Three named 2015-17 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors

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Three named 2015-17 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors

Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors 2015-17

Jill DeTemple, Darius Miller and Yildirim Hürmüzlü were named SMU’s 2015-17 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors during the University’s Board of Trustees meeting in May.

Three of SMU’s best teachers have been named 2015-17 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors, as announced by the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence during the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, May 7, 2015.

The 2015 honorees are Jill DeTemple, Religious Studies, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; Yildirim Hürmüzlü, Mechanical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering; and Darius Miller, Finance, Cox School of Business.

The new members of SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers will join returning members 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.

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 achievement in reaching the goals of higher education.”

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.

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May 20, 2015|Faculty in the News, For the Record, News|

Seven receive 2009-10 Sam Taylor Fellowships

For the second year in a row, seven SMU faculty members have received Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

The Sam Taylor Fellowships, funded by income from a portion of Taylor’s estate, award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Any full-time faculty member is eligible to apply for the Fellowships, which support research “advancing the intellectual, social, or religious life of Texas and the nation.”

Applications are evaluated on the significance of the project, clarity of the proposal, professional development of the applicant, value of the project to the community or nation, and the project’s sensitivity to value questions confronting higher education and society.

The winning professors for 2009-10, and their projects:

Sarah Allen, Division of Music, Meadows School of the Arts, for research on motor skill acquisition in music learning.

Jill deTemple Religious Studies, Dedman College, for research in Ecuador on a faith-based women’s development organization.

Robert Hunt, Director of Global Theological Education, Perkins School of Theology, for research in the Indonesian Archipelago on shared Christian-Muslim culture and relations.

Sheri Kunovich Sociology, Dedman College, to study female political candidates and the voting system in Poland.

Rubén Sanchez-Godoy Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dedman College, for archival research in Salvador, Brazil, and Peru, on 17th-century representations of slavery.

Susanne Scholz, Perkins School of Theology, to interview and produce a documentary DVD series on pioneering feminist theologians.

Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Perkins School of Theology, for her research on identity and faith formation in cross-cultured children of missionaries.

For more information on the Fellowships, including application instructions, contact Kathleen Hugley-Cook, director of the University’s Office of National Fellowships and Awards.

Visit SMU’s National Fellowships and Awards homepage

November 13, 2009|For the Record, News|

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 2, 2009

Etruscan warrior statuetteVolunteer meet-up: SMU’s 44th Annual Women’s Symposium is looking for volunteers – learn more about how you can help at a Volunteer Mixer 5 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Women’s Center, 3rd floor, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. For more information, contact Karen Click, 214-768-4796

Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Jill De Temple, assistant professor of religious studies, will moderate a discussion of the intersection of Latino Protestant religious identities and political action in “Latino Protestants, Evangelicals, and Pentecostals” Feb. 4 in the Umphrey Lee Center faculty dining room. Dinner is at 6:30 pm; discussion is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. To register, contact Carolyn Douglas.

Ancient treasures: SMU’s Meadows Museum celebrates the opening of “From the Temple and the Tomb: Etruscan Treasures from Tuscany” and “New Light on the Etruscans: Fifteen Years of Excavation at Poggio Colla” with a reception for faculty and staff 4:30-6 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Museum. A special lecture by University Distinguished Professor of Art History Greg Warden, “New Evidence for Etruscan Ritual: The Excavations at the Sanctuary of Poggio Colla,” will follow at 6 p.m. For more information, call 214-768-4677. (Left, bronze statuette of a warrior ca. 550 B.C.E. Florence, National Museum of Archaeology.)

February 2, 2009|Calendar Highlights|
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