Advisory Board

Betsy Stringam

Dr. Betsy Bender Stringam is a Professor in the School of Hotel, Restaurant; Tourism Management. Dr. Stringam received her Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, her Master’s in Hotel and Food Service Management from Florida International University, and her doctorate from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Stringam recently completed an additional Master’s Degree in Educational Learning Technologies and a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning. Prior to her career in academics Dr. Stringam worked in the hotel, resort, and restaurant industries at both the corporate and property level. Dr. Stringam conducts research focused on hotel and resort management. Dr. Stringam’s research is widely published in academic journals, and in international hospitality industry publications. She is also the author of the book: A Profile of the Hospitality Industry. Dr. Stringam is a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer and Master Reviewer.

Jennifer Chandler

Jennifer Chandler has been employed by NMSU for the last 15 years. Her first 12 years were spent at University Communications and Marketing Services, working closely on advertising and marketing for NMSU. Her specialty was online, outdoor, and print marketing for student recruitment. For the last three years, she has worked for ICT Student Technology and Planning and is the manager of the department. Jennifer holds a Marketing degree from NMSU and is active in a number of university committees, including the OCIP Advisory Board and Employee Council. Jennifer is married to an NMSU alumnus and employee and has three active little boys. She enjoys anything Harry Potter and playing games with her family.

Douglas D. Cortes

Douglas D. Cortes, Ph.D., is a Tenured Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at NMSU. Dr. Cortes is the Principal Investigator of the Engineered Thermo-active Geomaterials Research Laboratory. His research interests include bio-inspired underground exploration, sustainable ground improvement, and energy geotechnics. Douglas’ believes that online geotechnical engineering courses and degrees are imperative to satisfy the increasing demand for professional development after graduation. By balancing classic topics with new discoveries, he seeks to provide quality post-graduate education to a new generation of civil engineers. Douglas is the recipient of the Ed Foreman Faculty Excellence Award. He is graduate of the New2Online (N2O) Program and has participated in NSF funded workshops for Distance Education in STEM.

Conni DeBliek

Conni DeBliek, is an Assistant Professor at the College of Health and Social Science in the School of Nursing. She has been a member of the OCIP board since 2017. Throughout the two years, she has been the spokesperson for the college, relaying information to CHSS college faculty. Her experiences involve taking professional development in online course design and teaching face-to-face and online through the Teaching Academy and OCIP, and become a Quality Matters Reviewer. She enjoys helping others when they have questions or concerns about online learning, and has enjoyed being part a member of the board, provided input and suggestions.

Jim Hoffman

Jim Hoffman, earned his bachelor of science degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he focused on business strategy and operations management. His research interests also include entrepreneurship, family business, value creation and assessment and health organization management.He taught courses in strategy, management, leadership and information systems for 15 years at Texas Tech, eventually serving as associate dean for MBA Programs and Executive Education. Prior to his time at Texas Tech, he taught at Florida State University.Jim was a professor and former associate dean in the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University prior to becoming the NMSU College of Business Dean in July 2014.

Morgan Iommi

Morgan Iommi, Ph.D., is the Associate director for teaching and learning of the NMSU Teaching Academy. She leads workshops and book groups that explore topics such as motivating students to enhance learning and principles for universal design. Morgan also assists faculty and staff in designing, developing, and delivering their own workshops on a variety of teaching and learning topics. Morgan comes to NMSU most recently from the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology at the University of Iowa, where she provided professional development for graduate students and post-docs. Morgan’s Ph.D. work was completed at The Ohio State University in communication studies, with a dissertation on motivational factors influencing instructor involvement in teaching development. She also earned a specialization in college and university teaching, while serving as a graduate teaching fellow who provided professional development for graduate students in The Ohio State School of Communication.

Kristin L. Kew

Kristin L. Kew, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration. Her areas of expertise are educational leadership, educational change and reform, systems change, and equity and social justice in education. She is currently conducting research in schools on the southwest border through an Emerging Scholars Grant she received. She is the Chair of the Educational Change Special Interest Group through the American Educational Research Association (AERA), past Editor for the Lead the Change Series, and past managing editor of the Journal of Educational Change.

Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza

Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza,

John Sandstrom

John Sandstrom, comes to the Advisory Board with over thirty years of experience in libraries, including stints in academic and public libraries as well as consulting services. He is currently an Associate Professor of the College Faculty and the Acquisitions Librarian on Main Campus. In addition to his work, he has continued his education with a BA in History, Masters of Library and Information Science, Masters of Public Administration, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership and Administration. In the past he has served as an adjunct in the Library Science program at DACC and still has a passion for online education and the integration of online facets in hybrid classes.
When he is not working, John is a weaver, musician, cook, and writer. He is also continually planning renovations to his 2000 square foot man cave.


Glen Throneberry, is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Before beginning his Ph.D., he received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from NMSU in May 2013. He is currently a research assistant in the Nonlinear Dynamics and Energy Harvesting Lab under the supervision of Dr. Abdelkefi, working on a project sponsored and funded by Army Research Labs. In addition, he has taught one semester of Introduction to Engineering (ENGR100), and interned with Chevron for three summers.

Henrietta Williams Pichon

Henrietta Williams Pichon, is serving as the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Administration in the Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership School in the College of Education at New Mexico State University. Her primary research interest focuses on the experiences of historically underserved students, faculty, and staff in higher education. Her current research strand employs the use of community ecology as a means of understanding the intersectionality of these experiences, especially at Hispanic Serving Institutions in the Southwest. She has taught in higher education for 25 years and has taught online since 2000 (using Blackboard, WebCT, Doodle, and Canvas). Here at New Mexico State University, she has attended countless professional development sessions/programs through OCIP and the Teaching Academy. She most recently won the Leading the Way Online Teaching Award. She was the Spring 2016 Rousch Teaching Award Recipient in the College of Education and the Distinguished Faculty of the Year. She twice presented at the Teaching with the Stars (2016, 2017) where she freely shared ideas of making online courses interactive. She continuously shares this developmental course with new faculty and graduate students upon request. She has a nationally certified Quality Matters certified course and completed QM metrics for anther course. She is a QM Peer Reviewer. Dr. Pichon enjoys engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning and looks forward to her time on the OCIP Advisory Board. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Louisiana Tech University and a Ph.D. in Education Administration (higher education) from the University of New Orleans.

OCIP Representatives

Beth Apodaca

Beth Apodaca, MA, works as an Instructional Consultant with New Mexico State University’s Online Course Improvement program (OCIP), mentoring faculty in the development and teaching of their online courses. She is also a Quality Matters certified Master Reviewer and APPQMR Facilitator. Beth has been teaching for over 25 years in K-12 and higher education, online since 2014. Beth graduated with a BFA in Art History and MA in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico, and is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration through NMSU.

Beth Apodaca

Susie Bussmann, the Director of Instructional Innovation and Quality (IIQ) at New Mexico State University. IIQ includes Distance Education, Online Course Improvement Program, and Academic Technology. IIQ supports faculty professional development for online course development and teaching. Her 32 years in education, spans K-20+ in the classroom, in professional development, and in online teaching and learning. NMSU Online is her current big project and passion. Dr. Bussmann received a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning, and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, all from New Mexico State University. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin.

Sandy Johnson

Dr. Sandy Johnson, Ph.D., has 25+ years as a professional educator. Her background spans the K-20+ spectrum with 18 years in the classroom (preschool, high school, and higher education) and 11years in providing professional development focused on quality in online education. She holds numerous degrees as well as Online Teaching and Learning and Blended Learning certifications. She has won the Online Teacher of the Year Award from Innovative Digital Education and Learning (IDEAL) with the State of New Mexico as well as the Online Teacher of the Year Award from her local school district. Dr. Johnson is a Quality Matters coordinator, facilitator, and Master Reviewer for online courses.
Dr. Johnson loves spending time with her husband of 43 years, two daughters (one a master teacher and one a research scientist), and two grandchildren ages 4 and 6. When there is spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading, and gold panning.

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