Dr. Xeturah Woodley


Dr. Xeturah Woodley

Assistant Professor
Curriculum & Instruction

Contact Information:
Office Location: O’Donnell Hall Room 201G
Office Phone: (575) 646-1228
Email: xwoodley@nmsu.edu

Department Phone: (575) 646-4820
Fax: (575) 646-5436
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001



  • BA, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • MSS, University of Colorado at Denver
  • PhD, New Mexico State University

Faculty Profile

Dr. Xeturah Woodley is a Womanist scholar with a background in community organizing and educational activism. Her community work focuses on meeting the educational needs of those most vulnerable in our society. Dr. Woodley is the recipient of numerous awards for her work within the community and on campuses. These awards include the Faculty Outstanding Women’s Award (1998), CNM Excellence Awards (2004, 2008, 2011) and Women Who Dare to Dream Award (2013). She worked as a community college administrator for eight years before assuming her current position as an assistant professor at New Mexico State University.

Theoretical Groundings

Black Womanist and Critical Race Theories

Research Interests 

Online Teaching and Learning, Race and Gender Issues in Higher Education, Educational Research Methodology

Current Scholarship and Research

  • Woodley, X.M. & Chávez Chávez, R. (submitted/under review). Voices in the Desert: Black women faculty in New Mexico Higher Education.
  • Woodley, X.M., Hernandez, C., Parra, J., & Negash, B. (in press). Celebrating Difference: Best Practices in Culturally Responsive Teaching Online. Tech Trends (issue & page information forthcoming).
  • Woodley, X.M., Mucundanyi, G., & Lockard, M. (2017). Designing Counter-Narratives: Constructing Culturally Responsive Curriculum Online. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design (IJOPCD), 7(1), 43-56.
  • Woodley, X. M., & Lockard, M. (2016). Womanism and Snowball Sampling: Engaging Marginalized Populations in Holistic Research. The Qualitative Report, 21(2), 321-329.
  • Woodley, X.M. (2016, Feb 1). Black Womanist Leadership: Lessons Learned [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://ywca-nm.org/black-womanist-leadership-lessons-learned/
  • Ashmawi, Y. & Woodley, X.M. (2016, January 20). Educators of Color Speak: Using Positionality to Inform Curriculum in Teacher Education. Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Education (pp. 2011-2012). Honolulu, HI: Hawaii International Conference on Education.

Recent Honors and Awards

February 2015 Honorable Mention Recipient for the 2015 American Association for Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) Dissertation of the Year Award
February 2013 Recipient: Women Who Dare to Dream Award (College Administrator)
July 2011 Leaders Institute scholar award – American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC)


Graduate, Research, and Teaching Assistants

  • Gaspard Mucundanyi – Graduate Assistant
  • Tabitha Collins – Research Assistant

Courses Taught 

  • EDUC 518: Technology and Pedagogy (online & f2f)
  • EDLT 528:  Foundations in Learning Design and Technology (online)
  • EDUC 576: Qualitative Research Methods (f2f)
  • EDLT 577:  Online Teaching and Learning (online)
  • EDLT 610:  Technology, Education, and Society (online)
  • EDLT 628:  Designing for the Internet (online)
  • EDUC 637: Social Justice Issues in Education (online)
  • EDUC 694: Dissertation Seminar: Qualitative Methods (hybrid)

For more information, please see Dr. Woodley’s curriculum vitae. For media inquiries or requests, please contact Dr. Woodley at (575) 646-1228.