Gifts from alumni, parents and friends have established dozens of endowed faculty positions at SMU, enabling the University to attract leading scholars with significant research funds and competitive salaries. Through The Second Century Campaign, SMU aims to increase to 100 the number of endowed academic positions.

Joaquín Achúcarro
Joel Estes Tate Professor of Piano

Internationally acclaimed pianist Joaquín Achúcarro, described as the “consummate artist” by the Chicago Sun Times, has performed in 60 countries and with more than 200 orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and London Symphony. His students at the Meadows School of the Arts also have experienced international success, with many teaching and performing around the world. Knighted by King Juan Carlos of Spain, he has received honors including UNESCO’s 2000 “Artist for Peace” and Spain’s highest honor, the Great Cross of Civil Merit, for “his lifetime achievement.” He has 26 commercial recordings with RCA, Sony, BMG and Claves.

Peter Raad
Linda Wertheimer Hart Director of the Linda and Mitch Hart eCenter

Peter Raad is director of the Hart eCenter, a cross-disciplinary initiative founded in 2000 that focuses on research, education and innovation in interactive network technologies. Under Raad’s leadership, The Guildhall at SMU was established in 2002 at SMU-in-Legacy as a major eCenter program to train and educate digital game developers. In addition to serving as executive director of The Guildhall at SMU, Raad is professor of mechanical engineering in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering. He has received multiple outstanding faculty awards and has published numerous journal articles and conference papers.

Willard Spiegelman
Duwain E. Hughes, Jr. Distinguished Professor of English

Willard Spiegelman has a well-tuned ear for the rhythms of language. He writes about and teaches the English Romantic poets and American poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He is the author of books including the forthcoming Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness, as well as How to Read and Understand Poetry (1999). He is a regular contributor to poetry magazines and publications and has been recognized for his achievements as editor of Southwest Review, a literary quarterly based at SMU.

Kumar Venkataraman
Marilyn and Leo Corrigan, Jr. Professor of Finance

As the economic crisis widens, governments and news media increasingly turn to academia for answers. And with research interests in financial market design, trading and information economics, Kumar Venkataraman, a 2008 Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow in Cox School of Business, is in high demand. His research has influenced policy debates on the structure of the financial markets and has been featured in textbooks and publications including The Wall Street Journal. He serves as associate editor of Financial Management and is an invited member of the National Bureau of Economic Research Working Group on Market Microstructure.