Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Hwiman Chung

Department Head

Hwiman Chung earned his Ph. D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Masters at Michigan State University. He worked as an account executive at an advertising agency for 6 years and handled clients ranging from Airlines to Computer companies. His research interest is in e-commerce, with an emphasis on interactive advertising strategy. His projects have explored online consumer behavior and media usage, effectiveness of web ads, perceived intrusiveness of rich media, measuring Internet access, and the impact of sponsorship on perceived credibility of Web sites. He teaches introduction to advertising, advertising media planning, creativity and copy writing, mass communication research method, and interactive advertising courses at New Mexico State University. Dr. Chung is a member of the American Academy of Advertising (AAA) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication ( AEJMC).

Tel:  (575) 646- 7674

Dr. Mary Lamonica

Associate Professor

Dr. Mary Lamonica is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at New Mexico State University. Prior to coming to NMSU in August 2005, Lamonica worked as a professor at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, where she was tenured, and at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  Her Ph.D. is from Michigan State University and her B.A. and M.A. are from the University of Miami. Her research areas are media law and media history, with an emphasis on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century media history. She publishes under the name Mary M. Cronin. Lamonica’s media work includes stints at newspapers in Miami, Florida; Asbury Park, New Jersey; and Lawrence, Massachusetts. She also has worked for a computer magazine in Florida, the first online version of the Miami Herald and for public radio in Washington State. Lamonica also freelanced to national magazines and regional newspapers. She has a wonderful teenager, a broadcaster husband, and several pets from the shelter. A life-long Red Sox fan, she will never support the New York Yankees.

Tel: (575) 646-4638
Email: mlamonic@nmsu.edu

Dr. Roger P. Mellen

Associate Professor

Dr. Roger P. Mellen, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Broadcast Journalism at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is responsible for teaching Broadcast Studio Operations, Television Reporting, History of Mass Media, Mass Media Ethics, Radio & TV Scriptwriting and Announcing, Mass Communication Law and other classes. With Mellen’s broadcast news experience, he works with the students who produce News22 on the local public television station. Mellen has worked in television news, online journalism and radio, including as: Senior Producer/Writer, WJLA-TV. Washington, DC; Assistant News Director, WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, PA; Newscast Producer, WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC;, Assignment Editor, WJBK-TV, Detroit; Newscast Producer/Assignment Editor, WKZO-TV (WWMT), Kalamazoo, MI; Newscast Producer, WVUE-TV, New Orleans; Tape Editor, Writer, Tape Operations Manager, Satellite News Channel, Stamford, CT; Tape Editor, Video Journalist, CNN, Atlanta; and Associate Producer (Reporter, Anchor, Photographer, Editor) WSKG-TV, Binghamton, NY. His work has won many awards, including Associated Press, UPI, and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Regional Emmy) best newscast. His B.A. is in Broadcast Journalism from Hampshire College, his M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Denver, his Ph.D. is in American History from George Mason University.

Tel: (575) 646-7658
Email: rpmellen@nmsu.edu

Lourdes Cardenas

Assistant Professor

Lourdes Cardenas has been a bi-national journalist for more than 25 years working as an editor, producer, correspondent and reporter for American and Mexican media in print, television and online publications. Her working experience includes being a producer for the CNN bureau in Mexico City, being editor for Al Día, the Spanish publication of The Dallas Morning News, as well as being founder and editor of SomosFrontera.com, an online Spanish publication of El Paso Times. She also worked for Mexico newspapers El Universal and La Jornada. She has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. She was a 2001 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She has taught journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her research and teaching interests focus on the impact of violence and drugs across the US-Mexico border; immigration and the changing face of America; the Hispanic press in the United States and the impact of new media and new technologies in journalism.

Tel:  (575) 646- 4405
Email: lcarden1@nmsu.edu

Bruce Berman

Assistant Professor

Bruce Berman has been a professional photographer for almost four decades. He has always worked in what some have called, “The Concerned Photographer,” style of photography. His initial documentary projects were in Chicago where he photographed Appallachian migrants to the big city, Black Panthers during the tumultuous 1960’s and the gritty street life of Chicago in its Rust Belt years. His main work for the past twenty six years, however, has concentrated on the United States/Mexico border, particularly the narrow stretch of land that encompasses El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico.

Tel:  (575) 646-7659
Email: brucini@nmsu.edu
Nick Miller

College Assistant Professor and News22 Director

Nick Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Arkansas. He also earned a Masters Degree in Speech Communication from the University of Arkansas and Masters in Geography from Marshall University. After completing his BA, he spent three years in the United States Marine Corps then embarked on a career as a broadcast journalist. During his thirty-year career he worked at television stations in Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, West Virginia and El Paso, Texas. In his last broadcasting job he anchored the news at El Paso’s NBC affiliate for seventeen years. His current job is Director of News22, the student produced television newscast that airs on KRWG-TV, the PBS affiliate on the NMSU campus. He also teaches classes in writing for broadcast and media and society.

Tel: (575) 646-7349/3030
Email: nickmil@nmsu.edu

Professor Emeriturs

Dr. Frank Thayer


Dr. Thayer is a New Mexico native whose three degrees are all from New Mexico State University. He has worked as a reporter-photographer, newspaper editor, as an advertising copy writing and public relations writer. The major part of his career has been in journalism education, with 11 years in Canada and over 21 years at NMSU. He has published three journalism textbooks, and his teaching concentration is in news writing, editing, public opinion and propaganda.

Tel: (575) 646-5048
Email: fthayer@nmsu.edu

Adjunct Professors

Pam Porter

College Assistant Professor

Pamela Porter, college assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, remains a working journalist who regularly contributes to regional and national publications and has already traveled a great many of the back roads of New Mexico while unearthing information for freelance stories and gathering images for the books, “Houses in Time,” a study of New Mexico’s history through its architecture, and “Ghost Towns Alive,” which visits 70 haunting locations. Porter has been a newspaper reporter and shooter, PBS and Folklife Festival publicist, and contributor to magazines including Sunset, New Mexico Magazine, Preservation, Southwest Art, New Mexico Journey and Natural History.  Hired as a working professional by former department heads and mentors, Steve Pasternack and Frank Thayer, Porter has taught a number of writing, photography and multimedia courses; she offers up-to-date guidance, media contacts and references to students eager to be published. She’s currently teaching news/feature writing and media design. This professor is co-adviser for the department’s Photojournalism Club and accompanies students on shooting trips, photography lectures and exhibitions each semester.

Tel: (575) 646-6082
Email: pporter@nmsu.edu

Visiting Faculty

Nancy M. Hamilton

Visiting Professor

An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, Nancy M. Hamilton, APR, is the former owner and CEO of a public relations agency in the Midwest that provide strategic communications solutions to Fortune 50 and 100 clients and to key not-for-profits. Author of two books on writing and several others as ghostwriter, she has been a marine writer and editor, and a photographer, for several decades, selling to media worldwide. In her secondary field of applied anthropology, she is believed to be the first working journalist to use the terms ethno-journalism and ethno-photjournalism for her work as a writer-photographer in Europe and North America. A long-time university and community-college faculty member, she is a visiting professor at NMSU and teaches the public relations sequence and journalism courses.

Tel: (575) 646-5911
Email: archer1@nmsu.edu


Office Staff

Nancy Howell

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Nancy Howell is Secretary/Administrative Assistant for the Journalism and Mass Communications Department. She provides administrative and department support, including preparing and maintaining files, correspondence, program materials and applications to relevant courses, programs, faculty and students. Nancy began working at NMSU in 1999 in the Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office. She grew up in  Tacoma, Washington moved to Alamogordo, NM  in 1970.

Tel: (575) 646-4403
Email: nanhowel@nmsu.edu