Professor Creel Receives Faculty of Color Award

Barbara CreelProfessor Barbara Creel has been honored by the Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color in the UNM Office of Graduate Studies Special Initiatives. Professor Creel was recognized at the 7th Annual UNM Faculty of Color Awards ceremony held on April 30, 2013. She received the All-Around Award, which recognizes an exceptional individual who positively impacts students of color and the UNM community at large in the areas of mentorship, outstanding service, and excellence in teaching and research.

Professor Creel, a 1990 UNM School of Law graduate, joined the UNM law faculty in 2007, bringing an expertise in Indian Country criminal defense. Prior to joining the law school faculty, Creel worked for the National Advisory Council for Indian Education in Washington, D.C., the Native American Program of Oregon Legal Services in Portland, the New Mexico Public Defender’s Office and was an assistant federal public defender in Oregon. She is co-director of the Southwest Indian Law Clinic, one of the nation's first Indian law clinics and still one of the most respected, and served as co-editor of the Tribal Law Journal Vol. 11, one of the premier indigenous law journals in the United States. She has presented at national and international conferences regarding criminal law and tribal sovereignty and testified before Congress regarding crime and violence in Indian Country.

The UNM Faculty of Color Awards acknowledge that UNM faculty, staff, and teaching assistants of color often go above and beyond their paid expectations to contribute to the success of students of color while serving the entire UNM campus and greater New Mexico community. These awards are an opportunity to express gratitude for the exemplary efforts of UNM faculty, staff, and teaching assistants, and to celebrate these individuals’ contributions to our UNM community.

More information on all of the Faculty of Color Award nominees can be found here.

May 4, 2013