Goals & Priorities

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Advancing Faculty and Academic Excellence

The Second Century Campaign's extraordinary impact includes support for academic programs, faculty positions and building or renovating key academic facilities.

"The generosity of our donors, the strength of our campaign leadership and the hard work of volunteers around the globe have resulted in record-breaking support for SMU. The momentum among our alumni and friends is strong, the economy continues to improve and our leadership is motivated. We can reach this new goal and take SMU to a new level."
— R. Gerald Turner, SMU President

Increased Endowed Faculty Positions

SMU is 10 chairs away from reaching the campaign goal of 110 substantially endowed faculty positions.

New Endowed Faculty Positions

New endowed faculty positions and subject areas include:

  • Economic Freedom
  • Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law
  • Cyber Security
  • Biological Sciences
  • Engineering Innovation
  • Art History
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Music Performance
  • Deanship in Dedman School of Law
  • Constructive Theology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Sciences
  • Deanship in Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Comparison of Endowed Faculty Positions

Comparison of endowed positions as percentage of tenured and tenure-track faculty for selected regional and national institutions. The Second Century Campaign is enabling SMU to compete with other top universities in recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty. Data as of September 2013

Investments in Academic Initiatives

New or expanded initiatives include:

  • Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development
  • Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering
  • Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences
  • Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity
  • EnCap Investments & LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center
  • Embrey Human Rights Program
  • The Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies
  • Center for Presidential History
  • Research for Mathematics Education
  • The W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic
  • National Center for Arts Research

Support for Academic Facilities

New or renovated facilities include:

  • Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall
  • Selecman Hall
  • Kirby Hall
  • Caruth Hall
  • Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall
  • Harold Clark Simmons Hall
  • Fondren Library Center
  • Bridwell Library
  • SMU-in-Taos