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ConocoPhillips Supports Engineering Students at Northern

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ConocoPhillips Supports Engineering Students at Northern

The Northern community and engineering students in particular love the Solar Energy Research Park and Academy (SERPA), which has blossomed as a state-of-the-art learning center, thanks in no small part to the generous support of ConocoPhillips.


Update November 2017:

Thanks to ConocoPhillips support in 2016, the computer laboratory in our High Tech building, Rm 123, has been fully upgraded. The lab, pictured left, is used by all engineering students and several key classes.

SERPA is home to Northern’s College of Engineering and Technology, which currently offers Bachelor’s and Associate degrees in Information Engineering Technology, Software Engineering and Electromechanical Engineering Technology.

With more than $70,000 in contributions from ConocoPhillips over the past five years, SERPA has made infrastructure improvements to classrooms and community spaces, building on its reputation as the most functional and aesthetic building on Northern’s campus.


Notably, every SERPA classroom now features SMART Board technology, providing enhanced interactive and collaborative learning environments for students. Besides seamlessly combining interactive whiteboard, computer and projector input, SMART Boards also record lecture material and allow students campus-wide to access that material outside of the classroom.

For engineering students taking a difficult freshman class, Introduction to Math for Engineering Applications, the funds have meant new equipment for hands-on robotics, motion, thermal, and solar experiments.

“First year engineering majors benefit greatly from these applied learning experiences, which result in better learning outcomes and increased first-year retention,” said Dr. Lopez, Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology. “I don’t want to say that the class is easier with the new equipment, but difficult mathematical concepts are easier to grasp with hands-on active learning equipment.”

In addition to the hardware and software, ConocoPhillips funds made the lobby and outdoor areas lively centers for student interaction, resulting in more students studying and spending time at SERPA. These improvements include lounge chairs, a sofa, and tables and chairs in the building’s lobby and classrooms, outdoor patio furniture, and stools for computer labs.

ConocoPhillips’ support of Northern’s engineering students through years of generous contributions has noticeably enriched the student experience at Northern.

“We are profoundly grateful for the support ConocoPhillips has provided to Northern students, “said Dr. Lopez, “and for the impact this support has had on a geographic area in northern New Mexico that has been historically underserved.”

Job Posting

Visiting Professor of Integrated Studies

September 28, 2017 - The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Northern New Mexico College invites applications for a nine (9) month, non‐tenure‐track visiting faculty position with a contract starting January 2018 to teach Humanities, Social Sciences, and Pueblo Indian studies courses in our unique B.A. in Integrated Studies program. This will be a one‐year appointment, with a possible one semester extension.

The ideal candidate will teach courses in an integrated program, typically Psychology and Humanities or perhaps Native American Studies, depending upon qualifications.

Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) is a public two‐year and four‐year degree granting institution founded in 1909 by the New Mexico Constitution. NNMC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. NNMC operates from two campuses in Espanola and El Rito and serves an average of 1,000 students per semester.


  • Teach four (4) courses per semester;
  • Attend departmental and college meetings;
  • Student Advising.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:Master’s degree with 18 graduate credit hours in Humanities, Psychology or American Indian Studies.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: a) Ph.D. in the areas sought, b) expertise in Counseling or Clinical Psychology, particularly in the area of addiction and/or multicultural counseling, c) one (1) year of teaching experience in Higher Education, d)experience in contexts of mental health treatment and experience in an integrated studies program.


  • Successful teaching experience or demonstrated ability (especially with culturally diverse students);
  • Interest in, or experience within integrative or inter‐disciplinary programs;
  • Knowledge of principle and indigenous methods for curriculum and training design;
  • Experience with a variety of teaching resources, media and technologies, including computer‐ aided instruction and/or online instruction technologies;
  • Ability to articulate and support the NNMC philosophy with a strong commitment to teaching and learning in an academic setting.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: A complete application must include 1) a letter of interest addressing required and preferred qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) copies of graduate transcripts, 4) three letters of recommendation (two of which focus on the applicant’s teaching ability and potential), and 5) a statement of teaching philosophy.

SALARY: Based on credentials and experience.

While the position will remain open until filled, interested applicants are encouraged to submit a complete application package by Friday, Oct. 9, 2017.

Required application materials should be sent to:

References will be contacted in conjunction with interviews and official transcripts should be requested upon acceptance of the interview.

Northern New Mexico College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Job Posting

Kitchen Assistant/Cashier

September 20, 2017 -  This position provides a general level of assistance within the Eagle Cafe.

Application Deadline:  open until filled

FLSA:  Non-Exempt      Job Type:  Temporary/Part-Time (30-35 hours per week)        Rate:  $10.00/hour


  • Greets customers, receives food orders;
  • Answer telephone and process call-in orders as necessary;
  • Receives and records cash and charge payments;
  • Prepares daily cash reports, balance the cash drawer, and submit daily deposits;
  • Fill all containers (e.g. condiments, utensils, drinks, etc.) and maintain throughout the service day;
  • Set up salad bar and maintain throughout the service day;
  • Wash dishes and utensils and ensure that they are stored appropriately;
  • Assist with cleaning food preparation areas, equipment and other kitchen tools and areas;
  • Sweep and mop floors as needed;
  • Assist with preparation of food orders as necessary;
  • Post specials on a daily basis;
  • Assist in stocking all deliveries;
  • Must maintain regular attendance;
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:  High School Diploma or GED.  Six (6) months' experience related to the duties and responsibilities listed.


  • Must possess a general knowledge of the workings of a service kitchen;
  • Ability to read and write;
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Account balancing skills;
  • Ability to calculate numbers;
  • Ability to maintain a high standard of cleanliness;
  • Ability to obtain State of New Mexico Food Handler’s Certificate;
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service.


  • Must adhere to a departmental dress code;
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than five (5) hours per day;
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions;
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  A complete application must include:  1) a letter of interest; 2) resume; 3) names/address/telephone numbers of 3 professional references.

Required application materials should be sent to:




Job Posting

Assistant Professor of Information Engineering Technology

Applications are invited for a tenure-track faculty position with a contract starting January 2018. The College of Engineering and Technology offers Bachelor degrees in Electromechanical Engineering Technology and Information Engineering Technology, Associate of Engineering degrees in Information Engineering Technology, Pre-Engineering and Software Engineering along with Certificate programs.


  • Develop, prepare and teach undergraduate courses in Information Engineering Technology (i.e. programming, web systems, applications for mobile devices, databases, cybersecurity, and computer networks);
  • Develop and maintain laboratories and facilities;
  • Participate in scholarly activities and serve on college committees;
  • Mentoring students in research and capstone projects;
  • Seek and apply to public and private fund opportunities;
  • Advise students regarding curriculum and career matters;
  • Assessment and evaluation of student outcomes;
  • Participate in recruitment and retention initiatives;
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups;
  • Ability to develop hands-on lab material in his/her own areas of interest (e.g., programming, web systems, mobile device applications, databases, cybersecurity, and computer networks);
  • Strong presentation and communication skills;
  • Commitment to adopt and implement industrial certification tracks, such as Cisco, VMWare, LPI, etc.;
  • Ability to advise and interact closely with students, engage in research, and participate in recruitment and retention efforts.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:  Master Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology or closely related field.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, or related field.

SALARY: Based on credentials and experience.

While the position will remain open until filled, interested applicants are encouraged to submit a complete application package by October 15, 2017.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  A complete application must include 1) a cover letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) unofficial transcripts conferring required or preferred degree, 4) a statement addressing the candidate’s teaching philosophy, 5) three letters of recommendations (two of which focus on the candidate’s teaching ability and/or potential and 6) names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three (3) professional references.

Required application materials should be sent to:

References will be contacted in conjunction with interviews and official transcripts should be requested upon acceptance of the interview.

Northern New Mexico College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Job Posting

Student Success Director

This position is responsible for the coordination of first-year student success and retention initiatives and requires collaboration directly with a variety of faculty and staff to design and implement activities and programs intended to promote academic success, student retention and persistence of college students and facilitates the development and implementation of student retention initiatives related to student success. In addition, this position participates in various college readiness, access and success initiatives such as First-Year Experience and New Student Orientation.

Date:  September 3, 2017                                           Position Title:  Student Success Director

Application Deadline:  The position will remain open until filled; however, applicants are encouraged to apply by September 20, 2017.

FLSA:  Exempt    Job Type:  Regular/Full-Time   Salary:  Commensurate with experience and education


  • Responsible for supervision of the Advisement Center, Academic Advisors and the First-Year Intrusive Advising Plan. This position provides supervision and works closely with academic advisors and the testing center staff to ensure that a proactive, developmental and student-centered approach is taken with all departmental functions;
  • Responsible for the day to day operations of the unit including planning and budget oversight;
  • Maintain the overall effectiveness of the program through hiring, supervision and evaluation of staff;
  • Serve as lead academic advisor in the Institutional Advisement Department and coordinates, prepares, and implements department-wide goals, procedures and controls;
  • Coordinate Fall and Spring New Student Orientation activities;
  • Provide training, technical assistance, and collaboration opportunities for faculty advisors;
  • Serve as an instructor for the First-Year Experience course (teaching up to two sections per semester) and assist with the recruitment, selection, training and support for other FYE faculty;
  • Oversee and coordinate the NNMC Early Alert system and Advisement Committee;
  • Provide direct supervision of the staff in Testing (HiSET, CLEP, AccuPlacer, and other); serve as a back-up proctor;
  • Participate in various campus committees related to student affairs/services, student success and retention, and strategic enrollment management;
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:  Bachelor’s Degree in education, psychology or a related field.  Three years (3) experience in academic advising, student affairs, or other related student services in higher education. Equivalent related experience may be substituted for education on a year to year basis.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:   Master’s Degree in education, psychology or a related field. Experience in personnel, supervision, and budget management.  Instructional experience in higher education. Experience working with multicultural populations. Experience working with Ellucian Banner Administrative Software (Native & Self-Service Banner).


  • Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License;
  • Must be willing to travel;
  • Successful completion of a defensive driving course is required within 60 days of employment.


  • Knowledge of college student development and student retention;
  • Knowledge of college policies and procedures;
  • Skill in the operation of computers and job related software programs;
  • Skill in decision making and problem solving;
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Knowledge of academic standards governing student probation, suspension, and/or expulsion;
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems;
  • Knowledge of student recruitment and retention issues;
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks effectively;
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet established deadlines;
  • Ability to provide quality customer service;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Skill in providing supervision and management.


  • No or very limited physical effort required;
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work is normally performed in a typical office environment. Work regularly requires more than 40 hours per week.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  A complete application must include:  1) a letter of interest, 2) resume, 3) copies of unofficial transcripts conferring degree, and 4) names, addresses, and phone numbers of (3) three professional references.

Candidates who are invited for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts.

References will be contacted in conjunction with interviews.

Required application materials should be sent to:




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