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Meet the Faculty in Residence

Batenburg

Dr. Ann Batenburg
Faculty in Residence – Virginia-Snider Residential Commons

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Teaching & Learning
Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development

"The FiR program will first allow me to be a better teacher. I often feel disconnected from the lives of my students at this level. As a fifth grade teacher, I always knew what the students were reading, watching, and listening to - I had them in class for six hours each day. Having students for only 3 hours each week leaves very little time for extended discussions about their lives."

Video: Ann Batenburg describes Life in SMU's Residential Commons 

   
 Camp

Martin Camp, J.D.
Faculty in Residence – Crum Residential Commons

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Dedman School of Law

"I am excited about the opportunity to develop a new sense of community for students that revolves around the commons.  Living on campus two years has so many advantages and I am very happy that this program has been initiated. College is a time of such growth and change. Often some of our strongest friendship bonds are forged during this critical time in our lives. I believe this program can make it easier for students to adapt to this challenge and to develop new and enduring friendships on campus."

 
   

Miroslava Detcheva, J.D.
Faculty in Residence – McElvaney Residential Commons

Lecturer, Spanish Area – Department of World Languages & Literatures
Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences

"As a former international student and a college athlete, I have always been inspired and motivated by professors who, in addition to being excellent teachers, continued to teach me about the world outside the classroom. My college experience was truly enriched by professors who were also my mentors and molded the person and the professional that I am today. Currently, as a college instructor myself, I would like to have the same positive role and influence in the life of our SMU students."

   
Fontenot

Mark Fontenot
Faculty in Residence – Loyd Residential Commons, Founding FiR

Clinical Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering

"Supporting students through the formative college years is very important to me. I'm dedicated to helping students that I advise and students that are in my classes find success.  Any activity that can break down the unfortunately high artificial walls that exist between faculty member and student get my attention. Being a Faculty-in-Residence is one of the most important and significant ways to break down these walls available on campus."

   
Kerins

Dr. Mark Kerins
Faculty in Residence – Morrison-McGinnis Residential Commons

Associate Professor, Division of Film & Media Arts
Meadows School of the Arts

"To me the FiR program seems like a logical extension of what I already strive to do as a teacher: work with students, help them to grow as students and as people, and spread my own enthusiasm for learning. I originally went to grad school and sought a career in academia because I loved teaching, working with, talking to, and basically just interacting with college students; though experience as a professor has often led me to change the ways I structure my classes, the assignments I give, the ways I engage with my students, and so on, it hasn't changed the underlying drive behind these things: a passion for working with students."

   
Kirk

Dr. Rita Kirk
Faculty in Residence – Armstrong Residential Commons

Professor, Division of Communication Studies
Director, Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility

Meadows School of the Arts

"Another reason I want to become a FiR is that it would be fun for me personally. Already, I travel with students a great deal. As Director of the SMU-in-London program I am familiar with the need to give college-aged students the responsibility to handle themselves with distinction and know that they expect us to hold them to the standards we set. My London philosophy is that the busy student is the trouble-free student. I think that applies to on-campus living as well."

   
Krout

Dr. Robert Krout
Faculty in Residence – Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles Residential Commons, Founding FiR

Professor, Department of Music Therapy – Division of Music
Director, Department of Music Therapy – Division of Music
Meadows School of the Arts

"I believe that FiR's will also have many opportunities to interact with students in their RC's in more informal but also meaningful ways. These might include sharing a meal, having a jam session in or out of the FiR's apartment, attending an SMU athletic, cultural, or other event on campus, and exploring all that Dallas has to offer as well, including concerts, museums, etc. I would like to maintain an active presence in the RC, making sure that I am seen by and available to all residents."

   
Power

Will Power
Faculty in Residence – Kathy Crow Residential Commons

Artist-in-Residence, Division of Theatre
Meadows School of the Arts 

"I have two young children and the idea that a portion of their childhood would be spent living on a college campus is very appealing.  It is essential to me that they see university education as part of their trajectory.

It is incredibly important that SMU students experience a young, powerful, and positive family of color.  For many students, creating positive relationships with an African American man, a Mexican woman, and two bi-racial children can be transformative."

   
Son

Dr. David Son
Faculty in Residence – Boaz Residential Commons

Professor, Department of Chemistry
Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Chemistry
Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences 

"Another very important asset I would bring as a FiR is my wife, Heidi. Heidi is very excited about the potential opportunities for student interactions. In my past leadership experiences, she has effectively acted as my "co-leader" hosting various gatherings in our home and organizing fun activities. For my smaller classes at SMU, she likes to bake treats for the students on exam days to ease the pain of the experience! As part of the FiR experience, she would continue these activities, opening our home on a regular basis for treats and fellowship, and hosting small group of students for meals."

   

Dr. Tom Tunks
Faculty in Residence – Ware Residential Commons

Professor, Division of Music
Founding FiR
Meadows School of the Arts

Dr. Tunks served as the Associate Provost at SMU from 1998 to 2011. Prior to that he was the Associate Dean of the Meadows School for the Arts, and Head of Music Education. His professional experience includes teaching in Michigan public schools, and serving as music consultant to the Ministry of Education and as professor of low brass at the Conservatorio del Tolima while in the Peace Corps in Colombia, South America. His primary research interests are music learning and perception.

   
Wheaton

Dr. Elizabeth Wheaton
Faculty in Residence – Cockrell-McIntosh Residential Commons

Lecturer, Department of Economics
Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences

"I hope to create an inviting atmosphere through the FiR program so that students feel welcome to talk with me about school, career, life, and other topics. The common room set aside for the FiR will attract students to become part of ever-evolving "think tanks." I plan to invite students or faculty from a specific discipline to be a part of a night's gathering. This would allow the residents to talk with people in different fields to open their minds to new ways of thinking and innovative ideas."

"Students and faculty learn from one another — the grace of the dancer, the inventiveness of the engineer, the determination of the athlete, the language skills of the orator, the expressiveness of the poet. I want to be a part of that."

Rita Kirk, Faculty-in-Residence
Director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility
Professor of Communication Studies
Meadows School of the Arts