Awards Recognize Faculty Excellence

SMU faculty members were recognized with teaching awards, service honors and the University’s highest commendation, the “M” Award, at the 2014 Awards Extravaganza Monday, April 21.

Two faculty members received the University’s most prestigious honor, the “M” Award. Marilyn “Birdie” Barr, senior lecturer and associate director of wellness in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and Tony Pederson, Professor and The Belo Foundation Endowed Distinguished Chair in Journalism in Meadows School of the Arts, were honored for contributions to the University “above and beyond the call of duty.”

During the 2013-14 academic year, for the first time, two SMU community members were presented with honorary “M” Awards. The late Dennis Cordell, professor of history and associate dean for the University Curriculum, and the late Robert Van Kemper, professor of anthropology, were both previous nominees for the honor. Members of their departments presented their “M” Award certificates and pins in Fall 2013. Both professors were honored in memory during the Extravaganza.

The SMU Students’ Association’s Willis M. Tate Award recognizes an outstanding faculty member who has been involved in student life. This year’s honor was presented to Brad Carter, associate professor of political science in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Recipients of the Outstanding Professor Awards presented by the Rotunda yearbook were:

  • David Croson, clinical professor of strategy, entrepreneurship and business economics, Cox School of Business
  • Pamela Harris-Hackett, visiting lecturer in journalism, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Daniel Millimet, professor of economics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Ross Murfin, E.A. Lilly Distinguished Professor of English Literature, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Receiving the Extra Mile Awards, presented by Students for New Learning for graciousness and sensitivity to students with learning differences:

  • Victoria Lockwood, associate professor and director of graduate studies in anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Steve Robertson, senior lecturer in statistical science, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

The Office of Community Engagement and Leadership’s Outstanding Faculty/Staff Volunteer Award was presented to Owen Lynch, associate professor and director of the Honors Program and SMU London Internships in Communication Studies, Meadows School of the Arts. The award honors exemplary community service outside the University.