General News & Announcements

Dean David J. Chard Named President of Wheelock College

David J. Chard, the inaugural dean of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, will become president of Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 1, 2016. Following a nationwide search, Wheelock’s board of trustees announced today … Continue reading

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Brian Fennig Honored by Provost’s Teaching Recognition Award

Brian Fennig, Ph.D. received the 2016 Provost’s Teaching Award for demonstrating commitment to excellence and consummate dedication to teaching and learning. A senior lecturer in Wellness, Fenning teaches Personal Responsibility and Wellness, and Individual Fitness. “I’ve always believed that I … Continue reading

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SMU Opens Harold Clark Simmons Hall

SMU will dedicate Harold Clark Simmons Hall at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25. The three-story building designed to serve a new generation of teachers and leader will support work ranging from strengthening the academic skills of the youngest preschooler … Continue reading

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Advocating for Special Needs Students

Professor Stephanie Al Otaiba urges states to adequately develop support and interventions for special needs students. Read her Letter to the Editor in Education Week here. She holds the Patsy and Ray Caldwell Centennial Chair in Teaching and Learning.

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2016 Luminary Awards

Three education advocates and organizations who are taking fresh and research-based approaches to the improvement and advancement of education will be honored with Luminary Awards Thursday, Jan. 21, by SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. They … Continue reading

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Glenn Simmons Professorship Awarded to Peter Weyand

Peter Weyand, Ph.D., has been appointed Glenn Simmons Endowed Professor in Applied Physiology and Biomechanics by Dean David J. Chard. Weyand, an internationally renown researcher in human running performance, teaches and directs SMU’s Locomotor Performance Laboratory. The professorship was endowed … Continue reading

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Alexandra Pavlakis Receives Sam Taylor Fellowship

Alexandra Pavlakis, Assistant Professor in Education Policy and Leadership, is one of 11 SMU faculty members to receive a Sam Taylor Fellowship Award from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of … Continue reading

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Dispute Resolution Gains Recognition for Program and Faculty

The Dallas Better Business Bureau recently won the Outstanding BBB Award for Conciliation and Arbitration, and credits support received from the Dispute Resolution program at SMU-in-Plano. Clinical Associate Professor Tom Hartsell began the training for the BBB, and continues to … Continue reading

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Closing the Teacher Gap

                    In an essay for U.S. News and World Report, Simmons’ Dean David Chard and Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO, Teach for America, offer ideas to make the teaching profession a viable … Continue reading

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Sarah Feuerbacher Advises Prosper HS Students About Anxiety and Depression

Sarah Feuerbacher, director of Simmons’ Center for Family Counseling at SMU-in-Plano, was asked by broadcast journalism students in Prosper High School to talk to them about how teens struggle with anxiety and depression. The students say they face a lot … Continue reading

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