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Leading Innovation For Education

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Office of the Associate Vice President for Student Services Division of Student Affairs

LIFE is a partnership with the University of New Mexico's Human Resources Employee Organization and Development Division.

LIFE Faculty


  Renée Delgado-Riley, Ph.D.
  Director, Student Affairs Assent and Research (SAAR)
  Office of Associate Vice President for Student Services

  Renée Delgado-Riley directs Student Affairs Assessment & Research (SAAR), which focuses on improving
  organizational effectiveness in Student Affairs and improve student success by coordinating planning,
assessment, research activities, providing staff development opportunities, and collaborating with key shareholders that
facilitate learning and build community. Her primary research focus is on gaining insight into how best to support the academic
success of college students, K-12 students from New Mexico, and underserved groups. She is particularly interested in quantitative research investigating student motivation, persistence, and academic achievement disparities using growth trajectory models. She facilitates and manages many federal, state, and private grant student support programs along with serving on the Staff Council. In addition to her professional roles, Renée received her doctorate in the Educational Psychology at the University of New Mexico in 2014. Renée received her Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2007 and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology in 2009 all from UNM. As a first-generation student and scholar, she is passionate about service and is evident through her work with community through her church. She is actively involved in the University community through mentoring, advisement, and participation on various committees. The limited time she has is dedicated to raising her daughter and two stepchildren, enjoying her family, and being a local farmer.


  Nora Domínguez, PH.D.
  Director, Mentoring Institute
  President, International Mentoring Association

  Nora is president of the International Mentoring Association, director of the Mentoring Institute, and a
  professional consultant at the University of New Mexico (UNM), with more than 20 years developing and implementing training and mentoring programs. Nora earned her M.B.A. from Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico and her Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies from UNM. Professional experiences include educational and management positions in banking and higher education, financial consulting services, and program evaluation. She is member of several boards, including the International Standards for Mentoring Programs in Employment and the Diversity Leadership Council. Nora is an editorial reviewer for the International Journal for Mentoring and Coaching (Emerald) and member of the editorial review board for the Student Learning through Mentored Scholarship Journal (Sage).


  Mary Farias
  Senior Organizational Development Consultant
  Employee and Organizational Development

  Mary's 20 years experience in leadership development, employee engagement, communications, survey
  design and program management, were primarily gained in the financial services industry. She has built complex, high level leadership development programs for executive management, led a training department, and created a global engagement action plan through the implementation of a company-wide engagement survey to 15,000+ employees. 

Mary’s approach centers on the big picture, ensuring the right questions are asked before diagnosing issues and building solutions. She believes leadership can be and is exhibited at all levels of an organization. Mary views developmental experiences of all kinds as a process rather than an event, and is passionate about how learning and behavior change can be made ‘sticky’ to positively influence the individual’s day-to-day experience.


  Tim E. Gutierrez, Ed.D.
  Associate Vice President for Student Services

  Dr. Tim Gutierrez, Associate Vice President for Student Services has worked at The University of New Mexico
  for the past 38 years where he has served in many capacities. He began his career in 1978 at The University of New Mexico as an Instructor and Leisure Services Coordinator for Special Programs. His educational and professional experience primarily has been working with grant-funded programs targeted for underrepresented students. His expertise in overseeing federal and state funds has provided the foundation for his current position as Associate Vice President for Student Services, which is responsible for the Student Services area in the Division of Student Affairs. Some of the many departments under the Student Services umbrella include Accessibility Services, College Enrichment and Outreach Programs, College Preparatory Programs, Mentoring Institute, Recreational Services, ROTC programs, and Title V Programming. The mission of these departments is to provide students a seamless support structure focused on the development of skills, aptitudes, and behaviors necessary to succeed in pursuit of postsecondary education, lifelong learning, and viable career pathways. Student Services nurtures learning, engagement, and retention through supportive programs, the active endorsement of graduate studies, and the promotion of health and well-being of every student. He works with departments to create a positive and collaborative environment for the entire division, University community, and surrounding community. Dr. Gutierrez received his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from The University of New Mexico in 2007 and continues to expand the current Student Services programs in order to give all students an equal opportunity to get a higher education degree.


  Tim Schroeder
  Director, STEM Collaborative Center

  Tim Schroeder is the Project Director for the STEM Gateway Program at UNM. He oversees programs
  designed to improve academic achievement for first- and second-year STEM students. Tim has served in higher education for more than 20 years, and specializes in serving traditionally underrepresented students. Prior to UNM, he worked at Newman University in Kansas, the University of Alaska Southeast, and San Juan College in New Mexico.  

LIFE Administrative Staff


  James Todd
  Director, Johnson Center
  Director, Recreational Services