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Now accepting applications for the Assistant Dean of Academic Transitions (HR Title: Associate Director 2)

Colleagues,

David Doyle and I are excited to share that a new position, titled Assistant Dean of Academic Transitions, which is live on the SMU Staff Career Portal. Please consider, share with your offices, and post within your professional networks.

About the Position: The Assistant Dean of Academic Transitions (HR Title: Associate Director 2) is responsible for establishing the strategy for academic engagement and success of undergraduate students during their first year at SMU.  The position develops and executes unique programming for new students to prepare them for their academic transition to SMU. The person in this role will supervise the Directors of the Hilltop Scholars Program and the Rotunda Scholars Program.  In addition, this person will collaborate closely with faculty and other campus offices that support the transition to SMU; aligns programming and outreach with the stated goals of SMU in Four; plans and implements intentional programming with the university advising center, student academic success programs, office of general education, and the school records offices. The position facilitates university-wide initiatives such as strengthening faculty-to-student mentoring, shared reading experiences, and campus lectures. A key portion of the job is to work with other offices and academic departments to provide high-impact academic engagement and continuous monitoring, tracking, and support to improve academic outcomes at the end of the first year for new and transfer students.

Deadline to Apply: Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by September 30, 2022.  The position is open until filled.

A collaborative search committee comprised of SAES members, student affairs, and admissions, will be formed in the coming weeks to review applications, conduct virtual and in-person campus interviews, and make a recommendation for hire. We are targeting a December 1 start date.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sheri

Sheri Kunovich

O: 214-768-1285

Email: kunovich@smu.edu

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AT&T Data Science Scholars lunch and learn on September 21

The First-Generation Initiative is excited to spotlight the AT&T Data Science Scholars program at an upcoming Lunch and Learn. The AT&T Data Science Scholars program is an eight-week program followed by an eight-week paid internship!

To learn more about this amazing opportunity, join the First-Generation Initiative for lunch and learn on September 21 at noon in Hughes-Trigg Student Center Chamber (lower level). All scholars and honors programs are welcome to join. RSVP on Connect.SMU to save your seat.

The program is actively recruiting students who are:

  • Current juniors (graduating December 2023 or after)
  • Seniors on accelerated pathways
  • Graduating seniors who will be immediately entering a graduate program
  • Current graduate students

Questions about the AT&T Data Science Scholars program can be directed to Terry Teague (tlteague@mail.smu.edu). Questions concerning the lunch and learn event can be directed to 1stgen@smu.edu.

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Mustang Scholars President’s Scholars University Honors Program

Now accepting applications for the Assistant Dean for Scholars Programs

SMU is excited to share an open position, the Assistant Dean for Scholars Programs, is live on the SMU Staff Career Portal. Please consider, share with your offices, and post within your professional networks.  

About the Position: The Assistant Dean for Scholars Programs (HR Title Associate Director 2) is responsible for the operations, strategy, and recruitment for two of SMU’s central Scholars programs: the President’s Scholars Program and the Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Programs.  The Assistant Dean manages these two distinctive programs in their entirety—from the scholars’ point of application to the University, through graduation, and into the alumni experience.  Working closely with scholars from both programs, the Assistant Dean will plan, orchestrate and supervise ongoing programming as well as the limited teaching of courses integrated into the experience.  With a focus on leadership, the Hunt Leadership Scholars Program involves shaping the scholars into engaged leaders, while the President’s Scholars Program has its strongest focus on creativity, innovation, and academic pursuits.  In addition, this position will collaborate closely with faculty mentors assigned to the programs, as well as other key campus offices that support leadership development, new student transitions, retention and the academic excellence goals as stated in the SMU in Four.  The tracking of student involvement, academic progress, and providing support, when necessary, will be of central importance.  The Assistant Dean will also supervise the Director of the Mustang Scholars Program and First Gen Initiatives.  Candidates must have a master’s degree but a terminal degree is preferred.  The candidate must be very detail oriented, and have a passion for working with students, fostering intellectual discourse, and becoming fully engaged in the larger SMU community. 

Deadline to Apply: October 1, 2022. Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by September 15, 2022. 

A collaborative search committee comprised of SAES members, student affairs, admissions, and faculty advisors will be formed in the coming weeks to review applications, conduct virtual and in-person campus interviews, and make a recommendation for hire. We are targeting a November 1 start date. 

Please contact Dean David D. Doyle if you have any questions. 

 

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First-Generation Initiative Mustang Scholars

Cesar Quezada joins SMU as the inaugural director of Mustang Scholars and the First-Generation Initiative

Student Academic Engagement & Success (SAES) is excited to announce Cesar Quezada as the inaugural director of Mustang Scholars and the First-Generation Initiative effective August 29.

Quezada brings his experience with first-generation students, cohort-based mentorship programs, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and undocumented students to the Hilltop. He is a first-generation college student and DACA recipient originally from Durango, Mexico who earned a degree in psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  In his previous roles, he has been the associate director of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Division at Creighton University and assistant director for the Multicultural Center at the University of North Texas.

When asked about what he is most excited about, Quezada remarked “I am very excited to get to campus and begin working with everyone in order to start to impact students as soon as possible. The opportunity to get to work with Dr. Grabsch, the Mustang Scholars, and the large group of first-generation students is what has led me to take this opportunity.”

Quezada’s platform as a higher education professional gives him the advantage to incorporate both the student perspectives and needs into this overall work which includes teaching others what they can do in order to help and better serve first-generation student communities at their institutions. Since his undergraduate years, he has also been a part of various professional associations where he has presented at state and national conferences, among them the NatDC’s Diversity in Leadership Conference, NCORE, Excelencia in Education, and participating in Men of Color Consortiums hosted by Project Males out of the University of Texas at Austin. He also has received national recognition for his work from Excelencia in Education.

Please join us in welcoming Cesar Quezada to the SAES team!

 

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University Honors Program

Meet the SMU student who is an international dinosaur origami champion

See original publication in The Dallas Morning News, published 7:00 AM on Jul 27, 2022.

Travis Nolan is a Dedman Scholar and in the University Honors Program. If you’ve seen little origami figures in the Scholars’ Den Conference Room, they’re one of Nolan’s creations.

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National Fellowships

SMU Students Earn Prestigious Fulbright, Boren Awards

Eight SMU students have accepted Fulbright and Boren awards for international study, research and teaching in Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea.

Story first published at https://www.smu.edu/News/Featured/SMU-students-earn-prestigious-fulbright-boren-awards

DALLAS (SMU) – Eight SMU students have accepted Fulbright and Boren awards for international study, research and teaching in Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea. Five will be headed across the world as Fulbright finalists to conduct research and teach abroad for the 2022-2023 academic year, while three will travel as Boren fellows and scholars.

“The pursuit of national fellowships such as the Fulbright and the Boren align with SMU’s goals for greater academic quality, and I am so proud of the recognition our students have received,” said Elizabeth G. Loboa, SMU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

“These scholarships provide a transformative opportunity for our students to go out and make their mark on the world as researchers, teachers, and cultural ambassadors and to extend SMU’s reach and reputation on a global scale,” Loboa said. “I congratulate this year’s recipients, all of our student applicants and the faculty and staff who supported them throughout the rigorous application process.”

FULBRIGHT AWARDS

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in partnership with more than 140 countries worldwide. Awardees are selected in an open, merit-based competition that considers leadership potential, academic and/or professional achievement, and a record of service. Fulbright alumni include 61 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients and 40 who have served as heads of state or government. SMU Fulbright Finalists include:

Austin Hickle, South Korea, English teaching assistant

Austin Hickle graduated in May 2022 with a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy after serving as student body president during his senior year and student body vice president as a junior. During his time on the Hilltop, he received a number of awards and honors including the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Ray L. and Nancy Ann Hunt Leadership Scholarship. Austin also was inducted into both Phi Beta Kappa and the Robert Stewart Hyer Society, SMU’s most prestigious academic organization for undergraduate students. Passionate about educational policy, he founded several organizations addressing student needs including the College Health Alliance of Texas, a statewide coalition of 41 student government leaders who worked together for a safe reopening of campuses amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Global Education Mission, a nonprofit providing education for children living in Cameroon. Austin also worked as a teacher’s assistant and instructor both in Dallas and in Cameroon. He will travel to South Korea as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in January 2023.

Camilla Martinez, Bulgaria, English teaching assistant

Camilla Martinez recently received her M.F.A. in Theatre from the Meadows School of the Arts. Camilla is headed to a small town in Bulgaria (Smolyan) where she will teach English. During her time at SMU she has taught the Art of Acting, has performed in mainstage productions on campus, and was a resident artist at the TX Studio in Dallas. Most recently Camilla was an understudy for Tiny Beautiful Things at Dallas Theatre Center. She applied for the Fulbright ETA program because it allows her to bring together artistry and education. Camilla will capitalize on the skills she honed as an instructor at SMU, where she helped students venture out of their comfort zone and step into their own as individuals taking the stage in front of an audience. “The Fulbright mission aligns with my desire to be a globally aware artist, and to use the skills I have to teach, make art, and connect with people,” Camilla said. After Bulgaria, Camilla plans to return to the U.S. and create a career in theatre, film and photography.

Evan Schumacher, Germany, research

Evan Schumacher graduated in May 2022 with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Cognitive Science. In addition to performing with the SMU Dance Ensemble every semester, Evan pursued independent research on gender and casting at dance companies in London, Paris, and Washington, DC, funded by the University Honors Program’s Richter Independent Research Fellowship and the Engaged Learning Fellowship. As a senior he received the 2022 Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award. For his Fulbright Germany Study/Research award, Evan will analyze the aesthetic values of the Stuttgart Ballet by examining the institution’s archival papers, including those of its influential directors Jean-Georges Noverre and John Cranko. Evan said, “My Fulbright award will ideally serve as a testing ground for me to begin to nail down my ideas about the philosophy of dance. Ultimately, I hope that the ideas I develop on my Fulbright become the foundation of my future theories that will shine a light on the nuanced values that drive the practice of ballet.”

Anna Taglioli, Taiwan, English teaching assistant

Anna Taglioli graduated in May 2022 with majors in international studies, human rights, and world languages (Chinese and Italian) with a minor in piano. Her list of honors includes induction into the Robert Stewart Hyer Society and Phi Beta Kappa, as well as membership in the University Honors Program. A student of Mandarin since the age of 10, Anna is eager to travel to Taiwan on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship because she always has been interested in promoting cultural exchange. The Fulbright assistantship will build on her experience teaching languages, including four years as an English teaching assistant at the QD Academy in Plano and as a Chinese and Italian language teacher in the SMU Child Care Center. Anna said, “I intend to center my career around international and language studies, so I believe my Fulbright award will be invaluable to my future career. I hope to pursue a career in foreign service to continue to support peace, cultural exchange, and promote American interests abroad.”

Izzah Zaheer, Belgium, English teaching assistant

Izzah Zaheer graduated in May 2022 with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.B.A. in Management. During her time on the Hilltop, she was selected as a Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar and member of the University Honors Program, served as a Residential Assistant in MHPS Commons, and completed an Engaged Learning Fellowship capstone research project titled “The Evolution of Local Journalism.”  Outside of the classroom, Izzah pursued her passion for journalism as a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She chose to apply for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Belgium because she “loved the mix of different European identities, its relevance as the center of Europe and the various languages used through the country.”

Three SMU graduate students were named Fulbright Alternates. Xxavier Carter was named an alternate for an Arts award to Norway. Laura Bell and Virginia Ridley were named alternates for English Teaching Assistantship awards to Andorra and Luxembourg, respectively.

BOREN AWARDS

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are awarded through a major federal initiative – the National Security Education Program – designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. The program provides U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of the United States. In exchange for funding, Boren Award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year. SMU’s Boren Scholars and Fellows are:

Benjamin Feinstein, Kazakhstan, Boren Scholar

Undergraduate Benjamin Feinstein is pursuing a major in history and a minor in Russian area studies. He works as a student researcher and editor on the Center for Presidential History’s “US Relations under Bush and Putin” project and serves as the President of the SMU Russian Club. A testament to his academic achievement so far, Ben was invited to join the Robert Stewart Hyer Society as a junior. He will spend the 2022-2023 academic year at Al Farabi National Kazakh University in Almaty, Kazakhstan studying Russian language and Eurasian history. “I will return with a year of immersion in a Russian-speaking country and invaluable knowledge about key player in the critical strategic region of Central Asia,” Ben said. “Such linguistic, political, and cultural knowledge will qualify me to enter a relevant defense job as soon as I graduate from SMU. In short, Boren will qualify me for my dream in a way that I could not have imagined.”

Matthew O’Donohue, South Korea, Boren Fellow

Matthew O’Donohue is a third year Ph.D. student in the Lyle School of Engineering who will be working in partnership with a laboratory in South Korea to create a device that will be used to sequence DNA and characterize various biologically relevant proteins. Drawing on his nanotechnology experience in mechanical engineering professor MinJun Kim’s Biological, Actuation, Sensing and Transport Laboratory at SMU, Matthew seeks to internationalize his research in South Korea while learning Korean. “I will be able to conduct research in a state-of-the-art laboratory with access to many advanced tools that will benefit me as a researcher,” Matthew said. Outside of the laboratory, Matthew is most excited to experience living in a new culture. He said he chose to research in South Korea because, “I have never been to Korea, let alone Asia, and wanted an opportunity to experience that part of the world.” Upon completing his Boren Fellowship, Matthew will return to SMU to complete his Ph.D. and plans to pursue a career as a science, technology and weapons analyst in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Madeline Pan, Taiwan, Boren Scholar

Undergraduate Madeline Pan is majoring in Biological Sciences and Health & Society, and minoring in Statistical Science and Chemistry. At SMU, Madeline has received an Engaged Learning Fellowship, Robert Mayer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and the Richter International Fellowship, which helped her to pursue various research topics related to COVID-19 and the antibiotic industry. She will travel to Singapore in August to improve her Mandarin Chinese language skills. As someone interested in becoming a physician, she will capitalize upon this opportunity to enhance her Chinese language and cultural competency skills in preparation for caring for a wider patient population.  Madeline is excited to thoroughly explore the city-state and connect with the locals and students at the language school.

SMU students interested in pursuing international study, research or travel should reach out to their respective fellowship offices. Undergraduate fellowships are administered by Brandon Miller (bgmiller@smu.edu), assistant dean for University Honors Program and Fellowships, and graduate fellowships are administered by Rachel Ball-Phillips (rmball@smu.edu), director of Graduate Fellowships and Awards in the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

 

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Apply to be the inaugural Director of Mustang Scholars/1st Generation Initiatives

Student Academic Engagement and Success is excited to share a new position, titled Director of Mustang Scholars/1st Generation Initiatives, is live on the SMU Staff Career Portal. Please consider, share with your offices, and post within your professional networks.

About the Position: The Director of Mustang Scholars and 1st Generation Initiatives (HR Title: Assistant Director 2) is responsible for the academic engagement and success of first-generation and Pell-eligible students at SMU.  The position develops and executes unique programming for Mustang Scholars (8-10 high-achieving Dallas-area students). The person in this role collaborates closely with other campus offices that support first-year and transfer students at SMU; aligns programming and outreach with the stated goals of SMU in Four as they support success and retention of this identified student populations; plans and implements intentional programming which provides mentorship to students in support of their academic pursuits. The position facilitates university-wide initiatives related to first-generation college students. A key portion of the job is to provide high-impact engagement and continuous monitoring, tracking, and support from matriculation to degree completion.

Deadline to Apply: July 15, 2022. Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by July 1, 2022.

A collaborative search committee comprised of SAES members, admissions, and a student will be formed next week to review applications, conduct virtual and in-person campus interviews, and make a recommendation for hire. We are targeting an August or September start date.

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Isabelle Galko: My experience at IUCN in France

Isabelle Galko at IUCN

by Isabelle Galko ’22

This month, I traveled to Marseille and presented at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress, a global meeting that takes place once every four years and serves as an assembly of leaders and decision-makers from government, academia, society, indigenous cultures, and industry working towards conserving the environment.

My presentation for the forum at IUCN was titled “Preparing Families to be Act as Stewards to Combat Climate Change and Restore Ocean Health.” The presentation showcases three projects (including my own) designed to increase individual stewardship and mitigate climate change risks in local communities. I specifically focused on female leadership in conservation and using the featured projects as models for future youth-led community-based initiatives. I also worked with IUCN’s Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) over the 10 days at the conference. The commission’s current focus is an initiative called NatureForAll, which promotes equitable access to nature to cultivate love and appreciation for nature, with the goal to increase conservation of nature. When I arrived in Marseille, I set up the CEC’s “Youth Oasis,” where I connected with other young conservation leaders from around the world, helped put on interactive programs for the conference, and shared information about NatureForAll.

The first night, I saw French President Macron and the actor Harrison Ford speak at the Opening Ceremony. I attended sessions on many different topics, including the blue economy, environmental law, and amplifying indigenous voices in conservation, sat in on the member’s assembly, and heard from amazing experts, including the Prince of Monaco, the UN Special Envoy to the Ocean, and National Geographic explorers. I learned so much in Marseille, but my biggest takeaway from IUCN is that future approaches to address environmental challenges must be transgenerational, intersectional, and inclusive. Ultimately, conservation must be re-centered around people.