CoE Faculty & Staff

Offices and Contact Information

Dr. Sandra Rodriguez, Interim Dean, College of Education

General inquiries: Dolores Martinez-Salazar: (505) 747-5431 or

AA, BA, ALP admissions: Dr. Ruth Hidalgo, (505) 747-5462,

TESOL and Bilingual Education Admissions: (505) 747-2194

CoE Faculty Advisors

Rose Cavalcante, PhD

All academic programs

Ruth Hidalgo, PhD
All academic programs

Sandra Rodriguez, PhD / Dean, College of Education

Dr. Sandra Rodriguez, PhD
Interim Dean, College of Education

Office: TEC 203

Rose Cavalcante, PhD / Associate Professor

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Assistant Professor
TEC 206

Dr. Rose Cavalcante was born in Sao Paulo Brazil. She started her higher education studies in Brazil as a medical student, and completed her BA in psychology and her MS and PhD in the area of School Psychology at Indiana University.

After finishing her doctorate, Dr. Cavalcante returned to Brazil where she was a professor at the Federal University of Sao Carlos and the Catholic University of Campinas. Dr. Cavalcante also complete a post-doctoral specialization in Cognitive Therapy through the Institute of Cognitive Therapy of Sao Paulo. Dr. Cavalcante practiced in Brazil as a clinical and school psychologist in addition to her teaching in higher education.

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Dr. Cavalcante arrived at NNMU in 2007 to serve as faculty and as the Director of the Alternative Licensure program (ALP). She was the ALP director for a year and then assumed a full time assistant faculty position in the COE. Dr. Cavalcante teaches in the area of Educational psychology, Special Education, Classroom management and early childhood education. Dr. Cavalcante has served in many institutional committees and currently is the chair of the tenure committee. She is also a member of the NNMU Institutional review board (IRB) and has served for several years as a faculty senator.  Dr. Cavalcante has served the College of Education (COE) as an Interim Assistant Dean from January to June of 2014. She also represents NNMU as a member of the NM Early Childhood Higher Education Task Force.

Dr. Cavalcante is a licensed Diagnostician and School Psychologist in the state of NM and also posses a School Psychologist National Certification (NCSP), provided by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).  She currently is the president of the NM Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Cavalcante is an Associate professor at the COE. She provides consultation to public school districts in the areas of  student socio-emotional functioning and mental health and well-being.

Ruth Hidalgo, PhD / Assistant Professor/Coordinator, Field Experience & Placements

Ruth Hidaglo, PhD
Assistant Professor/Coordinator, Field Experience and Placements
TEC 204

Dolores Martinez-Salazar / Adminstrative Assistant

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Administrative Assistant
College of Education
TEC 201

Dolores Martinez-Salazar earned her Associate Degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from Northern New Mexico College. She has worked at Northern for 11 years and is currently  the Administrative Assistant for the College of Education. Ms. Martinez-Salazar has worked for the Dean of Planning and Special Projects, the Office of the Registrar, Admissions and the College of Engineering and Technology.

Prior to joining Northern, Ms. Martinez-Salazar worked at Tim Salazar Fairview Elementary, the State Department of Education (SDE), the College of Santa Fe, and as Secretary for Senator Carlos Cisneros.

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