Johan Elverskog

SMU-record 14 professors receive 2014-15 Sam Taylor Fellowships

UMC General Board of Higher Education and Ministry logoFourteen SMU faculty members – a University-record number – have received 2014-15 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 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 this academic year, and their projects:

Edward Countryman, History, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, for research at the Canadian National Archives for his book on Joseph Brant and colonial America.

Johan Elverskog, Religious Studies, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, to work in the Getty Museum’s archives for his book on the history of Buddhist influence in art.

Kathleen Gallagher, Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, Meadows School of the Arts, to conduct interviews in Puerto Rico regarding non-profit organization life cycles.

Adam Herring, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, to include color plates in his monograph on Inca artworks.

Peter Kupfer, Music History, Meadows School of the Arts, to survey how viewers understand cultural meanings of classical music used in advertising.

Rita Linjuan Men, Communication Studies, Meadows School of the Arts, to collect survey data for analysis of transparency in organizations’ social media communications.

Rebekah Miles, Perkins School of Theology, for archival research and interviews regarding Ursula Niebuhr’s works.

Brian Molanphy, Art, Meadows School of the Arts, to support his Spring 2015 artist residency at l’Ecole de céramique de Provence in France.

Lisa Pon, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, for inclusion of illustrations in her forthcoming book.

Christopher Roos, Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, to support collaborative research in Tasmania.

Brett Story, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, for load-testing materials to study collapse resistance in buildings.

Peng Tao, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, for software to study protein-folding and unfolded protein response.

Jenia Turner, Dedman School of Law, to survey prosecutors and defense attorneys nationally regarding the U.S. criminal justice system.

Hye Jin Yoon, Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts, for a survey regarding efficacy of advertising appeals to individualism versus collectivism.

For the Record: May 2012

The SMU Office of Public Affairs received 10 awards in 8 different categories in the 2012 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV competition. Nicole SantosMelinda Matthews, Laura Graham, Karen Shoholm and Vicki Olvera, Integrated Marketing and Advertising, won a Gold Award in the Design category for “Say Hello to SMU,” the University’s new admission brochure. Sarah Hanan and Kathleen Tibbetts, News and Communications, won the Gold and Silver Awards in the Blogs category for SMU Adventures and SMU ForumHillsman S. Jackson, Laura GrahamPatti LaSalle, Mitch WhittenSherry MyresKaren Shoholm and Nancy George received the Silver Award in the Institutional Relations category for the University’s Centennial picture book, SMU: Unbridled Vision (pictured).

Pat Ward, Public Affairs/Periodicals, brought home the Silver Award in the Newsletters category for the Central University Libraries newsletter, Annotations. Brooke Carlock, Karen Shoholm, Melinda Matthews and Vicki Olvera, Integrated Marketing and Advertising, won the Bronze Award in the Design – Special Pieces category for the President’s Associates calendar and Academic Programs booklet. Brittney Wallace, Integrated Marketing and Advertising, earned a Bronze Award for Design Improvement for the President’s Scholars recruitment brochure.

The Development and External Affairs team won a Bronze Award for Institutional Relations for The Second Century Celebration. Denise Gee, News and Communications, won a Bronze Award in the Writing Collection category for her portfolio focused on the University’s human rights programs. Eva Parks, News and Communications, received an Honorable Mention in the Electronic Communications category for the Fall 2011 “SMU in the News” video.

Irina Dumitrescu, English, Dedman College, has received a 24-month Humboldt Research Fellowship to begin August 1, 2012. The award allows postdoctoral researchers who have completed their doctorates within the past four years to carry out a long-term research project (6 to 24 months) in cooperation with an academic host of their choosing at a research institution in Germany. Dumitrescu’s host institution is the Free University of Berlin, where she will work with Andrew James Johnston in the Institute for English Language and Literature. Her Humboldt-funded project, “The Drama of Grammar: Second-Language Learning in Early England,” will examine the ways in which vivid, surprising, and often scandalous grammar texts used to teach Latin and French during the Middle Ages shaped the emotional lives of students and taught them innovative ways to engage with literature.

Jennifer Dworak, Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, has received a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Consortium. The awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions to enrich their research and professional growth.

'Revelations in Business' book cover

Johan Elverskog, Religious Studies, Dedman College, gave an invited talk on “Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road” at Stanford University’s Center for East Asian Studies April 26, 2012. The lecture was sponsored by the Silk Road Foundation and the Stanford Humanities Center, Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Department of Religious Studies, and Department of History.

K. Shelette Stewart, Executive Education, Cox School of Business, has written Revelations in Business: Connecting Your Business Plan with God’s Purpose and Plan for Your Life (pictured), published by Tate Publishing. She is also the narrator of the audio edition, currently available at Amazon.com

Research Spotlight: Four professors named 2011 Ford Research Fellows

SMU's 2011 Ford Research FellowsFour outstanding SMU researchers have been named as the University’s 2011 Ford Research Fellows. This year’s recipients are Johan Elverskog, Religious Studies, Dedman College; Thomas Hagstrom, Mathematics, Dedman College; Neil Tabor, Earth Sciences, Dedman College; and Sze-kar Wan, New Testament, Perkins School of Theology.

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

Above, the new Ford Research Fellows were honored by the SMU Board of Trustees during its May meeting (left to right): Sze-kar Wan, Thomas Hagstrom, Johan Elverskog and Neil Tabor.

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Elverskog, Kerins, Stephens receive 2011 Godbey Authors’ Awards

2011 Godbey Authors' Awards winnersThree SMU faculty authors will be honored for outstanding books published in 2010 at the 2011 Godbey Lecture Series Authors’ Award Luncheon. The 31st annual presentation takes place 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

The Godbey Authors’ Awards are presented by the Godbey Lecture Series in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Honorees are chosen for their outstanding scholarly research, publications and teaching ability. Each receives a prize of $1,000.

The 2011 honorees are:

  • Johan Elverskog, professor of religious studies in Dedman College, for Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road (University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • Mark Kerins, assistant professor of film and media art in Meadows School of the Arts, for Beyond Dolby (Stereo): Cinema in the Digital Sound Age (Indiana University Press)
  • Kathleen Sullivan Stephens, adjunct professor of English and academic adviser in Dedman College, for Our White Boy (Texas Tech University Press)
  • The luncheon reservation deadline is Thursday, April 21. For tickets and more information, contact Deborah Martin in the Godbey Lecture Series office, 214-768-2532.

    > Visit the Godbey Lecture Series homepage

    For the Record: Feb. 8, 2011

    'Evaluating Mental Health Disability in the Workplace' cover, Daniel Shuman-Liza GoldDaniel Shuman, Dedman School of Law, has received the 2011 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The recognition, shared with psychiatrist Liza Gold, honors their book, Evaluating Mental Health Disability in the Workplace: Model, Process, and Analysis (Springer, 2009), as an “outstanding contribution to the literature of forensic psychiatry.” The award will be presented during the APA’s annual meeting May 14-18 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Anthony Cortese, Sociology, Dedman College, moderated the Roundtable Writer’s Breakfast, “The 14th Amendment: Race, Immigration and Transformation in the 21st Century,” presented by the Black Academy of Arts and Letters Jan. 8, 2011 at the Dallas Convention Center. Read coverage by Norma Adams-Wade of The Dallas Morning News.

    Gary Swaim, Master of Liberal Studies Program, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, has written a play, Morphine, that has been accepted for a full production at the Arts Theatre Center in Plano during its 2012 season.

    In addition, he has been invited to present poetry at the opening presentation of the newly installed grand painting of The Resurrection at the Dallas Museum of Biblical Arts in Spring 2011. On Good Friday (April 22) and Easter Sunday (April 24), he will read his original poetry, Cloud of Witnesses, providing a historical and cultural sweep of ancient Hebrew and Christian figures.

    Taylor Reed, a sophomore communication studies major in Meadows School of the Arts, is one of five national finalists in the PRWeek Student of the Year competition. The winner will be announced at the annual PRWeek Awards dinner and ceremony March 10, 2011, in New York City. The competition invites undergraduates from any academic area to create a communications campaign around a brand or company that demonstrate the student’s writing ability, planning skills, strategic approach and creativity. Reed completed the campaign for SanDisk Corporation, the global leader in flash memory cards, as part of required coursework for an Introduction to Public Relations class taught by Christy Baily-Byers, APR.

    'Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road' by Johan ElverskogJohan Elverskog, Religious Studies, Dedman College, has received a CHOICE Award – presented annually by the Association of College & Research Libraries – for his latest book. Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road (University of Pennsylvania Press) was recognized as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2010 in the religious books category. In presenting the Outstanding Academic Title awards, the editors consider “overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, importance relative to other literature in the field, distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form, originality or uniqueness of treatment, value to undergraduate students and importance in building undergraduate library collections.” Read more from SMU News.

    Calendar Highlights: Aug. 31, 2010

    Pearl rosary in shell from the Bridget Anne Braithwaite Rosary CollectionWelcome back, faculty: The SMU Faculty Club will be holding a Welcome Back BBQ 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 9. The cost is $5 per Faculty Club member. For more information contact Dee Powell, 214-768-4858, or visit smu.edu/facultyclub.

    Rosary exhibit opens: SMU’s newest exhibit, the Bridget Anne Braithwaite Rosary Collection, is open for public viewing at Bridwell Library. The exhibit highlights a small selection of more than 320 rosaries from various cultures and regions, ranging from the 19th to the 20th century. The collection was donated to the Perkins School of Theology in June 2008 by the parents of Bridget Anne Braithwaite, and 15 selected rosaries will be on display until Dec. 12.

    A taste of the Renaissance: Princeton Professor of Literature Leonard Barkan will lecture on “Some Pages from Michelangelo’s Life” as part of the 2010-11 Gilbert Lecture Series Sept. 9. Currently, Barkan is on academic leave from Princeton, touring and researching for an upcoming book on Michelangelo’s drawings and writings. A short reception will take place at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room of SMU’s DeGolyer Library, followed by the reading at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Find upcoming Gilbert Lecture Series events online.

    “Portraits of Muhammad”: On Sept. 2, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Johan Elverskog will speak on a topic of recent global controversy in “Portraits of Muhammad: From Genghis Khan to South Park.” The Dedman College-sponsored event begins at 7 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. For more information, contact the Department of Religious Studies at 214-768-2095 or visit www.smu.edu/religiousstudies.

    Your future…in video games: The Guildhall at SMU will hold an open house 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 11 at 5232 Tennyson Parkway, Building 2 in Plano. Anyone interested in pursuing a degree or certificates= in software development, art creation or level design in videogaming can register for the event online – only 100 spots remain. Immediately following the two-hour symposium, lunch will be served at the Guildhall’s Gigantic Block Party. For more information, contact René Archambault, manager of admissions and alumni affairs, 972-473-3539.

    Four named 2010-12 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors

    SMU's 2010-12 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching ProfessorsFour outstanding educators have been named 2010-12 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors by SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence. This year’s honorees are Johan Elverskog, Religious Studies, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; Randall Griffin, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts; Roy Heller, Old Testament, Perkins School of Theology; and Donald VandeWalle, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business.

    The four new members of SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers will join returning members Crista DeLuzio, History; Robert Howell, Philosophy, Thomas Knock, History; and Thomas Osang, Economics (all in Dedman College).

    Each year since 2001, the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Awards recognize four 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.

    Read more about the new Altshuler Professors under the link.

    Above, the new Altshuler Professors were honored by the SMU Board of Trustees during its May meeting (left to right): Roy Heller, Johan Elverskog, SMU Trustee Ruth Altshuler, Donald VandeWalle and Randall Griffin.

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    For the Record: Nov. 21, 2008

    Johan Elverskog, Religious Studies, Dedman College, presented “Theorizing Christianity in Mongolia” at the “Contemporary Mongolia – Transitions, Development and Social Transformation” international conference in Vancouver, Canada, Nov. 14, 2008.

    Luis Maldonado, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dedman College, presented “Fidel Castro and the Mediatic Politics of the Body” at London Metropolitan University Oct. 15, 2008.

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