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Northern Welcomes New Faculty


Northern welcomes seven new faculty members to campus this semester from biology and nursing to business and humanities.

In the college of Nursing and Health Sciences, Northern welcomes Dr. Darlene Hess, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the RN to BSN program. Hess has over 15 years of experience in nursing education and was directly involved in the original design of Northern’s RN to BSN program. She is a board-certified advanced holistic nurse and a health and wellness nurse coach. 

Also new to the college of Nursing and Health Sciences is Jot Kaur Khalsa, technical assistant professor of massage therapy and program coordinator. Khalsa is a graduate of Northern’s massage therapy program and has a M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University New England. She maintains private massage practice in Santa Fe and at Ojo Caliente.

Dr. Ivette Guzman joins the College of Arts and Sciences as assistant professor of biology with research interests in plant biochemistry. Guzman is a member of the American Society of Horticultural Sciences, the American Chemical Society, the Phytochemical Society of North America and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Mario Izaguirre-Sierra comes to the college from the Carnegie Institution for Science and has a doctoral degree from John Innes Centre and University of East Anglia in Norwich. His research interests include nuclear structure and plant development. Izaguirre-Sierra will serve as coordinator for the Undergraduate Research Experience course.

The College of Arts and Sciences also welcomes Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Tucker Brown, whose research interests include ritual studies, rites of passage, masculinities, spirituality and religion, research epistemologies, and recovery from alcoholism.

El Puente coordinator Dr. Patricia Perea officially continues her work at Northern as Assistant Professor of Humanities. She has a Ph.D in American Studies from the University of New Mexico and has taught courses in Africana, American, Chicano, Native American, and Women studies. 

Dr. Julian Barela will work as assistant professor of management in the Department of Business Administration. He has a doctorate in Business Administration from Argosy University Denver and ten years experience in government, academics, and not-for-profit organizations. 



Pictured: from left, Dr. Julian Barela, Dr. Yvette Guzman, Dr. Darlene Hess, Jot Kaur Khalsa, Dr. Tucker Brown, Dr. Mario Izaguirre-Sierra

(not pictured: Dr. Patricia Perea).