Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty
Mellis Schmidt, PhD
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Professor of Psychology
Office: GE 106
I began my career in counseling working with children using play therapy. As a result, I saw the need for family therapy and became a specialist in that modality. I worked in various agencies and private practice for about 15 years. Always knowing that I wanted to teach, I came to Northern New Mexico College in 1993 to teach psychology in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department. I became chair of the department in 2003 while continuing to teach psychology. As Northern grew and began offering four-year programs, it was decided that discrete Colleges were needed within the institution. I became the first Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in Fall, 2010. It has been a wonderful experience to teach at Northern and to help build it into a comprehensive regional institution. It is a pleasure to serve as the first Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. I look forward to working with students and faculty to build an institution of the highest quality.
David Barton, PhD
Director, Humanities & Social Sciences
Associate Professor of English and Humanities
Office: GE 109
Dr. Barton received a BA in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MA and PhD in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the founding editor of The Salt Journal, which was nominated for the Utne Reader Independent Press Award as one of the best alternative magazines in the nation. Dr. Barton is on the editorial advisory board of Spring Journal, which is the oldest English-language Jungian journal in the world, and he writes about mythological issues in contemporary culture. He is currently working on a book about Vaclav Havel and is Director of the Intergrated Studies program.
Lori Franklin, MA
Chair, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Language & Letters
Associate Professor, English
Office: GE 114
I graduated from California State University in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in English Composition in 1989. I have always loved teaching and have been fortunate to have opportunities to teach composition, public speaking, and literature courses at several different colleges: Yakima Valley Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Bakersfield Community College, and Austin Community College. For the last five years, I have been a full-time faculty member at Northern, teaching composition, literature, and speech courses, tutoring in the Writing Center, and developing service learning projects and programs. Working with my colleagues and with students at Northern has been an extremely educational and enriching experience. Aside from my teaching career, I am also the mother of three exceptional and beautiful children: Andres, Tomas, and Elena.
Tim Crone, MA
Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology
Office: GE 108
I earned a Master of Arts degree in Sociology, with a minor in Anthropology, from Texas Tech University in 1971. I joined the Faculty at Tech for one year. In 1972, I taught at Kansas State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, and then moved to Santa Fe in 1973. I have been an Instructor of Sociology and Anthropology for UNM Northern Branch, NNMCC and NNMC since August 1973. I served 16 years as President, and 4 years as Vice-President, of the Faculty Association and Faculty Senate.
I was a primary organizer of the first New Mexico College Faculty Union, NFEE #4935. I subsequently coordinated organizing the classified staff and adjunct faculty at Northern. I have served as President of the union since 1994 and negotiated contracts for all three units. I helped design and implement programs in Human Services, Substance Abuse Counseling, Criminal Justice and Southwest Studies. The reason why I have remained at this job for so long is because of my love of teaching, the students at the college, and my colleagues.
Caroline Jaramillo and I have been married since 1982, have two daughters, Amy and Janet, and two grandchildren Marissa and Allison.
Matthew J. Martinez, PhD
Director, Northern Pueblos Institute
Assistant Professor, Pueblo Indian Studies
Dr. Matthew J. Martinez was born and raised at Ohkay Owingeh. He has a PhD in American Studies and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Director of the Northern Pueblos Institute and an Assistant Professor of Pueblo Indian Studies at Northern New Mexico College. Prior to joining the Northern faculty he served as the Director of Indian Education at the New Mexico Higher Education Department where he worked to advance a number of initiatives designed to increase opportunities for American Indian students. Dr. Martinez has been a consultant for tribes and has published in the areas of Indian education and economic development. His most recent publication appears in White Shell Water Place: An Anthology of Native American Reflections on the 400th Anniversary of the Founding of Santa Fe (2010 Sunstone Press).
Lou Schiano PhD
Assistant Professor of Humanities
Office: GE 110
Dr. Louis Schiano received his PhD in Philosophy from Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2001. He completed research for his dissertation, “The Kehre and Heidegger’s Beiträge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis),” at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität, in Freiburg, Germany upon being awarded the Smith Family Fellowship for Travel and Research. Dr. Schiano is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Northern New Mexico College, and teaches a variety of Humanities and Philosophy courses, including Ethics, Humanities, and Philosophy of Technology. He regularly co-facilitates dialogue courses that make up part of the common core of the Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BAIS) program. His interests range broadly in the Humanities, and he has recently been exploring ideas in philosophy surrounding the relationships between nature and technology in intellectual history. He also has a strong interest in philosophical issues regarding creativity, literature, and the arts.
Heather Winterer, PhD
Assistant Professor of Humanities
Office: GE 113
Dr. Heather Winterer received her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she held the Schaeffer Fellowship for Poetry, and her MFA in Poetry from Columbia University School of the Arts. Her book, The Two Standards is under contract with the Colorado Center for Literary Publishing as part of the Mountain West Poetry Series. Ten poems from her new manuscript, Art’s Garage, won the 2010 Iowa Review Prize for poetry. She has also won the Litteral Latte and the Tusculum Review prizes for poetry. Her publications include such national literary journals as American Poetry Review, Fence, Colorado Review, Interim, and many others. She has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences for three years.