Department Chair, Language and Fine Arts
Education: I earned my B.A. in Journalism from University of Oregon and an M.F.A. in English-Creative Writing from New Mexico State University.
Background: I first moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2006, and immediately fell in love with the state, especially the people and the outdoors. I began teaching that year as a graduate student in English at NMSU. Since then, I have moved around quite a bit but have continued teaching writing and English. I lived overseas in Budapest, Hungary for two years, teaching at an international university there, then I worked at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana for five years, teaching composition and creative writing. In 2018 I returned to Las Cruces, where I briefly worked as an academic advisor at NMSU, before coming here to ENMU-Ruidoso in the fall of 2019. I currently teach composition and literature courses.
About me: In addition to teaching, I write and publish fiction in literary magazines and online journals. I love to swim and to hike and camp, so I’m very excited to be here at the gateway to the Lincoln National Forest. When I first went to college, I was a biology major and did pretty poorly. It wasn’t until I found journalism and writing that I became suddenly passionate about school. And yet, I nowadays wish I could go back and try those science classes again, because I’m sure I’d find them interesting. I think this is one of the most important aspects of being a college student: keeping an open mind and looking for interesting ideas and information in all classes. But it’s also important to seek out your passions in your coursework. I really love teaching writing and literature classes not just because I’m passionate about them, but because they allow students to open up to one another, to discuss important ideas, and to learn more about the world around through readings and discussions. I view creative expression and the ability to come up with unique ideas as two of the most important skills in college and out there in the real world, so I’m thrilled to be teaching classes that value and teach these skills.