades of service in the US, she moved back to India to serve as a Faculty Member for more than a decade in the Sri Sathya Sai University, Puttaparthi, which is a non-profit organization that provides free education. Subsequently she served as the Director for Research and Development in the School, of Life Sciences and was the Head of the Applied Genetics Department at the Garden City College, Bangalore, India. Here she inspired several faculty members and students to pursue research in various fields of Biotechnology that encompass Botany, Mycology, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Dr Chary then moved back to the US in 2012 and worked as a Visiting Scientist for two years at the Center for Research and Occupational Environmental Toxicology (CROET), Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland, Oregon, where she published three papers on the role of highly toxic bulky adducts from cigarette smoke on carcinogenesis and on the enzyme, HIV-1 RT. This was favorably received by scientific journals that have a high impact factor, thus making a positive impression on the general public.

•Scientific Publications: 47
•Poster Presentations: 39
•Non-Scientific Publications: 6


Kenneth Brown, MFA, MA
Assistant Professor

Phone: (575) 492-2125 or (800) 530-4400, Ext. 2125
Building: Fadke Arts and Sciences Building

Office Hours:
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MFA University of Missouri-Kansas City
MA University of Arkansas
BS Eastern New Mexico University

Professional Highlights:
Tom Mason Award, 2011, Community Players of Hobbs


Richard M. Trout
English Instructor

Phone: (575) 492-2111 or (800) 530-4400, Ext. 2111
Building: Fadke Arts ad Sciences Building

Office Hours:
Monday and Wednesday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.;
Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
MS Roosevelt University, Chicago, 2000
MA Universit y of Illinois, Bloomington, 1993
BS Knox College, Galesburg, IL, 1991
Professional Highlights:
Numerous newspaper writing awards, 2002-2012
Guy Rader writing award, New Mexico Medical Society, 2004, 2005
Article in New Mexico Magazine, October 2004
Articles in Fitzroy & Dearborn's Encyclopedia of Historic Places
National Association of Counties writing award, 1994
Ford Fellowship in Writing, 1992


Jill McMahan, Ed.D.
Associate Professor 
Phone: 575-706-3654
Office Hours: Available by phone or email anytime

Ed.D. New Mexico State University 2008
M.S. University of Texas of the Permian Basin 1996
B.S.Ed Midwestern State University 1989

Professional Highlights:
Motivators and Barriers to Entry and Success in a Doctoral Program as Perceived by Women Students, 2008
How Studying Poetry Develops Creative Problem Solving Skills, 1996
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2006
Marine Corps League Distinguished Service Award, 2002


Kay Kautz, Ed.D.
Associate Professor 
Phone: 575-492-2134
Building: Fadke Arts & Sciences Building

Office Hours:
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Ed.D. Oklahoma State University 2008
M.A. Wichita State University 1999
B.A. Wichita State University 1996

Scholarly Work:
Kautz, K. (2013). Practicality of ethnic group self-identification in a combat zone, Practicing Anthropology, Spring.

Kautz, K. (2010). The world game: A global immersion lesson plan. Teaching Anthropology: SACC Notes. Vol 16:1 Spring.

Kautz, K. (2010). International voices: Comparison of global higher education systems with educational assumptions. Germany: VDM Publishers.

Kautz, K. (2008). An educator comments on race and academia. Anthropology News, April, V49:4.

Kautz, K. (2011). Building true democracy in Iraq, Iraqi Civilian Conference at the Green Zone. Baghdad, Iraq.

Kautz, K. (2009). World Game: Global Immersion Lesson Plan. American Anthropological Association: Philadelphia, PA.

Kautz, K. (2008). International Voices, A Grid and Group Explanation. Summer International Communications Conference #5 (ICCC5) Wichita State University. Wichita, KS.

Kautz, K. (2008) International Voices, A Grid and Group Explanation. Spring AERA Annual Conference, New York.

Kautz, K. (2007) Ethnic Group Self-Identity: A Human Rights Issue. Oxford University Round Table Conference, Oxford, England.

OSU Doctorate cohort cooperative presentation (2005). Eye/I of the researcher. Rocky Mountain Conference of Higher Education Leadership, Oklahoma State University. Stillwater, OK.

Kautz, K. (1997). Analysis of the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People. Central States American Anthropological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.


William Sumruld, BA, MDiv, Ph.D
Professor of History, Religion, and Philosophy
Phone: (575) 492-2128 or (800) 530-4400, Ext. 2128
Building: Fadke Arts and Sciences Building, Room 118

Office Hours:
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Ph.D. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.Div. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A. Eastern New Mexico University

Professional Highlights:
Multiple Year Who's Who Among America's Teachers,
Wye Faculty
Fellow, Oxford Roundtable,
author of Augustine and the Arians:  The Bishop of Hippo's Encounters with Ulfilan Arianism

Susan C. Hull
Non- Resident Faculty

Building: Fadke Arts ad Sciences Building


Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership/Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix Arizona, 2013
MA Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley California, 2001
BA California Baptist University, Riverside California 1999
Diploma of Mandarin Chinese Language Study, Ningxia University, Yinchuan P.C. China, 2004
Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, 2000
Highlights of Service:
1997-1999 Southern California - Ministry to children and youth
Summer 1999 - Kenya, Africa
2000 - Qingdao, China - Teaching English as a Second Language
2001-2007 - Trailblazer in Asia
2009-2014 - Mission Firends' Teacher

Ronnie Pace, Ed.S.
Associate Professor of Arts and Sciences 
Phone: 575-492-2173
Building: Fadke Arts & Sciences Building Rm #116

Office Hours:
Call for Appointment

ABD (PhD) Counselor Education & Supervision (CACREP) (Expected Spring 2015)
Ed. S. Counseling & Supervision (1988) Louisiana Tech University
Master of Marriage & Family Therapy (2002) – University of Phoenix
Master of Counseling (1986) - Louisiana Tech University
Bachelor of Arts & Science (1985) – Louisiana Tech University

Professional Career:
28 Years post Master’s Independent Clinical Psychotherapy and Counseling Practice as a:
•Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Supervisor
•Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Professional Clinical Member of:
•American Counselor Association
•Association for Counselor Education & Supervision

Recent: Director of Psychological Health – U.S. Air force

Specialization: 25 years Working with:
•Individuals and Families from Special Ops forces and F-16 pilots returning home with PTSD
•Marriage and Family issues
•Chemical Dependency issues

Lauren Shields
Student Support Director for the School of Arts
Phone: (575) 492-2152 or (800) -530-4400, Ext. 2152
Building: Fadke Arts and Sciences

Dr. Danny Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
Campus Pastor/Assistant Professor of Christian Studies/Program Coordinator for Christian Studies and English/Director of the Calling and Servant Leadership Education Center (CASTLE)

Phone: 575-492-2164
Building: Scarborough Memorial Library Rom #110

Office Hours:
Varies by semester.  Call for appointment.

Ph.D. University of Wales at Spurgeon’s College, London UK in Theology
M.Div. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX in Theology
B.A. Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX in Applied Theology

Professional Highlights:
Senior Pastor for past 7 years
Adjunct Professor for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and Oklahoma Baptist University
President of Pastor’s Conference for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico, 2014 and 2015
Walter Thomas Conner Memorial Award for Academic Excellence – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Licensed and Ordained into the Gospel Ministry
Grant Recipient of the Network for Vocation and Undergraduate Education from the Lilly Endowment ($50,000).