Faculty Senate

Nominate 2011 honorary degree candidates by Sept. 27

2010 SMU honorary degree recipientsThe Faculty Senate is seeking nominations for SMU’s honorary degree class of 2011. Nominees should be individuals “whose uncommon personal accomplishments at home or abroad have served society and the public good, or who enlarge human understanding and enrich human life, in any field of endeavor.” The deadline is Sept. 27.

Nominations should include a note identifying your membership in the SMU community, an unsigned letter of nomination, and supporting materials. Send via e-mail or regular mail to Faculty Senate Secretary Lee Alvoid, SMU Box 750241.

> Find a list of previous recipients at the Registrar’s homepage

(Above, SMU’s honorary degree class of 2010 with faculty sponsors and other Commencement dignitaries: front row left to right, Saul Perlmutter, Jorie Graham and Karinna Moskalenko; back row left to right, Thomas Coan, SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Willard Spiegelman, 2010 Commencement Speaker Ron Kirk and Jeffrey Kahn.)

By | 2010-09-01T12:26:41+00:00 September 1, 2010|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , |

Calendar Highlights: Back-to-School 2010

Lining up the flags for Opening Convocation 2009New students arrive on the Hilltop for Mustang Corral Aug. 18, and the entire campus is gearing up for the Fall 2010 semester. Keep track of some important dates and times with this handy back-to-school calendar:

> Visit the SMU calendar to find more upcoming events
> Learn how to submit calendar events

Faculty Senate honors five with Outstanding Staff Awards

The Faculty Senate honored five exemplary SMU staffers with 2010 Faculty Senate Outstanding Staff Awards at its last meeting of the academic year May 5.

This year’s recipients:

  • Ann Conner, Psychology, Dedman College
  • Sheila Crain, Statistical Science, Dedman College
  • Susana Duarte, English, Dedman College
  • Sharon Hartley, Dean’s Office, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development
  • Laurieann Ram-Kern, Chemistry, Dedman College

SMU Press to suspend operations June 1

The University plans to suspend operations of the SMU Press as of June 1, 2010.

Budgetary reasons have been cited for the suspension, Provost Paul Ludden has announced.

“It is with regret that we make the decision to suspend operations of the SMU Press, which has enjoyed a distinguished history of publishing. But in these challenging budgetary times, difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions must be made. SMU has weathered the financial crisis well, but some cuts were necessary,” said Ludden in a written statement.

“By suspending operations rather than closing the press with finality, we retain the option to resume the press in a renewed form in the future.”

At its final 2009-10 meeting May 5, the Faculty Senate passed a motion to create an ad hoc committee to review the suspension. In addition, the Senate voted to ask that the decision be reversed and no jobs be terminated until the ad hoc committee completed its review.

By | 2010-05-10T10:32:20+00:00 May 10, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Faculty achievement honored on 2010 Recognition Day April 20

Honors Week continues as SMU celebrates the authorship, editorship and artistic works of its faculty during the 11th annual Faculty Recognition Day. Faculty achievement will be honored at a wine and cheese reception in DeGolyer Library at 5:30 p.m. April 20.

Provost Paul Ludden will offer remarks and congratulations to the faculty for their contributions to the University through written and creative works.

The event is presented by the Faculty Senate, Central University Libraries and Friends of the SMU Libraries.

For more information, contact Cindy Ruppi, 214-768-2401.

Nominate outstanding staff for Faculty Senate award by April 9

Nominations are due by April 9 for the 2010 Faculty Senate Outstanding Staff Awards. The Faculty Senate will present citations and gifts to three outstanding University staff members at its final meeting of 2000-10 May 5.

Awardees are judged by the Executive Committee of the Senate and decided by the letters and number of votes accompanying them. Additional members of your department should reconfirm the nomination. If you are resubmitting a candidate who has been nominated but not selected in the past, previous letters of recommendation can be retrieved from Faculty Senate files.

To enter an outstanding staff member for consideration, e-mail Faculty Senate Secretary Julie Maynard with your nominations, name and department, as well as a brief page about why your nominated staff member is outstanding.

For more information, contact Julie Maynard, 214-768-3559.

New University Curriculum gets ‘yes’ vote from SMU faculty

Dallas Hall with studentsThe SMU faculty has voted 194-74 in favor of a new University general education curriculum – the common knowledge, skills and experiences every student must accrue before they graduate.

Approval for what is now called the University Curriculum (UC) came through an electronic vote tallied March 18-19, 2010, through SMU’s Office of Information Technology.

The Faculty Senate held an open forum March 17 to allow faculty members to discuss questions and concerns with members of the General Education Review Committee, which formulated the new curriculum with input from the SMU faculty and key staff members. The new curriculum will be submitted next to the University’s administration and Board of Trustees.

> Download the final UC proposal (log in with your e-mail ID and password)

The General Education Review Committee began meeting in October 2008 to review the existing curriculum for needed changes. Its goals included “eliciting the faculty’s judgment about the core knowledge and competencies that graduates of SMU should possess,” as well as to ensure “ongoing involvement of the faculty in determining and implementing the details,” according to the proposal document.

The Committee presented its first proposal for faculty input and discussion in April 2009. The final proposal – dated March 2, 2010 – describes the faculty committees that will be responsible for further defining and implementing the new course of study.

> Proposed structure of UC committees

In addition, the latest proposal clarifies that student electronic portfolios are not a requirement for graduation and will not require faculty evaluation or certification. Instead, it recommends “that students be introduced, in their first year at SMU, to the use of e-portfolios.”

Among the goals set for the new curriculum is to make it easier for students to pursue multiple majors and minors. It also aims to accommodate more opportunities for honors programming, international study, undergraduate research options, internship experiences and service learning.

> The UC’s connections to the SMU Strategic Plan

Additionally, the University Curriculum’s structure is designed to better accommodate transfer students from other universities, as well as make it easier for current SMU students to transfer their existing credits if they change majors.

As with the current General Education Curriculum (GEC), the UC will constitute approximately one-third of a 120-hour baccalaureate degree plan. An estimated 85 percent of the new requirements will map to existing courses.

> See the short version of the UC and GEC overlay.
> See the long version of the UC and GEC overlay.

Read more about the University Curriculum under the link below.

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Faculty Senate holds University Curriculum forum March 17

The Faculty Senate has invited the SMU community to a Universitywide forum to discuss the proposed new University Curriculum. The forum begins at 3:30 p.m. March 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.

Members of the General Education Review Committee will answer questions and discuss details of the University Curriculum proposal. An electronic vote on the proposal will take place March 18-19. Faculty members will receive an e-mail message with the voting instructions.

Find details of the University Curriculum proposal online (log in with your e-mail ID and password)

Nominations open for 2010 Faculty Senate staff awards

The Faculty Senate will present citations and gifts to three outstanding University staff members at its final meeting of 2000-10 May 5. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Faculty Senate Outstanding Staff Awards.

To enter an outstanding staff member for consideration, e-mail Faculty Senate Secretary Julie Maynard with your nominations, name and department, as well as a brief page about why your nominated staff member is outstanding.

Awardees are judged by the Executive Committee of the Senate and decided by the letters and number of votes accompanying them. Additional members of your department should reconfirm the nomination. If you are resubmitting a candidate who has been nominated but not selected in the past, previous letters of recommendation can be retrieved from Faculty Senate files.

For more information, contact Julie Maynard, 214-768-3559.

Visit the SMU Faculty Senate homepage

Faculty, staff join student-led fundraiser for Haiti

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The entire SMU community is responding to the disastrous earthquake in Haiti with a student-led relief campaign. SMU’s Heart Beats for Haiti seeks to raise relief funds over a 3-week period through Feb. 15, 2010.

Students, faculty and staff members will have the opportunity to purchase a small paper heart for $5 and a larger heart for $10 in Umphrey Lee Center and the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The buyer can sign his or her name to the heart, which will then be displayed in the Student Center. Donations of every size will be accepted, and Pony Express funds may be used to give to the effort.

All funds raised will be given to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

Patrick Kobler, student body president, and seniors Nicola Muchnikoff and Rachel Carey came up with the idea before the spring term started.

“We just felt the magnitude of the situation is such that we had to do something as a student body and a community,” Kobler says. “The news has been so dire, and the need has been so great, and we at SMU are so lucky – we need to get involved.”

Kobler contacted Faculty Senate President Fred Olness and Staff Association President Alison Tweedy to help coordinate a campuswide effort.

“The Senate will work to spread the word about the Haiti fund-raiser so our community can provide broad support for Haitians in need,” Olness says.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea and opportunity for the entire SMU community to work together,” Tweedy says. “I hope everyone will participate and give what they can.”

Faculty and staff members will earn one Wellpower Spirit Point for their donation to the student campaign, says Mary Stall, HR specialist in organizational effectiveness in SMU’s Department of Human Resources.

Cash and checks will be accepted; checks should be made out to “SMU’s Heart Beats for Haiti.” Checks may be sent by mail to Lydia Dale, SMU Box 750436, Dallas TX 75275-0436.

Visit SMU’s Heart Beats for Haiti on the Student Senate website

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