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Golden Mustang Award

Golden Mustang Award

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.


2016 Recipient

Assistant Professor Jill Kelly
Department of History

Jill Kelly's colleagues described her student evaluations as “perhaps the best I have ever seen for a faculty member in our department.” Additionally, her student evaluations reflect students’ consistent admiration of her teaching and her superior approaches to using technology in her courses. Her recommender finds her “an extraordinarily conscientious and effective instructor, wise and seasoned beyond her years.” Furthermore, she has been so successful that she has single-handedly established South Africa as a substantial field of undergraduate study. In addition, she has been supported by a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and will allow her to complete a pivotal project in which she makes a significant intervention in the historiography of modern South Africa.

Click here to see a list of previous recipients.