Dedman College dean resigns effective May 31

Cordelia Candelaria

Dedman College dean resigns effective May 31

Cordelia Candelaria, dean of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has decided for personal reasons to resign from her position effective May 31, as announced by SMU Provost Paul Ludden. Peter Moore, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Dedman College’s associate dean for academic affairs, will serve as dean ad interim effective June 1.

Ludden sent the following e-mail to the University community May 29:

SMU Dedman College Dean Cordelia Candelaria has decided for personal reasons to resign from her position, effective May 31. Dr. Candelaria expressed “considerable regret that serious personal circumstances require this interruption of a productive and collegial collaboration in an exceptional institution that I have been privileged to serve.”

Since her appointment as dean, Dr. Candelaria has brought new perspectives and a focus on interdisciplinary innovation to Dedman College. Under her leadership, Dedman College has made additional outstanding faculty appointments, has initiated new research efforts, and has contributed to the launch of SMU’s Second Century Campaign.

The campus is fortunate to have Professor Peter Moore, chair of the Dedman College Department of Mathematics, prepared to serve as dean ad interim, effective June 1. Appointed by Dr. Candelaria in April to serve as Dedman’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Moore has immersed himself in the workings of the College. He is well prepared to step into this important role.

A committee is being formed to begin the search process.

We thank Dr. Candelaria for her service as dean and wish her the best in future endeavors.

May 29, 2009|News|

Three honored at 2009 Dedman College Celebration

Dedman College Celebration 2009Three outstanding members of the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences community were honored April 28 at the 2009 Dedman College award celebration.

Cal Jillson, professor of political science and Dedman College associate dean of academic affairs, was named Dedman Family Distinguished Professor. A scholar of American government, political theory and history and contemporary political analysis, Jillson joined the SMU faculty in 1995 and served as chair of the Department of Political Science from 1995 to 2001. He served as director of the SMU John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies from 1996 to 2001.

Biology and chemistry major Rachel Gambulos received the Robert and Nancy Dedman Outstanding Senior Student Award. She minored in religious studies and mathematics. The President’s Scholar from Dallas studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and served as a resident assistant in the Virginia-Snider Honors Residence Hall. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Johns Hopkins Medical School.

Jane Allman Wetzel (’52), national and community volunteer, received the Dedman College Distinguished Graduate Award. She has served as state chair for the Community Resource Coordination Groups of Texas, group chair for the Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group and, in 1996, was appointed a member of the Governor’s Committee to Promote Adoption. Wetzel earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Dedman College. She remains active at SMU as a member of the Tower Center board of directors and the Perkins School of Theology executive board.

(Above, left to right: Cal Jillson, Rachel Gambulos, Jane Allman Wetzel (’52), SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Dedman College Dean Cordelia Candelaria at the 2009 Dedman College Celebration.)

May 7, 2009|News|

Winners of Dedman College’s 2009 ‘Spirit of Innovation Award’ announced

Dean Cordelia Candelaria of SMU’s Dedman College announces the first annual winners of the Dean’s “Spirit of Innovation Awards.” Recipients include faculty, students and staff who are fostering innovation through projects designed to promote discovery and learning at Southern Methodist University.

The 2009 Spirit of Innovation Award recipients will be honored at 3 p.m. May 1 in Dallas Hall’s McCord Auditorium during the last faculty meeting of the academic year.

The awards were introduced by the Dean Candelaria to encourage innovative collaborations throughout the college and to recruit outstanding graduate students for advanced studies. The applications were screened by an advisory committee, and the following projects were selected to receive the inaugural Dedman College Dean’s “Spirit of Innovation Awards”:

Darryl Dickson-Carr, Associate Professor in the Department of English, will use the award to recruit talented graduate students at the Summer Institute of Literary and Cultural Studies (SILCS) with the aim of diversifying and strengthening the pipeline to the future professoriate.

Peter Moore, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics, will pursue a three-pronged approach for identifying and recruiting a diverse pool of qualified graduate students in the areas of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences.

Rajani Sudan, Associate Professor in the Department of English, will bring visiting scholars to Dedman College as part of the Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference “to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among junior as well as more senior scholars.”

Rachel Romero and Mara Morhouse of the Dedman College Office of Undergraduate Student Relations are the recipients of the Staff SOARS award for 2009. Their project is to establish an organization of Dedman College Ambassadors to promote greater community and Dedman identity within the school.

George Enriquez, undergraduate student majoring in Finance and Spanish, designed a project to engage an interdisciplinary team of students in presenting a simulated interaction between Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. He was selected for the Student Exemplars of Excellent Development (SEED) Award.

Emphasizing the importance of academic excellence, Dean Candelaria noted that “these awards recognize that Dedman College has pushed the pursuit of knowledge and creative inquiry from the earliest founding days of the University in the 1900s.”

For more information about the awards and the reception, call the Dean’s Office of Dedman College at 214-768-3212.

April 6, 2009|News|

Calender Highlights: Sept. 12, 2008

U.S. ConstitutionWe, the people: SMU celebrates Constitution Day Sept. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. Stop by during the day to view a copy of the United States’ founding document – with cake, punch and a reading of the Preamble at 12:30 p.m.

Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Raphael Folsom will lecture on “This Weeping Land: The Making, Destruction and Rebirth of the Yaqui Mission Towns, 1533-1810,” at noon Sept. 17 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch.

Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon: Dedman College Dean Cordelia Candelaria will offer “Dedman College Perspectives” at noon Sept. 17 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom. Cost is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Immigration conversation: In honor of SMU’s 2008 Common Reading Experience, The Devil’s Highway, the Fondren Library Center presents the documentary “Crossing Arizona” at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. Professors Ben Johnson, History, and Harold Stanley, Political Science, will discuss the film immediately following the screening. The screening is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Central University Libraries and Friends of the SMU Libraries.

2008 Family Weekend logoGilbert Lecture Series: TCU’s Addie Levy Professor of Literature, Linda Hughes, discusses “Navigating the Material(ity) of Victorian Print Culture” Sept. 18 in DeGolyer Library. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception in the Texana Room, followed by a 6:30 lecture in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room.

Bring the kids: SMU celebrates Family Weekend 2008, “SMU Safari,” Sept. 19-21 at points across campus – including Ford Stadium, where SMU plays TCU at 7 p.m. in the State Farm DFW Duel Battle for the Iron Skillet. Learn more at the Student Foundation website.

Fun and games: The Guildhall at SMU celebrates its 5th anniversary with a block party for the general public and game-industry professionals noon-3 p.m. Sept. 20 at SMU-in-Legacy. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited for fun, food and games for all ages (plus a bounce house and slide for the kids).

September 12, 2008|Calendar Highlights|
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