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


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

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

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

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).