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Dean Donald Pope-Davis

Ranked among the top researchers in the country for his work in psychology and multicultural education, Donald Pope-Davis (PhD, Stanford University) is passionate about using higher education to address issues of equity, economic growth and the psychological well-being of students. An educator for more than 25 years, he previously was dean of the College of Education at New Mexico State University, a Hispanic-serving institution. He also served in senior-level positions at the University of Notre Dame and DePaul University.

Pope-Davis’ work on religious attitudes, multicultural training and unintentional racism in counseling is widely published in peer-reviewed journals. He is an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association's Society for Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues and a fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology. At New Mexico State, he secured a Kellogg Foundation grant to transition the college to three interdisciplinary schools, including one focusing on STEM and learning design.


Central Leadership

  • Bryan Warnick, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
  • Anastasia Snyder, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
  • Natasha Slesnick, Associate Dean of Research
  • Noelle Arnold, Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement
  • Erica Brownstein, Assistant Dean of Educator Preparation
  • Kim Lightle, Assistant Dean of Research
  • Jennifer Klosterman-Lando, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Student Services
  • Pat Bebo, Assistant Dean of Outreach and Engagement

Community Impact

Our work at the College of Education and Human Ecology brings together theory and practice to share and improve the community in powerful ways. Our centers and programs develop and execute innovative strategies that improve educational and healthy living opportunities for children, adults and families in cities, states and nations around the world. 
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College Council

The College Council is an elected body of faculty that advises the dean on college academics, policies and procedures such as programs, fiscal matters and personnel decisions. 
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