Our Faculty and Staff

Department Head



Hwiman Chung, Ph.D. – Professor – Department Head

Hwiman Chung earned his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master’s at Michigan State University. He worked as an account executive at an advertising agency for six years and handled clients ranging from commercial 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 websites. He teaches introduction to advertising, advertising media planning, creativity and copy writing, mass communication research methods, 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

Email: hchung@nmsu.edu


Tenure-Track Faculty


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Bruce Berman, M.A. – Associate 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 Appalachian migrants to the big city, Black Panthers during the tumultuous 1960s 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 Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Mr. Berman studied photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and also earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma.


Tel:  (575) 646-7659

Email: brucini@nmsu.edu


Mary Lamonica, Ph.D. – Associate Professor

Mary Lamonica is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at New Mexico State University. Prior to coming to NMSU in August 2005, Dr. 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. Dr. Lamonica’s media work includes stints at newspapers in Miami, Florida; Asbury Park, New Jersey; and Lawrence, Massachusetts. She also 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 for 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


Roger Mellen, Ph.D. – Associate Professor

Roger P. Mellen is an associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is responsible for teaching video production, television reporting, mass media history, mass media ethics, radio and TV scriptwriting and performance, and mass communication law, among other courses. With Mellen’s broadcast news experience, he works with the students who produce News22 on the local public television station. Dr. Mellen has worked in commercial television news and online journalism. His industry experience includes: Senior Producer/Writer, WJLA-TV. Washington, DC; Assistant News Director, WHTM-TV, Harrisburg, PA; and Newscast Producer, WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC. Mellen has also worked as an assignment editor and video journalist at local television stations around the country and at CNN and SNC. His work has won many awards including Associated Press, UPI, and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Regional Emmy) for best newscast. His B.A. is in broadcast journalism from Hampshire College, his M.A. is in mass communications from the University of Denver, and his Ph.D. is in American history from George Mason University. Dr. Mellen’s scholarly research explores the Virginia colonial origins of the free press clause of the First Amendment. Learn more about Dr. Mellen’s research here.

Tel: (575) 646-7658

Email: rpmellen@nmsu.edu


College-Track Faculty


News22 News Director Nick Miller. (photo by Harrison Brooks)

Nicholas Miller, M.A. – College Assistant Professor and News22 Director

Nick Miller received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arkansas. He also earned a master’s degree in speech communication from the University of Arkansas and a master’s in geography from Marshall University. After completing his B.A, he spent three years in the United States Marine Corps before embarking on a career in broadcast journalism. 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, Mr. Miller 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

Hugo PerezHugo Pérez – College Assistant Professor and Spanish News22 Director

Hugo Pérez received bachelor’s degrees in both journalism and Spanish from New Mexico State University in 1993 and is currently finishing his M.A. in Spanish literature at NMSU. He has worked in commercial and public television, primarily as a television news photojournalist in New Mexico and Texas. In 1999, he transitioned to the PBS affiliate, KRWG-TV, and the NMSU journalism department. During this period he helped produce six documentaries in New Mexico, Albania and Croatia, including the documentary “El Favor de los Santos,” which won the first regional Emmy for KRWG-TV and NMSU. Mr. Pérez has presented professional media and broadcast training workshops in Albania and to the faculty and students of the University of Zagreb in Croatia. In 2006, Mr. Pérez began work with the Belo Border Bureau (KHOU-11), covering news stories on the U.S.-Mexico border and the interior of Mexico, where he and Angela Kocherga covered news stories related to drug cartel violence and other border topics. Pérez is the recipient of three regional Emmy awards from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, and two national videography awards from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is currently a college assistant professor in the NMSU journalism department where he teaches courses in field news videography, digital editing and studio production.

Tel: (575) 646-1741

Email: huperez@nmsu.edu

Darren Phillips, M.A. – College Assistant Professor and Publisher of Kokopelli

Darren Phillips received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San José State University and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri. He also holds a certificate in multimedia storytelling from Maine Media College in Rockport, Maine. Mr. Phillips worked professionally for 20 years as an editorial photographer, reporter and copy editor. He worked for newspapers in California, New York and South Africa before arriving at NMSU in 2001, where he spent 15 years as the chief photographer on staff in the University Communications and Marketing Services department. His work has appeared in publications across the U.S. and abroad including The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Nature and Forbes. Mr. Phillips teaches courses in multimedia, media design, news writing and news editing, and serves as the faculty adviser and publisher for Kokopelli, an online news publication produced by NMSU journalism students.

Tel: (575) 646-2260

Email: darrenp@nmsu.edu


Professor Emeritus



Frank Thayer, Ph.D. – Professor Emeritus

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, and 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 Faculty


Alex Hinojosa, M.A. – Adjunct Instructor

Alex Hinojosa is a tenure-track instructor at El Paso Community College. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from UTEP in 2008 and then headed west to Los Angeles where she interned for the Los Angeles Business Journal and worked as a public relations writer while earning her master’s degree in journalism at the University of Southern California. In 2010 she returned to El Paso where she began reporting for the El Paso Times.

From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Hinojosa was one of two education reporters for the newspaper where she reported on El Paso’s nine school districts. She also assisted in reporting on the infamous EPISD cheating scandal. As a result of her reports, Ms. Hinojosa received the 2013 School Bell Award from the Texas State Teacher’s Association. In addition, Ms. Hinojosa was part of the El Paso Times presidential coverage team during President Obama’s visits to the Sun City and Fort Bliss in 2011 and 2012.

Ms. Hinojosa continues reporting today as a freelance journalist for the El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso Inc., and other publications. During her freelance career she has reported on presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein. In February 2016, Ms. Hinojosa reported on Pope Francis’ visit to Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, for the El Paso Herald-Post. Additional achievements include reporting for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal in 2017.

Email: ahinojos@nmsu.edu

Sylvia Ulloa, M.A. – Adjunct Instructor

Sylvia Ulloa is a longtime journalist with 25 years of editing experience. She started her career as a copy editor at The Salinas Californian before moving to the copy and design desks at the San Jose Mercury News. She worked for several years at the El Paso Times and was managing editor of the Las Cruces Sun-News from 2013 to 2017. She is currently a multimedia journalist at the online news outlet New Mexico in Depth. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San José State University, and a master’s degree in arts and culture writing from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

 Email: sulloa@nmsu.edu




Office Administration


Carol Gray – Administrative Assistant

Carol Gray is a New Mexico native. She was born in Albuquerque, grew up at White Sands Missile Range, graduated from Mayfield High School, and is an alumna of New Mexico State University.  Ms. Gray recently moved back to New Mexico after spending 17 years in central Texas where she worked her way up to Director of Business Services at Central Texas College. She has several years of management and administrative experience, and enjoys spending her time off with her children and two grandchildren.


Tel: (575) 646-1034

Email: cjgray@nmsu.edu

Racheal Tovar – Student Aide                                                                                                                              

Racheal Tovar considers New Mexico her home state, even though she was not born here. She graduated from Santa Teresa High School in 2000. She grew up in a military family and married into the military as well, so she has always been on the move. She has lived in California, Spain, Germany, Texas, Arkansas and finally settled back down in New Mexico. Ms. Tovar is currently working on a bachelor’s degree in geography with a specialty in geography information systems and technology.

Tel: (575) 646-1034

Email: siren01@nmsu.edu