Tara Gray serves as associate professor of criminal justice and as the founding director of the Teaching Academy at New Mexico State University. The Teaching Academy provides New Mexico State educators with training, mentoring, and networking. It helps NMSU educators develop extraordinary teaching lives embedded in exceptional careers.
Tara was educated at the United States Naval Academy, Southwestern College in Kansas and Oklahoma State, where she earned her Ph.D. in economics by asking, “Do prisons pay?” She taught economics at Denison University before joining the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State. She has published three books, including Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar. She has been honored at New Mexico State and nationally with eight awards for teaching or service.
Tara has presented faculty development workshops to 5,000 participants at more than a hundred colleges and universities in more than thirty-five of the United States, and in Thailand, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Workshop participants report that she is “spirited, entertaining, and informativeshe’s anything but gray!”