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Christine E. Buchanan, Professor of Biological Sciences in Dedman College, joined the SMU faculty in 1977.  She received a B.A. in biology from Drake University and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Chicago.  She engaged in further study as a postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University, where she began work on penicillin- binding proteins. At SMU her research on the molecular targets of penicillin, funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, is significant for both medicine and basic science.  Professor Buchanan served her department as chair and director of undergraduate studies.  She worked closely with students as a teacher of courses in microbiology and biochemistry and as faculty advisor to the Health Pre-professional Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta.  She served the University in several important roles, including president of the Faculty Senate, chair of the University Admissions Council and co-administrator of the BRITE (Biomedical Researchers in Training Experience) program. Her honors include the President’s Associates Outstanding Faculty Award, Distinguished University Citizen Award, HOPE (Honoring Our Professors’ Excellence) Award and the “M” Award, SMU’s most prestigious recognition. She also was selected as an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor. She retires as Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences.


Bradley Kent Carter, Associate Professor of Political Science in Dedman College, came to SMU in 1970. He received his A.B. from the University of Miami, his M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Carter taught political and organizational theory in the Political Science Department. He also taught undergraduate courses in the General Education Curriculum and graduate courses in the Master of Liberal Arts and Master of Liberal Studies programs. He wrote on the political ideas of James Madison and Mary Parker Follett.  Professor Carter served the Political Science Department in several roles, including undergraduate director from 1999-2014. His service to the University included a 14-year membership on the Faculty Senate, with three terms as secretary and one as president, and 19 years as Chief Marshal of the University with responsibility for academic ceremonies. He has twice been honored as a Rotunda Outstanding Professor, twice received the Willis M. Tate Award for Distinguished Teaching and also received the “M” Award, SMU’s most prestigious honor. Douglas Bauer, a former student, established the Bauer Incentive Scholarship in Professor Carter’s honor. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Political Science.


Anthony J. Cortese, Professor of Sociology in Dedman College, came to SMU in 1989 as director of Mexican American Studies and also served as director of Ethnic Studies. He earned a B.A. from Bellevue University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Before joining the SMU faculty, he taught at Colorado State University, followed by Illinois State University. At SMU he has taught courses on race and ethnicity in the United States, social problems, minority dominant relations, media ethics and gender, and ethical perspectives on ethnoviolence. He also has taught courses at SMU-in-Taos. His honors include a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to Japan. At SMU Professor Cortese has twice been named a Teaching Fellow of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. His scholarship has resulted in four books, including Ethnic Ethics: The Restructuring of Moral Theory and Provocateur: Images of Women and Minorities in Advertising, now in its fourth edition. He also has written numerous articles, book chapters and reviews and frequently presents his research at both academic and non-academic conferences. His current research focuses on brutality against women. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Sociology.


Gail M. Daly, Associate Professor of Law in Dedman School of Law, joined the SMU faculty in 1990. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Michigan and a J.D. with honors from the University of Minnesota, where she was a managing editor of the Minnesota Law Review. Before coming to SMU, she served as a faculty member and associate director of the library at the University of Minnesota Law School and as a visiting associate at the Research Libraries Group at Stanford University. She has taught courses in copyright, legal research and perspectives of American law. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Professor Daly has served as director of the Underwood Law Library since 1990 and as associate dean for Library and Technology since 1997. She has published peer-reviewed articles and presented papers at conferences, both domestic and international. Among her many professional activities, she served as chair of the Association of American Law School’s Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information. In 2004 President George W. Bush appointed her to the National Museum and Library Services Board. She retires as Professor Emerita of Law.


Richard Haberman, Professor of Mathematics in Dedman College, earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After teaching at Rutgers University and Ohio State University, he joined the SMU faculty in 1978. His research has involved various areas of physical applied mathematics, including singular perturbation methods of nonlinear dynamical systems and waves, slowly varying bifurcations in differential equations and chaotic interaction of solitary waves in nonlinear optics. Professor Haberman has published three mathematics textbooks, including Applied Partial Differential Equations, currently used in 125 universities, and more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. He served as editor-in-chief of the SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) book series on Mathematical Modeling and Computation and as associate editor for the UMAP Journal of applied mathematics. At SMU he served as director of the graduate program in mathematics for approximately 15 years and as the undergraduate program director for three years. A dedicated teacher and mentor, he taught 17 graduate courses and eight undergraduate courses, directed six Ph.D. theses and served on numerous M.S. and Ph.D. committees. He was honored with the Betty McKnight Speairs Endowed Teaching Excellence Award in Mathematics. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Mathematics.


James K. Hopkins, Professor of History in Dedman College, came to SMU in 1974. He received his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Cambridge University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.  At SMU he was chair of the Clements Department of History Department, associate dean for General Education and president of the Faculty Senate. Encouraging education beyond the campus, Professor Hopkins co-founded the Inter-Community Experience Program and was the founding director of SMU-in-Oxford.  His honors include the “M” Award, SMU’s most prestigious recognition; as well as the Phi Beta Kappa Perrine Prize, Rotunda Teaching Awards, Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award, Faculty Volunteer Award and on four occasions the Willis M. Tate Award. He was named an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2001. A long-time advisor to the President’s Scholars, he received in April the Faculty Club’s Mentor Supereminence Award. Also this spring he was named the inaugural recipient of the Second Century Faculty Career Achievement Award. His publications include two books, A Woman to Deliver Her People: Joanna Southcott and English Millenarianism in an Age of Revolution and Into the Heart of the Fire: the British in the Spanish Civil War. He retires as Professor Emeritus of History.


Roger A. Kerin has been the Harold C. Simmons Distinguished Professor of Marketing at the Cox School of Business since 1990. He joined SMU in 1973 after earning his B.A., M.B.A. and Ph.D. in business administration at the University of Minnesota. The author of more than 85 scholarly articles, he was the youngest editor ever of the Journal of Marketing, the premier scholarly journal in the marketing discipline.  His Principles of Marketing textbook is in its 12th edition, with 18 international editions in 15 languages. In its 13th edition, his marketing strategy textbook is used on six continents. Professor Kerin has taught Cox undergraduate, graduate and executive M.B.A. courses to more than 8,000 students. Five of his former students have earned doctoral degrees in marketing, and at least 35 occupy senior management and marketing industry positions. His service on more than 100 University and Cox School committees included chairing the Undergraduate Admissions Committee during the formative years of the President’s Scholars program.  He has served multiple terms on the American Marketing Association Board of Directors, American Marketing Association Foundation and 12 journal editorial review boards. He retires as the Harold C. Simmons Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Marketing.


Larry Palmer, Professor of Harpsichord and Organ in Meadows School of the Arts and University Organist, joined the SMU faculty in 1970, after serving on the faculties of Norfolk State University and St. Paul’s College, both in Virginia. He earned a B.M. degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and master’s and doctoral degrees from Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. The author of three books, including Harpsichord in America, he has contributed to numerous publications on organ and harpsichord music and has served as harpsichord editor of The Diapason magazine since 1969. Internationally known as performer, scholar and teacher, Professor Palmer has presented concerts and recitals in more than 40 states and six European countries, including premiere performances of more than 40 commissioned harpsichord, organ and choral works. Known for his stylish performances of baroque music as well as contemporary works, he is the only music professor in SMU history to give 45 consecutive annual faculty recitals. He has produced a dozen solo recordings, led workshops and master classes throughout the U.S. and Europe, served as judge at organ competitions and held leadership in major professional organizations. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Music. 


John E. Ubelaker, Professor of Biological Sciences in Dedman College, joined the SMU faculty in 1968. He earned both B.A. and M.A. degrees in zoology at the University of Kansas, followed by a Ph.D. in parasitology at Colorado State University.  Before coming to SMU, he spent a year at Emory University as a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral Fellow. At SMU his research in parasitology was funded by the NIH.  His recent work has included identification and collection of the flora of North Central New Mexico.  Professor Ubelaker served as chair of the SMU Biological Sciences Department from 1990-2001 and as director of SMU-in-Taos from 1992-2006, during a period of significant growth and development of the University’s campus in Northern New Mexico.  He was best known to students for his courses in parasitology and plant biology on the Dallas campus and for various field biology courses at SMU-in-Taos.  For his service and teaching, he has been honored with the President’s Associates Outstanding Faculty Award and the “M” Award, SMU’s most prestigious recognition. He also was selected as an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences.


Ben J. Wallace, Professor of Anthropology in Dedman College, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He joined SMU’s anthropology faculty in 1969, soon after the department was established. He served as Anthropology Department chair from 1985-1992 and as vice president of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at SMU from 1989-2000. He directed the SMU Study Abroad Program from 1992-2008 and contributed to development of the International Studies major, which he directed for several years. Professor Wallace spent most of his research career in the Philippines, starting as a traditional anthropologist and later focusing on social and environmental problem solving. He has published several books on his research in the Philippines and Bangladesh. They include Hill and Valley Farmers: Socio-Economic Change Among A Philippine People, Village Life in Insular Southeast Asia, Social Sciences and Farming Systems Research and The Invisible Resource: Women’s Work and Time in Rural Bangladesh. His most recent book, Weeds, Roads and God: A Half Century of Culture Change Among the Philippine Ga’dang, published in 2013, examines change in a Philippine village where his field research began more than 50 years ago. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Anthropology.