Eight SMU faculty members retire with emeritus status in 2011-12

Eight distinguished faculty members, with more than 215 years of combined service to SMU, have retired or will retire with emeritus status during the 2011-12 academic year. Congratulations to the following professors:

• Andrew H. Chen, Professor Emeritus of Finance, Cox School of Business (1983 to 2012)

• John C. Holbert, Lois Craddock Perkins Professor Emeritus of Homiletics, Perkins School of Theology (1979 to 2012)

• Chun H. Lam, Associate Professor Emeritus of Finance, Cox School of Business (1981 to 2012)

• G. Reid Lyon, Professor Emeritus of Education Policy and Leadership, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development (2008 to 2012)

• John Maguire, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences (1973 to 2012)

• Mogens V. Melander, Associate Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences (1989 to 2011)

• C.W. Smith, Professor Emeritus of English, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences (1985 to 2012)

 Michael F. van Breda, Associate Professor Emeritus of Accounting, Cox School of Business (1981 to 2012)

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 20, 2009

Scott ApplebyDarwin Year continues: Scott Appleby (right), professor of history and director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on “From Apocalypse to Accommodation: Catholic, Protestant and Jewish Responses to Darwin in America, 1865-1910” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. The lecture is the latest event in SMU’s year-long “Darwin’s Evolving Legacy” series. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College, the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life and the Catholic Campus Ministry. Free and open to the public.

Reading and results: SMU Distinguished Professor of Education Leadership and Policy Reid Lyon will speak on “Leadership Lessons: Turning the Agony of Reading Failure Around” at 8 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Park City Club, 17th floor, 5956 Sherry Lane in Dallas. The lecture is part of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Focus on Education Series. Cost is $45 for non-Chamber members. Register online at the Chamber’s website; click on the Events tab.

President’s Leadership Summit: Hart Group Vice Chair and CEO Linda Hart will share her experiences and expertise with SMU students in President R. Gerald Turner’s Leadership Summit at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. No RSVP is needed. For more information, contact Leadership and Community Involvement, 214-768-4403.

Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: The ongoing struggles of everyday life as a source of theological reflection and of women’s influence in society will be the topic of “Lo Cotidiano: Daily Life, Stage for Religious Understanding” Oct. 27 in the Prothro Hall Refectory, Room 104. The discussion will be moderated by Ada Maria Isasi Diaz, visiting professor, Perkins School of Theology; and Josephine Caldwell-Ryan, Women’s and Gender Studies, Dedman College. A light dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by discussion 7-8:30 p.m. To register, contact Rachel Lamb.

Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon: SMU Associate Provost Ellen Jackofsky will speak on “Women at SMU: Creating and Continuing a Meaningful Legacy” in the next Distinguished Luncheon at noon Oct. 28 in the SMU Faculty Club. Lunch is $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by Oct. 23 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

Faculty in the News: Sept. 22, 2009

Mosasaur skeletonWilliam Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, discussed the importance of truth and discovering what it is in an essay for KERA Public Radio, originally broadcast on Sept. 14, 2009. audio

Michael Polcyn, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College, appears as an expert source in “Mega Beasts: T-Rex of the Deep.” The science documentary debuted Sept. 13, 2009, on the Discovery Channel. Read more from the SMU Research blog. video

David Chard, Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development; and Reid Lyon, the Simmons School’s Distinguished Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership, were interviewed by Krys Boyd of KERA Public Radio’s “Think” on Sept. 10, 2009. They talked about the importance of educational leadership at students’ schools and districts and how such leadership affects the quality of their education. audio