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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. She is also the 2013 recipient of the University Scholar/Teacher Award. 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.
Morganfield received her Ed.D. from Vanderbilt, has taught at SMU since 1997, and has served on the CTE Advisory Board for a number of years. A Clinical Associate Professor, Morganfield's specialties include teaching methods, student-centered instruction, and instructional design. She has extensive experience providing feedback on teaching effectiveness and in leading structured groups for teaching support and development. Morganfield is also adept at using technology in teaching and in training others to use pedagogically-appropriate tools.
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