Rita Kirk, SMU communications professor and director of the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, recently took three students to New Hampshire to visit presidential headquarters and organize focus groups for CNN during the Iowa Caucus. As a CNN analyst herself, Kirk has the opportunity to bring students as part of her research staff and throw them into a high-paced, challenging, exciting and demanding atmosphere.
Students put together a focus group of 60 independent voters, gathered poll data, and analyzed the data in real-time. They had to be in control of every piece of data that came across them. They visited different campaign field offices and ended the trip by helping Dr. Kirk run her focus group on live international television.
> Learn more and read the perspective of a student on this trip at the SMU Adventures blog
Online voting in the 2011 Faculty Senate election is open as of Wednesday, April 13, and will continue through 5 p.m. Monday, April 18.
All full-time SMU faculty members are eligible to vote for the 2011-12 president-elect, who will serve as president in 2012-13, and for four at-large senators to serve from 2011 through 2014.
> Visit the Faculty Senate’s secure and confidential elections website to vote
Not eligible to vote are adjunct professors, scholars-, writers-, composers-, artists-, and executives-in-residence, visiting faculty members, or faculty members serving in administrative positions at the assistant-dean level or above. Ballots may be cast only once.
For more information, contact Julie Maynard, 214-768-3559.
Electronic voting for SMU’s 2010-11 Faculty Senate president-elect and 4 at-large senators will close March 20 at 5 p.m. Faculty members may cast their votes at the SMU Election Systems website. Sign in with your 8-digit SMU ID number and e-mail password.
The president-elect chosen in this election will serve as 2011-12 Faculty Senate president. The at-large senators will serve from 2009 through 2012. For more information, contact Faculty Senate Secretary Julie Maynard.
• Visit the Faculty Senate website