Lumberjack Spotlight: Mark Montoya

He dazzled you at NAU Orientation with his sage advice and tips for success.

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Here’s a little bit more about Professor T. Mark Montoya (Ethnic Studies)

  • Hometown: Portales, New Mexico
  • Blue or gold: Gold
  • Flagstaff summer or winter: Summer
  • Spring or fall: Fall
  • When did you come to NAU and why?: Memorial Day Weekend of 2000. I came for the PhD Program in Political Science.
  • Favorite spot on campus: North-North Quad, Central-Union, South-Joel Olson Memorial Garden
  • Best place on campus to grab a bite to eat: The Wedge
  • Favorite picture on your phone: My wife Katy sitting by some flowers
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: “Education is uncomfortable!” -Dr. Joel Olson
  • Tip every Lumberjack should know:

Ask for help. Getting help should not be and is not a stigma. Acknowledge that you need help, because asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of strength!

  • What do you want your students to walk away with from your class?: To learn lots and to love lots.
  • You might not know this about me: I used to play the trumpet, I’m practicing playing the ukulele, but I usually just play the fool.
  • My favorite thing about working at NAU?: The folks who share a classroom with me. Some people call them students, but I think of them as teachers and collaborators.
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  • Describe your typical day on campus: Class, thinking about writing, class, thinking about writing, meeting, emails, thinking about writing, meeting, social media.
  • On the weekends you can find me: In downtown Flagstaff eating.
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