Faculty In Residence

Our arrival in London

Eight SMU undergraduates and four faculty and staff members are exploring the birthplace of residential colleges: Oxford, England. With stops in London, Cambridge, and Bath, this group of residential leaders are searching to answer the question, “What is the culture of a true residential college system?” The students, faculty and staff hope to bring back ideas and traditions to enhance SMU’s new Residential Commons system.

2014-07-28T09:44:00+00:00 July 28th, 2014|Residential Commons in Oxford|

Getting Ready to Move “Stuff” (Yow!)

An update from Dr. Tom Tunks, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Ware Commons: For the past several years I have spent most SMU spring break weeks on Alternative Break trips with students. Great trips have included Taos, NM; the Snowbird Cherokee reservation on the Tennessee-North Carolina border; Xalapa, Mexico; and two times to Quito, Ecuador. Not this spring, though! Next week Jeanne and I will devote most of our time to readying our house and belongings for our big move to the SMU campus. Our move is (will be) multidimensional. For the three years we expect to live in Ware Commons (great new name!!!), our elder son, Adam; daughter-in-law, Catherine; and grandson, Jeremy (group pictured here), will occupy our [...]

2014-03-06T17:15:38+00:00 March 6th, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Dinner Conversation

An update from Jamie, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in accounting in the Cox School of Business.  I type in the code and step into a warm room amongst the cold outside. The smell of tomato soup fills my nose. It’s lunch time at Delta Gamma. I get my plate and sit down at a table full of friends. The best part isn’t the soup, though, or the grilled cheese, or even the nice place setting and the fine silverware. It’s that time after everyone is done eating, but still sitting down. We linger. The conversations range from SMU basketball to politics to who had the cutest dress at formal. We laugh, discuss, and [...]

2014-02-28T11:48:58+00:00 February 28th, 2014|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

It’s a Team Effort

An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community: Going into this year as a FiR in Mary Hay-Peyton Halls/Fine Arts Community, I knew that I would be working with RLSH staff, RAs, and other residents/students. However, I did not appreciate the intricate and many roles that all of us play in the life of the residential community. I continue to be humbled by the extraordinary efforts of all involved in the operation of our community this year, as well as those of us who will continue as a team when we add Shuttles Hall to our RC in August. As an example, we had our weekly staff meeting last night around my [...]

2014-02-25T15:30:25+00:00 February 25th, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

The Weekly Update: The Perot Museum

An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community: As a FiR, I have the pleasure of planning outings for our community that combine intellectual and leisure aspects for our residents. A recent example is an afternoon trip downtown to visit the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Nineteen students, an RA, and our RCD (Residential Community Director) traveled with me via DART to the Pearl St Station, where we debarked and walked to the museum via the Arts District. This was a good way for students to learn how to use DART to get to destinations such as the Meyerson Symphony Center, Winspear Opera House, Nasher Sculpture Garden, Wylie Theatre, Dallas [...]

2013-12-05T10:45:48+00:00 December 5th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diary of an FiR: What do you DO with them? Part 2

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: November 25, 2013 As I reported in a previous post, whenever I tell someone about what I am doing here in the residence hall, the first question they ask is, “What’s it like living with students?” The second question that I am inevitably asked is, “What do you DO with them?” Last time, I wrote about Sunday Night Snacks and Pancakes and Potter. This time I’ll describe some other programs and activities – some have been successful and some haven’t been. A smaller-scale but successful effort has been Celebrity Chef. This is actually my diabolical plan to get out of cooking for students – really, with my [...]

2013-12-03T14:03:03+00:00 December 3rd, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diary of an FiR: What do you DO with them?

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: November 18, 2013 As I reported in the previous post, whenever I tell someone about what I am doing here in the residence hall, the first question they ask is, “What’s it like living with students?” The second question that I am inevitably asked is, “What do you DO with them?” Well… The first thing I did with them was, really, not much. At the beginning of this adventure, I wrote about feeling like a creepy middle-aged woman hanging around, and, as it turns out, my intuition was fairly accurate. I ran into a student today in Simmons who greeted me quite warmly when she realized that [...]

2013-11-27T10:50:44+00:00 November 27th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Snacks and good conversations

An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community: As a FiR, my number one priority is getting to know and interacting with our residents in a variety of ways that allow each student opportunities to feel included in our community. I have learned that laid-back and unstructured gatherings can be meaningful settings for student-faculty interaction. One of the informal settings I have been enjoying is the weekly “Munch n’ Mingle” in my FiR apartment. This happens on Tuesday evenings, and is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. (although residents sometimes arrive early and often stay late). As of this writing, there have been 10 Munch n’ Mingles this semester. Numbers of students [...]

2013-11-20T23:36:58+00:00 November 20th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diary of an FiR: What’s it like?

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: November 11, 2013 Whenever I tell someone about what I am doing here in the residence hall, the first question they ask is, “What’s it like living with students?” As if the average undergraduate is a life form from another planet. After about two and a half months now, I have an answer worth sharing. First of all, I am more worried about disturbing them than I am worried about being disturbed. Though there is an occasional explosion of silly laughter from the hallway, most of the time it is very quiet in here. I can hear a toilet flush above me, and I can hear the [...]

2013-11-12T16:57:04+00:00 November 12th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diary of an FiR: Living on campus

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: September 1, 2013 I feel like I live here tonight. It always takes me a few weeks to get comfortable in a new place, and I am feeling pretty comfortable tonight. Thunderstorms drew me out of my humble abode this evening – one downside of living in a residence hall is that the outside noise is often muffled (Boulevarding days, a notable exception), so I cannot hear thunderstorms very well. I found that I have a lovely neighborhood. I thought I heard a marching band playing, but why would a marching band be playing at 11 p.m. on the Sunday night of Labor Day weekend? In a [...]

2013-10-31T10:31:41+00:00 October 30th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|
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