Senate Leadership

Becky Corran, Faculty Senate Chair

Becky Corran is a first-generation college graduate and tenured Associate Professor of Public Health at Doña Ana Community College.  Since August of 2016, she has also served as the Department Chair for Humanities and Social Sciences, a department that includes sixteen disciplines and over 60 full and part time faculty. As a faculty member, she teaches courses related to personal and community health, health education, ethics and research. She has taught online and in-person, in the Aggie Pathway Program, and at three different DACC campuses, and has served as a board member and President of the New Mexico Association of Career and Technical Education.

As a Faculty Senator, Becky sponsored a number of propositions, including to increase community college faculty representation in the senate, for the academic reorganizations of three community campuses, as well as a memorial in support of students at risk for deportation.  She also served as the chair of the Senate’s Faculty Affairs committee, helping to revise the Promotion and Tenure policy (5.86-5.91) and pass updates to the Faculty Credentials (5.14).  Becky served several years as Vice-Chair of the NMSU Institutional Review Board, and in 2017-18 joined NMSU’s efforts to build Living and Learning Communities within the residence halls, as the Faculty-in-Residence in Garcia hall (along with about 800 first-year students.)

Becky’s time at NMSU/DACC has been focused on building relationships between NMSU and the community colleges; she has been a consistent advocate for faculty’s role in shared governance, while working collegially across boundaries and growing relationships with students, faculty and staff on all of NMSU’s campuses.

Julia Parra, Faculty Senate Vice Chair

Julia Parra is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and is the Coordinator for Learning Design & Technology Programs.  Her teaching specialization is in learning design and technology with focus areas of classroom technology integration, online course design, strategies and tools for online teaching and learning, and qualitative research.  The purpose of her research is to identify the most effective ways to teach and learn with technology and in digitally-enhanced or online learning environments.  She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Online Learning Consortium and is on the AMISTAD Family Services Board of Directors.  As a Faculty Senator, Julia has served on the Long Range Planning and Faculty Affairs Committees, as a member of the Senate Leadership Committee, and representative for the NMSU Online Taskforce.  For more about Julia, see