Social Sciences, Humanities, and Human Development Department Faculty - School of Liberal Arts

Bruno Gagnon
Social/Behavioral Sciences and Humanities

Bruno Gagnon has a Ph.D. from UNM in educational foundations and psychological anthropology, and an M.A. in counseling psychology from Loyola Marymount University. He is interested in all areas of psychology, but in particular gender, sexuality, education, and culture.

Bruno has been teaching at SFCC since 1995 and is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology and also an adjunct lecturer for UNM. He teaches a broard range of courses, primarily in psychology. Bruno is returning to full-time faculty after holding the position as Dean of The School of Liberal Arts and Core Studies for four years.

Michael Alexander
Behavioral Sciences, English, Reading, and Math

Michael Alexander was born and raised in Philadelphia. He received a B.A. in psychology from Haverford College and Master's degrees in counseling psychology and education from Columbia University. If this sounds like he was focused on becoming a counselor, it's true; but teaching was something he never originally considered. Michael has also worked as a proofreader, a home health aide, a props manager for a theater company, and a singer. When he came to SFCC, he started as a tutor, then began teaching a mix of college success classes, English, math, and psychology. He joined the full-time faculty in 2004.

Maria Santa-Maria
Human Services, Psychology and Sociology

Maria Santa-Maria, Ph.D., LPCC, came to SFCC to serve as the lead faculty for the Human Services program after 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Shortly after her arrival, she served as chair of the committee that developed the Human Services substance abuse treatment curriculum.

Maria advises all Human Services student majors. She is the liaison of SFCC's articulation agreement with NMHU's Social Work program and NMSU's programs in social work and human services. In addition to human services, she teaches psychology and sociology and has developed online courses for all three.

Most recently, Maria developed a new concentration for Human Services on Traumatic Stress, consisting of three new courses on the Web:

  • HUSV 285 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • HUSV 280 Compassion Fatigue
  • HUSV 290 Crisis Intervention

Maria has a master's degree in counseling psychology from the Ohio State University and she received her Ph.D. degree in family relations from the Florida State University. Dr. Santa-Maria is a Continuing Education Provider, through the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board. She loves walking her dogs, gardening and traveling, and is a fluent Spanish speaker.

For more information, please contact the School of Liberal Arts, 505-428-1370,

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