Mark Peceny, Dean of Arts and Sciences
Mark Peceny earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 1993 and joined the faculty of the Department of Political Science at the University of New Mexico in 1992. He has taught a wide range of courses in the field of international relations at UNM, including: International Politics, American Foreign Policy, International War, Civil War, U.S. National Security Policy, Inter-American Relations, International Political Economy, and International Relations Theory and earned teaching awards at the College and University levels for his work in the classroom. He studies the relationship between democracy, dictatorship, and the international system, both at how political regimes shape the behavior of states in the world and at how the international system shapes democracy within states. His work has appeared in a wide range of journals in the discipline, including the American Political Science Review, International Organization, and International Studies Quarterly. Penn State University Press published his book, Democracy at the Point of Bayonets, in 1999. He served as Chair of the Department of Political Science from 2005-2011 and has been Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2011.
Our Associate Deans
Senior Associate Dean & Associate Dean of Faculty
Philip is a Professor in the Department of Economics and currently the Associate Dean for Faculty and Senior Associate Dean. He joined UNM in 1989 having completed his undergraduate and Master's degrees in Economics from the University of Western Australia and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Philip teaches and researches in the fields of public finance, personal investing, risk management and the evaluation of public policies. He has published on investing in education, higher education financing, valuing environmental amenities, the contingent valuation method, the economic costs of adolescent parenting and most recently on risk management, mitigation and insurance. He is also a member of the National Association of Forensic Economics.
Associate Dean for Instruction & Curriculum; Student Success
Diane presently serves as the Director of the Minority Access to Research Careers Program, a $2 million dollar five year grant funded by NIH. She recently served as Academic Advisor for the Initiatives to Maximize Student Diversity program. She has also served as Academic Program Review Coordinator, Director of Curriculum Implementation, Undergraduate Advisor, and Associate Chair in Biology. From 1996-1999, Diane coordinated student outcomes assessment for UNM. Her work on plant mating systems has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding, been published in well-recognized journals, and provided opportunities to closely mentor nearly a hundred undergraduate or graduate students in her research program.
Associate Dean for Research
Thomas Turner is Professor of Biology and Curator of Fishes in the Museum of Southwestern Biology. He earned his PhD in Biological Sciences from Florida International University in 1996, completed post-doctoral research at Texas A&M University, and joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico in 1998. Professor Turner's research, teaching, and curatorial programs focus on ecology, evolution, and conservation of aquatic life in arid regions of the world. His research program has received continuous extramural support totaling over $8.5 million, and produced over 100 papers and technical reports in journals like Conservation Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2001, he received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. He has mentored 10 post-doctoral scholars, 23 graduate students, and 45 undergraduate students to professional careers in environmental science and conservation. He teaches courses in Ecology & Evolution, Vertebrate Biology, and Ichthyology. Turner is a member of the Independent Science Advisory Board for the Columbia Basin Fish & Wildlife Program, the Executive Committee of the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program, and is science adviser to endangered species recovery programs in the southwestern US. He was elected to the Board of Governors of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and hosted the national meeting of that society in 2013. He served as Director of the Museum of Southwestern Biology from 2007-2011, Associate Chair in the Department of Biology from 2012-2014, and as a Program Director in the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation from 2017-2018. He was appointed Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2014.