Skip to main content

Retired Faculty

Celia Lopez

Celia Lopez-Chavez

Retired Faculty, celialop@unm.edu

Celia Lopez-Chavez earned a Ph.D. in History and Geography, with a focus on Latin America, from Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. Celia teaches courses on Latin American cultures, including history, literature, cinema, music, women’s movements, and politics. She has been the director of Conexiones in Spain, and co-director of the College From the Rockies to the Andes. 

Rosalie Otero

Rosalie Otero

Emeritus Professor, otero@unm.edu

Rosalie C. Otero, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico. She earned a Ph.D. in English from UNM and served as the Director and Associate Dean of the Honors Program (now Honors College) from 1992-2013. Dr. Otero was elected to the National Collegiate Honors Council Board twice and elected President in 2002. She also served as President of WRHC twice. Dr. Otero is a member of the inaugural class of NCHC Honors Fellows and has served and chaired several NCHC committees including Assessment & Evaluation, Honors Semesters, Finance, Publication Board, and several conference planning committees. She has presented at many NCHC and WRHC annual conferences and has had a number of articles in NCHC publications as well as publications in her field. Dr. Otero has served as a facilitator for NCHC Assessment & Evaluation/Site Reviewers Training Institutes for several years and has been an honors programs/colleges reviewer of over 25 institutions. She has served as a consultant for institutions founding honors programs including the first honors program in Latin America. She is a reviewer for the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council and a member of the New Mexico Humanities Board of Directors. 

 

Ursula Shepherd

Ursula Shepherd

Emeritus Professor, ursula@unm.edu

Ursula Shepherd received her B.A. and M.A. in Social Sciences and Communication Arts from the University of the Pacific. She worked as a Personnel Manager in Silicon Valley for several years before returning to school to pursue a PhD in Ecology and Biogeography. She joined the faculty of the UNM Honors Program in 1998 and teaches interdisciplinary courses in natural history, ecology, biogeography genetics, history of science and writing about the natural world.

Research Interests: Her research interests include biological diversity at various scales and across taxa. She works in both desert and marine environments and focuses on microbial diversity as well as diversity of larger organisms. 

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Principal Lecturer, mthomas@unm.edu

Michael Thomas earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Washington. Mike has been the Faculty Advisor for Scholars Wing and Coordinator of the Honors College Conexiones College in Mexico. He taught courses on cultural anthropology topics, people and animals, writing, as well as legacies. He is also a novelist.