Professor of Practice
Jayne Suhler teaches a range of Journalism courses including advanced reporting, literary journalism and feature writing, and has helped develop curriculum for the division’s fashion media program. She also advises the division’s honors students, and helps administer internship programs with The Dallas Morning News and its fashion magazine FD Luxe. Through content partnerships with local media and a class news site, Suhler pushes reporting students to cover stories in diverse communities and to witness first-hand how elected officials, residents, businesspeople and special interest groups operate and collaborate. One partnership, with the news hub Dallas South News, was profiled in a study by the Knight Foundation about student-generated content in local media outlets.
M.A. in Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
B.A. Plan II Honors Program, University of Texas at Austin
Suhler was the higher education writer for The Dallas Morning News, and also reported for the Asbury Park Press, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, and other publications, and for commercial and public radio. In addition to a specialization in education issues, Suhler has extensive experience covering planning and zoning and other city issues. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Monmouth University in New Jersey and the Dallas County Community College District.
CCJN 2313: Reporting II
CCJN 3390: Literary Journalism
CCJN 382: Feature Writing
Ghostwriter: Moments, by Chip Moody, an account of Dallas newsman Chip Moody’s battle with cancer (Taylor Publishing, 1994)
Suhler was named the Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor for 2013-14. She has been named an SMU HOPE (Honoring our Professors' Excellence) educator three times. Other SMU teaching awards include the Panhellenic Outstanding Faculty Award; the Meadows Above and Beyond Award; and teaching recognition by the Decima Chapter of Mortar Board. Her students have received reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Southwest Journalism Congress. Suhler’s writing awards include the Katie Award from the Press Club of Dallas; the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration; the Carole Kneeland Award for coverage of women’s issues; the Association of Women Journalists Award; the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Award; and several Texas School Board awards.