Senate Leadership

Gaylene Fasenko, Faculty Senate Chair

Gaylene Fasenko is a Professor in the Animal and Range Science Department in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES).  She came to NMSU in 2010 to develop and teach undergraduate curriculum for a Companion Animal Program.  In 2016 she had an undergraduate minor in Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) approved.  The canine and feline focused classes in the HAI minor are designed for students who plan to pursue careers (such as criminal justice, psychology, social work) in which they may want to incorporate companion animals as working partners.  Gaylene has a Ph.D. in Physiology and her research interests involve exploring the interspecies psychological and physiological responses to the human-canine bond. Gaylene is a member of the NMSU Employee Council, and as a senator, served on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion standing committee, and the Senate Leadership Committee.


Jamie Bronstein, Faculty Senate Vice Chair

Jamie Bronstein is a professor in the Department of History, has been employed at NMSU since 1996, and has served on way too many committees to list here. Her teaching specializations are U.S. and British history, including such topics as Victorian Britain, Death in America, The Constitution in U.S. History, and African American History. Her wide-ranging research program includes labor- and working-class history and 20th-century New Mexico history; her most recent article, “Big Trouble in Little Texas: The Chicano Movement in Southern New Mexico” was published in the New Mexico Historical Review in 2020. She has also written six books, the latest of which, The Happiness of the British Working Class, an interdisciplinary study of the history of emotions in industrializing Britain, is forthcoming from Stanford University Press in 2022.