Anyone who has taken a college course knows that not all professors are alike. Some have a knack for making the knowledge accessible, fun, and easy to follow while others make you more confused than if you had never set foot in the classroom. New Mexico State University (NMSU) has a number of professors who fall under the highly recommended category.
The department of Music at NMSU is very fortunate to have an amazing department head, Dr. Ken Van Winkle. Dr. Van Winkle is a distinguished trumpet player, but he is renowned for his conducting skills. Lucky young musicians who audition into the top-tier NMSU band have the privilege of learning under his tutelage. Dr. Laura Spitzer is a piano professor who teaches both purely piano students as well as the piano proficiency courses required for aspiring music education teachers. Combined with an individual student’s talent, these music professors cultivate a fledgling into an artist.
The biology department was greatly enhanced when a dynamic married couple made their way to the south-west. Dr. Michele and Dr. Charles Shuster are fantastic professors and researchers. Their lectures spare no details and their passion for biology is evident. A course taught by a Shuster is guaranteed to be engaging and enlightening.
The NMSU chemistry department is built upon a single professor’s devotion to teaching. Dr. Deanna Dunlavy is the queen of general chemistry and all that the endeavor of teaching young scientists entails. Her lectures convey well organized information without rehearsal or being delivered in the same way twice. She is energetic and enthusiastic, which are needed traits as she also heads the supplemental instruction program in the chemistry department.
Dr. Theodore Stanford and Dr. Susanna Salamanca are highly recommended professors of the math department at NMSU. There are many opportunities to benefit from a course taught by Dr. Stanford as he teaches a wide range of classes. Dr. Salamanca is a star among higher level math students. The importance of a good math teacher who can clearly explain the required knowledge is unquestionable.
The field of physics is home to many a bright, yet odd individual and the physics department at NMSU is no different. Dr. Stephen Pate and Dr. Boris Keifer are unique individuals with a similar gift of making physics accessible to students. Dr. Pate is particularly known for his teaching device in statistical mechanics, called the thermodynamic cube (inspired by the thermodynamic square). Both professors are talented physicists, but remain approachable to students.
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