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 Chemistry
Andrea Adamas joined the SMU Chemistry department in 2003 and is a five-time recipient of the Honoring Our Professors’ Excellence (H.O.P.E) Award presented by the Student Staff in the Department of Residence Life and Student Housing. Her recommender cited her efforts as “constantly striving to improve in her teaching, the experiments, fair grading, exams, organization, and student learning. Moreover, her student evaluations demonstrate an exceptional level of availability to her students that aids in them tackling complex course material. She believes in making herself as available as possible to her students, thus her level of availability serves as the self-proclaimed cornerstone of her teaching philosophy.
Department of Sociology
Debra Branch came to SMU as a Lecturer for the Department of Sociology in 2008 and was promoted to Senior Lecture in 2013. She demonstrates what her nominator described as an uncommon ability to connect with students across the department. In addition, her value to the department instructionally was evidenced by the need to move her from an advising role back into more of classroom role. She has prepared 9 different courses over the last 6 years including three that required unique content and formats. She routinely brings in real world examples to help students grasp an understanding of Sociology and its application, and enthusiastically changes her approaches to curriculum as it evolves and students needs grow and change.
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