Robert Krout honored at Fall 2012 General Faculty Meeting

Robert Krout, director of Music Therapy in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, received The United Methodist Church University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award for 2011-12 at the Fall 2012 General Faculty Meeting Wednesday, Aug. 22.

The award was established by the UMC’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry to recognize outstanding faculty members for their dedication and contribution to the learning arts. Provost Paul Ludden presented the award to Krout.

Faculty Senate President Steve Edwards discussed the Senate report, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner gave updates on the Second Century Campaign and other University initiatives.

Edwards used his expertise as a professor of advertising to discuss issues facing SMU and higher education in general. “To me, SMU is a great place to be – one that cares about quality teaching and has the resources for growth,” he said, borrowing a phrase frequently used by President Turner. “Not only do we have small class sizes and the opportunity for faculty to create new classes, SMU has an increasing focus on and support for research.”

The University can become even better by growing “in a way that’s true to our brand,” Edwards added. “The many changes that are occurring here – to the curriculum, to the campus, to the quality of students, to technology – all offer opportunity for faculty to innovate and experiment with new programs, new teaching methods and new areas for research to grow SMU. Yet as an institution, we must not lose sight of what we are, who we’ve been, and who we serve.”

During his address, President Turner congratulated members of the Department of Physics for their work at the Large Hadron Collider that contributed to the discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson, announced in July. In addition, he introduced new SMU Athletic Director Rick Hart, who began his University duties Monday, Aug. 13.

Turner also offered an update on the University’s Second Century Campaign, which has raised about $631 milllion toward its announced goal of $750 million. (The 2012-13 Faculty-Staff Campaign kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 5.)

Newly tenured SMU professors received their regalia during the meeting. These individuals received tenure in May 2012:

Cox School of Business

  • Sreekumar Bhaskaran, Information Systems
  • Amar Gande, Finance
  • Rezzan Savaskan-Ebert, Information Systems

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

  • Philippe Chuard, Philosophy
  • Jill DeTemple, Religious Studies
  • Sheri Kunovich, Sociology
  • Anne Lincoln, Sociology
  • Steven Lindquist, Religious Studies
  • Lorelei Simpson, Psychology
  • Lisa Siraganian, English
  • Sheng Xu, Mathematics
  • Yunkai Zhou, Mathematics

Dedman School of Law

  • Anthony Colangelo, Law (conflict of laws, civil procedure, U.S. foreign relations law, private and public international law)
  • Nathan Cortez, Law (health law, administrative law, food and drug law, legislative process)