In 2014, as part of its Second Century Celebration, SMU is commemorating 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. During this period of the Second Century Campaign, highlighting faculty achievement also is a way to remind donors of the impact of their giving on recruitment and retention of outstanding professors. For this reason, the faculty highlighted on this website will include those who have been appointed to endowed chairs. Thanks to the generosity of donors, SMU has created 34 new endowed faculty positions thus far in the campaign, for a University total of 96. SMU has set a goal of having a total of 110 by the end of the campaign, which runs through December 2015.
Also highlighted will be those whose research achievements have been recognized with election to prestigious national academic societies, such as the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. The University’s faculty also includes recipients of national and international honors, such as Fulbright Awards and Guggenheim Fellowships.
This website also will recognize faculty members’ excellence through their selection as Gerald J. Ford Research Fellows or Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors, or as recipients of other awards. Cited, too, will be faculty who serve as sources of expertise to the media on evolving national or global issues.
Because there are more than 700 full-time faculty at SMU, it will not be possible to highlight every professor over the course of the year. All are worthy of mention, however, and are listed as part of this website.