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NNMC Board of Regents Adopts Strategic Direction

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NNMC Board of Regents Adopts Strategic Direction

Strategic Direction 10-27-17- headerThe Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents unanimously approved the adoption of the College’s Strategic Direction document during their meeting on November 3, 2017.

The document is the result of input from over 140 faculty and staff members during two campus-wide strategic planning sessions held in November 2016 and February 2017.

The raw input was then synthesized by the College’s executive team and presented to the campus community for feedback, before being presented to the Board of Regents for adoption.

The Strategic Direction document represents the first step in the development of the College’s strategic plan. The next step will be the development of a staff and faculty-led implementation plan starting in January 2018.

Download the Strategic Direction document here.

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

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

Safety & Security Officer

September 3, 2017 -  Under the direct supervision of the Safety & Security supervisor, this position will provide security functions for the College that include physical security and safety of faculty, staff and students, facilities, and assets.  The incumbent will conduct highly visible campus patrols, inspections, and escort services as required; respond to all college related calls for assistance; initiate or assist in investigations of incidents as required or directed and must maintain confidentiality.  The incumbent may be assigned to work any shift which may include weekends and holidays at the Espanola or El Rito Campus.

Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled       Rate:  $10.10 per hour    FLSA:  Non-Exempt

Department:   Safety & Security       Job Type:  Regular/Full-Time


  • Maintain College Safety & Security needs of the college community;
  • Enforce all statutes and policies;
  • Contact emergency responders as required;
  • Investigate and report to supervisor all noted incidents, hazards and accidents in a timely manner;
  • Responsible for arming/disarming of alarms; record and report all alarm incidents to supervisor;
  • Work special events and college activities;
  • Provides escort services when requested;
  • Assist supervisor in monitoring security equipment and camera surveillance when directed;
  • Responsible to keep security vehicle and equipment clean & in working order;
  • Prepares daily activity logs and incident reports by the end of each shift; reports safety incidents to supervisor in a timely fashion;
  • Provide First Aid/CPR when requested/required;
  • Responsible for ensuring that the college is not left unattended without a security officer during the shift and must not leave shift until security officers arrive for shift change;
  • Responsible for daily locking and unlocking of all college property;
  • Conduct or assist with incident, accident or other investigations;
  • Patrol buildings and grounds of the college (interior and exterior) to ensure the safety and security of the physical structures and its permissible occupants;
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • One (1) year of experience in security or law enforcement.



  • Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License;
  • Must possess and maintain a good driving record;
  • Must be willing to work all shifts, including holidays;
  • Must be willing to work at either the Espanola or El Rito Campus;
  • Must maintain confidentiality.


  • Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions;
  • Ability to understand, follow, and enforce safety codes, regulations, and procedures;
  • Ability to successfully conduct security patrols without direct supervision;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to complete routine paperwork and prepare reports;
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle;
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and customer service orientation;
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations;
  • Skill in performing building security and lock procedures;
  • Skill in providing protection services to individuals on campus;
  • Ability to detect problems and report information to appropriate personnel;
  • Knowledge of basic computer programs including use of the Microsoft Office Suite and other industry- driven software;
  • Knowledge of access control of Avigilon Security Camera System;
  • Ability to assist supervisor to identify and gather evidence;
  • Ability to work with and maintain confidential information;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.


  • 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;
  • Frequent walking, running, climbing multiple staircases, bending and stooping;
  • Frequent moving and lifting up to 50 pounds;
  • Occasionally move and lift more than 50 pounds.

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

References will be contacted in conjunction with interviews.

Required application materials should be sent to:



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