Author Archives: Daniel J. Howard

Kudos to the NMSU Teaching Academy

On Monday, April 30, I, along with many faculty in the NMSU system, attended the Teaching Academy Gala. As always, it was a delightful event, and it was an honor to participate, say a few words, and partner with Tara Gray in giving out several awards to very deserving faculty from across the NMSU system….
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Activity Report for Week of April 28 – May 4

On Monday, April 30, I attended the Teaching Academy Gala. As always, it was a delightful event that recognizes faculty and staff members who have gone above and beyond to become better teachers or to support others as they have worked to become better teachers. In my comments at the beginning of the event, I…
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WALF 2018

I attended my last meeting of the Western Academic Leadership Forum (WALF), which was held in Vancouver, Washington, last week. WALF brings together chief academic officers from across the western United States to discuss the wide range of issues and challenges confronting higher education in our region. We touched on many topics during the two…
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Activity Report for Week of April 21 – April 27

I spent most of the week at my last meeting of the Western Academic Leadership Forum. The keynote speaker for the conference was Claude Steele, a prominent social psychologist and administrator who has done seminal work on stereotype threat. Dr. Steele did a marvelous job of summarizing many years of research on stereotype threat and…
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An Early Graduation Ceremony

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of delivering the keynote address to the American Indian Program Spring Graduation Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony celebrated students who have participated in the American Indian Program at NMSU and will be graduating this spring. It was a very meaningful event (great job Michael Ray and Britney Stout!), and…
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Activity Report for Week of April 14 – April 20

On Thursday, April 19, I gave my last talk at the Teaching Academy. It has been a special honor to give many talks at the Academy over the years, and I am very grateful to Dr. Tara Gray and her staff for their good work in helping our faculty succeed in the classroom and beyond….
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General Education News at NMSU

The New Mexico State University General Education Taskforce has largely finished its work, which over the past few months has concentrated on bringing NMSU’s general education curriculum in line with the new state requirements scheduled to go into effect in the fall of 2019. The curriculum model that will be recommended to the Faculty Senate…
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Activity Report for Week of April 7 – April 13

On Monday morning, April 9, I met with a team of senior administrators and the Chancellor to discuss progress on projects we are trying to complete before June 30th of this year. During this meeting I discussed the work of Team 6, the outcome of the Vice President for Research search, and progress on the…
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Writing to Think

When I arrived at my undergraduate institution more than 40 years ago, choosing a major was easy for me. I was fascinated by biology, thanks in no small part to Mr. Bailey, a wonderful teacher at my small high school, and I was fairly certain that as a science major I would not be asked…
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Activity Report for Week of March 31 – April 6

The most important event of last week for me was the meeting of the Board of Regents. The meeting began with a discussion of the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support (CAASS) and University 150 courses. Eventually, we moved on to a presentation of the university’s budget for fiscal year 2019. Among the topics…
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