Books and controversy

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.

Honoring donors of SMU endowed faculty positions

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 [...]

A memory submitted by Paula Hayes, Class of 1984

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 [...]

A memory submitted by Francile Ehricht

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 [...]

A memory submitted by Talbot Davis

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 [...]

An enriching weekend in Taos

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.

Prize Winning Art History

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.

A memory submitted by Sarah Shaw, Class of 2007

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 [...]

New Insights in Southwest History

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.

Commencement traditions

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 [...]

A memory submitted by Ashley Garner

@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

Founders’ Day Highlights Faculty

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.

Teaching with technology

Paige Ware, associate professor in the Simmons School, is pioneering the use of technology in fostering literacy and intercultural awareness.

Creating theatre internationally

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.

Providing Leadership

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.

Jeremy duQuesnay Adams

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 [...]

Preserving the history of legal knowledge

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.

Reforming education policy

The recipient of numerous teaching and mentoring awards, Simmons Associate Dean Michael McLendon leads graduate courses on education policy, University governance and other subjects.

Giving students real-world experience

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.

Divinity and theology

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.

Enlivening religious sermons

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.

A memory submitted by Jana Wallis, Class of 2008

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 [...]

Profound insight in art history

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.

A national voice on religious morality

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.

The ethics of medicine

A national authority on medical ethics, Dedman Law Professor Tom Mayo is also adjunct associate professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical School.

Protecting privacy in the tech era

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.

The first Americans

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.

Studying a changing 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.

A memory submitted by James Cornelius, Class of 1977

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 [...]