The Golden Mustangs, SMU alumni who graduated at least fifty years ago, have established an award for the advancement of teaching and learning.
This award of $1000 is given each year to a junior, tenure-track faculty member, whose teaching is consistently excellent; whose courses reflect thoughtful curricular development; and whose scholarship makes a meaningful contribution to the discipline and to student learning.
Assistant Professor Blake Hackler
Division of Theater
Blake Hackler's nominator described his teaching as “above and beyond basic job duties-including teaching additional classes, welcoming collaborative efforts and colleagues, and dedicating hours to directing large-cast productions each year.” Additionally, his student evaluations reflect students’ consistent admiration of his teaching and his professionally superior approaches to his courses. Furthermore he was responsible for spearheading the Theatre Division’s submission for and receipt of the Meadows Course Design grant, allowing division faculty the opportunity to re-evaluate how well integrated the curriculum is and further advance student learning.
In addition, he was named a Fulbright scholar and will spend a portion of Spring 2015 in Bulgaria working with a renowned theater company known for their bold approaches and physical work.
Click here to see a list of previous recipients.