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AXED Faculty and Staff

Dr. Frank Hodnett - Department Head

Dr. Hodnett

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.

111 Gerald Thomas Hall
Phone: 575-646-4511
Email: fhodnett@nmsu.edu

Dr. Thomas Dormody

Dr. Thomas J. 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.

111 Gerald Thomas Hall
Phone: 575-646-4511
Email: tdormody@nmsu.edu

Dr. Brenda Seevers

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.

111 Gerald Thomas Hall
Phone: 575-646-4511
Email: bseevers@nmsu.edu

Dr. Carlos Rosencrans

Dr. 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.

100 Gerald Thomas Hall
Phone: 575-646-5960
Email: crosencr@nmsu.edu

Dr. Kristin Stair

Dr. Kristin Stair

Dr. Kristin Stair joined the Agricultural and Extension Education Department in June 2010. Before joining the department, Dr. Stair was a lecturer within the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education at North Carolina State University. She completed her doctorate at North Carolina State University with a dissertation focused on identifying the confidence levels and educational strategies of agricultural education teachers when working with students with special needs. Research from her dissertation topic has been published in the Journal of Agricultural Education, and has been the basis for several professional development workshops for teachers. She taught high school agriculture in North Carolina before completing her degree in 2009.

Dr. Stair was one of four agriculture teachers that advised one of the largest FFA Chapters in North Carolina. Her chapter achieved 100% membership and was ranked as a three-star program by the National FFA Organization. She also had students compete in FFA events at the state and national level and mentored national proficiency finalists, a national agriscience award winner and a national Agri-Entrepreneurship finalist.

As a former FFA member herself, Dr. Stair is passionate about training agriculture teachers to be successful in the total agricultural program comprised of FFA, SAE and high quality classroom instruction. Her primary focus within the department is working with the Methods of Teaching class and mentoring student teachers in the field.

Dr. Stair earned her B.S. in Agricultural Information Science and Education from Mississippi State University. Her M.S. in Agricultural Education and her PhD in Agricultural Education were both received from North Carolina State University.

100 Gerald Thomas Hall
Phone: 575-646-5960
Email: ksstair@nmsu.edu

Dr. Dawn VanLeeuwen

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.

103 Gerald Thomas Hall
Phone: 575-646-5960
Email: vanleeuw@nmsu.edu

Clay McCauley

Clay McCauly

Clay McCauley 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 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.

Clay received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from New Mexico State University. Clay’s professional career includes 4 years as the Ag Development Program Manager on the Ramah Navajo Indian Reservation, 11 years as the Regional Director for New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau and 4 years as an agency owner with Farm Bureau Financial Services.

Clay serves on local boards and volunteers for youth organizations to promote, develop and advocate for tomorrow’s Ag leaders and policy makers.

100 Gerald Thomas Hall
Phone: 575-646-6691
Email: claymc@nmsu.edu

Carmen G. Salinas

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.

111 Gerald Thomas Hall
Phone: 575-646-4511
Email: casalina@nmsu.edu

Pam Robeson

Pam Robeson

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.

100 Gerald Thomas Hall
Phone: 575-646-5960
Email: probeson@nmsu.edu