New Associate Director of Academic Success

Michelle Saenz-Adames was named the Associate Director of  Academic Success on November 1, 2012.  Michelle will provide leadership and oversight of UNIV courses, Student Success Center-Hardman’s outreach and internal academic support services, and provide support to grant writing initiatives.

Michelle is a native of New Mexico. She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from NMSU, and is currently completing her Dissertation study to receive a Ph.D. in Bilingual Special Education. She started her professional career in the public schools as a high school English teacher. During her tenure, she also supervised students in the development of the school’s yearbook and newspaper publications. She has taught with the NMSU Upward Bound TRiO program and UNIV 150 courses. She serves as a mentor to students in the ENLACE and Upward Bound Bridge programs.

More recently, Michelle has served as the Program Specialist for the Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education since 2007. In this role, she coordinated outreach and extension initiatives and served as a liaison to K-12 partners and community agencies in the state of New Mexico. As the Alliance Program Specialist, she implemented a series of initiatives that have not only impacted NMSU but also the State of New Mexico. Michelle continues to serve on several committees that focus on community, public school and higher education partnerships, with the goal of enhancing the educational experience of students and families in New Mexico.

Contributed by Anthony Marin

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