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.


Karen Kopera-Frye, Faculty Senate Vice-Chair