SMU faculty members are deeply involved in the world of books: their own works, peer reviews and addressing controversial issues including textbooks for public schools in the State of Texas.
In 2014, as part of its Second Century Celebration, SMU is celebrating the Year of the Faculty, marking the extraordinary contributions of the University’s esteemed faculty as researchers, teachers and University citizens. Throughout the year this website will highlight individual faculty members and their remarkable achievements across the spectrum of disciplines. This website will also feature memories submitted by alumni. Read more.
As part of the Year of the Faculty commemoration, SMU salutes the century-long contributions of the faculty to the development of the university, the advancement of their disciplines, the success of SMU graduates and the betterment of society.
A significant [...]
Meadows School Professor Stephanie Langin-Hooper analyzes the terracotta figurines of Hellenistic Babylonia as agents of social change
Simmons School Professor Candace Walkington is studying how kids can learn algebra by using social media and video games.
World renowned organist Stefan Engels has joined the faculty of the Meadows School.
Research by Professor Santanu Roy in Dedman College focuses on international trade, markets with information problems and other issues in global economics.
SMU physicist Thomas E. Coan joins U.S. collaborators on NOvA, one of the most powerful experiments in the world for hunting elusive neutrinos.
My SMU faculty memory:
Dr. Tom Fomby was my professor for Econ 1311 in the spring of 1976. He superior ability to teach complex concepts in microeconomics in a clear and meaningful fashion motivated me to consider a major [...]
Dr. John Peavy delivered the fundamentals of finance to all his students in the most interesting and pragmatic way. The excitement he garnered from his students was energizing. Dr. Peavy was the finest teacher at SMU.
Only Professor Jim Collins [...]
As one of the oldest alums still living, you may find this interesting. John, my husband, and I met on SMU campus. We married in June of 1942. After he served in WWII as a Finance Officer in the 102nd [...]
In fall 1964, professors Fred Wendorf and Ron Wetherington brought the discipline of anthropology to SMU. This year, the University celebrates the Department of Anthropology’s Golden Jubilee.
Brian Zoltowski, assistant professor of chemistry in Dedman College, studies how organisms use light as an environmental cue.
Dedman College Professor Cal Jillson is one of the nation's foremost authorities on national and Texas politics.
My SMU faculty memory:
This isn’t a memory so much as just a testimonial. My three favorite professors during my time at SMU were Dennis Simon, Brad Carter, and Joe Kobylka. I still remember tidbits of various lectures and [...]
My SMU faculty memory:
Almost every day I’m rushing to get my kids to school on time. Sadly, we’re tardy more than we should be – thankfully it’s usually just a minute or two, but still… Every single time [...]
My SMU faculty memory:
They say that college is supposed to be four of the best years of your life, and my four years at SMU definitely were. The education I received and the experiences provided were just incredible. [...]
Health law expert Nathan Cortez from Dedman School of Law believes the FDA is woefully understaffed to review thousands of new health apps.
Dedman College Professor Jodi Cooley is leading a group of scientists searching for the elusive substance that surrounds everything like an invisible soup.
My SMU faculty memory:
I truly believe the SMU faculty are some of the best in the world and their commitment to the students makes SMU more than a simple university…it was a family. For me, the term “faculty” [...]
My father, Harvey Davis, was on the faculty of the Law School from shortly after World War II until his retirement in 1977. Although I did not go either to college or seminary at SMU, he nevertheless instilled a lifelong [...]
The making of SMU’s Class of 2018 photo in one minute, brought to you by the magic of time-lapse photography.
Television producers and academicians have one person in common when they need an expert on medieval romance (especially Arthurian) and Chaucer.
SMU faculty from Dedman Law, Cox, Perkins, Dedman College and the Tower Center have provided expertise on the complex humanitarian crisis along the nation’s border.
Under the leadership of Zannie and Glenn Voss, a new National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) is providing arts organizations nationwide with best practices and solutions.
From Day 1, literally, at SMU, my favorite professor was Dr. John McCarthy. That very first biology class proved to me that I was in the right place, surrounded by the best professors! He was so much more than a [...]
Share the excitement of first-year Move-In Day 2014 in the first of SMU’s “Mustang Minute” series.
I had many terrific faculty members while attending SMU, but none rank higher in my mind than Donald F. Jackson. Don was a faculty member for many years in the business school. I took countless hours of finance in numerous [...]
SMU Adventures provides an online forum for students and faculty to communicate their impact on North Texas and the global community. Increasingly, faculty members are asking students to participate in SMU Adventures as part of their coursework.
Dennis Simon of Dedman College studies why women remain underrepresented in Congress even as their roles in society have expanded.
The key to a successful school is an effective principal, according to research by Simmons School Professor Lee Alvoid.
This year's selection for SMU's Common Reading program is We Need New Names, a widely praised novel by University alumna NoViolet Bulawayo.
An expert in the economics of information security, Lyle School Assistant Professor Tyler Moore is a sought-after media commentator on Bitcoin and other topics.
Professor Bonnie Jacobs of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences studies prehistoric botany for clues about the cause of global warming.
Members of SMU's esteemed faculty will teach classes that include Los Alamos and the Atomic Age; Presidents, Wars and Democracy; The Call of the West and others during SMU's annual Taos Summer Institute, July 17-20.
A book co-authored by conflict resolution and negotiation expert Robin Pinkley of the Cox School offers guidance for those seeking better compensation for their work.
A prominent commentator on the problem of botched executions, Dedman Law Professor Meghan Ryan specializes in issues at the intersection of criminal law and science.
C. Michael Hawn of Perkins School of Theology is an accomplished musician, scholar and innovative teacher of sacred music.
Meadows School Professor Pamela Patton has won the 2014 Eleanor Tufts Book Award from the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies for her recent book.
I had many great teachers — and I use the word teacher for a reason — at SMU.
My two favorite professors were Robert Mann, who led the journalism department and Kenneth Carroll, who taught religion.
Kenneth gave me the [...]
Lyle School Professor Andrew Quicksall led a team of graduate students to Africa as part of a research program to improve water quality at refugee camps.
Eric G. Bing, a global health expert who has implemented innovative programs in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, has joint appointments at SMU and the Bush Presidential Center.
Three of SMU's best teachers have been named 2014 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors.
Dr. Conchita Winn, Chair of the Spanish department, made me focus on becoming fluent in Spanish, being able to read, write, and learn to communicate in both languages. She told me that some day I would use my bilingual abilities [...]
I took every class that I could taught by now assistant-provost Linda Eads. Now, I’m always in attendance when she speaks on or moderates a panel (which is frequently). She lit up every classroom with her infectious love of the [...]
Simmons School Professor Jill Allor is lead author of a new study that offers hope for intellectually disabled and low I.Q. students struggling to read.
The new book by Southwest historian Andrew R. Graybill tells the story of a Montana family of mixed native-white ancestry and the changing notions of racial identity in the West between 1850-1950.
Four distinguished SMU scholars were named 2014 Ford Research Fellows.
Commencement Weekend at SMU is a mixture of time-honored practice and modern refinements, from the custom regalia to the Rotunda Recessional. Here is a roundup of the traditions and symbols that make up the University’s 21st-century approach to these ancient [...]
SMU faculty play a big role in local and national news coverage each year. Check out some of our recent faculty newsmakers!
Dedman College Professor George Holden’s new study on the effects of spanking children is drawing national media attention.
An expert in East Asian Buddhism and comparative theology, Perkins Professor Ruben L.F. Habito is sought after for his insights into the benefits of meditation.
@SMUShoutOut I am so excited to be working with Dr. Rita Kirk as my Faculty in Residence pic.twitter.com/q0RxoCyfgh
— LaurenAnneCove (@LaurenAnneCove) March 25, 2014
@SMUShoutOut celebrates the #YearOfTheFaculty Check out my friend Meaghan and her professor Dr. Bonnie Jacobs #selfie pic.twitter.com/JVtnUKf2UP
— Ashley Garner (@Ashley_Garner1) March 28, 2014
Members of SMU's esteemed faculty were recognized with "M"Awards — the University's highest commendation — and other honors at a ceremony April 21.
Dedman Law Associate Professor Jessica Dixon Weaver analyzes laws and policy in the child protection and juvenile justice systems and their impact on children and families.
Sreekumar Bhaskaran, associate professor in the Cox School, has analyzed the delicate and complicated process of bringing new and innovative products to the market.
The Centennial Faculty Photograph was taken on April 11, 2014, as part of SMU Founders’ Day Weekend.
World changing faculty members presented stimulating talks on the importance of failure, military counterinsurgency and other fascinating subjects April 11 at Inside SMU powered by TEDxSMU.
Paige Ware, associate professor in the Simmons School, is pioneering the use of technology in fostering literacy and intercultural awareness.
Author of seven acclaimed novels, Dedman College Professor David Haynes directs SMU’s creative writing program.
The Daily Campus highlights extraordinary professors in Year of the Faculty article.
I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since my undergraduate graduation! Each year since the passing of my favorite professor, Dr. Michael Best, who was head of the Psychology Department and later dean of Deadman College, I’ve donated money in [...]
Dr. Richard Johnson taught me and so many others the value of education. His pragmatic approach opened our minds and his humor and genuine concern for his students won our hearts. We all benefited from our time with Dick Johnson.
An actor, playwright and acting coach, Meadows School Assistant Professor Blake Hackler has received a faculty Fulbright Scholars award to teach and conduct research in Bulgaria.
Established when the first classes convened in 1915, the Faculty Senate continues to play a vital role in furthering SMU's dedication to teaching and open inquiry.
Jim Hopkins, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the History Department of Dedman College, is an example of SMU’s exemplary dedication of faculty to undergraduate education–one of the many things that attracted both of us to SMU. Compared to friends and [...]
History Professor, William P. Clements Department of History
Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Medieval Europe
Two SMU alums have honored their favorite professor with a Centennial Professorship, which supports the Second Century Campaign goal to increase the number of endowed [...]
Read about alternative spring break trips headed by SMU faculty and focused on community service and special studies.
It is impossible to narrow my list of favorites to just one! Without a doubt, Alessandra Comini tops my list. Her multimedia presentations that weaved together all things art, music, politics and history were near perfection. And who can resist [...]
A national security expert at the Tower Center in Dedman College, Joshua Rovner is a sought-after commentator on the volatile situation in Ukraine.
An expert in medieval European legal history, Dedman College Assistant Professor Ada-Maria Kuskowski was named Jeremy duQuesnay Adams Centennial Professor in Western European Medieval History, created by two SMU alumni to honor the SMU professor.
David McHam and Darwin Payne were two of my favorite professors at SMU. I graduated 37 years ago and often still think of what I learned in their classes. My only regret is that I was not older when took [...]
An expert in civil procedure and dispute resolution, Dedman Law Professor Elizabeth Thornburg is examining the fairness of the litigation process.
I am sorry at age 82 that I can’t remember his name, my accounting instructor in 1949 and 1950. I have held accounting jobs, was Chief Financial Officer of a Corpus Christi Credit Union, have always done my own income [...]
Meet the 11 faculty members chosen to serve as faculty in residence (FiRs) as part of SMU’s new Residential Commons living-and-learning model.
Dr. Kitty Ruth Norwood, who taught freshman Discourse and Literature, awakened in me a talent and love of writing.
As an extremely timid and completely unsure student from a small East Texas town, I felt totally out of my league. [...]
The recipient of numerous teaching and mentoring awards, Simmons Associate Dean Michael McLendon leads graduate courses on education policy, University governance and other subjects.
Recognized for her compelling teaching, Meadows Professor Maria Dixon founded Mustang Consulting, a yearlong course that enables students to help solve the communications challenges of real clients.
Honored as a Ford Research Fellow, Perkins Professor William Abraham is an internationally renowned expert on John Wesley as well as on the broader field of theological epistemology.
Perkins Professor Alyce McKenzie is the author of numerous books, a blog and an internationally read column on Biblical wisdom literature and creatively enlivening preaching.
My entire experience in the Journalism Department was incredible, and I would love to list every single one of my professors (full-time and adjunct) as my “favorite.”
Tony Pederson’s class on ethics was always insightful and intriguing, and attending SMU-in-London [...]
Two professors at SMU shaped my life and career. Jack Strange and Harold Jeskey are greatly responsible for who I am and what type of physician I became.
I can still see Dr. Strange rushing into class, a stack of [...]
Roberto Tejada, endowed chair in Art History in Meadows, is a distinguished teacher, critic, poet, curator and editor who has been called one of Latin America’s most important thinkers in the field.
President of three national academic societies, University Professor Charles Curran is an influential expert in moral theology, social ethics, and the moral and political role of the Catholic Church.
Honored for helping pioneer futuristic eye and facial recognition programs, Lyle Professor Delores Etter also leads SMU’s national effort to encourage students to study engineering.
A national authority on medical ethics, Dedman Law Professor Tom Mayo is also adjunct associate professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical School.
Formerly director of research at the NSA, Lyle Professor Frederick R. Chang is tackling the most pressing cyber security challenges facing individuals, business and government today.
Dedman College Professor Heather DeShon leads a team investigating whether hydraulic fracturing is the cause of recent Texas earthquakes.
Nationally recognized Dedman College Anthropology Professor David Meltzer has transformed his discipline by vastly expanding understanding of the lives of the hunter-gatherers who colonized North America.
Dedman College History Professor Neil Foley is exploring the future face of America by analyzing immigration, population growth and the economics of our changing nation.
Dr. Ima Herron was my favorite professor. She kept up with me as my career launched.
One day in class a wag asked, “Miss Herron, how long are we supposed to be reading Moby Dick?” She promptly replied, “Why Mr. [...]
Hands down, my favorite professor was Marshall Terry. His Creative Writing classes were inspirational and downright FUN!
Marsh always encouraged us to find our own voice and to never give up. To this day, some of my best SMU memories [...]
Dedman Law Criminal Justice Clinic Director Chris Jenks is also an expert in the law of armed conflict who has written about drones and child soldiers.
Miguel Quinones, a professor in the Cox School, studies the power of people in organizations and their impact on corporate personality and behavior.
Cox Professor Maria Minniti explores the many ways entrepreneurs help power the American economy and contribute to economic growth and vitality.
Dr. Hobgood, chairman of the theatre department, realized that I was lonely on my first Thanksgiving in Dallas. He took me with his family to a dinner at a restaurant and then to a movie.
I was sick once, and [...]
My favorite professor was Frank Young, Insurance, Cox School of Business.
I took every class he taught because he made so interesting the normally dry subject of insurance. He had a practical and oftentimes humorous approach to the curriculum which [...]