Daniel Sanford
Daniel Sanford


University of New Mexico Provost & Executive Vice President Chaouki Abdallah has appointed Daniel Sanford, senior program manager at the Center for Academic Support (CAPS) and adjunct research faculty in the Department of Linguistics as interim director of the program. 

Sanford replaces Michelle Steiner who has accepted a position at George Washington University.

The center had its two busiest semesters ever during the fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters, with over 55,000 student contact hours between the two, and the CAPS Supplemental Instruction program tripled in growth over the past two years.

Sanford has been at UNM since 2002. He joined CAPS in 2009 as head of the Writing & Language Center, and since 2011 has served as CAPS’ senior program manager, drawing on his experience in higher education as an instructor, writing program administrator and learning center specialist to oversee all student support services at the center. Sanford received his doctorate from the UNM Linguistics Department in 2010. His research on cognitive linguistics, composition and writing center theory, and other areas has appeared in venues such as “Cognitive Linguistics,” “The Journal of Cognitive Science,” and “Composition Forum.”

“Dr. Sanford’s energy and leadership have made him an indispensable part of the Center for Academic Program Support,” said Greg Heileman, associate provost for Curriculum. “During Daniel’s time with the center, he has overseen a variety of programs committed to helping students. We are very pleased that he has accepted this position, and we expect the center to continue its positive impact on campus, as well as to build on Michelle’s outstanding work over the past two years.”

Sanford will serve until a new director is appointed following a national search, which will be initiated in the fall of 2013.

Questions and/or comments should be sent to Heileman at heileman@unm.edu.

Media contact: Karen Wentworth (505) 277-5627; email: kwent2@unm.edu