Randall Griffin honored at Fall General Faculty Meeting

Randall Griffin

Randall Griffin honored at Fall General Faculty Meeting

Randall Griffin, professor of art history in Meadows School of the Arts, was honored as the 2009-10 United Methodist Church University Scholar/Teacher of the Year at SMU’s Fall 2010 General Faculty Meeting Aug. 25.

President R. Gerald Turner updated the faculty on endowment issues, the incoming class, and other issues surrounding campus life.

> Newly tenured faculty and more under the link

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September 1, 2010|News|

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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May 26, 2010|News|

Three receive 2010 Distinguished University Citizen Awards

Three faculty members were honored with SMU’s annual Distinguished University Citizen Award at the Faculty Breakfast held May 15 before Commencement. The 2010 recipients:

Randall Griffin, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts
Miguel Quiñones, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business
Nina Schwartz, English, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

The award, given by the Provost’s Office, honors three faculty members each year for service and activities that benefit students and the University’s academic mission. “It’s a chance to say ‘thank you’ to people who have given so much of themselves to SMU,” says Associate Provost Ellen Jackofsky. “The recipients truly have distinguished themselves as good University citizens.”

May 18, 2010|News|

For the Record: March 19, 2009

'Catholic Moral Theology in the United States' book coverCharles Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, has won the 2008 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Theology and Religious Studies for his book Catholic Moral Theology in the United States: A History (Georgetown University Press). Presented by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers since 1976, the PROSE Awards “annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in over 35 disciplines,” according to their website.

Elaine Heath, Perkins School of Theology, has been elected to the Executive Council of the Wesleyan Theological Society.

Randall Griffin, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, has been named to the Student and Emerging Professionals Committee of the College Art Association for 2009-12. He is also a member of CAA’s Board of Directors.

March 19, 2009|For the Record|

Provost gives ‘cautiously optimistic’ budget outlook at faculty meeting

(Originally published Jan. 27, 2009.)

SMU Provost Paul Ludden presented a “cautiously optimistic” budget picture for the 2009-10 academic year at the 2009 Spring General Faculty Meeting Jan. 21. Faculty and staff pay increases will occur, he added. Assistant Professor Maria Dixon received a special award during the meeting. Read a recap under the link.

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February 2, 2009|News|
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