Dr. Enrico Pontelli : Dean

Dr. Enrico Pontelli


Dr. Enrico Pontelli – is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at NMSU. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science  at New Mexico State University in 1997. In the same year, he joined New Mexico State University as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. He was promoted to Full Professor in 2005; he was granted the title of Distinguished Achievement Professor in 2012 and a Regents Professorship in 2014. He served as Head of the Department of Computer Science from 2009 to 2014.

Dr. Pontelli's research interests are in the general areas of artificial intelligence, high performance computing, bioinformatics and assistive technologies. He is the recipient of a NSF Career award. He authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications. He served as member of the executive committee of the Association for Logic Programming, one term as vice-president of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computers and Accessibility and he is currently a member of the editorial board of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing. He has raised as principal investigator over $15M in research funding over the years.

Dr. Beth Pollack : Associate Dean for Academics

Dr. Beth Pollack

Associate Dean for Academics

Dr. Beth Pollack served as Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences during the spring semester. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University, C.W. Post Center of Long Island University and the University of California, Santa Barbara with a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures. She has been at New Mexico State University since 1988, and served as Academic Department Head of Languages and Linguistics from 1997 to 2007. She has served twice as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Spanish MA Program.

Dr. Pollack was on the Faculty Senate for six years. She also served on the College of Arts and Sciences Planning Committee and is currently in her second term as a member of the College Faculty Affairs Committee. Her research areas are contemporary Latin American minority fiction and literary translation (both prose and narrative). In June 2010, she was a resident artist at the Banff International Literary Translation Centre the only residency program for literary translators in North America.

Dr. Jim Murphy : Associate Dean for Research

Dr. Jim Murphy

Associate Dean for Research

Jim Murphy is the husband of one and father of three. He and his family arrived in Las Cruces in August 1998 when he started as an Associate Professor in the Department of Astronomy. He was promoted to the Associate rank in 2004, and to the Full rank in 2016. He served as Astronomy Department Head from August 2005 through July 2011. His scholarship/research is focused upon the weather and climate of Mars, for which he employs measurements returned by spacecraft and also computer models of Mars’ atmosphere. He has been involved in several Mars robotic exploration spacecraft missions. He earned his PhD (1991) and MS (1986) in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, and his BS in Meteorology (1984) from Texas A&M.