Language & Letters Faculty
Lori Frankin, MA
Chair, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Language & Letters
Associate Professor, English
Ms. Lori Franklin graduated from California State University in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in English Composition in 1989. She has always loved teaching and has been fortunate to have opportunities to teach composition, public speaking, and literature courses at several different colleges: Yakima Valley Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Bakersfield Community College, and Austin Community College.
For the last five years, she has been a full-time faculty member at Northern, teaching composition, literature, and speech courses, tutoring in the Writing Center, and developing service learning projects and programs. Aside from her teaching career, she is also the mother of three exceptional and beautiful children: Andres, Tomas, and Elena.
Pam Lapcevic, MA
Associate Professor, Language & Letters
Ms. Pamela Lapcevic holds a BA in American Studies from Bard College and an MA in Educational Leadership from New Mexico Highlands University. She also earned certification as a Child Care Worker (teenagers) through Rutgers University-Newark. She is a published photographer who worked closely with members of the Elders Circle of the Four Directions, International Indian Treaty Council, and American Indian Movement.
As an associate professor at Northern New Mexico College, Ms. Lapcevic teaches in Language & Letters and facilitates dialogue courses in the Humanities. She has developed a theme-based pedagogy that focuses on a holistic approach to Critical Education. Issues explored concern social, economic, and environmental justice; conscious global citizenry; sustainability; Natural World People’s rights; Natural Law; discovery of voice; and liberation from oppression. She is a recipient of the Ben Lujan Educational Leadership Fellowship.
Patricia Trujillo, PhD
Associate Professor, English
Director, Office of Equity and Diversity
Office: AD 105
Dr. Patricia Trujillo was born and raised in Española, NM. She earned a PhD in the U.S. Latina/o Literatures program at the University of Texas – San Antonio’s English Department. Additionally, she earned a Master's Degree in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Nebraska. She is the Director of Equity and Diversity and an Assistant Professor at Northern.
Prior to joining the Northern faculty, Dr. Trujillo worked as a faculty member at Colorado State University – Pueblo and as the assistant director of the Women’s Studies Institute at UTSA. Dr. Trujillo publishes stories and articles in several publications including The Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies, Ms. Magazine, Greenfire Times, as well as contributing chapters to many academic collections. Her most recent chapter appears in The Routledge Companion to Latina and Latino Literature (Routledge Press, 2012, bit.ly/1vjKujz). Dr. Trujillo's research interests include: Chicana Feminist literature, American Indian women's literature, Spatial Poetics, Food Justice, Consumption Studies, and the literature and culture of northern New Mexico.
Heather Winterer, PhD
Associate Professor, Humanities
Dr. Heather Winterer received her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she held the Schaeffer Fellowship for Poetry, and her MFA in Poetry from Columbia University School of the Arts. Her book, The Two Standards is part of the Mountain West Poetry Series, Colorado Center for Literary Publishing. Ten poems from her new manuscript, Art’s Garage, won the 2010 Iowa Review Prize for poetry. S
She has also won the Literal Latte and the Tusculum Review prizes for poetry. Her publications include such national literary journals as American Poetry Review, Fence, Colorado Review, Interim, and many others. She has been an Associate Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences for five years.