Dr. Mónica Torres is the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) at Doña Ana Community College. She officially began in the position in December 2014 after serving in the interim role for a year and a half.
Originally from Las Cruces, Torres earned a BA in English (1982) and an MA in English (1984) in English from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico (2002).
Torres has worked in higher education for more than thirty years. She began her career in 1982 as a composition instructor. She served in several administrative roles early in her career including as coordinator of the developmental education program at Doña Ana Branch Community College (1987-1993) and as dean of adult and developmental education at Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (1993-1997). After earning her doctoral degree (2002), she became a faculty member in the English Department at NMSU. Her research and teaching interests included documentary film theory, cultural studies, and rhetorical criticism. Torres returned to administrative work in 2008 as head of the English Department (2008-2013).
As VPAA, Torres works with faculty and staff to plan, develop, implement, and assess instructional programs at DACC.