UNM Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Barbara Rodriguez has announced a new office and director within the department of Academic Affairs. The newly created Office for Academic Personnel (OAP) is now up and running under the directorship of Emily Luhman, who assumed the position on July 19.
“I am delighted to welcome Emily Luhman to Academic Affairs, as the director of the Office for Academic Personnel,” Rodriguez said. “Emily brings an impressive skill set, including extensive expertise in human resources management, faculty-related policies and practices and a demonstrated commitment to supporting academic departments in recruiting, hiring, and retaining diverse and highly qualified faculty. She’s energetic, knowledgeable and customer-service-oriented. Recognizing this position is of paramount importance to our faculty, Provost Holloway and I are confident Emily will provide outstanding leadership.”
Under the leadership of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, the Office for Academic Personnel (OAP) serves as a central service center for administrators and faculty. It specifically supports the recruitment, selection, appointment, promotion, retention and oversight of a diverse, highly talented faculty within academic units on UNM Main and Branch campuses.
Prior to the Office for Academic Personnel, Luhman most recently worked in the Client Services department within the Division of Human Resources. She has more than 15 years of experience in human resources and higher education, including supporting the faculty at the University during her time with the Office of Faculty Affairs and Services.
Luhman earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a Master of Education degree from Rutgers and is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. Raised in Minnesota, she moved to the Albuquerque area in 2013 and enjoys spending time with her dogs, camping, and experiencing all of New Mexico’s outdoor recreational opportunities.
“I am excited to be selected as director and am looking forward to developing the Office for Academic Personnel, effectuating the terms of the collective bargaining agreements, and partnering with the campus community to best serve the unique needs of the faculty,” Luhman said.
The Office for Academic Personnel is the home base of support for faculty and will partner with University leadership and academic administrators to implement employment strategies furthering UNM’s missions and initiatives. In addition, the office will support the recruitment, advancement and retention of UNM faculty, work with faculty and administrators to interpret policies on appointments, leave, and other aspects of academic life.
OAP and Luhman will also oversee the UA-UNM collective bargaining agreements, ensuring compliance while building relationships with employee representatives and UA-UNM leadership.