Two outstanding Dedman College professors named 2017-19 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors

SMU News Originally Posted: May 11, 2017 Congratulations to Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences 2017-19 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors honorees, Stephen Sekula, Department of Physics and Kathleen Wellman, Department of History. They were two of four SMU teachers that received the award during the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Sekula and Wellman will join  fellow active returning Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences member Gabriela Vokic, Department of World Languages and Literatures (Spanish). Each year since 2001, the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Awards, named for SMU Trustee Ruth Altshuler, recognize SMU faculty members for their commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. “These are faculty whose concerns for higher education go beyond classroom boundaries and often the boundaries of their own discipline,” according to the CTE. “They represent the highest [...]

By | 2017-05-11T17:49:10+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, History, Physics|Comments Off on Two outstanding Dedman College professors named 2017-19 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors

Dedman College graduate receives Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Awards

SMU News Originally Posted: May 8, 2017 *This is an excerpt of an SMU news press release. To read the full release click here. JENNIE LEE DALLAS (SMU) – SMU bachelor of music and world languages graduate Jennie Lee has accepted a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award to spend 10 months teaching English in Germany. But she won’t be your typical English teacher. Building on the interests and activities she discovered at SMU before graduating in 2016, she’ll teach English through extra-curricular activities like after-school yoga classes and singing lessons. “I studied opera in college and got a degree in vocal performance and world languages,” says Lee, who came to SMU from a traditional conservatory prep school background and earned a place in Pi Kappa [...]

By | 2017-05-09T08:31:29+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Dedman College graduate receives Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Awards

Ernest Jouriles named SMU’s first G. Dale McKissick Endowed Professor of Psychology

SMU News Originally Posted: May 2, 2017 Ernest N. Jouriles, Dedman Family Distinguished Professor in SMU’s Department of Psychology and an internationally recognized expert in the psychology of family and relationship violence, has been named the University’s first G. Dale McKissick Endowed Professor of Psychology. He will begin his new duties on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. The professorship was made possible in 2014 through the estate of SMU alumnus McKissick, who graduated with a B.B.A. degree in 1950 and M.B.A. degree in 1954. Jouriles has several programs of research (in collaboration with SMU Professor of Psychology and Dedman College Senior Associate Dean for Research Renee McDonald). One program focuses on violence in adolescent romantic relationships and is dedicated to reaching a better understanding of risk factors for sexual and relationship violence among adolescents, [...]

By | 2017-05-03T11:09:17+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Ernest Jouriles named SMU’s first G. Dale McKissick Endowed Professor of Psychology

Anthropologist Caroline Brettell elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

SMU News Originally Posted: April 18, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) — Noted SMU anthropologist Caroline Brettell joins actress Carol Burnett, musician John Legend, playwright Lynn Nottage, immunologist James Allison and other renowned leaders in various fields as a newly elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The class of 2017 will be inducted at a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Brettell joins 228 new fellows and foreign honorary members — representing the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs and the nonprofit sector — as a member of one of the world’s most prestigious honorary societies. “Caroline Brettell is an internationally recognized leader in the field of migration, and one of Dedman College’s most productive scholars,” said Thomas DiPiero, dean of SMU’s Dedman [...]

By | 2017-04-18T11:53:07+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Anthropologist Caroline Brettell elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

SMU honors outstanding achievement, service at 2016-17 Hilltop Excellence Awards, Honors Convocation

SMU News Originally Posted: April 18, 2017 SMU faculty, staff, administrators and students were recognized with teaching awards, service honors and the University’s highest commendation, the “M” Award, at the 2016-17 Hilltop Excellence Awards Monday, April 17. Earlier in the day, the University honored its best students at the 20th Honors Convocation. The address was delivered by Jo Guldi, assistant professor of history in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. > Find a complete list of award winners from Honors Convocation 2017 A native Dallasite, Guldi studies the history of Great Britain and the British Empire, landscape history, legal history, property law, infrastructure, digital methods, international development, and agrarian studies. As a digital and data historian, she also oversees the lecture series “Data is Made Up of Stories: University-wide Futures From the Digital Humanities,” [...]

By | 2017-04-18T08:42:44+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on SMU honors outstanding achievement, service at 2016-17 Hilltop Excellence Awards, Honors Convocation

Congratulations Caroline Brettell, Anthropology, Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Originally Posted: April 12, 2017 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects 228 National and International Scholars, Artists, Philanthropists, and Business Leaders The 237th class of members includes philanthropist and singer-songwriter John Legend, award-winning actress Carol Burnett, chairman of the board of Xerox Corporation Ursula Burns, mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, immunologist James P. Allison, and writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Press Release CAMBRIDGE, MA | APRIL 12, 2017 — The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the election of 228 new members. They include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders. The list of the 237th class of new members is available at www.amacad.org/members. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts [...]

By | 2017-04-12T07:31:34+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Anthropology, DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Congratulations Caroline Brettell, Anthropology, Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Congratulations Sabri Ates, Michael Lusztig, and Hiroki Takeuchi recently awarded the Colin Powell Global Order and Foreign Policy Fellowship

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: April 5, 2017 Three SMU professors Sabri Ates, Michael Lusztig, and Hiroki Takeuchi were awarded the Colin Powell Global Order and Foreign Policy Fellowship for 2017-2018. The award, designed to increase research and scholarship and to enhance teaching effectiveness, gives SMU faculty members up to $5,000 for their research, which contributes to what President Bush referred to as the New World Order. Sabri Ates, associate professor of history, will use the award to finish writing his book Seyyid Abdulqadir Nehri’s Pursuit of an Independent Kurdistan. With the recent developments in Iraq, Syria and Turkey the question of Kurdish statelessness is becoming more pressing. Ates explores what historical conditions account for how the Kurds became the largest ethnic group without its own nation. His book [...]

By | 2017-04-11T10:02:57+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History, Political Science|Comments Off on Congratulations Sabri Ates, Michael Lusztig, and Hiroki Takeuchi recently awarded the Colin Powell Global Order and Foreign Policy Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Chancey, 2017 Guggenheim Fellow

READ MORE Mark A. Chancey is a Professor of Religious Studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Chancey will use his Guggenheim Fellowship to continue work on his next monograph, The Good Book as Textbook: Teaching about the Bible in American Public Schools. Chancey will explore the legal, political, and academic issues raised by K-12 Bible courses while tracing their evolution from the early twentieth century to the present. With topics ranging from curricula and court cases to Vidalia onion fundraisers, Chuck Norris videos, and death threats, the project provides opportunities to reflect on the civic functions of religious literacy, the purposes of public education, the contested nature of American identity in times of changing religious and ethnic demographics, [...]

By | 2017-04-07T10:50:25+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Religious Studies|Comments Off on Congratulations to Dr. Mark Chancey, 2017 Guggenheim Fellow

Maria Richards of SMU takes over Presidency at Geothermal Resources Council

Think GeoEnergy Originally Posted: January 26, 2017   The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) has welcomed Maria Richards as the 26th President of the global geothermal energy organization, succeeding Paul Brophy. Maria Richards, SMUMaria Richards is the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Geothermal Laboratory Coordinator in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in Dallas, Texas. Her research is on geothermal resources and energy development. Maria’s previous projects include updating the Geothermal Map of North America, developing temperature maps for Google.org, and on?site geothermal exploration in the Peruvian Amazon and the Northern Mariana Islands. Producing geothermal energy from oil and gas fields is one of her research goals, thus works directly with technology companies and the oil and gas industry to find overlapping opportunities. As an [...]

By | 2017-01-26T09:37:20+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Maria Richards of SMU takes over Presidency at Geothermal Resources Council

Three Dedman College students named Fulbright semifinalists

SMU News Originally Posted: January 24, 2017 Congratulations to Dedman College students and recent graduates Hope Anderson, Jennie Lee ’16, and Olivia Nguyen. They are three of seven SMU students recently named Fulbright semifinalists.   Dallas (SMU) – Seven SMU students and recent graduates have been selected as semifinalists in the 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant competition. Winners of Fulbright grants will be announced this spring. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering grants for advanced research and study, as well as teaching assistantships. “These students and graduates are SMU world changers who already have made significant impacts in their fields,” said Kathleen Hugley-Cook, director of SMU’s Office of National Fellowships and Awards, [...]

By | 2017-01-25T06:59:44+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, History, Sociology, Sociology (Student), Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Three Dedman College students named Fulbright semifinalists
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