Michelle Hall Kells has been selected as a faculty mentor for the National Council of Teachers in English’s Cultivating New Voices Program (NCTE-CNV) for new scholars cohort 2016-2017. Kells has served as a NCTE-CNV mentor since 2014. She attended the 2016 NCTE Conference in Atlanta and participated in the NCTE CNV Fall 2016 Institute. Kells hosted the 2017 NCTE-CNV Institute on behalf of the University of New Mexico at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort from February 23rd through the 25th. Genevieve Garcia de Mueller and Christine Beagle Garcia, both graduate students of our Rhetoric and Writing program, delivered a presentation on their recent research on the status of Latinas in higher education. José Orduña, a recent addition to our English Department faculty, read from his memoir, The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration and Displacement, which was dedicated to UNM student Juan Carlos Romero who passed away on February 8th of this year. Over thirty scholars from across the nation participated in the NCTE CNV Institute to support new research and professional development. See NCTE CNV 2016-2018 Fellow Cohort & Professional Profiles for more information.
The NCTE Research Foundation’s Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color (CNV) program is designed to provide two years of support, mentoring, and networking opportunities for early career scholars of color. The program aims to work with doctoral candidates and early career postsecondary faculty of color to cultivate the ability to draw from their own cultural and linguistic perspectives as they conceptualize, plan, conduct, write, and disseminate findings from their research. The program provides socialization into the research community and interaction with established scholars whose own work can be enriched by their engagement with new ideas and perspectives.