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Four Meadows Faculty Receive Sam Taylor Fellowships

United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Presents Awards for Research

Four Meadows faculty members are among 10 SMU professors who have been awarded Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

The Sam Taylor Fellowships, funded by income from a portion of Taylor’s estate, award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Any full-time faculty member is eligible to apply for the Fellowships, which support research “advancing the intellectual, social or religious life of Texas and the nation.”

Applications are evaluated on the significance of the project, clarity of the proposal, professional development of the applicant, value of the project to the community or nation, and the project’s sensitivity to value questions confronting higher education and society.

The Meadows winners for 2013-14 and their projects are as follows:

Michael Corris, professor of art, for interviews and illustration reproductions for his book The Armchair in the Studio:  The Engagement of Art and Philosophy Since the 1960s.

Benard Cummings, assistant professor of theatre, for a theatre adaptation of Babette’s Feast set during the Civil War.

Blake Hackler, assistant professor of theatre, to take part in advanced training with the New York-based SITI contemporary theatre company and conduct research on embodied actor training methodologies.

Lisa Pon, associate professor of art history, to support reproduction of images for her upcoming book on the Madonna of the Fire.

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