Dedman College dean resigns effective May 31

Cordelia Candelaria, dean of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has decided for personal reasons to resign from her position effective May 31, as announced by SMU Provost Paul Ludden. Peter Moore, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Dedman College’s associate dean for academic affairs, will serve as dean ad interim effective June 1.

Ludden sent the following e-mail to the University community May 29:

SMU Dedman College Dean Cordelia Candelaria has decided for personal reasons to resign from her position, effective May 31. Dr. Candelaria expressed “considerable regret that serious personal circumstances require this interruption of a productive and collegial collaboration in an exceptional institution that I have been privileged to serve.”

Since her appointment as dean, Dr. Candelaria has brought new perspectives and a focus on interdisciplinary innovation to Dedman College. Under her leadership, Dedman College has made additional outstanding faculty appointments, has initiated new research efforts, and has contributed to the launch of SMU’s Second Century Campaign.

The campus is fortunate to have Professor Peter Moore, chair of the Dedman College Department of Mathematics, prepared to serve as dean ad interim, effective June 1. Appointed by Dr. Candelaria in April to serve as Dedman’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Moore has immersed himself in the workings of the College. He is well prepared to step into this important role.

A committee is being formed to begin the search process.

We thank Dr. Candelaria for her service as dean and wish her the best in future endeavors.

Three honored at 2009 Dedman College Celebration

Dedman College Celebration 2009Three outstanding members of the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences community were honored April 28 at the 2009 Dedman College award celebration.

Cal Jillson, professor of political science and Dedman College associate dean of academic affairs, was named Dedman Family Distinguished Professor. A scholar of American government, political theory and history and contemporary political analysis, Jillson joined the SMU faculty in 1995 and served as chair of the Department of Political Science from 1995 to 2001. He served as director of the SMU John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies from 1996 to 2001.

Biology and chemistry major Rachel Gambulos received the Robert and Nancy Dedman Outstanding Senior Student Award. She minored in religious studies and mathematics. The President’s Scholar from Dallas studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and served as a resident assistant in the Virginia-Snider Honors Residence Hall. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Johns Hopkins Medical School.

Jane Allman Wetzel (’52), national and community volunteer, received the Dedman College Distinguished Graduate Award. She has served as state chair for the Community Resource Coordination Groups of Texas, group chair for the Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group and, in 1996, was appointed a member of the Governor’s Committee to Promote Adoption. Wetzel earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Dedman College. She remains active at SMU as a member of the Tower Center board of directors and the Perkins School of Theology executive board.

(Above, left to right: Cal Jillson, Rachel Gambulos, Jane Allman Wetzel (’52), SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Dedman College Dean Cordelia Candelaria at the 2009 Dedman College Celebration.)

Winners of Dedman College’s 2009 ‘Spirit of Innovation Award’ announced

Dean Cordelia Candelaria of SMU’s Dedman College announces the first annual winners of the Dean’s “Spirit of Innovation Awards.” Recipients include faculty, students and staff who are fostering innovation through projects designed to promote discovery and learning at Southern Methodist University.

The 2009 Spirit of Innovation Award recipients will be honored at 3 p.m. May 1 in Dallas Hall’s McCord Auditorium during the last faculty meeting of the academic year.

The awards were introduced by the Dean Candelaria to encourage innovative collaborations throughout the college and to recruit outstanding graduate students for advanced studies. The applications were screened by an advisory committee, and the following projects were selected to receive the inaugural Dedman College Dean’s “Spirit of Innovation Awards”:

Darryl Dickson-Carr, Associate Professor in the Department of English, will use the award to recruit talented graduate students at the Summer Institute of Literary and Cultural Studies (SILCS) with the aim of diversifying and strengthening the pipeline to the future professoriate.

Peter Moore, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics, will pursue a three-pronged approach for identifying and recruiting a diverse pool of qualified graduate students in the areas of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences.

Rajani Sudan, Associate Professor in the Department of English, will bring visiting scholars to Dedman College as part of the Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference “to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among junior as well as more senior scholars.”

Rachel Romero and Mara Morhouse of the Dedman College Office of Undergraduate Student Relations are the recipients of the Staff SOARS award for 2009. Their project is to establish an organization of Dedman College Ambassadors to promote greater community and Dedman identity within the school.

George Enriquez, undergraduate student majoring in Finance and Spanish, designed a project to engage an interdisciplinary team of students in presenting a simulated interaction between Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln. He was selected for the Student Exemplars of Excellent Development (SEED) Award.

Emphasizing the importance of academic excellence, Dean Candelaria noted that “these awards recognize that Dedman College has pushed the pursuit of knowledge and creative inquiry from the earliest founding days of the University in the 1900s.”

For more information about the awards and the reception, call the Dean’s Office of Dedman College at 214-768-3212.

Calender Highlights: Sept. 12, 2008

U.S. ConstitutionWe, the people: SMU celebrates Constitution Day Sept. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. Stop by during the day to view a copy of the United States’ founding document – with cake, punch and a reading of the Preamble at 12:30 p.m.

Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Raphael Folsom will lecture on “This Weeping Land: The Making, Destruction and Rebirth of the Yaqui Mission Towns, 1533-1810,” at noon Sept. 17 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch.

Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon: Dedman College Dean Cordelia Candelaria will offer “Dedman College Perspectives” at noon Sept. 17 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom. Cost is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Immigration conversation: In honor of SMU’s 2008 Common Reading Experience, The Devil’s Highway, the Fondren Library Center presents the documentary “Crossing Arizona” at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. Professors Ben Johnson, History, and Harold Stanley, Political Science, will discuss the film immediately following the screening. The screening is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Central University Libraries and Friends of the SMU Libraries.

2008 Family Weekend logoGilbert Lecture Series: TCU’s Addie Levy Professor of Literature, Linda Hughes, discusses “Navigating the Material(ity) of Victorian Print Culture” Sept. 18 in DeGolyer Library. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception in the Texana Room, followed by a 6:30 lecture in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room.

Bring the kids: SMU celebrates Family Weekend 2008, “SMU Safari,” Sept. 19-21 at points across campus – including Ford Stadium, where SMU plays TCU at 7 p.m. in the State Farm DFW Duel Battle for the Iron Skillet. Learn more at the Student Foundation website.

Fun and games: The Guildhall at SMU celebrates its 5th anniversary with a block party for the general public and game-industry professionals noon-3 p.m. Sept. 20 at SMU-in-Legacy. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited for fun, food and games for all ages (plus a bounce house and slide for the kids).

SMU’s 94th Convocation welcomes new dean, new class

Cordelia Candelaria gives SMU's 94th Convocation addressSMU’s 94th entering class celebrated the beginning of the academic year at the University’s annual Opening Convocation Aug. 24. Newly appointed Dedman College Dean Cordelia Chávez Candelaria gave the principal address.

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SMU welcomes new dean with Aug. 13 reception

SMU Dedman College Dean Cordelia CandelariaSMU welcomes new Dedman College Dean Cordelia Chávez Candelaria with a reception 4-5 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom. Candelaria (left), a former Regents Professor and associate dean at Arizona State University, became Dedman College dean July 1 after being appointed to the position in March.

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Three faculty members named University Distinguished Professors

Three members of the SMU faculty have been named University Distinguished Professors, as announced by the Office of the Provost. The professorships have been awarded to Greg Warden, Art History; Sherry Smith, History; and Cordelia Candelaria, English.

The University Distinguished Professorships were created in 1982 by SMU’s Board of Trustees to honor outstanding faculty members who meet the highest standards of academic achievement. University Distinguished Professors are appointed in perpetuity and receive cash awards of $10,000 per year for a five-year rolling term.

Greg WardenGreg Warden has taught at SMU since 1982, chairing the Art History Division for six years and serving as associate dean for academic affairs in the Meadows School of the Arts since 1998. Since 1995, he has directed the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project and the SMU excavations at the Etruscan site of Poggio Colla, about 22 miles northeast of Florence. The University’s Poggio Colla field school in archaeology is open to students from around the world, and students from more than 60 universities have participated in it.

Warden’s major interest is the art and culture of ancient Italy, but his expertise – as both an archaeologist and an art historian – extends to a broader range of art from the ancient Mediterranean. His research interests include ancient metalworking technologies; Greek, Etruscan and Roman bronzes and decorative arts; and Roman architecture and patronage. He was director of the SMU-in-Italy summer program in Florence, Orvieto and Rome from 1987 to 1998 and received a Rotunda Award for outstanding teaching from the SMU student body in 1985-86. In addition, he was named the 1996-97 Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor. He holds a Ph.D. in classical and Near Eastern archaeology from Bryn Mawr College.

Sherry SmithSherry Smith joined the SMU faculty in 1999 and currently serves as director of graduate studies in the Clements Department of History and as associate director of the University’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. Her research focuses on the intersection of western, Native American and United States cultural history. She teaches courses on the American West in the 19th and 20th centuries, women in the West, and Native American history, among others.

Currently serving as president of the Western History Association, Smith is the author of Sagebrush Soldier: Private William Earl Smith’s View of the Sioux War of 1876 (University of Oklahoma Press) and The View From Officers’ Row: Army Perceptions of Western Indians (University of Arizona Press). Her most recent book, Reimagining Indians: Native Americans Through Anglo Eyes, 1880-1940 (Oxford University Press), won the 2001 James W. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians for best book on race relations, as well as SMU’s Godbey Authors Award. Smith is also editor of The Future of the Southern Plains, published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2003. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington.

Cordelia CandelariaCordelia Chávez Candelaria, currently a Regents Professor at Arizona State University, will become a University Distinguished Professor when she begins her new duties as SMU’s dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences in July. As chair of ASU’s Department of Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, she helped establish its Southwest Borderlands Initiative to strengthen studies in this discipline and to recruit and retain underrepresented faculty.

Candelaria’s numerous publications include Seeking the Perfect Game: Baseball in American Literature and Chicano Poetry: A Critical Introduction. She also served as executive editor of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture and has been editor or co-editor of 10 books, monographs and periodicals. Among her numerous awards, in 2005 she received the Outstanding Latina Cultural Award in Literary Arts and Publications from the American Association for Higher Education Hispanic Caucus. In 2001 Candelaria was named Scholar of the Year by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. She received her Ph.D. in American literature and linguistics from Notre Dame.

Arizona State’s Cordelia Candelaria is new Dedman dean

SMU Dean Cordelia Chavez CandelariaSMU’s new dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences is an academic administrator with experience in strategic affairs as well as an accomplished scholar-teacher in English and ethnic studies. Her appointment is effective July 1.

Cordelia Chávez Candelaria comes to SMU from Arizona State University in Tempe. She is Regents Professor in the Department of English and the Department of Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, a department she once chaired. She also serves as associate dean of the Office of Strategic Initiatives in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU.

“We are so pleased that Dr. Cordelia Candelaria will be joining our faculty as dean of Dedman College and University Distinguished Professor of English. She brings an extraordinary wealth of academic and administrative experience to our campus, and she will lead the largest academic unit at SMU,” says Paul Ludden, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “What impressed everyone who met with her during the interview process was her ability to think strategically across the spectrum of disciplines represented in the College.”

As founding associate dean for the Office of Strategic Initiatives at ASU, Candelaria has focused on enhancing diversity among faculty, administrators and staff for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as advancing interdisciplinary academic programs. Previously, as vice president for academic affairs for the ASU downtown Phoenix campus, she assisted with preparations to open the full-service city campus, including ASU’s first Information Commons integrating IT, campus library and global Web information systems. She was instrumental in developing curricula and establishing a faculty governance system for the downtown campus.

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