The funds will support faculty and strengthen the state’s core workforce for years to come
The New Mexico Department of Higher Education recently announced that it has awarded $110.5 million in faculty endowment money to 13 colleges and universities across New Mexico, including $28.5 million to the University of New Mexico, to recruit and retain faculty and establish other supports to increase Number of teachers, nurses, and social workers graduating and entering the workforce in New Mexico.
Governor Michelle Logan Grisham approved the money earlier this year, which the agency awarded through a competitive application process to ensure the money is employed in the regions and programs that need the most and most impact. Teacher preparation programs will receive a total of $50 million, social work programs will receive another $30.5 million and nurse education programs will receive $30 million.
In all, New Mexico colleges and universities that will receive funds to support 58 college positions statewide. The funds are expected to enroll more than 700 new students and support nearly 7,000 students overall in New Mexico.
“This funding will enhance our ability to attract and retain talented faculty for growth and maintain the pipeline of licensed teachers, nurses and social workers who support the lifelong success, health and well-being of New Mexicans,” said Governor Michelle Logan Grisham. . “These are critical areas with manpower shortages across the country, and this administration is committed to doing whatever is necessary to build the pipeline within the country.”
“This is a clear and serious commitment to education in the state,” said UNM Dean of Education and Human Sciences Hansel Burley. Lawmakers have seen that one of the core issues in the state has been the number and quality of teachers that education programs produce. This is a real investment in the future of education in New Mexico.”
UNM funding distribution includes:
The college is endowed with preparing the teacher
- The University of New Mexico-Gallup Branch will receive $2.5 million to create a stable faculty position to grow the pipeline of trained teachers entering K-12 classrooms at Gallup McKinley County schools.
- The University of New Mexico will receive $17 million to support eleven new positions in the University of New Mexico College of Education and Humanities with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Faculty categories include resident supervisors, K-8 reading and literacy, K-12 math education, K-12 science education, bilingual education, American Indian education, special education, graduate education and learning plus educational leadership.
As part of the initial proposal, Burley felt that UNM COEHS could raise first-year enrollment by 10 percent or nearly 40 students through its awarded faculty positions. This year, COEHS enrollment is up four percent.
“It’s my hope, especially when good news like this is released along with the great things we’re doing, we can help change things in the state in a big way,” Burley said. “We are still learning why there is no greater interest from students. There is a huge demand for teachers from school districts, but we are still trying to figure out why there is no greater interest from students to go into the teaching profession.
“We also need to work alongside in-service teachers, including school teachers and administrators. They are special people who can channel strong candidates to us. Also, I see community colleges as an expanded pipeline to UNM, especially if they come through great institutions like CNM We need to build stronger pipelines.”
Burley says the money will cover about six lecturer positions and five professorships. UNM currently produces about a third of licensed teachers in the state. “We want to have the best scholars who are also good teachers and good mentors who can teach as many students as possible. We also want to help provide the state with the teachers needed to help make a significant improvement in education in the state.”
The University of New Mexico School of Nursing is also receiving funds to add a School of Nursing to conduct research and prepare graduate students for leadership and faculty roles in health care and nurse education.
Faculty of Nursing
- The University of New Mexico-Gallup campus will receive $2.5 million for a nursing faculty position aimed at increasing the number of students entering, graduating, and entering the workforce in northwest New Mexico.
- UNM Health Sciences will receive $6.5 million to support an additional nursing staff, with a research focus on meeting the health care needs of New Mexicans, as well as preparing graduate students for faculty and leadership roles in health care and nurse education in response to national circumstances. A shortage of nursing colleges. The School of Nursing is home to the only Ph.D. in Nursing. program in New Mexico and is key to producing educational nurses to serve 18 other public nursing programs in the state.
Casper, Dean of the College of Nursing, “We are very grateful to Governor Michelle Logan Grisham and Secretary Rodriguez, for a scholarship of this magnitude will provide a lifetime resource for all recipients of this award.” “We know that our faculty, nurses, and nurse scientists are essential to meeting the health care needs of New Mexico. With the state facing a nursing shortage of more than 6,500 nurses, this funding could not have come at a better time. The addition of our distinguished faculty will ensure that we can meet the needs of our communities and help shape the health of all New Mexicans.”
Faculty endowment funds awarded to selected colleges and universities are invested to generate revenue year after year that fund faculty positions, support assistants and residencies, as well as other activities to increase graduation and placement rates for students in related professional fields. Endowment awards increase funding to create a continuous stream of revenue that can be used permanently to attract, retain and promote the scholarly activities of both faculty and graduate students in the College and the Health Sciences and beyond.
The New Mexico Department of Higher Education was founded in 2005 and oversees colleges, universities, and private, public, and tribal schools in the state. It also oversees adult education and literacy programs at the state level, administers state-funded financial aid programs and capital projects for institutions of higher education, provides college readiness services via the GEAR UP program, and grants state authorization to private colleges operating within New Mexico.