For the Record: Aug. 28, 2013

Sheri Kunovich

For the Record: Aug. 28, 2013

Alice Kendrick, Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts, has received an Outstanding Service Award from the Advertising Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), one of the largest communication associations in the United States. Kendrick received the honor along with her research partner Jami Fullerton, an advertising professor at Oklahoma State University, at the association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in early August. The award is presented annually to a member of the AEJMC Advertising Division for dedication to the arts and sciences of advertising teaching, research and service. Kendrick and Fullerton were honored for their work as co-editors of the AEJMC’s Journal of Advertising Education and their “high-visibility research projects that benefit educators and students,” according to an AEJMC announcement.

Anthony Cortese, Sociology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has published “The Tucson Massacre: Deconstructing Competing Claims,” Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology, Volume 40, Number 2, Summer 2012, pp. 72-86. He also addressed the International Social Theory Association in Copenhagen, Denmark in June 2013 with a presentation entitled Domestic and International Trafficking of Women: Social Pathologies in Contemporary Civilization.

Sheri Kunovich, Sociology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has received the 2012-13 Margareta Deschner Teaching Award from SMU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Council. The honor recognizes excellence in teaching about women, gender and/or sexuality.

SMU Assistant Chief of Police Jim Walters, a liaison for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Southern Border Initiative, led a child abduction and trafficking training seminar July 9-10, 2013, at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. More than 70 national, regional and local law enforcement leaders participated in the event, which used exercises and discussions to improve investigation collaborations between Mexican and U.S. authorities.

August 28, 2013|For the Record|

Four named 2013-15 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors

2013-15 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors Robert Krout, Luis Maldonado, Sheri Kunovich and Thomas Carr

Four SMU professors were honored with 2013-15 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professorships during the University’s May Board of Trustees meeting (left to right): Robert Krout, Luis Maldonado, Sheri Kunovich and Thomas Carr.

Four of SMU’s best teachers have been named 2013-15 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors, as announced by the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence. This year’s honorees are Thomas Carr, Mathematics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; Robert Krout, Music Therapy, Meadows School of the Arts; Sheri Kunovich, Sociology, Dedman College; and Luis Maldonado, World Languages (Spanish), Dedman College.

The new members of SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers will join returning members Carrie La Ferle, Advertising, Meadows School of the Arts; Tom Mayo, Law, Dedman School of Law; and James Sullivan, Art, Meadows School of the Arts.

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

More about this year’s honored professors under the link.

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May 23, 2013|For the Record, News|

Four professors honored at Spring 2011 General Faculty Meeting

SMU Provost Paul Ludden opened the 2011 Spring Faculty Meeting by presenting awards to four outstanding faculty members.

Assistant Professor of Art History Amy Buono and Assistant Professor of Sociology Sheri Kunovich received 2009-10 Golden Mustang Faculty Awards. The Golden Mustang honors junior faculty members who sustain high achievement as both teachers and scholars.

The 2009-10 President’s Associates Outstanding Faculty Awards were presented to Associate Professor of Philosophy Robert Howell and Associate Professor of Art History Pamela Patton. The awards honor tenured faculty who have sustained high achievement as both teachers and scholars in their professions.

Ludden announced SMU’s latest Carnegie Foundation research classification and unveiled the University’s new Quality Enhancement Plan at the Jan. 19 meeting. He also provided updates on the 10-year accreditation review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), next year’s budget standings and a proposed new structure for undergraduate admissions.

Read more under the link below.

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January 26, 2011|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|
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