Provost announces names of 11 SMU Faculty in Residence

Mark Kerins

Provost announces names of 11 SMU Faculty in Residence

SMU's southeast campus residential complex

Artist’s rendering of SMU’s southeast campus residential complex, which will help support the University’s Residential Commons experience.

SMU Provost Paul Ludden has announced the appointment of eight new Faculty in Residence (FiRs) selected in the Spring 2013 semester. The new FiRs join the three “founding FiRs” as the first full cohort to become part of the University’s new Residential Commons (RC).

Faculty in Residence are chosen in a competitive selection process. When the Commons program launches in Fall 2014, each FiR will live in a residence hall and work with student leaders and Student Affairs staff to shape the Residential Commons experience.

> SMU Forum: Three SMU professors named first Faculty in Residence

Four FiRs have moved into residence halls a year early as part of the Residential Commons transition process: Ann Batenburg, Teaching and Learning, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development; Mark Fontenot, Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering; Robert Krout, Music Therapy, Meadows School of the Arts; and Charles Wuest, English, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

The full list of faculty members who have been appointed for a 3-4 year term, and the halls where they will take up residence:

  • Ann Batenburg, Teaching and Learning – Virginia-Snider RC *
  • Martin Camp, School of Law – Residential Commons 4 (under construction)
  • Miroslava Detcheva, Spanish – McElvaney RC
  • Mark Fontenot, Computer Science and Engineering – Loyd RC (under construction) *†
  • Mark Kerins, Film and Media Arts – Morrison-McGinnis RC
  • Rita Kirk, Communication Studies – Armstrong RC (under construction)
  • Robert Krout, Music Therapy – Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles RC *†
  • Will Power, Theatre – Residential Commons 1 (under construction)
  • David Son, Chemistry – Boaz RC
  • Tom Tunks, Music – Residential Commons 3 (under construction) *†
  • Elizabeth Wheaton, Economics – Cockrell-McIntosh RC

* Living in residence during the 2013-14 academic year
† One of SMU’s three original Faculty in Residence, the “Founding FiRs

Along with the 11 FiRs, 23 Faculty Affiliates were selected and have been working in every residence hall on campus since the beginning of the year. For more information on participating in the Faculty Affiliate program, contact Jeff Grim, Residence Life and Student Housing.

> Learn more at the SMU Residential Commons website: smu.edu/residentialcommons

September 13, 2013|News|

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

    April 6, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News|

    Seven faculty members receive 2008-09 Sam Taylor Fellowships

    Seven SMU faculty members have been awarded 2008-09 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 and their projects:

    Ben Johnson, History, Dedman College, for a book project on the American environmental reform movement at the turn of the twentieth century.

    Mark Kerins, Cinema-Television, Meadows School of the Arts, for transcriptions of interview tapes with film industry professionals, relating to his book project on digital sound production in cinema.

    Nia Parson, Anthropology, Dedman College, for research in Chile on domestic violence and governmental systems under a government changing from dictatorship to democracy.

    Pamela Patton, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, to acquire photographs for publication in her book on visual imagery of the Christian-Jewish relationship in medieval Spain.

    Lisa Pon, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, for research in Rome on the fifteenth-century print Madonna of the Fire, as exemplar of relationships among locations, icons, and collective memory.

    Simon Sargon, Music, Meadows School of the Arts, to compose a large-scale orchestral and choral requiem based on early Jewish and Christian texts.

    Gabriela Vokic, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dedman College, for research in Chile on structural position of speech sounds, with Spanish speakers acquiring English as a second language.

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

    November 21, 2008|News|

    Common Reading committee seeks suggestions

    With the fifth anniversary of SMU’s Common Reading Experience approaching in 2008-09, the Common Reading Selection Committee is looking for the book (or play, or monograph) that the class of 2012 will discuss as part of their introduction to college-level reading. The SMU and Dallas communities, including alumni and nonprofit leaders, gathered to discuss the 2007-08 Common Reading, Nick Hornby’s How to Be Good, in the Hughes-Trigg Theater Aug. 30. Read more.

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    October 5, 2007|News|
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