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Richard Watson a 2017-18 Distinguished Faculty Award Winner

The Part-time Faculty Member in Applied Technologies Exemplifies CNM’s Values
Richard Watson a 2017-18 Distinguished Faculty Award Winner
From left, CNM Governing Board Member Michael Canfield, Board Member Annette Chavez y De La Cruz, Distinguished Faculty Winner Richard Watson, Board Member Nancy Baca and Board Chair Pauline Garcia.

Apr 12, 2018

The majority of Richard’s career has been in community colleges and his experiences there have defined his approach to teaching. He seeks to ensure that his students’ education is grounded in the real world and he keeps them engaged by providing opportunities to participate in applied exercises and activities.

Richard has taken the lead on the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) project, which included obtaining his Federal Aviation Administration UAS pilot’s license, evaluating various curricula, and spending untold hours researching the different systems to determine the most suitable UAS for CNM’s learning environment.

Richard proposed the development of a UAS Program and Certificate in AT when it became clear it would provide opportunities for CNM students. He actively seeks input and collaborates with companies and agencies in Albuquerque. Students gain valuable experience in Richard’s classes by receiving practice in planning, data collection, and making presentations that they will need in their future employment.

Richard is a great asset to CNM, AT, and our students.