Community members to meet for Curriculum Town Hall

Tom Tunks

Community members to meet for Curriculum Town Hall

SMU faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a town hall meeting on the University’s General Education Curriculum, to take place at 4 p.m. April 22 in McCord Auditorium, 3rd floor, Dallas Hall.

The General Education Review Committee will present draft recommendations for a new University curriculum for discussion. The committee is co-chaired by Dedman College Associate Dean for General Education Dennis Cordell and Associate Provost Tom Tunks.

April 22, 2009|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Top scholarship candidates visit campus March 20

Dallas Hall groupOn March 20, more than 100 of the nation’s best high school students will visit SMU for an annual event that will show them what the University has to offer and help determine its next class of top scholars.

Merit Scholars Day 2009 is an opportunity for these top students to learn more about SMU and its two leading merit-based programs – the President’s Scholarship program, directed by Associate Provost Tom Tunks, and the Hunt Leadership Scholarship program, directed by Associate Provost Ellen Pryor.

But it’s also an opportunity for the University to make its case to some of its most highly qualified applicants, Tunks says.

“These students are among the brightest in the country,” he says. “They have opportunities at many institutions, and they get many offers as good as ours. Part of this whole process is making sure we present our best face.”

Read more under the link below.

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March 17, 2009|News|

Common Reading 2009: A future president’s personal journey

'Dreams From My Father' book coverIn 1982, Barack Obama Jr. – then an undergraduate at Columbia University – received word that the father he had barely known had died in a car accident in Nairobi. For the younger Obama, this sudden tragedy motivated a journey that took him from Kansas to Kenya and points beyond to learn the truth of his father’s life and reconcile the disparate elements of his own family experience.

The story that sprang from that journey prompted SMU’s Common Reading Selection Committee to choose Obama’s 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, as the book every member of the University’s Fall 2009 incoming class will read and discuss.

The themes and topics in Obama’s book – written years before he entered public life – have “great relevance for college students,” says Tom Tunks, SMU’s associate provost for educational programs. He calls the book “a powerfully written coming-of-age story, humorous and wise,” in which the future president reveals “both the instability and the deep love of what was, even at best, a ‘nontraditional’ family.”

Tunks also cites the “remarkable candor” with which Obama describes the allure of partying, and with which he tells how his undergraduate years “brought him to a discipline and a sense of purpose in public service.”

“The Committee members were aware in making this choice that it might seem a controversial pick,” Tunks adds. “However, the book is not political in nature and is not meant to appear as such. Rather, the hope is that Dreams will encourage students, those new to the University and those continuing, to reflect upon their own choices and goals – those already made and those for the future.”

Watch for more information at Central University Libraries’ Common Reading homepage.

March 3, 2009|News|

General Education Review committee named

The Office of the Provost has named all members of SMU’s General Education Review Committee. The office plans to establish a website on which faculty and staff members can track the Commitee’s progress and provide feedback.

“The members have all agreed to participate in this important venture on behalf of, and in consultation with, the entire University community,” said Provost Paul Ludden in an e-mail to SMU faculty and staff.

The General Education Review is a key objective of SMU’s Centennial Strategic Plan 2006-2015. The review will examine how the University’s general education requirements “prepare students for citizenship and leadership roles in an educated society.” Copies of the Centennial Strategic Plan 2006-2015 may be picked up in SMU’s libraries.

The committee membership:

Dennis Cordell, Dedman College General Education, Co-Chair
Thomas Tunks, Associate Provost, Co-Chair
Shelley Berg, Dance
Denise DuPont, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Vicki Hill, Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center
Robert Krout, Music Therapy
Monnie McGee, Statistical Science
Mark McPhail, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Rachael Morgan, student representative
Ellen Pryor, Associate Provost
Miguel Quiñones, Management and Organizations
Gale Roid, Teaching and Learning
Nina Schwartz, English
Harold Stanley, Political Science
Susan Strobel-Hogan, Residence Life and Student Housing
Brian Stump, Earth Sciences
Alisa Rata Stutzbach, Hamon Arts Library
David Willis, Mechanical Engineering
Jo Geisler, staff support
Michael Tumeo, staff support

October 17, 2008|News|

Brian Stump receives teaching award at General Faculty Meeting

Brian Stump, Albritton Professor in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in Dedman College, was honored as the 2007-08 United Methodist Church University Scholar/Teacher of the Year at SMU’s Fall General Faculty Meeting Aug. 28.

President R. Gerald Turner updated the faculty on the upcoming Second Century Campaign and other issues surrounding campus life.

>> Newly tenured faculty and more under the link

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August 29, 2008|News|
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