New endowments for faculty positions are enabling SMU to ensure that crucial areas of study remain the focus of teaching and research well into the future. In recent months, SMU has received four generous new gifts endowing faculty positions.
These gifts support SMU’s objective to have 100 substantially endowed faculty positions, a centerpiece of the University’s commitment to enhance academic quality. Second Century Campaign gifts thus far have made it possible for SMU to add 23 newly endowed positions, for a total of 85.
New gifts include those from donors who have chosen to provide endowments that honor SMU professors for their impact as inspirational teachers and influential scholars.
A $1.25 million gift from Stephen L. and Kathryn Hedges Arata will create the Jeremy duQuesnay Adams Centennial Professorship in Western European Medieval History in honor of the longtime SMU professor, who continues to serve as Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Clements Department of History in Dedman College.
Both Kathryn Arata ’87, ’91 and Stephen Arata ’88 studied with Professor Adams.
“Jeremy Adams created a sense of academic curiosity and desire for learning that I possess to this day,” said Kathryn Arata. “Now that we are in a position to pay back – actually pay forward – the gifts he gave us, we wanted to do something that would be close to Jeremy’s heart.
“He is passionate about his subject, and we have given this endowment to ensure that his passion will continue to light the fires of academic curiosity in students for years to come.”
In addition to the Aratas, several other former students of Professor Adams have contributed toward the professorship. Those contributing $25,000 and more include Cindy and Dr. David Stager, Jr. ’87; Jo ’90 and Joe Goyne; and Renee Justice Standley ’90 and Kenneth Standley.
Honoring Teaching Excellence
Also honoring an inspiring faculty member was an anonymous gift of $1 million in recognition of the late History Professor Emeritus Glenn Linden. The gift provided an endowment for the Glenn Linden Professorship in History, a position focused on Civil War history, established on the occasion of Professor Linden’s retirement.
Linden began his SMU career as a faculty member in both history and education, later serving as chair of both departments – the Department of History from 1972-75 and the former Department of Education from 1975-78.
As a scholar, Linden’s contributions to historic research and writing on the American Civil War, the Reconstruction era and Dallas school desegregation have influenced scholars, educators and policy makers for 30 years and will continue to do so in the future.
Continuing a Tradition
A $1.5 million gift from the estate of Karl Kilinski, II, will establish an endowed chair in the Department of Art History at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.
The Karl Kilinski, II Endowed Chair in Hellenic Visual Culture will honor his work as an archaeologist, art historian and University Distinguished Teaching Professor. He died in 2011 after 30 years on the faculty of the Art History Department in Meadows.
The gift will fund the appointment of a new faculty member with expertise in art of the periods from the Bronze Age (1500 B.C.) through Classical Greece and Byzantium up to the fall of Constantinople (1453 A.D.). The gift specifies that the person selected for the new endowed chair will be “a scholar who continues the tradition of interdisciplinary work in Hellenic visual culture embodied in the teaching of Karl Kilinski, II, and who upholds his standard of scholarly excellence.”
“Karl’s vision in establishing this endowed faculty position will ensure that his interdisciplinary style of teaching and research will continue to engage scholars in the study of Hellenic visual culture,” said Gunnie Corbett, executor of Kilinski’s estate.
A new gift of $1 million will create the Marriott Family Endowed Professor position in Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. SMU parents John W. Marriott, III, and his wife, Angela C. Marriott, as well as John’s father, J. Willard Marriott, Jr., and his wife, Donna Garff Marriott, supported the gift, which was made possible through the Marriott Fund of The Columbus Foundation in Columbus, Ohio.
The Marriott gift provides Meadows School of the Arts the flexibility to use the funds as needed in support of a professorship focused on any key academic area.
John and Angela Marriott, who live in Maryland, are members of SMU’s Parent Leadership Council. They have three daughters who are past or current SMU students.
“Our three daughters have benefited from the outstanding education they received through Meadows School of the Arts, and we want to help ensure similar opportunities for future students,” said John W. Marriott, III.
“Instead of designating a specific division of the arts for our gift, Angie and I decided to give the Meadows School the freedom to use this fund to support a professorship in whatever field seems most appropriate to strengthen the school and enrich the educational experience of its students.”