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Thornburg is a member of the law faculty, where she has taught since 1984. She has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Faculty Writing Mentor, chair of the Curriculum Committee, and habitual member of a number of committees related to teaching and learning. She is also proud to be a past winner of the Don Smart Teaching Award. At the university level, Thornburg has served on the Academic Program Evaluation Committee, the Educational Programs Committee, and on the CTE Advisory Board. Internationally, she was a US delegate to the committee on Teaching Civil Procedure in Common Law Countries. She loves reading murder mysteries, traveling, and celebrates the day that dark chocolate was recognized as a health food.
Prior to joining the Center for Teaching Excellence, Whitehead taught in SMU's First-Year Writing Program. She also taught rhetoric and tech writing at the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Dallas, where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She is an experienced marketing communications and public affairs professional who has published nonfiction articles on diverse topics. She previously held the positions of Associate Director of Public Affairs for Perkins School of Theology and Director of Community Outreach for Dedman College. Whitehead is active in area writers' communities and served as vice president of the Writers' Guild of Texas.
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