Faculty and Staff



Curriculum Vita
(575) 646-3660
Intrim Department Head, Professor, Kinesiology: Exercise Physiology
Dr. Berning joined New Mexico State University as Director the Exercise Physiology Laboratory after completing his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2003. Dr. Berning currently serves as the Program Director for Kinesiology, Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory and Academic Program Director for NMSU’s National Strength and Conditioning Association Educational Recognized Program in Strength and Conditioning. Read more.




Curriculum Vita
(575) 646-1769
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Dr. Aiken specializes in practice manipulations that facilitate the learning or re-learning of a motor skill. Primary research interests include the effects of physical and cognitive stress on motor performance and learning, the transfer of motor skills from one effector to another, and learner-controlled feedback.



(575) 646-5766
College Assistant Professor, Physical Education
Raquel Aranda holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages with an emphasis in Spanish; a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Physical Education both from NMSU. She works closely with Dr. Kim Oliver to help pre-service teachers within the Physical Education Program to become student-centered. Read more.



(575) 646-6002
Assistant Professor, Dance Program Director
Dr. Backlund has a PhD in Counselor Education and currently teaches DanceSport in the Department of Kinesiology and Dance Education (KIND) at NMSU. His dissertation focused on the multiple venues through which children acquire sexual knowledge and their relationship to subsequent adult sexual self-esteem. He is currently teaching DanceSport and working on on a collaboration with the Counselor Education Department at NMSU to create a dance therapy certification. 


(575) 646-2070
College Instructor
Ann has a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in Dance from NMSU and a Bachelor of Social Work from North Texas State University. She has been on the New Mexico State University dance faculty since 2000. Ann is currently the director of NMSU’s Contemporary Dance Theater. She co-directs the Methods In Learning Kinesthetically (MILK) project in Fairacres Elementary School and MILK field trips in area elementary schools. Read more.
(575) 646-7574
Curriculum Vita
(575) 646-1729
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Dr. Jemin Kim is an Assistant Professor of Biomechanics in the Department of Kinesiology and Dance at the New Mexico State University. Dr. Kim interested in sports (golf, weight lifting, baseball and gait) and dance (particularly turning movement for a generation of angular momentum and etc.) relative to biomechanics. Dr. Kim has a variety of interest in biomechanics including sports and dance motions. Read more.
(575) 646-2266
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Dr. Sang Rok Lee is an Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Kinesiology and Dance at New Mexico State University. Dr. Lee obtained his bachelor’s degree in Sport and Leisure Studies from the Daejeon University; a master’s degree in Physical Education at Kookmin University and in Exercise Physiology at Southern Illinois University; and a doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology at the Florida State University. Read more
(575) 646-3686
College Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Shon Meyer has served the NMSU community for over 15 years. He currently instructs numerous Kinesiology- and Exercise Science-based courses for the Dept. of Kinesiology & Dance. Meyer is actively involved with internationally recognized agencies within the field of Exercise Science such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), through which he has earned multiple credentials. Further highlighting his involvement within the realm of human performance and conditioning practices, Meyer currently serves on the State Advisory Board for the NSCA. Read more.
(575) 646-5744
College Associate Professor, Program Director: Athletic Training
Kim O’Connell-Brock is a 1994 graduate of the Athletic Training Program at New Mexico State University. She became nationally certified in 1994 and completed a Masters degree in Athletic Training at California University of Pennsylvania in 1995. Kim has been active in the New Mexico Athletic Trainers Association as well as an active member of regional and national organizations since 1992, and is currently the Student Advisor to the Rocky Mountain Student Athletic Trainers Association. Read more.
(575) 646-4074
Professor, Physical Education Pedagogy
Dr. Oliver directs the Physical Education Teacher Education Program.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration from California State University, Chico; a Master’s degree in Physical Education from California State University, Fresno; and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. Dr. Oliver’s line of inquiry investigates student-centered pedagogy, producing qualitative research both independently and collaboratively with students, colleagues, and international peers. Read more.
(575) 646-4075
Interim Associate Dean, College of Education, Professor, Kinesiology: Motor Learning/Sport Psych
Phillip Post is exploring how imagery affects performance and how athletes use and employ imagery. Imagery can be described as a multisensory experience that mimics real-life experiences. It is the mental skill most frequently used by athletes, and the number of athletes and coaches who report using it is increasing.
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Curriculum Vita
(575) 646-4067
Associate Professor, Kinesiology:Developmental Motor Control
Dr. Larissa True is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Dance. Her areas of expertise are Motor Development, Statistics, and Research Methods. Dr. True earned a Bachelor of Arts in Technical Communication from Texas Tech University, and Master of Science in Health, Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Motor Behavior from Texas Tech University, and a PhD in Kinesiology with a concentration in Motor Development from Michigan State University. Read more. 

Affiliated Faculty




Dr. Pete Jensen specializes in applied sports psychology approaches for tactical populations. His primary research interests are exploring stress and coping during in-extremis military environments and mental skills training to facilitate performance in part-practice crisis settings.

Staff and Instructors

Professional Staff


Karveller, Maggie

Office Manager

(575) 646-4067 mjolly@nmsu.edu



Part-time Dance Instructors

Sidman, Susan

Intro to Latin, Intro to Ballroom (575) 646-6001 sidman@nmsu.edu 

Suffle, Ana

Jazz I, Tap I & II (575) 646-6001 asuffle@nmsu.edu 



Part-time Kinesiology & Athletic Training Instructors

Faculty Name Rank Phone Email

Aiken, Carrie

Internship Coordinator (575) 646-5186 caiken@nmsu.edu 

Carson, Carole RN, RCEP

Anatomy & Physiology Lab (575) 646-3660 ccarson@nmsu.edu 

Rodenbaugh, David

Anatomy & Physiology II (575) 646-6120 rodenbau@nmsu.edu 


Part-time Physical Education Instructors

Green, Artie Adapted Physical Education (575) 646-4067 agreen@nmsu.edu 



Part-time Activity Course Instructors

Mason, Michelle Aquatics (575) 646-3518



Graduate Assistants

Amin, Zarmina

(575) 646-4067 za10@nmsu.edu 

Cochran, Sean

(575) 646-5878 smcochra@nmsu.edu 

Directo, Dean

(575) 646-2441 ddirecto@nmsu.edu 

Kang, Yangmi

(575) 646-5878 yangmik@nmsu.edu 

Sampson, Jack

(575) 646-5878 sampsojj@nmsu.edu 

Shilcutt, Jackie Beth

(575) 646-2609 shilcutt@nmsu.edu 

Smith, Victoria

(575) 646-7415 vctsmith@nmsu.edu 

Vaudrey, Kristopher

(575) 646-4126 kvaudrey@nmsu.edu 

Williams, Jana

(575) 646-6678 janaw@nmsu.edu 

Zhuravleva, Tatiana

(575) 646-5878 tzhuravl@nmsu.edu