NMSU study finds decrease in New Mexico teacher vacancies

Adriana M. Chavez, New Mexico State University
Published 2:58 p.m. MT Oct. 13, 2020

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Leaves change colors outside of O’Donnell Hall as fall arrives on the New Mexico State University campus in November 2015. (Photo: Karrie Lucero/NMSU)

LAS CRUCES – The number of teacher vacancies in New Mexico has decreased 11 percent compared to last year, while the number of admitted students and program graduates in higher education teacher programs have increased, according to the 2020 New Mexico Educator Vacancy Report compiled by the Southwest Outreach Academic Research Evaluation & Policy Center at New Mexico State University.

“Despite the pandemic, the same teaching areas and subjects continue to yield the most vacancies, including math, science and English language arts among subject areas of need, and elementary and special education teachers continuing to make up a majority of all teacher vacancies,” said Rachel Boren, director of the Southwest Outreach Academic

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NMSU Extension offers learning events online

Question: I missed your “Ready, Set, GROW!” classes. Are there any other online classes or videos this fall?



a bunch of fruit: From peaches to pests to tomatoes and more, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service offers all sorts of online educational opportunities in the coming months.


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From peaches to pests to tomatoes and more, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service offers all sorts of online educational opportunities in the coming months.

Linda, A., Las Vegas, N.M.

Answer: Thank you for reaching out. Good news times two:

  1. You missed only the first two of the “Ready, Set, GROW!” webinar series that runs twice a month through March 2021.
  2. Each webinar is being recorded, so you’ll be able to access them if you can’t attend the live sessions.

For years I’ve been inspired by the many people who show up to attend various NMSU Cooperative Extension presentations and workshops we give across the state. In response to COVID, we’re now transitioning these learning events onto web-based platforms, so people can participate from home. And I’m being inspired

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NMSU professor on regional panel discussing impact of COVID-19 on higher ed

Minerva Baumann, New Mexico State University
Published 11:33 a.m. MT Sept. 19, 2020

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New Mexico State University Regents Professor of biology Kathryn Hanley will speak on a panel at virtual forum on Friday, Oct. 2 titled “The New World of Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities of COVID-19.” (Photo: Darren Phillips / New Mexico State University)

LAS CRUCES – The Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders and Western Academic Leadership Forum has invited a New Mexico State University professor and a leading researcher in emerging infectious diseases to speak at an upcoming virtual forum titled “The New World of Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities of COVID-19.”

Kathryn Hanley, NMSU Regents Professor of biology who was recently tapped to head one of 11 new Centers for Research of Emerging Infectious Diseases funded by the National Institutes of Health, has led NMSU’s efforts regarding campus COVID-19 strategies.

“I am honored to

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