School of Arts & Sciences Faculty

Daniel Castillo, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of Arts & Sciences

P: 575-492-2135
B: Tucker Business Building, Room 120
Office Hours: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and by appointment on Friday.

Ph.D. UACIT, San Jose, Costa Rica
MBA, National University
BA, UNADECA, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Kenneth Brown, MFA, MA
Assistant Professor

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

Office Hours:
Call for appointment


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


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:
Call for appointment

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

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

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

Elyn Palmer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English

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)


Katy Rasco
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (575) 492-2152 or (800) -530-4400, Ext. 2152
Building: Fadke Arts and Sciences