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Tom Barry

Cox School of Business

Tom Barry, professor of marketing at the Cox School, joined the SMU faculty in 1970. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. In Cox, Professor Barry served as marketing department chair and associate dean. In 1995 he was appointed vice president for executive affairs by SMU President R. Gerald Turner. Professor Barry led the development of SMU’s Master Plan that provided direction for the physical evolution of the campus. He oversaw the development of the University’s last three strategic plans, which set priorities for SMU’s mission, goals and objectives. He conducted the initial research that helped produce SMU’s successful proposal to bring the George W. Bush Presidential Center to campus. As an academic administrator, Professor Barry remained a prolific researcher, publishing three books and more than 80 scholarly articles, and contributing frequently to leading marketing and advertising journals. He received the Outstanding Researcher Award from the American Academy of Advertising. At SMU he is a three-time recipient of the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award. From the Cox School he received the Nicholas Salgo Distinguished Teaching Award and the Excellence in Research Award. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Marketing.


Janis Bergman-Carton

Meadows Art History

Janis Bergman-Carton, associate professor of art history in Meadows School of the Arts, joined SMU in 1991. She earned a B.A. in English Honors from the University of Massachusetts and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in art history from The University of Texas. She served as Art History Department chair at Meadows from 2007 to 2011 and for a semester in 2013, and helped develop and launch the department’s first Ph.D. program, with its innovative “Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture” curriculum. Her honors include fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. She also received a Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, an SMU Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award, and a $20,000 Meadows Interdisciplinary Award grant for community outreach activities, including an art history partnership with the Dallas Mexican American Historical League. Professor Bergman-Carton specializes in 19th- and early 20th-century European art with an emphasis on French urban modernity, media archaeology and gender. She has published a book with Yale University Press and more than 20 articles on European modernism, contemporary Latin American art and cultural memory of the Holocaust. She retires as Professor Emerita of Art History.


Edward Biehl

Dedman Chemistry

Edward Biehl, professor of chemistry, joined the SMU faculty in 1962. He received B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Biehl’s research focuses on synthetic organic chemistry with interests in the preparation of biologically active heterocyclic compounds such as phenothiazines, barbituric acids, and precursor to Ibuprofen. His research team was the first to achieve a successful benzyne-click reaction using microwave heating and to synthesize a nitrobenzyne intermediate. He has published nearly 300 scholarly articles and eight book chapters on thiophene and benzyne chemistry. At SMU Professor Biehl has supervised more than 400 students and postdoctoral scholars, and has served as chemistry department chair since 1981. His SMU teaching and research awards include the Distinguished University Citizen Award, SMU Faculty Career Achievement Award, Dedman Family Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award, the M Award, the Margareta Deschner Award and the Alumni Association Award for Faculty Excellence. His professional awards include the Dreyfus Fellow Award, Phi Beta Kappa Perrine Prize, Doherty Award from the American Chemical Society and the Kametani Award from the Japan Institute of Heterocyclic Chemistry. He was named a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Pittsburgh Chemistry Department. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.


Gordon Birrel

Dedman Foreign Language

Gordon Birrell, associate professor of German, joined the SMU faculty in 1974. He received B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He also received a Stanford fellowship for study at the Freie Universität Berlin. In addition to language instruction, Professor Birrell has taught advanced courses in German literature from Romanticism to the present and methods of literary analysis. He served as head of two team-taught courses on art, music and literature from the Renaissance to the present as part of the Core general education curriculum in the 1980s and 1990s. He served two terms as chair of the Department of World Languages and Literature and has served for a total of over 20 years as the area chair for German. He is the author of The Boundless Present: Space and Time in the Literary Fairy Tales of Novalis and Tieck (1979) and numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and reviews. From SMU, Professor Birrell received the HOPE Award three times. Prior to SMU he was an assistant professor at Princeton University and also taught at Stanford University. He retires as Professor Emeritus of German.


Delores Etter

Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering

Delores M. Etter, professor of Electrical Engineering in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, joined SMU in 2008 as the founding director of the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, a position she held until 2015. Her other SMU appointments include Caruth Professor of Engineering Education, the Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education, a Distinguished Fellow in the Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security and a senior Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. Professor Etter earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from Wright State University and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Prior to SMU, she served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy and as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, and held faculty positions at the University of New Mexico, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Professor Etter is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a former member of the National Science Board and the Defense Science Board. She is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She retires as Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering.


Richard F. Gunst

Dedman Statistics

Richard F. Gunst, professor of statistical science in Dedman College, joined the SMU faculty in 1972. He received a B.S. from St. Mary’s University, and a Ph.D. from SMU. Well known for his classic books in experimental design and regression, Professor Gunst also has made many contributions in spatial modeling and multiple comparisons methods. At SMU he chaired 24 dissertation committees, and he and his students have contributed to the areas of statistical design and analysis of industrial experiments and functional MRI signal processing. A Fellow of the American Statistical Association, his professional awards from the ASA include the Don Owen Research Award, and the Founder’s Award; as well as the Frank Wilcoxon Award for Best Practical Application Paper and the W.J. Youden Award for Best Expository Paper – each published in the ASA journal Technometrics. From SMU, Professor Gunst received the Distinguished Author’s Award and the Sigma Xi Research Award. He is a Senior Fellow for SMU’s Institute for the Study of Earth and Man. He twice served as Statistical Science department chair. Professor Gunst retires as Professor Emeritus of Statistical Science.


C. Michael Hawn

Perkins School of Theology

C. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor of Church Music and director of the Sacred Music program at Perkins School of Theology, joined the SMU faculty in 1992. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wheaton College, and Master of Church Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Professor Hawn’s SMU service includes chairing the Faculty Senate All-University Finance and Ethics and Tenure Committees, and preparing for 25 years the annual Perkins Christmas worship services. He initiated the Doctor of Pastoral Music degree at Perkins. His writings include more than 500 scholarly articles, columns, and books. At SMU, his honors include University Distinguished Professor of Church Music and the United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year. He is a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Prior to SMU, he taught at two Baptist seminaries and served four congregations as Minister of Music. He has traveled to 40 countries on six continents studying world Christian music and liturgy, and serving as visiting professor in African and Asian seminaries. An ordained Baptist minister, he is a leader in ecumenical assemblies. He retires as University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music.


Debora Hunter

Meadows Art

Debora Hunter, associate professor of art, joined the SMU faculty in 1976 after earning a B.A. in English literature from Northwestern University and an M.F.A. in photography from Rhode Island School of Design. In her more than four decades of teaching at SMU she has guided the Division of Art in the transition from chemical-based to digital photography and taught for over 20 years in SMU-in-Taos. She was nominated for SMU’s HOPE Award for excellence in teaching. She has served as undergraduate advisor for the Division of Art and chair of the Division’s Curriculum Review Committee, and has been a member of Meadows’ Academic Policy Committee, Faculty Senate, Faculty Senate’s Executive Committee, Women’s Studies Council, SMU-in-Taos Advisory Board, Honor Council and the University Art Collection. Her work has been exhibited and collected by the Art Institute of Chicago, Amon Carter Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House. She was named the Dallas Art Fair Artist Honoree in 2016. She retires as Professor Emerita of Art.


Alireza Khotanzad

Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering

Alireza Khotanzad, professor of Electrical Engineering in SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, joined the SMU faculty in 1984 after earning B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Purdue University. His research focuses on pattern recognition, artificial neural networks and machine learning and their applications in computer vision and predictive analytics such as power system load forecasting. Professor Khotanzad has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and has received more than $1 million in external research funding. He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses and served as doctoral advisor for 23 Ph.D. graduates. He has served on editorial boards of several technical journals. In addition to his academic activities, Professor Khotanzad also is the founder and president of PRT, Inc., a high-tech engineering firm specializing in artificial intelligence based predictive analytics tools for the energy industry. In 2000, Professor Khotanzad received the Millennium Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the IEEE Dallas Section Engineer of the Year award in 1998. At SMU he received the outstanding electrical engineering faculty award three times. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering.


Ndiva Kofele-Kale

Dedman School of Law

Ndiva Kofele-Kale, University Distinguished Professor and Professor of Law in Dedman School of Law, joined the SMU faculty in 1989. He received a B.A. degree from Beloit College and M.A., J.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. Prior to SMU, Professor Kofele-Kale taught at the University of Tennessee College of Law. He also worked in private practice as a corporate and securities lawyer at Lord Bissel & Brook in Chicago. Research for his scholarship and teaching focus on public and private international law led to a concentration in global corruption and the right of people to a corruption-free society. A renowned advocate for human rights, Professor Kofele-Kale’s writings have contributed to the codification of international human rights law. He has appeared before several treaty-based human rights tribunals including the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the U.N. working group on arbitrary detention and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. His book Combating Economic Crimes: Balancing Competing Rights and Interests in Prosecuting the Crime of Illicit Enrichment introduced the concept of “patrimonicide”, which is the plundering of resources by corrupt political leaders. He was an associate editor of The International Lawyer from 1990-1996. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Law.


Robert Krout

Meadows Music

Robert Krout, professor of music therapy in Meadows School of the Arts, joined the SMU faculty in 2004. He earned a B.M. in vocal music education at Ithaca College, followed by three degrees from Columbia University: M.A. in music therapy, M.Ed. in special education and D.Ed. in music education with a focus on music therapy and technology. He chaired the music therapy department from 2004 until his retirement. He also served the Division of Music for a year as associate director for academic affairs and for a semester as interim director. His published research includes applications of technology in music therapy, songwriting and guitar innovations in music therapy, developing evidence-based treatment techniques, music therapy education and training, and music therapy in end-of-life hospice and palliative care and bereavement. He received the SMU Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, “M” Award, University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from the United Methodist Church and the Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, among other professional honors. Professor Krout was also a founding Faculty in Residence, living and engaging with students and residence life staff in Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles Commons. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Music Therapy.


Paticia Mathes

Simmons School of Education

Patricia Mathes, professor of Teaching and Learning and the Texas Instruments Chair of Reading in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development, joined the SMU faculty in 2003. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Baylor University, a master’s degree at the University of Houston and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. She completed postdoctoral training at the John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development at Peabody College. An internationally respected researcher and teacher educator, Professor Mathes has received over $55 million in federal funding. Her landmark research has focused on best practices in literacy instruction, prevention of reading disabilities, reading instruction to English language learners, use of Computer Adaptive Testing for Continuous Progress Monitoring, Response-to-Intervention implementation and virtual coaching. Her intervention developments have become commercially available after undergoing randomized controlled testing and validation. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters, books and curricular materials on reading and reading disabilities, accommodating academic diversity and best practices for struggling readers. She retires as Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning.


Sherry Smith

Dedman History

Sherry Smith, University Distinguished Professor of History and co-director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, joined SMU’s faculty in 1999 after teaching at University of Colorado Boulder, University of Wyoming and University of Texas-El Paso. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She published four books, including two major scholarly monographs – Reimagining Indians: Native Americans Through Anglo Eyes, 1880-1940 (2000), which won the James A. Rawley Prize for the best book on race relations from the Organization of American Historians, and Hippies, Indians, and the Fight for Red Power (2012), and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Professor Smith coordinated the Clements Center Annual Symposium, convening two – in 2007-2008 and in 2000-2001, and subsequently edited or co-edited those symposia anthologies. Her work on the North American West Native peoples was supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Huntington Library. In 2008-2009 she served as president of the Western History Association. Her presidential address, “Reconciliation and Restitution in the American West,” won the Berkshire Prize for Best Article of 2010. She retires as Professor Emerita of history.


Willard Spiegelman

Dedman English

Willard Spiegelman, the Duwain E. Hughes, Jr. Distinguished Professor of English, joined the SMU faculty in 1971. He received an A.B. from Williams College and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. At SMU Professor Spiegelman’s courses have dealt with British and American poetry. In 1984, he became editor-in-chief of Southwest Review, one of the nation’s oldest and most storied literary reviews. He also served a term as English department chair. A prolific author, he has written a dozen books, which include literary criticism, essays, lectures and memoirs. He has authored nearly 200 scholarly articles, reviews and biographical entries, and has contributed over 300 reviews for The Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News, D Magazine and other publications. He has received fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim, Fulbright, Rockefeller, and Amy Clampitt foundations, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and PEN/America. His SMU honors include the Perrine Medal and the SMU Outstanding Professor award. As part of SMU’s Centennial Celebration, his former students hosted a reception in his honor featuring his reflections from over 40 years of illustrious scholarship, teaching and service. He retires as Professor Emeritus of English.


Steven Sverdlik

Dedman Philosophy

Steve Sverdlik, professor of philosophy in Dedman College, joined the SMU faculty in 1982. He received a B.A. from Harvard University cum laude and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he received a Whiting Fellowship and a Presidential Fellowship. Prior to SMU, he taught at Virginia Commonwealth University. Professor Sverdlik has published widely on ethics, the philosophy of punishment, action theory and moral psychology. His book Motive and Rightness (2011), a comprehensive investigation of the role of motivation in the ethical assessment of action, received the Godbey Series Author Award. Professor Sverdlik’s additional SMU honors include the Perrine Award, SMU Rotunda Teacher of the Year Award, and membership in SMU Phi Beta Kappa. His university service includes the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Maguire Center Faculty Advisory Board, Faculty Senate, Dedman College Faculty Council and the Central University Libraries Strategic Plan Committee. He has served on the editorial boards of History of Philosophy Quarterly and American Philosophical Quarterly. Professor Sverdlik retires as Professor Emeritus of Philosophy.


Martin Sweidel

Meadows Music

Martin Sweidel, associate professor of music in Meadows School of the Arts, joined SMU in 1986 after earning a D.M.A. in composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He served as chair of the Division of Music from 1994 to 2000, where he helped strengthen the national reputation of the SMU music program. From 2007 to 2014 he served as associate dean for administrative affairs at Meadows, leading initiatives to support the school’s rising prominence as one of the most innovative and exciting arts schools in the United States. His creative and teaching specialties include electro-acoustic music, composition, sound and code. He developed and maintained a state-of-the-art studio for electro-acoustic music in Meadows, and his music and collaborative computational art projects have been seen and heard in performances, installations and broadcasts throughout the country including at TEDxSMU and on television series and films. His honors include grants from Meet the Composer, two fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and a Composer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Music.


John V. Walther

Dedman Philosophy

John V. Walther, professor of Earth Sciences and the Clifford W. Matthews Chair in Earth Sciences, joined the SMU faculty in 1994. He earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California-Berkeley. Professor Walther’s research focuses on experimental as well as theoretical aqueous geochemistry. In particular, he has considered fluid-mineral surface interactions, kinetics of mineral dissolution, and mineral solubility as a function of temperature, pressure and solution composition. In addition to more than 60 publications in refereed journals, he wrote two textbooks: Earth’s Natural Resources (2014) and Essentials of Geochemistry (2005, 2009). Professor Walther also co-edited Fluid-Rock Interactions During Metamorphism (1986). He served as the director of SMU’s Environmental Science/Studies programs from 2010-2016. Prior to SMU, he was the founding director of Northwestern University’s Environmental Science major program, also serving as professor and chair of its Department of Geological Sciences as well as a J. Willard Gibbs instructor at Yale University. Professor Walther retires as Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences.


Ronald K. Wetherington

Dedman Anthropology

Ronald K. Wetherington, professor of anthropology in Dedman College, joined SMU’s faculty in 1964 as a founding member of SMU’s Department of Anthropology, becoming a tenured professor in 1972. He earned his B.A. in zoology from Texas Tech University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He has published numerous scientific articles and books, including a monograph on the Pot Creek Pueblo at SMU-in-Taos, Ceran St. Vrain: American Frontier Entrepreneur (2012), and Readings in the History of Evolutionary Theory (2011). His honors include the H.O.P.E. Teaching Award, the “M” Award and the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award. He served as chair of the Commission on Teaching and Learning and was founding director of SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence. He received the Friend of Darwin Award from the National Council for Science Education for his defense of science literacy as a reviewer of science textbooks for the state of Texas. He also received the Grassroots Hero Award from the Texas Freedom Network. His SMU service includes Department of Anthropology chair, Faculty Senate – including a term as president – and director of the Fort Burgwin Research Center in Taos, NM. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Anthropology.