AXED Faculty and Staff
Dr. Frank Hodnett - Department Head
Dr. Frank Hodnett began his career in 1988 with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service as the 4-H Agent in Roosevelt County in Eastern New Mexico. He served there for 12 years and his efforts revolved around traditional agriculture programs assisting with junior livestock projects for exhibition at the fairs. Frank coached many judging teams that were successful at the District, State and National level. He also coached shooting sports teams to State and National awards and has served as a state and national instructor in the hunting program. In addition, he conducted many school enrichment programs.
In 2000, Frank started working at the State 4-H Office as a youth development specialist in Agriculture and Natural Resources. He was responsible for curriculum development and program support in this area and also managed Livestock and Horse Schools. Frank was appointed 4-H Department Head in 2004, a position that he held until assuming the duties of this interim position.
Frank enjoys working with youth, agents, agriculture teachers and university students. He sees the best in others and strives to foster their strengths. Frank received his bachelors and masters degrees in Agriculture and Extension Education and his Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction, all from New Mexico State University.
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Dr. Thomas Dormody
Dr. Dormody is a Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education at New Mexico State University. He holds a BS in horticultural science from Oregon State University, a MS in vegetable crops from the University of California at Davis, and a Ph.D. in agricultural and occupational education from Cornell University. He has taught undergraduate courses in agricultural and technology teacher education, leadership and communications, and planning community educational programs. His graduate courses include research methods, advanced leadership, and the diffusion and adoption of agricultural innovations.
Dr. Dormody has researched problems related to secondary agricultural education and technology education programs, contributions of NMSU agricultural science and research centers to the mission, university teaching, and youth leadership development. He served as Agricultural and Extension Education Department Head for 14 years. He has provided national-level service to the American Association for Agricultural Education, Alpha Tau Alpha, and the National FFA Organization.
In New Mexico, Dr. Dormody donates time to FFA and 4-H programs and enjoys spending time with his wife Joan, daughter Sarah, and son Andrew. He is an avid runner and outdoorsman.
Dr. Dormody has received many awards including the Western Region American Association for Agricultural Education Distinguished Research Award, the Burlington Resources Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding University Teaching from NMSU, the Western Region Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences from the USDA. He was also named Author of the Year for the Journal of Agricultural Education and with the E. B. Knight Journal Award from NACTA.
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Dr. Brenda Seevers
Dr. Seevers holds the rank of professor. She has been a faculty member in Agricultural and Extension Education at New Mexico State University since 1991. She has a PhD in Agricultural and Extension Education from The Ohio State University and a BS and MS in Foods and Nutrition from Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio and Kent State University, Kent Ohio, respectively. Before obtaining her PhD, Dr. Seevers worked as a county extension 4-H agent in Saratoga Springs New York and a state 4-H Specialist in Laramie, Wyoming. She is the first author of the text book, Education Through Cooperative Extension. In the Department, Dr. Seevers teaches many different upper division graduate level classes including, Research Methods, Teaching Methods, Program Planning, Volunteer Management, Youth Programs and International Agricultural Development among others. Dr. Seevers also serves as the graduate program coordinator and oversees the International Development graduate minor.
Dr. Seevers is nationally recognized as a teacher and researcher. She has received numerous teaching awards including the USDA Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences, the NACTA Western Region Teaching Fellow and the NMSU Gamma Sigma Delta Distinguished Award for Graduate Teaching and Advisement. She has also received publication awards for outstanding research. Dr. Seevers currently serves as the Managing Editor of the Journal for International Agricultural and Extension Education.
In her spare time (what spare time?), Dr. Seevers enjoys doing things around her home, being with family and friends, playing with her two dogs (Molly and Doogie) and reading. One of her greatest loves is traveling around the world. She has traveled to every continent: North and South America, Europe, Asia, Antarctica and Africa with only Australia yet to go. She enjoys cultural activities such as museums and theater but also enjoys hiking and nature. She has taken a hot air balloon over the Masai Mara in Kenya, seen the ancient pyramids in Egypt and the ruins of Machu Pichu in Peru. She has ridden an elephant in Nepal and played with baby panda bears in China.
Dr. Seevers prescribes to the "Life is Good" philosophy "Do What you Like, Like What you do!" She loves teaching, working with students, family and friends and seeing the world.
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Dr. Carlos Rosencrans
Dr. Rosencrans is an Associate Professor for the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education at New Mexico State University. He holds a B.S., and a M.A., in Agricultural and Extension Education from NMSU, and received his Ph.D., from Iowa State University in Agricultural Education with a specialization in Extension Education.
Dr. Rosencrans has been a faculty member of the AXED Department for 23 years, and has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Professor Award in Agricultural Consumer & Environmental Sciences at NMSU for 2006 - 2007, the Western Region NACTA John Deere Teaching Award from the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture in 2002, and the Outstanding Young Member Award for the Western Region Association for Agricultural Education in 2002.
A former FFA and 4-H member, Dr. Rosencrans volunteers his time to both organizations, coordinating welding workshops for New Mexico 4-H, and serving as coordinator for the State FFA Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event each year. Dr. Rosencrans also coordinates and develops an annual Windmill Technology Workshop that garners attendance from students across the country.
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Dr. Adam Aldridge is a former high school agriculture education teacher from Winfield, AL where he taught for 10 years. During his time at Winfield City High School, Adam taught a variety of courses in his Agriculture program that ranged from Forestry to Agriculture Construction. Also, Adam advised a very active FFA chapter that participated in activities at the local, district, state, and national level. He truly enjoyed training a variety of FFA Career Development Event teams, especially Forestry and Land teams. Adam trained multiple state winning teams in the Forestry and Land CDE, and he had other successful CDE teams as well. Also, Adam has volunteered his time assisting with 4-H in North Alabama. He has trained Livestock, Forestry and Land teams for the local 4-H program.
Adam is excited about his position as an Assistant Professor in the AXED department, and the opportunity to help prepare future Agriculture teachers. Also, Adam is excited about working with the current and former Ag teachers in the state, and assisting with FFA/4-H events.
In his spare time, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife, Crystal, and two boys, Adan and Alex. Also, he enjoys several outdoor activities, but hunting is his favorite pastime.
Adam received his BS in Agriculture Information Science and Education and MS in Agricultural and Extension Education from Mississippi State University. He earned a PhD in Career and Technical Education from Auburn University.
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Dr. Dawn VanLeeuwen
Dawn M. VanLeeuwen began her NMSU career in 1993 as an assistant professor. She is currently a professor in the Department of Economics and International Business and has a joint appointment with the Agricultural Experiment Station. She teaches introductory and applied statistics and serves on numerous graduate student committees.
While her research has led to theoretical and applied statistical papers and presentations, her current research and creative activities focus on her many consulting collaborations. These collaborations have resulted in many journal articles, papers and presentations in a wide range of disciplines, and service on the aforementioned graduate student committees. Several papers arising from these collaborations have received national recognition, including the E. B. Knight Journal Award (NACTA), two Emerald Management Review Citations of Excellence for Practical Implications, and an Emerald Management Review Citation of Excellence for Readability.
Her service to the university community has included a term on faculty senate, a term on the graduate council, service on the college survey review committee, a term on the compensation committee, membership on the HRTM departmental promotion and tenure committee, membership on the AXED promotion and tenure committee, and several terms on the CAHE all-college conference planning committee. She also served several terms as treasurer, and then a term as president of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture. Her service to the College of Agriculture and Home Economics was recognized in 2006 with the college's Distinguished Service Award.
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Claudia Trueblood is the Director of the New Mexico Agricultural Leadership program (NMAL). The program is designed for people in the New Mexico food, agriculture and natural resources industries. NMAL aids participants in the development of leadership skills so that they can become stronger and more effective leaders in their industries and communities. NMAL provides participants with direct experiences and interactions with a variety of businesses, social settings and political environments, both domestically and internationally. Participants must be 25 years or older, New Mexico residents and involved in New Mexico agriculture.
Prior to being with NMAL, Claudia worked with the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces for twelve years ending with a two year term as Executive Director of Catholic Charities. Between 2012 and mid-2014 she served as Coordinator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education programs in the Department of Biology at NMSU.
Claudia’s educational background reflects her interest in multidisciplinarity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, a M.A. in Communication Studies from NMSU, and she is currently working on a M.S. in Water Science and Management. In addition, Claudia has an Academic Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University with an emphasis on Ethics in the Marketplace and has participated in various leadership seminars and trainings including a Catholic Leadership Development Program through the University of Notre Dame.
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Carmen G. Salinas
Carmen G. Salinas has worked at New Mexico State University for a total of 32 years in six different departments. She is currently serving as an Administrative Assistant for the Agricultural and Extension Education Department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
Carmen enjoys reading and traveling. She is a member of the Las Cruces Sister Cities Organization, whose sister is Lerdo, Mexico.
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Pam Robeson has worked at New Mexico State University for fourteen years, eight of those years serving as a Fiscal Assistant for the Agricultural & Extension Education Department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
In her free time, Pam enjoy the outdoors, gardening, caring for her animals, and spending quality time with family and friends.
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