Dennis Cordell

Next University Curriculum course proposal deadline is Sept. 26, 2011

A class held outdoors at Dallas HallThe next deadline is approaching to submit course proposals for SMU’s new University Curriculum (UC). The University Curriculum Steering Committee will accept submissions for the 2012-13 academic year through Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. The new curriculum will launch in Fall 2012.

The University Curriculum website (log in with your 8-digit SMU ID and e-mail password) includes information on the components of the new curriculum, the Student Learning Outcomes for each component, and proposal forms for both new courses and revised courses that are already part of the current General Education Curriculum (GEC).

The committee is especially interested in proposals for courses that can satisfy more than one requirement (e.g., that satisfy a Pillar requirement as well as a Proficiency).

The site also offers information on proposing a Ways of Knowing course – the team-taught, interdisciplinary courses that are a central element of the UC. Faculty members may discuss their ideas and proposals at SMU’s Ways of Knowing Group on Facebook.

All course proposals should be sent to Dennis Cordell, Associate Dean for General Education, and Julian Guevara, assistant in the Dean’s Office.

SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence will host a University Curriculum Proposal Workshop 8-9:20 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. The workshop is intended to serve as a practical guide to writing successful proposals for the new curriculum and will include a variety of examples and models, as well as discussion of issues and concerns. Register online at the CTE homepage.

> Learn more at (log in with your 8-digit SMU ID and e-mail password)
> Join the discussion with SMU’s Ways of Knowing Group on Facebook

September 21, 2011|News, Save the Date|

Faculty, staff and students discuss proposed University curriculum changes

The SMU community got its first detailed overview of proposed changes to the General Education Curriculum at a town hall meeting April 22.

New emphases on “demonstrated competencies” and broader double-counting of courses mark the proposed changes, as well as a new second-language requirement for all students. The proposals also will make the curriculum friendlier to long and multiple majors and minors and to transfer students from outside and inside the University, said committee co-chairs Dennis Cordell, Dedman College, and Tom Tunks, Associate Provost.

The University Curriculum – so called as the only course of study to be completed by all SMU undergraduates – is the result of work conducted by the General Education Review Committee. The committee was charged with completing the curriculum review, formulating recommendations for needed changes, and presenting a proposal for a new general education curriculum to Provost Paul Ludden by April 25, 2009.

Presentation of the proposal leads into the review’s next stage, in which a broad cross-section of faculty and staff members will address details such as identifying courses to keep or modify and developing metrics and other details, Tunks said. The new curriculum is expected to be in place for the 2011-12 academic year.

The length of the review process allows the University to “get it right,” as well as ensure that funds are in place for implementation, Tunks said. It also accomplishes the important objective of getting the SMU community involved and invested, he added.

“Through broad participation in developing the curriculum, what we develop is ownership of the curriculum,” Tunks said. “We tend to be more enthusiastic about the things we own than about things that were pushed at us by someone else. We look at this as a chance to build community at the University.”

Find an outline of the proposed changes and more information at The General Education Review homepage.

Complete listing of SMU’s current General Education Curriculum
Initial curriculum review planning guidelines
Essential learning outcomes
GEC opinion survey
GEC Review blog, open to the SMU community

April 28, 2009|News|

Community members to meet for Curriculum Town Hall

SMU faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a town hall meeting on the University’s General Education Curriculum, to take place at 4 p.m. April 22 in McCord Auditorium, 3rd floor, Dallas Hall.

The General Education Review Committee will present draft recommendations for a new University curriculum for discussion. The committee is co-chaired by Dedman College Associate Dean for General Education Dennis Cordell and Associate Provost Tom Tunks.

April 22, 2009|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

General Education Review committee named

The Office of the Provost has named all members of SMU’s General Education Review Committee. The office plans to establish a website on which faculty and staff members can track the Commitee’s progress and provide feedback.

“The members have all agreed to participate in this important venture on behalf of, and in consultation with, the entire University community,” said Provost Paul Ludden in an e-mail to SMU faculty and staff.

The General Education Review is a key objective of SMU’s Centennial Strategic Plan 2006-2015. The review will examine how the University’s general education requirements “prepare students for citizenship and leadership roles in an educated society.” Copies of the Centennial Strategic Plan 2006-2015 may be picked up in SMU’s libraries.

The committee membership:

Dennis Cordell, Dedman College General Education, Co-Chair
Thomas Tunks, Associate Provost, Co-Chair
Shelley Berg, Dance
Denise DuPont, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Vicki Hill, Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center
Robert Krout, Music Therapy
Monnie McGee, Statistical Science
Mark McPhail, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Rachael Morgan, student representative
Ellen Pryor, Associate Provost
Miguel Quiñones, Management and Organizations
Gale Roid, Teaching and Learning
Nina Schwartz, English
Harold Stanley, Political Science
Susan Strobel-Hogan, Residence Life and Student Housing
Brian Stump, Earth Sciences
Alisa Rata Stutzbach, Hamon Arts Library
David Willis, Mechanical Engineering
Jo Geisler, staff support
Michael Tumeo, staff support

October 17, 2008|News|

Brian Stump receives teaching award at General Faculty Meeting

Brian Stump, Albritton Professor in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in Dedman College, was honored as the 2007-08 United Methodist Church University Scholar/Teacher of the Year at SMU’s Fall General Faculty Meeting Aug. 28.

President R. Gerald Turner updated the faculty on the upcoming Second Century Campaign and other issues surrounding campus life.

>> Newly tenured faculty and more under the link


August 29, 2008|News|
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