Grant and fellowship application deadlines approaching

A reminder of upcoming deadlines for fellowship and grant applications:

• SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility is accepting applications for the 2009-10 Maguire Teaching Fellow Award, which provides cash awards of $3,000 to professors who design an ethics-related course or curricular unit in their field of study. Deadline to apply is Feb. 12, 2009; the recipient will be announced March 5. For details, instructions and a list of past Fellows’ courses, visit the Maguire Center website.

• SMU’s Office of Leadership and Community Involvement provides Faculty Development Grants of up to $500 each for up to 18 faculty members who seek to develop courses with a service-learning component. Applicants must attend a service-learning workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. either on Feb. 18 or Feb. 19, 2009, where grant materials will be be distributed. The deadline to RSVP for either workshop is Feb. 13, 2009. For more information, visit the Leadership and Community Involvement website, or contact Geoff Whitcomb, 214-768-4406.

The Aspen Institute and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) will cosponsor a Wye Faculty Seminar July 18-24, 2009 in Queenstown, Maryland. The seminar is a one-week roundtable on the role of the arts and sciences in developing citizens for participation in American society. SMU may nominate up to two faculty members for consideration. Interested faculty members should submit a CV and a one-page rationale of interest in participation to Kathleen Hugley-Cook, Office of National Fellowships, before March 1, 2009. A campus committee will be convened to determine nominees.

Seven faculty members receive 2008-09 Sam Taylor Fellowships

Seven SMU faculty members have been awarded 2008-09 Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

The Sam Taylor Fellowships, funded by income from a portion of Taylor’s estate, award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Any full-time faculty member is eligible to apply for the Fellowships, which support research “advancing the intellectual, social, or religious life of Texas and the nation.” Applications are evaluated on the significance of the project, clarity of the proposal, professional development of the applicant, value of the project to the community or nation, and the project’s sensitivity to value questions confronting higher education and society.

The winning professors and their projects:

Ben Johnson, History, Dedman College, for a book project on the American environmental reform movement at the turn of the twentieth century.

Mark Kerins, Cinema-Television, Meadows School of the Arts, for transcriptions of interview tapes with film industry professionals, relating to his book project on digital sound production in cinema.

Nia Parson, Anthropology, Dedman College, for research in Chile on domestic violence and governmental systems under a government changing from dictatorship to democracy.

Pamela Patton, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, to acquire photographs for publication in her book on visual imagery of the Christian-Jewish relationship in medieval Spain.

Lisa Pon, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, for research in Rome on the fifteenth-century print Madonna of the Fire, as exemplar of relationships among locations, icons, and collective memory.

Simon Sargon, Music, Meadows School of the Arts, to compose a large-scale orchestral and choral requiem based on early Jewish and Christian texts.

Gabriela Vokic, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dedman College, for research in Chile on structural position of speech sounds, with Spanish speakers acquiring English as a second language.

For more information on the Fellowships, including application instructions, contact Kathleen Hugley-Cook, director of the University’s Office of National Fellowships and Awards.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 30, 2008

The Big iDea: Student teams that received grants in the 2007-08 Big iDeas competition will report on the progress of their projects and explain their research findings in the Big iDeas Fall Symposium, 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. A brief reception will follow.

Meadows Wind Ensemble Director Jack DelaneyGodbey Lecture Series: Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Melissa Barden Dowling, director of SMU’s Classical Studies Program, examines the achievements of the men known as the Five Good Emperors and how they balanced the great issues of their times in the Godbey Lecture Series‘ Boshell Foundation Lecture, “The Good Emperors and the Golden Age of the Roman Empire.” The series begins Nov. 4 and continues on consecutive Tuesdays, with the third lecture scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13. All lectures begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon at Maggiano’s NorthPark Center. Cost is $156 for Godbey Lecture Series members and $186 for nonmembers. Register online or contact the Godbey Lecture Series, 8-2532.

World premiere winds: The Meadows Wind Ensemble welcomes acclaimed contemporary percussion ensemble NEXUS for the world premiere of Eric Ewazen‘s Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble – composed on commission for the MWE, NEXUS and MWE Director Jack Delaney (top right) – in “The Beat of Different Drummers!” at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

'Spaniard and his Mexican Indian Wife and their Child' by Miguel Cabrera, 1695-1768Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Kelly Donahue-Wallace, chair of the Departments of Art Education and Art History at the University of North Texas, discusses the global influences found in objects from well-to-do colonial homes in “A caballo entre dos mundos: Material Culture in Spanish Colonial Texas.” The lecture begins at noon Nov. 5 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch. (Bottom right, Spaniard and his Mexican Indian Wife and their Child, from a series on mixed race marriages in Mexico. Oil on canvas by Miguel Cabrera, 1695-1768, Museo de America, Madrid, Spain/The Bridgeman Art Library.)

Inside baseball: Baseball Hall of Famer, former American League and National League MVP and former American League manager of the year Frank Robinson will address the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum Nov. 5 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. The luncheon and talk last from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Suzy Brack, 8-4314.

Jazz hands: The Varsity in SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center becomes a jazz club for a free performance by electro-acoustic jam band JamPact at 8 p.m. Nov. 5. The band – a collaboration among Meadows Dean José Bowen (piano) and music faculty members Kim Corbet (trombone and synth), Buddy Mohamed (bass), Jamal Mohamed (drums) and Akira Sato (trumpet) – performs “an improvisational mix of jazz, funk and world music.” Appetizers and coffee drinks will be served during the concert. For more information, contact Mariana Sullivan, 8-1951.

Seeking proposals for Research and Travel Grants

The University Research Council is now seeking proposals for its 2009 Research and Travel Grant Program, as announced by Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies James E. Quick in an e-mail to faculty members. The program awards about 40 grants per year according to SMU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

Funding will be available in two categories: Research Grants and Travel Grants. Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply. Faculty members who are up for contract renewal may receive an award contingent on outcome.

The proposal deadlines:

December 5, 2008: Research and Travel Grants (award decision by January 31, 2009)
April 1, 2009: Travel Grants only – Research Grant proposals will not be accepted (award decision by April 30, 2009)

All proposals must follow the guidelines set out by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Find forms and application instructions at SMU’s Graduate Studies website. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at 8-4336.

Alcohol education program receives NCAA grant

An SMU alcohol education program has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the NCAA. Mustang Winning CHOICES aims to reduce high-risk drinking behaviors, encourage responsible decision-making, and teach students skills to help peers make better choices.

The grant will allow for the expansion of alcohol education and increased outreach to athletes as well as the broader student body.

More about NCAA CHOICES grants

2008 President’s Partners grants fund on-campus innovation

SMU faculty and staff members from across the University have received 2008 President’s Partners grants to implement their ideas for everything from improving the orientation experience for new faculty members to enabling graduate students in education to receive mentoring via video. Learn more about this year’s projects.

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Apply now for 2008-09 Sam Taylor Fellowships

Faculty members who seek additional funding for Spring 2009 research projects should plan to apply now for a 2008-09 Sam Taylor Fellowship. The Fellowships award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at Methodist-related colleges in Texas. Last year SMU faculty in Chemistry, Theology, Political Science, and Religious Studies received awards.

Any full-time faculty member is eligible to apply for the Fellowships, which support research “advancing the intellectual, social, or religious life of Texas and the nation.” The program does not award for instructional materials or equipment, nor for travel not associated with the Fellowship project.

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • significance of the project
  • clarity of the proposal
  • professional development of the applicant
  • value of the project to the community or nation
  • the project’s sensitivity to value questions confronting higher education and society.

The deadline for application is Sept. 1, 2008; applications may be submitted beginning in early summer. Notification of awards is in late October. For more information, contact Kathleen Hugley-Cook in the Office of National Fellowships, 8-3325.

Nominate colleagues for teaching excellence awards

The Office of the Provost seeks nominations of outstanding teaching faculty, tenured and tenure-track, for several prestigious state and national awards recognizing teaching excellence. These honors include the Piper Professor Award, the Cherry Award, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Professor of the Year and carry prizes ranging from $5,000 to $200,000.

Those submitting a candidate’s name should include a letter giving the rationale and indicating willingness to be a formal nominator if the person becomes the SMU nominee for an award. Please include names of three additional references for the nominee.

Each nomination should be endorsed by the nominee’s department chair; chairs may endorse more than one nominee. Send nominations to the Office of National Fellowships, Office of the Provost, by April 20, 2008. Watch the SMU Forum for additional information.

Research takes center stage at Spring Faculty Meeting

The key to SMU’s future is its investment in research today, said Provost Paul Ludden at the 2008 Spring General Faculty Meeting Jan. 16. “The real business of a university is the creation of new knowledge,” he said. “When our students graduate, what they will remember is the opportunities they had to participate in that creation.” Three outstanding professors were honored with special awards during the meeting.

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Provost’s Office has Big iDeas for undergraduate researchers

campus-dallas-skyline-200.jpgSMU’s undergraduate researchers have a new opportunity to put their big ideas to work in the Dallas community, with a timely financial assist from the Office of the Provost.

Big iDeas at SMU will support University students who are interested in addressing key problems faced by the Dallas and Metroplex area. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to 10 interdisciplinary student teams who submit proposals to define, study and address the most important issues facing our home community. For more information, visit