Tenure, promotion for 18 SMU professors effective for 2014-15 academic year

Eighteen SMU faculty members will begin the 2014-15 academic year with promotions after receiving tenure as associate professors or being named to full professorships.

The following individuals received tenure or promotion effective Monday, Sept. 1, 2014:

Cox School of Business

Recommended for promotion to Full Professor:

  • Richard Briesch, Marketing

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Recommended for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor:

  • Austin Baldwin, Psychology
  • Bo Chen, Economics
  • Jodi Cooley-Sekula, Physics
  • Sunday Eiselt, Anthropology
  • Daniel Reynolds, Mathematics
  • David Rosenfield, Psychology
  • Brandilyn Stigler, Mathematics
  • Hiroki Takeuchi, Political Science

Recommended for promotion to Full Professor:

  • Andrew Graybill, History
  • David Haynes, English (Creative Writing)
  • Neil Tabor, Earth Sciences

Dedman School of Law

Recommended for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor:

  • Meghan Ryan, Law (criminal law and procedure, torts, law and science, intellectual property, capital punishment)

Recommended for promotion to Full Professor:

  • Jeffrey Kahn, Law (U.S. constitutional law, Russian law, human rights, counterterrorism)
  • Mary Spector, Law (consumer credit law, landlord-tenant law, clinical legal education, co-director of the SMU Civil Clinic)

Meadows School of the Arts

Recommended for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor:

  • Ann Schilling, Theatre

Recommended for promotion to Full Professor:

  • Pamela Patton, Art History

Perkins School of Theology

Recommended for promotion to Full Professor:

  • Susanne Scholz, Old Testament
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SMU Health Center moving to temporary location

Beginning Friday, June 6, 2014, the SMU Health Center will offer medical services in a temporary location at the Loyd All-Sports Center, 5800 Ownby Drive. Medical services will be available from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on the lower level, Room L007.

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) will be available at 214-768-2277 or 214-768-2860.

Students may call the Health Center at 214-768-2393 for more information.

> Get details about the status of medical, pharmacy, counseling, and scanning and scoring services from the SMU Parents blog

In case of emergency, students are asked to call 911 or SMU Police at 214-768-3333. Local hospitals and emergency resources are listed on the Health Center website. Students also may visit area clinics, including QuestCare at 3414 Milton Avenue in Snider Plaza, which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; call 214-368-4822.

The Health Center is preparing for the demolition of the Memorial Health Center and the subsequent construction of the new Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. Health Center staff members thank SMU students, faculty and staff for their support during this transition period.

> Visit the SMU Health Center online at smu.edu/healthcenter

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Three honored as SMU’s 2014-16 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors

SMU Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors 2014-16 by Hillsman S. Jackson

The 2014-16 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors were honored at a meeting of SMU’s Board of Trustees Thursday, May 8 (l to r): Michael Lattman, Paige Ware and Jaime Clark-Soles. Photo: Hillsman S. Jackson

Three of SMU’s best teachers have been named 2014-16 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors, as announced by the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence at the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, May 8, 2014.

This year’s honorees include Jaime Clark-Soles, New Testament, Perkins School of Theology; Michael Lattman, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; and Paige Ware, Teaching and Learning, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

The new members of SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers will join returning members Thomas Carr, Mathematics, Dedman College; Robert Krout, Music Therapy, Meadows School of the Arts; Sheri Kunovich, Sociology, Dedman College; and Luis Maldonado-Peña, World Languages and Literatures (Spanish), Dedman College.

Each year since 2001, the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Awards 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 website. “They represent the highest achievement in reaching the goals of higher education.” The professorships are named for SMU Trustee Ruth Altshuler.

Each recipient receives a $10,000 award and membership in SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers for the two years of their appointment as Altshuler Professors. Members participate actively with other members of the Academy to address issues in classroom teaching.

More about this year’s honored professors under the link.

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Get a sneak preview of SMU’s new Arnold Dining Commons as 2014 summer dining hours kick in

Stock photo of an Open sign in a shop windowWhat’s for lunch? As SMU outlets begin summer hours, the campus community will have an opportunity to experience the new Anita and Truman Arnold Dining Commons before the facility opens for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Arnold Dining Commons opens to the public – including SMU’s summer sport and cheer camps – at lunchtime on Tuesday, May 27. The Commons will accept all forms of payment available at other University dining outlets, including meal plans and Pony Express Cash, during its “soft launch” period from May to August.

Summer operations will be geared toward service for thousands of conference attendees, says Julie Wiksten, associate vice president for campus services. The summer meal service “will be an opportunity for the SMU community to get an advance look at these new facilities and to experience them first-hand during the summer sessions.”

SMU's Anita and Truman Arnold Dining Commons, Spring 2014SMU Dining will introduce The Fresh Food Company at Arnold Dining Commons when students return for the Fall 2014 term. The menu focuses on dishes made to order in front of guests, prepared with fresh ingredients, in an atmosphere reminiscent of an open marketplace. The concept encourages flexibility and creativity in the dining room’s daily offerings, Wiksten says.

Continuing the freshness theme, two campus outlets will receive major upgrades during summer 2014. RFoC at Lee, also known as “Umph,” will close during the summer sessions for an extensive remodeling (including a renovated faculty/staff dining room).

In addition, Mac’s Place in McElvaney Hall, which closed temporarily in March, will reopen in the fall with an upgraded grill, an outdoor entrance with patio seating, and an expanded convenience store.

Some other University food stops will be open for business during limited hours in the 2014 May Term and Summer Sessions. Check the links below for outlets, days and times:

Visit SMU Dining Services online at smudining.com

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Faculty Senate honors five with 2014 Outstanding Staff Awards

SMU’s Faculty Senate honored five outstanding staff members with 2014 Faculty Senate Outstanding Staff Awards during its last meeting of the academic year on Wednesday, April 30.

In addition to the award, each honoree received a tote bag containing items ranging from gift certificates to performance passes to SMU Basketball T-shirts. The gifts were donated by SMU Athletics, the SMU Bookstore, SMU Dining Services, Meadows Museum and Meadows Theatre.

This year’s winners:

  • Sandra Blackstone, Finance, Cox School of Business
  • Amy Dahmann, Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Judy Gibbons, Intern Program, Perkins School of Theology
  • Cliff Gould, Parking Services, Parking and ID Card Services
  • Pam Henderson, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Meadows School of the Arts

Photos of each winner with Faculty Senate President Santanu Roy have been posted to the Faculty Senate website’s Awards and Recognitions Archive.

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Time to celebrate at the 2014 President’s Picnic Friday, May 23

2014 SMU Staff Appreciation Day and President's Picnic - imageSMU staff members will unofficially kick off the Memorial Day 2014 weekend with a party Friday, May 23, on the south lawn of Clements Hall. The SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) and President R. Gerald Turner host the 2014 President’s Picnic 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

The traditional post-Commencement celebration features picnic food favorites and several prize contests. Food will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All SMU staff members are invited to attend.

Visit the SMU Staff Association online at smu.edu/smusa

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Four SMU professors honored with 2014 Ford Research Fellowships

SMU named four 2014 Ford Research Fellows at a meeting of its Board of Trustees Thursday, May 8 (l to r): Alexis McCrossen, Dieter Cremer, Alyce McKenzie and Anthony Colangelo. Photo credit: SMU/Hillsman S. Jackson.

SMU named four 2014 Ford Research Fellows at a meeting of its Board of Trustees Thursday, May 8 (l to r): Alexis McCrossen, Dieter Cremer, Alyce McKenzie and Anthony Colangelo. Photo: Hillsman S. Jackson

Four distinguished SMU professors were named 2014 Ford Research Fellows at the meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees Thursday, May 8. This year’s recipients are Anthony Colangelo, Dedman School of Law; Dieter Cremer, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; Alexis McCrossen, History, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; and Alyce McKenzie, Preaching and Worship, Perkins School of Theology.

Established in 2002 through a $1 million pledge from trustee Gerald J. Ford, the fellowships help SMU retain and reward outstanding scholars. Each recipient receives a cash prize for research support during the year.

Learn more about the new Fellows under the link.

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SMU celebrates its 99th Commencement May 16-17, 2014

December Commencement 2013, blue mortarboards in Moody Coliseum, SMU

SMU observes its 99th Commencement May 16-17, 2014 with events for faculty, alumni, community members and more than 2,100 graduating students.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will speak at the all-University ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17, to be held in the recently renovated Moody Coliseum. The ceremony will be simulcast live at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports and outside Moody Coliseum on Mustang Plaza. The ceremony will also be webcast live at smu.edu/livevideo

Guests are urged to arrive early as seating in the coliseum is limited to four guests per student.

New graduates will also have the opportunity to share their photos, thoughts and future plans via social media. Those who post by Saturday, May 31 on Twitter, Instagram or the SMU Facebook page using #SMU2014 will have a chance to win two Southwest Airlines vouchers or other prizes. Complete contest rules are available online.

Follow SMU’s 99th Commencement weekend on Twitter at #SMU2014

SMU will confer three honorary degrees during the 2014 Commencement ceremonies:

  • Isabel Wilkerson will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for her achievements as a journalist and contributions to understanding of the African-American experienceWhile writing for The New York Times, Wilkerson became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism and the first African-American, male or female, to win the Pulitzer for individual reporting. Her award-winning book, The Warmth of Other Suns, is a definitive history of the Great Migration of African-Americans from the rural South to urban centers in the North and West.
  • Richard P. Heitzenrater will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for his scholarly achievements and his service to SMU. Heitzenrater is recognized as the world’s leading authority on John Wesley and early Methodism and is best known for breaking the secret code of Wesley’s personal diaries, making them available to the world. His book, Wesley and the People Called Methodists, has been translated into seven languages. He served on the faculty of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology for 16 years and in 2010 retired from the faculty of Duke University Divinity School.
  • Joseph W. McKnight will receive the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for his dedicated service to SMU, his distinguished scholarship and his leadership in the legal community. McKnight, the Larry and Jane Harlan Faculty Fellow and Professor of Law in Dedman School of Law, has made historic contributions to scholarship in legal history and to law reform in Texas. The author of six books, he directed the Texas Family Code project, which achieved important reforms, and was principal drafter of the Texas Matrimonial Property Act, recognizing property rights of married women.

Read more about the 2014 honorary degree recipients

The weekend’s activities include the Baccalaureate Service Friday, May 16, in McFarlin Auditorium. The service will be followed by Rotunda Recessional, a tradition in which seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall, marking the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni.

More information at the SMU Registrar’s Commencement homepage

Some major events at a glance:

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SMU dedicates new Residential Commons complex

On Friday, May 9, 2014, SMU dedicated its new Residential Commons complex, enabling all first-year and sophomore students to live on campus and launching the Residential Commons (RC) model campus-wide. The RC model will be implemented campuswide during the Fall 2014 term.

The $146 million complex is the largest capital project in SMU’s history and part of a larger initiative to enhance students’ living and learning experience. New facilities for the nine-acre Commons complex include five residence halls – Armstrong CommonsKathy Crow CommonsCrum CommonsLoyd Commons and Ware Commons – as well as the Anita and Truman Arnold Dining Commons and the 800-space Mustang Parking Center. The complex will provide campus housing for an additional 1,250 SMU students, enabling nearly 2,750 students to live on campus.

The dedication of the Residential Commons complex “signifies an exciting new chapter in SMU history,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Each Commons is designed to seamlessly combine the intellectual and social aspects of University life, a concept that will be implemented campuswide in the fall. We are grateful to six generous families for transforming the SMU campus experience.”

Residential Commons facts and video video

Lead gifts of $30 million in total giving have been provided by Liz Martin Armstrong ’82 and Bill Armstrong ’82, Anita Ray Arnold and Truman Arnold, Katherine Raymond Crow ’94 and Harlan R. Crow, Sylvie P. Crum and Gary T. Crum ’69, Penny R. Loyd and Paul B. Loyd Jr. ’68, and Richard Ware ’68 and family.

Each five-story Commons in the new complex will be home to 250 students, a residence life director and a faculty member in residence.  The faculty member will serve as mentor and intellectual leader of the community, and has the opportunity to teach a class or host study sessions in the classroom included in each Commons.

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SMU celebrates 99th Commencement May 17, 2014

commencement-procession-faculty-mace-howard-lantern

SMU will celebrate the academic accomplishments of more than 2,100 students at its 99th annual Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in Moody Coliseum.

This year’s Commencement speaker, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, is noted for his work to improve the quality of life in the city. He has created new strategies for growing the arts through the Mayor’s Business Arts Initiative, has used his visibility as mayor to organize a campaign against domestic violence and has put Dallas in the spotlight by taking a leading role with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Read more on Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

Guests are urged to arrive early as seating in the coliseum is limited to four guests per student. Additional seating will be available for a simulcast of the event at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. The ceremony also will be broadcast outside Moody Coliseum on Mustang Plaza, and there will be a webcast of the ceremony online at smu.edu/live.

The University’s 2014 honorary degree recipients are Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson, Methodist historian Richard P. Heitzenrater and SMU law professor Joseph W. McKnight. Each will be included in a symposium in his or her honor, all of which are free and open to the public.

> Learn more about the honorary degree recipients and symposia

The Baccalaureate Service will be at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, in McFarlin Auditorium. Like the Commencement ceremony, it will be webcast live.

The traditional Faculty Breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. in the Miller Event Center’s Champions Club, Moody Coliseum. If you are serving as a faculty marshal, you are encouraged to report to your assigned location by 7:50 a.m.

> RSVP for the Faculty Breakfast and Commencement procession

Retired and current faculty will assemble in academic dress no later than 8:40 a.m. in the Miller Champions Club. The procession begins moving at 8:50 a.m.

Compiled by Gary Shultz, SMU News

Visit the SMU Registrar’s May Commencement homepage: smu.edu/commencement

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