The Provost’s Recognition Award honors full-time non-tenure-track faculty who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and a consummate dedication to teaching and learning. The non-tenure-track candidate must have taught credited courses full time for a minimum of 5 continuous years prior to his/her year of nomination. This award provides an opportunity to honor the contributions to teaching at SMU made by these important colleagues. The award carries a $1,000 stipend.
Department of Physics
Simon Dalley is widely recognized by students and faculty for his teaching excellence. He has taught a wide range of courses, from the lowest to the highest level offered by the Physics department. His courses for non-Physics and non-science majors are especially popular – he developed the classes and labs to make the most advanced and topical concepts accessible to all SMU students, from theater majors to geologists. Students praise his communication skills. One called his lectures “amazing” and commented, “he is able to blend words and pictures and help us understand complex concepts in a simple way.
In addition to classroom teaching, Dalley shows his devotion to student learning and success in a number of ways. He encourages undergraduate research. He is co-sponsor of the Society of Physics Students, for which he organized a trip to the CERN lab in Geneva and the Haleakala Observatory on Maui. He helps encourage the physics majors of the future, running programs to help high school teachers do a better job teaching Physics, as well as science fairs to fire up the enthusiasm and learning of the next generation.
To see a list of prior winners of this award, click here.