Hwiman Chung, PhD – Professor – 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
TENURED AND TENURE TRACK FACULTY
Bruce Berman – 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 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
Mary Lamonica, PhD – 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
Roger Mellen, PhD – Associate Professor
Roger P. Mellen, Ph.D. is Associate 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 Video Production, Television Reporting, History of Mass Media, Mass Media Ethics, Radio & TV Scriptwriting and Performance, 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; and Newscast Producer, WCNC-TV, Charlotte, NC. Mellen has also been 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) 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. Mellen’s scholarly research explores the Virginia colonial origins of the free press clause of the First Amendment. You can see more on his website at http://web.nmsu.edu/~rpmellen/.
Tel: (575) 646-7658
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
COLLEGE TRACK FACULTY
Nicholas Miller – College Assistant Professor & News 22 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
Hugo Pérez earned bachelor’s degrees in 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 while working 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 received the first regional Emmy for KRWG-TV and NMSU. Perez has traveled to Southeastern Europe, presenting professional media & broadcast training workshops in Albania and to the faculty & students of the University of Zagreb in Croatia. In the 2006, Perez 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 Department of Journalism, teaching Field News Videography, Digital Editing and Studio Production classes.
Tel: (575) 646-1741
Darren Phillips- College Assistant Professor & Editor of Kokopelli
Darren Phillips earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from San José State University and his M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri. He also holds a certificate in multimedia storytelling from Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. Phillips has worked professionally for 20 years as an editorial photographer, with early-career stints as a reporter and copy editor. Phillips 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. Phillips teaches courses in multimedia, media design, and news writing, and now serves as a faculty advisor and editor for Kokopelli, an online publication produced by NMSU journalism students.
Tel: (575) 646-2230
Frank Thayer, PhD – 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, 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
Pam Porter – College Assistant Instructor
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
Chris Faivre – College Instructor
Born in New York, raised in Albuquerque but a resident of Las Cruces for over 20 years, Chris Faivre has a developed a passion for Las Cruces and has spent the last decade promoting it to the world. As a graduate of New Mexico State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, Chris has spent the last 10 years as the Media/Publications Manager for the Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau. During that time, he has worked with travel writers from around the world to generate over $2 million in free media exposure for Las Cruces as a leisure and meetings destination. Chris has over seen the branding efforts of the bureau including the coordinating of the CVB advertising and marketing efforts. Chris has also worked extensively in establishing the bureau’s network of websites which receives over 300,000 visits per year. In addition to his work at the CVB, he servers as a part-time Journalism instructor at NMSU. Chris is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the Public Relations Society of America as well as a board member of the White Sands International Film Festival. He is married and has to two young boys.
Tel: (575) 642-1469
Racheal Tovar – Interim Office Administrator Tel: 575.646.1034 / Email: email@example.com