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SMU recognizes individual teaching and research excellence

May 29, 2012

Classroom at SMUSMU annually honors teaching and research excellence by individual members of its faculty through naming of the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors and the Ford Research Fellows. This year’s honorees are:

Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors

The 2012-14 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors are:

  • Carrie La Ferle, Advertising, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Tom Mayo, Law, Dedman School of Law
  • James Sullivan, Art, Meadows School of the Arts

Announced by the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence, the new members of SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers will join returning members Marc Christensen, Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering; Alyce McKenzie, Homiletics, Perkins School of Theology; and David Son, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Fellow 2011 honoree Greg Warden, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, will become president of Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, on July 1.

Each year since 2001, the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Awards recognize four SMU faculty members for their commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. “These are faculty whose concerns for higher education go beyond classroom boundaries and often the boundaries of their own discipline,” according to the CTE website. “They represent the highest achievement in reaching the goals of higher education.” The professorships are named for SMU Trustee Ruth Altshuler.

Each recipient receives a $10,000 award and membership in SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers for the two years of their appointment as Altshuler Professors. Members participate actively with other members of the Academy to address issues in classroom teaching.

Read more about this year’s honored professors.

2012 Ford Research Fellows

The University’s 2012 Ford Research Fellows are:

  • William Abraham, Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology
  • Paul Krueger, Mechanical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering
  • Lisa Pon, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Dinesh Rajan, Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering
  • Jingbo Ye, Physics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Established in 2002 through a $1 million pledge from SMU Trustee Gerald J. Ford, the fellowships help the University retain and reward outstanding scholars. Each recipient receives a cash prize for research support during the year.

Learn more about the new Fellows.

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