2015 Annual Awards and Recognition Celebration

Faculty and staff at New Mexico State University were honored November 12, 2015 for improving the quality of their online courses during the Instructional Innovation and Quality (IIQ) Recognition and Awards Celebration.

Leading the Way Award

The Leading the Way award recognizes an NMSU main campus faculty, staff, or administrator who “walks the talk” in terms of professional growth, quality focus, mentorship, and leadership.

Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza, College of Arts and Sciences professor, received IIQ’s “Leading the Way Award” as recognition for her advocacy, collaboration, and online service.

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See Leading the Way Award past awardees.

IIQ Recognition

Faculty and staff were recognized for completing professional development opportunities from IIQ including the One Year Plus Fellowship (1Yr+), New2Online (N2O) Program, or for participation in Quality Matters activities.

One Year Plus Fellows (1Yr+)

1Yr+ Fellowship focused on online course revision that met the Quality Matters rubric.  Recognition of completion of 1Yr+ Fellowship for 2015 went to:

Name Department
Amneh Al-Rawashdeh Educational Management
Lynette Bagwell Curriculum and Instruction
Michael DeAntonio Physics
Conni DeBlieck Nursing
Bobbie Green Information Systems
Cheryl Lombardi Nursing
Stephanie Lynch Nursing
Sara Melendrez Curriculum and Instruction
Tracey Miller-Tomlinson English
Shelly Noe Nursing
Robert Paz Computer Engineering
Katya Reka Art
Linda Summers Nursing
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Conni DeBlieck, Lynette Bagwell and Sara Melendrez

New2Online Participants

The N2O Program focused on introduction to online course design and delivery for faculty that were new to online teaching and learning.  Recognition for completion of the N2O Program for 2015 went to:

Name Department
Najah Al-shanableh Computer Science
Felicita Arzu Carmichael English
Mark Clark Management
Erika Gergerich Social Work
James Herndon Chemistry
Laura Madson Psychology
Nancy Oretskin Finance
Lida Uribe-Florez Curriculum and Instruction
Yuliana Zaikman Psychology
 Kristynia Robinson Nursing
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Back row: Laura Madson, James Herndon, and Nancy Oretskin. Front row: Najah Al-shanableh and Erika Gergerich.

Quality Matters 

The Quality Matters (QM) Program is a leader in quality assurance for online education. Its focus is on collegial and continuous improvement in online education and student learning.

Quality Matters Peer Reviewers have taken over 20 hours of instruction to develop their skills to provide collegial and constructive recommendations to their peers about their online courses.

Recognition of 2015 Quality Matters Peer Reviewers went to:

Name Department
 Chuck Boehmer Engineering
 Susan Bussmann Distance Education
 Conni DeBlieck Nursing
 Kefaya Diab English
Marija Dimitrijevic Criminal Justice
 Tami Ford Public Health Sciences
 Michelle Lebsock Instruction Innovation and Quality
 Cheryl Lombardi Nursing
 Justin MacDonald Psychology
 Julia Parra Curriculum and Instruction
 Robert Paz Engineering
 Henrietta Pichon Educational Leadership and Admin
 Katya Reka Art
 Susan Wilson Public Health Sciences
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Chuck Boehmer, Kefaya Diab, and Conni DeBlieck

Quality Matters Master Reviewers

Master Reviewers are Quality Matters Peer Reviewers who have successfully completed an additional 20 hour training workshop and have participated in 2 peer reviews.  Recognition of 2015 Quality Matters Master Reviewers for NMSU are:

Name Department
Stephen Anderson Social Work
Elise Sautter Business
Betsy Stringam Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism
Kourtney Vaillancourt Family and Consumer Sciences






National Course Recognition

To get a course recognized nationally, a formal peer review team consisting of three QM certified peer reviewers, one of whom is a subject matter expert and one whom is external from NMSU, completes a review of the online course using the Quality Matters rubric. When a course successfully meets the Quality Matters standards, the course receives national QM recognition.

This year, NMSU had 10 online courses and course designers receive national recognition. They are:

Name Course
Chuck Boehmer EE 461
Susie Bussmann EDLT 592
Maria Dimitrijevic CJ 454
Jennifer Kreie BCIS 485/560
Justin MacDonald PSY 340
Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza SPAN 540, LING 302/502
Julia Parra EDLT 581
Henrietta Pichon EMD 540
Robert Paz EE 551











Instructional Media Services

Instructional Media Services also recognized four student employees including:

Name Major
Christina Griego Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism
Sage Jurado English
Kathleen Silva Psychology
Francisco Vidal Engineering






Instructional Innovation and Quality Team


Top row (l to r): Robbie Grant, Tim Strasser, Kerry Forsythe, David Chavez, Steven Leask, Bryan Tempel and Michelle Lebsock. Bottom row (l to r): Sharon Lalla, Susana Venegas, Sandra Johnson, Miley Grandjean and Susie Bussmann.