Master of Liberal Studies

MLS Faculty

From honored poets to internationally acclaimed human rights scholars.

The distinguished interdisciplinary faculty gathered in the SMU MLS program represents the best of the best. From honored poets to internationally acclaimed human rights scholars, more than 40 professors bring a wealth of knowledge in their individual areas of expertise to classrooms that radiate their love of teaching.

Faculty Spotlight 

Yolette Garcia

Yolette Garcia is the Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach in the Simmons School. 

A former public broadcasting journalist and manager, she has been teaching in the MLS program since 2008. Her course covers news in the digital age and its impact on American democracy. A proponent of media literacy and the empowerment of citizens, she hopes to instill in her students an awareness of their own contributions to the free flow of information. She expects her students to use social media to disseminate news. Aside from teaching class, she has had the privilege of overseeing many capstone projects, which, as she believes, draw out invigorated thinking from students.


MLS Faculty


Khalil Abdur-Rashid

Khalil Abdur-Rashid was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his degree in Social Work and worked for the state of Georgia as a social worker for several years. He pursued Islamic studies academically and traditionally which led him overseas to study for numerous years. Khalil received his MA in Islamic Studies and his Master of Philosophy in Middle East & Islamic Studies from Columbia University in New York City, specializing in Islamic law. He earned his Islamic Seminary Doctorate from the ISAR Seminary & Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. He has taught numerous courses on Islam and Islamic law at NYU and Columbia and taught Arabic language at Georgia State University. He was the first paid Muslim Chaplain for Columbia University and Barnard College in New York City and served as an advisor to the NYPD Police Commissioner. He now serves as the Scholar-in-Residence for Plano Masjid and Director of TAQWA Seminary in Plano, Texas.

Course Taught

SOSC 7375 The Ethics of Human Rights in Islamic Legal Theory


Angela Ards

Angela Ards is an assistant professor of English at SMU. She specializes in African American literature, 20th century American literature, autobiography, and literary journalism. She is a recent fellow at the Radcliffe and Du Bois Institutes at Harvard University and received her Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Course Taught

HUMN 7375 The African Diaspora: Literature and Culture of Black Liberation 


Rachel Ball-Phillips

Rachel Ball-Phillips joined the SMU faculty in the fall of 2014, and has taught interdisciplinary courses on India for undergraduates. She is excited to join the MLS faculty in the summer of 2015, and looks forward to teaching classes that address some of the most pressing questions in India today. The use of film to learn more about social history is at the heart of her research, and she brings these interdisciplinary approaches to her classroom.  Ball-Phillips graduated from SMU with a BA in History and Indian Studies in 2006. She then pursued her MA and PhD at Boston College in History. While pursuing her PhD, she spent about three years in India under the auspices of an American Institute of Indian Studies Language Fellowship, and as a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar. Her research is focused on the Marathi-speaking areas of Western India, and she examines the rise of regional politics through the use of Marathi cinema.

Courses Taught

SOSC 7369  India Today: History, Gender and Cinema    
SOSC 7370  Religion and Politics in 20th Century India


G. William Barnard

Associate Professor, SMU Department of Religious Studies SMU University Distinguished Teaching Professor
Ph.D. University of Chicago

Dr. G. William Barnard's primary areas of research are the comparative philosophy of mysticism, religion and the social sciences, contemporary spirituality, and religion and healing. In 2000, Barnard won the Golden Mustang Award for teaching and scholarship, and from 2002-2004 he was a member of SMU's Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has published Exploring Unseen Worlds: William James and the Philosophy of Mysticism as well as an edited volume, Crossing Boundaries: Essays on the Ethical Status of Mysticism. He has also written many journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, such as pedagogy in religious studies, the nature of religious experience, and issues in the psychology of religion. He has recently completed a second monograph, Living Consciousness: Reclaiming the Intuitive Vision of Henri Bergson.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6204/6104 Sacred Places and Spiritual Practices
HUMN 6338 The Fire of Transformation: Exploring the Mystical Life
HUMN 6358 Trances and Dances: Investigations of Aboriginal Religious Life
HUMN 7379 Plants of the Gods: Religion and Psychedelics
HUMN 7380 The Philosophy of Yoga and the Practice of Meditation


Charlotte P. Barner

Dr. Charlotte Barner received an Ed.D. in Human & Organizational Learning from The George Washington University. Her master of education in Curriculum Design & Instructional Technologies is with honors from George Mason University; and her undergraduate degree in Business & Human Resources Administration is from Barry University.

Charlotte is honored to be the MLS faculty advisor for the Organizational Dynamics concentration. She has over 20 years of experience in the area of human and organizational learning and development. Prior to joining SMU, she held senior corporate leadership positions responsible for creating and implementing development strategies and systems.

Her philosophy and passion is that the journey of learning and development--from the individual to the organizational level--can be filled with positive possibilities that result in a life of well-being. Charlotte’s most recent publications include chapters in Advances in Positive Organizational Psychology (Emerald, June 2013) and Handbook of Reciprocal Adult Development & Learning (Oxford Press, 2011), and co-authoring the book Building Better Teams: 70 Tools and Techniques for Strengthening Performance Within and Across Teams (Pfeiffer, 2012).

Courses Taught

BHSC 6308 Living Systems: An Introduction to Organizational Dynamics 
BHSC 6311 Exploring Human Potential
BHSC 6304 The Transformative Power of Narratives


Robert Barner

Dr. Robert Barner currently holds the position of Associate Director of Executive Education, within the School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University. He is also a full-time lecturer within the School's Graduate Program of Dispute Mediation and Conflict Resolution, where he teaches graduate classes in executive coaching, team building, group facilitation, and organizational consulting.

Prior to joining SMU, Dr Barner held senior-level corporate HR positions for several different companies, with three of these position involving support to global operations. These roles included responsibilities for career planning, executive development, the assessment and development of high-potential leaders, managing intervention projects, and directing executive coaching assignments. Dr. Barner's work experience also includes management consulting to such companies as GTE, AT&T, Harris, Disney, Honeywell, and United Technologies.

Dr. Barner has presented to several international symposia and conferences, including the American Society for Training and Development, The Society for Human Resource Management, The World Future Society, and the OD Network. His articles on the subjects of career planning, executive coaching, executive development, and team building have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly, The OD Practitioner, Career Development International, Team Performance Management, HR Magazine, ad Training & Development.

Dr. Barner is the author of five books on the subjects of career development, leadership development and team building, with three foreign language translations. In addition, he has also been a contributor to several texts, including Annual Editions: Management 1997/98, 1998/99; McGraw-Hill), The Quality Yearbook 2001 Edition McGraw-Hill), Inside the Minds: Developing a Corporate Culture (2006, Aspatore Books), and The Handbook of Adult Development and Learning (2006; Oxford University Press).

Dr Barner holds a Masters and Doctorate in Organization Development, a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and Bachelors degrees in Education and Psychology.

Course Taught

BHSC 7349 Organizational Change


Shelley Berg

Shelley C. Berg is a Professor in the Dance Division at Southern Methodist University. Trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and at The Place with Jane Dudley and Matt Mattox, Berg danced with the Slovene National Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She received her doctorate in performance studies from New York University, and has taught at NYU, SUNY-Purchase, City College of New York and the American Dance Festival. Dr. Berg, a past president of the Society of Dance History Scholars, is the author of Le Sacre du printemps: Seven Productions from Nijinsky to Martha Graham. Her articles have been published in Dance Research Journal, Dance Research (UK) and Dance Chronicle. A recipient of several Dance USA and National Endowment for the Arts grants for historical reconstructions, Berg received a Senior Ford Research Fellowship from SMU in 2006.  Dr. Berg received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and her M.A. in Performing Arts from American University.

Course Taught

FNAR 7380 Dallas: Exploring its Arts and Culture in the 21st Century


Candice Bledsoe

Dr. Candice Bledsoe is the Director of the Cutting Edge Youth Action Research Center and Poetic Diamonds in Dallas, Texas. She has over 15 years of experience in community education. She has published articles on race, gender, and higher education.   Dr. Bledsoe is the recipient for the 2013 SMU Women’s Symposium Profiles of Community Leadership Award.  She is a previous National Endowment of the Humanities Fellow and Embrey Human Rights Fellow. She is a current fellow at the New Leadership Academy, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan.  Dr. Bledsoe received a Doctorate in Education from The University of Southern California.  She is also a proud alumna of the SMU Masters of Liberal Studies program and Baylor University.

Courses Taught

SOSC 7367  The Struggle for Global Justice: Global and Transnational Feminism
SOSC 7368  Education, Equality, and Human Rights: Issues of Gender, Race, Sexuality, Disability and Social Class


Richard R. Bozorth

Associate Professor of English

Dr. Richard Bozorth is Associate Professor, Vice Chair, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in English at SMU, and represents Dedman College in the Faculty Senate. He received his A.B. in English from Princeton University, and his M.A. And Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. Before coming to SMU in 1998, he taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas Christian University. He has published articles on modernist literature, poetry, and LGBT writing, and is the author of Auden's Games of Knowledge: Poetry and the Meanings of Homosexuality (Columbia UP, 2001). He is currently completing a book on historical consciousness in modern lesbian and gay literature.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6309 Reading Poetry
HUMN 6361 Literature of Religious Reflection
HUMN 7320 Gay and Lesbian Literature


Caroline Brettell

Dr. Caroline Brettell is University Distinguished Professor at Southern Methodist University and a member of the faculty of the Department of Anthropology. She has served as Director of Women's Studies (1989-1994), Chair of the Department of Anthropology (1994-2004), and Interim Dean of Dedman College (2006-2008) She has written extensively on problems of international migration in general, and on aspects of Portuguese emigration in particular. Her most recent books are Civic Engagements: The Citizenship Practices of Indian and Vietnamese Immigrants (with Deborah Reed-Danahay); Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (6th edition; co-edited with Carolyn Sargent); Citizenship, Immigration and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States (co-edited with Deborah Reed-Danahay) and Twenty-first Century Gateways: Immigrant Incorporation in Suburban America (co-edited with Audrey Singer and Susan W. Hardwick).

Course Taught

BHSC 6363 The Immigrant Experience


Edward Countryman

SMU Distinguished Professor of History Ph.D. Cornell, 1971

Dr. Edward Countryman has been teaching at SMU since 1991, after spending four years in New Zealand and twenty in the UK. He's been involved with this program almost that long and has taught classes in book acknowledgements. Best known as a scholar of the American Revolution, he published Enjoy the Same Liberty: Black Americans in the Revolutionary Era early in 1912. His strong interest now is Woodland Indians in the age of their encounter with Europeans and Africans. He is working on a large book about how they came to understand the developing colonial situation and the world outside America. He loves classical music, opera, art galleries, and hiking. He's also a keen distance runner, with four marathons since 2007 and training underway for his fifth, in Philadelphia in November, 2012.

Courses Taught

SOSC 6314 American Revolution
SOSC 6316 Farms, Plantations & Towns
SOSC 6327  American Citizenship
SOSC 6350  First-Person American Lives
SOSC 7308  The Great Encounter: How Indians and Europeans Met


Joan Davidow

Teaching contemporary art to all personifies Joan Davidow.  She broadcasts bi-monthly commentaries on KERA, north Texas’ NPR affiliate.   Most recently, she enhanced Dallas’ art community by donating her contemporary art collection of emerging and mature Texas artists to the University of Texas at Dallas.

With an MFA degree in painting from the University of Florida, Davidow began her museum career at Dallas Museum of Art as a McDermott Curatorial Intern in Contemporary Art and then transformed Arlington Museum of Art into a contemporary hub in North Texas.  As Dallas Contemporary’s Director for nine years, she identified emerging artists bound for careers on a national stage and oversaw the purchase and major renovation of a 1950s industrial building, its current home.

Exemplifying her strong commitment to Texas artists, Davidow curated 75 exhibitions advancing the careers of 300 artists.  She created the nationally awarded Art Think™ program, teaching students to think creatively about contemporary art.  Statewide recognition came with a Texas Monthly profile naming Davidow the most imaginative and adventurous museum director working in Texas.

Courses Taught

FNAR 6313 Approaching Contemporary Art: Facing the Millenium – 1980-2010
FNAR 6333 Approaching Contemporary Art: Post WWII (1950-1980)
FNAR 7363 New Art in New Mexico
FNAR 7373 Lone Star Art Stars: Contemporary Texas Artists


Crista DeLuzio

Crista DeLuzio received her Ph.D. from Brown University and joined the faculty at SMU in 2000. Her research and teaching specialties include the history of women and gender in the United States, the history of the family, and the history of childhood. She is the author of Female Adolescence in American Scientific Thought; the editor of Women’s Rights: People and Perspectives; and the co-editor of On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American Southwest. Her current research focuses on sibling relationships in American culture at the turn of the 20th century. Professor DeLuzio has been recognized with several teaching awards at SMU, including the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award, the Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award, and the Deshner Teaching Award from the Women’s and Gender Studies Council.

Course Taught

SOSC 6353 Women in American History to 1900


Jill DeVito

Dr. DeVito is a Lecturer in the Biology Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she introduces undergraduate students to the basic principles of evolution and ecology.  Her academic specialization is behavioral ecology, and her past research subjects include reptiles, amphibians and spiders.  Currently, Dr. DeVito also shares her enthusiasm for the natural world with a wider audience, teaching as a School Programs Educator at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and as a Naturalist at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary.  In the Master of Liberal Studies program at SMU, she develops interdisciplinary courses that place the human experience in a global ecological context.

Course Taught

SCCL 7304  Human Ecology of Food: Sustainability and Sustenance


Melissa Dowling

Dr. Dowling received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1995. Professor Dowling is interested in the ways in which Romans responded to the end of democratic Republican government and the rise of Roman Imperial society. She finds that this transition resulted in a new ideal of clemency to balance the cruel abuses of power in the Roman empire. Her first book, Clemency and Cruelty in the Roman World, explores the spread of clementia as a popular virtue, ultimately influencing early Christian ideals of mercy.

Dowling's current research examines the connection between ancient ideas of immortality and changing Roman conceptions of time and temporality. In particular, she is investigating the contributions of the Egyptian cult of Isis to Roman ideas of the afterlife, an important predecessor to Christian beliefs in heaven and hell. She has presented her conclusions on several occasions and they have also been published as articles.

Courses Taught

HUMN 7301 Greek Mythology and Literature
SOSC 6305  The History of Time
SOSC 6310  Dignitas and Decadence: Society and Culture in Imperial Rome
SOSC 6336  Ancient Near East and Egypt


Brian Fennig

Dr. Fennig is a senior lecturer in the APSM/Wellness Department of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. He joined the SMU community in the spring of 2001 and currently teaches PRWI and PRWII in the undergraduate curriculum.

Dr. Fennig’s research involves an in-depth analysis of myth, pop music, and contemporary music technology, and examines the phenomenon of pop music acting in ways that mimic and often replace the traditional functions of the culturally informing myth.   He earned his Ph.D. in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.

In his spare time, Dr. Fennig writes and performs with his band, Fennig, as a drummer and singer. He has been active in the local poetry community and has several small press publications. He is an avid soccer fan and has worked for and/or attended the FIFA World Cup finals in The United States, Japan/Korea, Germany, South Africa and Brazil 2014.

Course Taught

FNAR 7374 Mythic Image in Modern Pop Music and Technology


Yolette Garcia

A summa cum laude graduate of Southern Methodist University, with a Masters of Arts degree in Art History.  She received her undergraduate degree in Art History from Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.

Yolette recently joined the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University in Dallas as Assistant Dean for External Affairs and Outreach. She's responsible for identifying and prioritizing community partnerships and projects for the School. She also develops strategies for communications and promotion.

Garcia comes to her position as a veteran public broadcasting journalist and manager for KERA television and radio, the North Texas public broadcasting station. She served the public broadcasting organization in various capacities for 25 years. In her most recent position, Garcia supervised the creation of a new arts unit for radio and Web. Prior to this she directed Communications/Marketing, Web, the Educational Resource Center and community outreach for all of KERA's content areas (Radio, Television, Web and Education). She has served as Assistant Station Manager of KERA 90.1, and News Director. As such, she managed the activities of the radio staff, and provided editorial guidance and oversight for the News department. She also supervised joint Radio and TV journalism projects for local and national broadcast.

Course Taught

HUMN 6395 Consuming News in the Digital Age


Pan A. Garner

Dr. Garner earned her Master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in International Relations and Public Policy with emphasis on the Political Integration Process. She grew up in Bangkok where she received her bachelor degree in International Relations (cum laude) from Chulalongkorn University. After graduation from the University of Texas, she accepted a position as a presidential intern for President Peter Flawn at UT. Dr. Garner moved to Dallas in 1985 when she accepted a position at Dedman College. She also taught comparative politics and worked at SMU for 7 years before she moved to the corporate world. She was one of two founders of LawProse, Inc., a corporation that provides continuing legal education for lawyers. She served as the company’s vice-president and 50% owner of the company for 16 years. At present, Dr. Garner devotes her time to various volunteer efforts with non-profit organizations. She has served on the Boards of Directors of the Dallas Women’s Foundation and the World Affairs Council. Her interests include efforts and programs in Human Rights as well as education for young male minority students as a part of a male leadership and achievement program. Both of which areas she believes, through education and a learning process, will combat economic and social hardship, exploitation, and injustice in our communities and the world. Dr. Garner intends to continue to dedicate her time to public causes as she has for the last 5 years. Aside from teaching Human Trafficking: Crimes against Human Rights at SMU, she is a sponsor of a school that includes children from orphanages in a rural area of Thailand. She serves on committees at the Dallas Women’s Foundation helping to improve living conditions for women and girls. Dr. Garner also volunteers to teach at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy in South Dallas.

Course Taught

SOSC 7360 Human Trafficking: Global and Public Policy Perspectives


Dianne Goode

PhD, Humanities, The University of Texas at Dallas; M.A., Art History, Southern Methodist University; B.A., Art History, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Dianne Goode has been a member of the  MLS faculty since 1981, and has served multiple terms on the MLS Academic Council. She is an art historian who regularly teaches courses on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, and modern painting. She also teaches two-week summer courses abroad in Italy and France, offering MLS students an extraordinary and memorable opportunity to experience the magnificent artworks in their historical and cultural contexts.

Dr. Goode lectures widely to school, church, and civic groups, most frequently on Christian imagery. Her research involves multiple aspects of Italian art: Marian imagery, the relationship between devotional texts and images, the development of altarpiece imagery, and the role of narrative.

Courses Taught

FNAR 6115 Manet's Bar at the Folies Bergere
FNAR 6309 Art of the Italian Reniassance
FNAR 6317 Art of the Baroque
FNAR 6322 Modern Movements in European and American Painting

FNAR 6336 Renaissance and Baroque Art in Italy
FNAR 6323 Modern Painting in France: Paris and Provence


Maria Reis Habito

Dr. Maria Reis Habito is International Program Director of the Museum of World Religions in Taipei, Taiwan, organizing symposia and conferences on interfaith themes from her Dallas office. Authorized Zen Teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage, she is an advisor to the Fetzer Institute Council on World Religions and Spiritualities, and has also served as Adjunct Faculty member of the Department of History and also of the Master of Liberal Studies Program at SMU, having taught courses in East Asian History and other subjects related to Asian Religions and Spirituality. She received her PhD from the University of Munich, and also studied in Taipei, Taiwan, and Kyoto, Japan. Her published works include academic titles in German, and edited works such as Heart to Heart: Buddhist Muslim Dialogues in Ladakh 2010, and Listening: Buddhist Muslim Dialogues 2002-2004, (MWR: Taipei, Taiwan) as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals.

Course Taught

HUMN 7361 Spiritual and Mystical Paths: A Multi-Faith Exploration


Ruben L. F. Habito

Dr. Ruben L. F. Habito received his Doctor of Letters Certificate, Tokyo University; S.T.L., Sophia University, 1978; M.Lit.,

Professor of World Religions and Spirituality
Tokyo University, 1975; B.A., Ateneo de Manila University, 1969.

His teaching specialties include: World religions, East Asian Buddhism, theology of religions and comparative theology, interreligious perspectives in spirituality and mysticism. Research Interests: Japanese medieval Buddhism, themes in comparative theology, spirituality and socio-ecological engagement. Publications include Experiencing Buddhism: Ways of Wisdom and Compassion (Orbis Books, 2005); Living Zen, Loving God (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2004); "Compassion Out of Wisdom: Buddhist Perspectives from the Past toward the Human Future," in Stephen Post,, eds., Altruism and Altruistic Love (Oxford University Press, 2002); Healing Breath: Zen Spirituality for a Wounded Earth (MKZC Publications, 2001); and Originary Enlightenment: Tendai Hongaku Doctrine and Japenese Buddhism (International Institute for Advanced Buddhist Studies, 1996).  Professional Distinctions: President, Society for Buddhist Christian Studies, 2003-2005; Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology, 1995-96.

Course Taught

HUMN 7361 Spiritual and Mystical Paths: A Multi-Faith Exploration


Rick Halperin

"There is no such thing as a lesser person."

Dr. Rick Halperin is Director of the Southern Methodist University Human Rights Education Program (, and teaches courses at SMU including: America's Dilemma: The Struggle for Human Rights; America and the Age of Genocide; and America Enraged: From Brown to Watergate, 1954-1974.

Halperin has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA from 1989-1995, and again from 2004-2010; he served as Chair of the Board from 1992-1993 and again from 2005-2007. He is also a member of the National Death Penalty Advisory Committee, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (serving as President from 2000-2006 and from 2007-2008 to present).

Halperin has been involved in many human rights monitoring projects, including an Amnesty International delegation which investigated the conditions of the Terrell Unit (Texas death row facility) in Livingston, Texas. In 1998, he was eyewitness to a lethal injection execution in the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. Halperin also participated in a U.N. Human Rights delegation and inspected prison conditions in Dublin, Ireland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland for a report by the Irish Prison Commission, and he participated in a human rights monitoring delegation in El Salvador in 1987.

In addition to his work against the death penalty, Halperin is also active in other areas of human rights. He works with a variety of organizations which seek improvements in human rights on behalf of women, children, gays and lesbians, indigenous persons, survivors of torture, imprisoned political prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders, journalists, and healthcare professionals who are under non-stop assault by governments around the world.

Halperin leads groups of interested persons, including students, faculty, and community members, on human rights educational journeys three times each year to places such as Argentina, Cambodia, Rwanda, South Africa, El Salvador, Bosnia, and numerous Holocaust sites across Europe. Every December he takes a group to death camps and other Holocaust sites in Poland for two weeks. These trips are designed to pay tribute, in part, to those men, women and children who were destroyed in the camps, as well as to honor those who survived the experience. It was, and remains, necessary to remember that the human spirit is capable of enduring and vanquishing the most unimaginable horrors that humanity can produce.

Halperin received his Ph.D. from Auburn University, his M.A. from Southern Methodist University and his B.A. from George Washington University. He is frequently interviewed on television and radio as well as by print media, and he speaks nationally and internationally on a wide range of human rights issues including genocide and the death penalty.

Courses Taught

SOSC 6309 Struggle for Human Rights
SOSC 6355 America: Integration-Watergate
SOSC 7303 In the Camps
SOSC 7305 Special Topics in Human Rights: The Holocaust
SOSC 7316 Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
SOSC 7317 Human Rights: Japan


Janet Harris

Dr. Harris has taught literature and writing for over twenty-five years with special emphasis on the connection between learning from other writers and application of that knowledge to writing projects. She has helped more than 100 writers develop, edit, and publish their work and has guided more than 85 books into print for literary and mass markets. Co-author of a literature and composition text, she has published articles, monographs, and reviews.

Courses Taught

FNAR 6306 Reading to Write: Learning from the Masters
FNAR 6396 Time Past, Time Present Storytelling with a Backdrop of History
FNAR 7361 Creating Compelling Narrative
FNAR 7367 The Writer’s Voice
HUMN 6370 The Literate Mind at Work


Holly Hill

Dr. Holly Hill is Emerita Professor of Speech & Theater at John Jay College of The City University of New York and former New York Theatre Corresondent for The Times of London. Her most recent book, Salaam.Peace: an Anthology of Middle Eastern American Theatre, was co-edited with Egyptian scholar Dina Amin.

Courses Taught

FNAR 7368 Science on the Stage
HUMN 7304 Middle Eastern American Literature


Leroy Howe

Dr. Leroy Howe is Professor emeritus of Pastoral Theology at SMU's Perkins School of Theology, where he taught courses in theology and pastoral care and counseling, including dream interpretation, for 30 years. He now teaches regularly in the MLS program. Dr. Howe's published writings include eight books and numerous articles and reviews in academic, professional, and general audience journals and magazines.  His website,, contains weekly short articles on faith, theology, and everyday living.

Courses Taught

BHSC 6303 The Future of Marriage and Family
BHSC 7357 The Moral and Spiritual Worlds of Childhood and Adolescence
HUMN 6323 The Psychological and Religious Significance of Dreams
HUMN 6340 Psychoanalysis and Religion


Robert Hunt

Director of Global Theological Education

“The focus of my professional life, as a teacher and pastor, has been interpretation: helping people understand one another, their history, different cultures and religions, and themselves. I believe that every person, culture, and society has something valuable to offer to others, and that we discover this through critical and appreciative study, open dialogue, and a willingness to learn.”

Robert Hunt was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1955. After attending school in Austin and Richardson, he majored in History at the University of Texas in Austin. After completing a Master of Theology at Perkins School of Theology (SMU) he served as associate pastor of the Bethany United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas.

In 1985 Robert and his wife Lilian to the Philippines and then Kuala Lumpur, where they taught at the Seminary Theology Malaysia. At STM Robert was the director of extension education, and taught a wide variety of courses. He was also a participant in current Malay translation of the Bible. He received a PhD in History from the University of Malaya in 1993, focusing on the history of Bible translation and Christian Muslim relations. From 1993 to 1997 Dr. Hunt taught World Religions at the Trinity Theological College, and directed the education by extension and field education programs. From 1997 to 2004 he was pastor of the English Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna, and an adjunct professor at Webster University in Vienna in Religions and International Studies.

Dr. Hunt is presently Director of Global Theological Education, and Director of the Center for Evangelism and Missional Church Studies at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He is a Fellow of the Tower Center for Political Studies. He lectures on World Religions, Cultural Intelligence, Inter-religious Dialogue, and Contemporary Islamic Movements. He is author of numerous books and articles on Malaysian Church history, and Islam including: Islam in Southeast Asia, Muslim Faith and Values: What Every Christian Should Know, Muslim Citizens of the Globalized World. His most recent book, The Gospel Among the Nations, a Documentary History of Inculturation from Orbis Press won the 2nd place 2011 Catholic Book Award in education He has also published numerous articles journals and reference works. His current projects include a study of Christian identity in religiously plural contexts, a study on the relationship of Muslim identity to power-sharing in secular societies. He participated in diverse conferences on Christian - Muslim dialogue in Malaysia, Indonesia, Austria, Macedonia, Spain, China, and the United States.

Courses Taught

HUMN 7312 Islam, State & Society
HUMN 7315 Religions of the East
BHSC 7355 Cultural Intelligence: Understanding Leadership in Culturally Complex Settings


Cara Jacocks

Cara Jacocks joined the faculty at SMU in fall 2013 as a Visiting Lecturer and will return in fall 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies.  Her primary research interests lie at the nexus of organizational, gender and family communication. Through her dissertation work she examined the communicative practices and tensions associated with women’s entrepreneurship; her recent study on women’s organizational leadership was published in Labyrinth Paths: Women's Leadership Development and Communicative Praxis in the Twenty-first Century by E.L. Ruminski and A.H. Plymouth (2011). Additional research conducted with colleagues regarding the message design logics of organizational change was published in Communication Monographs (September, 2013).  Jacocks’ goal as an instructor is to structure courses so that communication theory and practice are integrated, allowing her students the opportunity to solve practical communication problems through critical and creative thinking processes.  She views teaching and research as linked and mobilizes her research interests to create a space where students can discover and generate useful knowledge through three primary mechanisms: (1) engagement of communication scholarship in the classroom, (2) meaningful student engagement in scholarly activity, and (3) integration of scholarship in teaching to create a vibrant learning community. She is especially excited about incorporating this teaching philosophy within the courses she will be teaching at SMU, such as communication research and metrics, theory, ethics and leadership.

Course Taught

HUMN 7381 Organizational Communications


Michael Keevak

Dr. Michael Keevak received his B.A. (English and History) from Columbia and his Ph.D. (Renaissance Studies) from Yale, and since 1992 has been teaching in Taiwan, where he is a Professor of Foreign Languages at National Taiwan University. He has published four books, including three on the history of Western perceptions of the Far East. His most recent publication is Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking, published by Princeton University Press in 2011.

Courses Taught

SOSC 7355  The History of Racial Thinking to 1850
SOSC 7371 The Languages of Advertising


Camille Kraeplin

Dr. Camille Kraeplin spent nearly a decade working as a food writer/restaurant critic and features editor for publications including The Dallas Morning News and Texas Monthly. She developed an interest in studying media representations of racial and ethnic groups while working as a newspaper reporter in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research focuses on the intersection of race, ethnicity, class and gender and how these factors affect both media use and portrayals, especially portrayals of women. Kraeplin also completed one of the first broad-based studies of media convergence. She is the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters and often presents her work at conferences. She enjoys teaching such critical studies courses as "Women & Minorities in the Media" and "Human Rights & the Journalist" for the Journalism Division, and was recently named director of Meadows new Fashion Media minor. She received both her master's and doctorate in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Courses Taught

FNAR 7371 Ethical Issues in Fashion Media
HUMN 6311  Objectivity and Bias in News
HUMN 7367 Women and Minorities in the Media


LaiYee Leong

Research Fellow at the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies

Dr. Leong received her B.A. (1994) and Ph.D. in Political Science (2008) from Yale University. At SMU, Dr. Leong teaches undergraduate courses in Comparative Politics, the Politics of Southeast Asia, the Politics of the Middle East, and the Politics of Islam. She also teaches an SMU-in-Bali Study Abroad course on Politics and Religions, as well as courses for the Continuing and Professional Education program. Dr. Leong's scholarship focuses on Islamic groups and ideological change; she is working on a book analyzing how such groups in Indonesia played a positive role in the country's democratization. She most recently contributed a chapter on Islam and the Indonesian state to a forthcoming volume titled "Sacred Matters, Stately Concerns: Essays on Faith and Politics in Asia." Dr. Leong's other research interests include regime transitions, social movements, and development. Dr. Leong is a native of Singapore, but has lived in various parts of the U.S. for two decades. Outside of academia, she has professional experience working as a news journalist covering political developments in Southeast Asia.

Course Taught

SOSC 6302 Democracy and Development in Southeast Asia


Bruce Levy

PhD in American Studies from Brown University. Dr. Levy has published articles on late nineteenth century American Literature and Culture and the history of American social reform. He is currently completing a book on the Midwest and American Modernism, and is at work on a new book on the idea of economic freedom within American culture. At SMU, he directs the Center for Academic-Community Engagement, which involves students in coursework that engages them as well in community work.  He teaches courses on Adolescence in America, Social Class and Democracy, the idea of "community" as both a lived and imagined experience, and the literatures of minorities.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6397  Troubled Youth: Educating the Young in America
HUMN 7303  The Culture of Rock and Roll
HUMN 7382  Cultures of “Displacement:” The Writing of Race, Migration and Diaspora


John Lewis

After undergraduate and graduate studies in English and American Language and Literature at Harvard, where he was a member of Lowell House and a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows, John Lewis joined the SMU English Department in 1970, specializing in American Literature. From the first he has been heavily involved in the design and teaching of general education courses at SMU, and this involvement has led him to broaden his interests to include work in Western cultural and intellectual history from the Greeks forward, with a speccial interest in early modern America and Europe. He has also designed and taught courses in poetry, creative and expository writing, and linguistics. His current course offerings in the MLS program include "Shakespeare from Page to Stage," "The Muse in Arms: War and the Literary Imagination," "A Book of Begettings: the Bible and Literature," "Remembering the Sixties," "Tell About the South: Voices in Faulkner's Novels," "Our Stories, Ourselves: Journaling as a Path to Self-Discovery," "Reading Darwin: An Introduction to his Major Works," and "Writing and the Search for Self." His current research interests center on the nineteenth-century roots of American modernism and the contemporary writer Thomas Pynchon.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6106 Reading Darwin: An Introduction to his Major Works
HUMN 6310 Tell About the South: Voices in Faulkner's Novels
HUMN 6313 Shakespeare from Page to Stage
HUMN 6328 The Muse in Arms: War and the Literary Imagination
HUMN 6335 A Book of Begettings: the Bible and Literature
HUMN 6336 Paradigms of Humanity in Science Fiction
HUMN 6354 Remembering the Sixties
HUMN 6374 Writing and the Search for Self
HUMN 6376 Our Stories, Ourselves: Journaling as a Path to Self-Discovery
HUMN 7336 Creativity: Historical and Personal
HUMN 7356  Darwin in His Time and Ours


Michael Lindsey

Dr. Michael Lindsey is a lawyer and clinical psychologist. He received his B.A. degrees in psychology and political science from Johnson C. Smith University (Charlotte, N.C.). His Masters degrees were earned at the University of Louisville (teaching), and the University of Alabama (clinical-correctional psychology). Dr. Lindsey's legal studies were completed at Villanova Law School (Villanova, Pa), and his doctorate in clinical psychology was awarded at Hahnemann University (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Dr. Lindsey is an adjunct professor in the department of psychology, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX; adjunct professor at the University of Nevada - Reno; and adjunct faculty for The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, in Reno, Nevada. He is a member of the Juvenile Justice Committee of the American Bar Association, and a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Lindsey serves as a consultant to numerous juvenile and judicial organizations.

Courses Taught

BSHC 6322 Abnormal Psychology of Mind, Body and Health
BHSC 6331 Psychology of Hate
BHSC 7366 Adolescent Psychology


John A. Mears

Dr. John Mears received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, then spent three years at New Mexico State University before joining the faculty at SMU in 1967. A specialist in modem European history, he initially focused his attention on seventeenth-century Austria. As his interests broadened in the 1980s, he joined the World History Association, serving as its president from 1994 to 1996. He is currently completing a book that offers an interpretative overview of humanity's past, tentatively entitled To Be Human: A Perspective on Our Common History. Professor Mears has taught in the MLS program from its inception, regularly offering a round of three courses.

Courses Taught

SOSC 6367 Comparative Revolutions
SOSC 6376 Intellectual and Cultural History of Modern Europe: Renaissance to Enlightenment
SOSC 6377 Intellectual and Cultural History of Modern Europe: Romanticism to the Present


María del Pilar Melgarejo

María del Pilar Melgarejo received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. She has an M.A. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures with a Minor in Brazilian Literature and an M.A. in Philosophy from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá. Her B.A. is in Social Communication from the same university. She was a Professor at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and since the Fall of 2013 she teaches at the Department of World Languages and Literatures at SMU. Her book El lenguaje político de la regeneración en Colombia y México (2010) is the result of her research about nineteenth century Mexican and Colombian literature, a literary, philosophical and political approach to the idea of regeneration in the process of nation consolidation at that period. She is the author of several articles and book chapters. She most recently published "Race and poetry: tracing a bridge between centuries. From Candelario Obeso to Linton Kwesi Johnson" in Afro-Hispanic Review (2013).

Course Taught

HUMN 7376 Latin American Literature and Culture: Revolution, Magical Realism, Feminine Writing, Dictatorship and Immigration


Marsha McCoy

Dr. Marsha McCoy has degrees from Bryn Mawr College, Oxford University, Harvard University, and Yale University, and has taught at Harvard, Yale, New York University, and elsewhere. She has held a Fulbright Fellowship at the University in Munich, Germany, and a Mellon Fellowship at New York University, and has received scholarships for study at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece, as well as at the American Numismatic Society in New York City. She has been a finalist numerous times for the National Collegiate Teaching Award of the American Philological Association.

Her areas of interest include Cicero and the late Roman Republic, the subject of her doctoral dissertation and a book in preparation, Augustan ideology, Petronius and cultural politics under Nero, Apuleius and Roman culture in the 2nd c. CE, Roman numismatics, Roman law, as well as Greek culture and civilization.  She also does work in other areas of the Eastern Mediterranean, including Egypt and the ancient Near East.

She has developed and taught a wide variety of courses in Classical languages, literature, history, and civilization, and has been awarded grants by NITLE (National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education) and Sunoikisis (southern consortium of liberal arts colleges) to help create and teach nationally podcast and other technology-enhanced courses. She received a grant from the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC, to participate in workshops on incorporating into existing courses the Reacting to the Past curriculum, wherein students assume the roles of historic personalities at pivotal points in history and replay the historical moment to reconfigure the outcome. She uses films and other media in her courses and regularly supplements her teaching with a wide variety of field trips to plays, museums, and other events.

She has travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, including archaeological trips to Turkey and Egypt. She has visited Greece and Italy many times; most recently she co-lead a student and alumni group on a three and a half week study trip to mainland Greece and Crete. She has given numerous papers and invited lectures at national and international conferences, and has published widely in her fields.

Courses Taught

FNAR 6300 Temples, Tombs, and Mummies: Egyptian Art and Archaeology
FNAR 7369 Cities, Sanctuaries and Gods: Greek Art and Archaeology
FNAR 7372 Citizens, Monuments, and Empire: Roman Art and Archaeology
FNAR 7376 Prophets, Ziggurats, Kings and Cuneiform: Near Eastern Art and Archaeology
HUMN 6300 Odysseys, Ancient and Modern: Adventures, Journeys, Home-Comings, and the Meaning of Life
HUMN 6328 Love and Transformation, Ancient to Modern
HUMN 6300 The Individual and the Irrational, Ancient and Modern
HUMN 7333 Reading Plato in Gatsby: The Great Gatsby and Its Classical Origins
SOSC 7313 Athens and Democracy: The Great Experiment


Njoki McElroy

A graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans, she received her masters and PhD from the School of Speech at Northwestern University.

Dr. McElroy taught at Northwestern for 35 years and developed Black Literature courses.  She began teaching in the Master of Liberal Studies program in 1987. Dr. McElroy has enriched the MLS program for many years with her background and passion for teaching. A noted folklorist, storyteller and published author and playwright, Njoki has performed throughout the US, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. With a strong concern for outreach cultural programs for underserved communities, McElroy founded the "Back Home Folk Festival" an annual folk art festival for Texas and Illinois. Her plays explore the historical and sociological experiences of African Americans as entertainers. She recently completed a memoir of her life growing up in Texas during the Jim Crow years, coming of age in New Orleans and migrating to Chicago during the Great Migration period.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6330 Wit and Humor In African America Literature
HUMN 6350 The Art of African American Storytelling
HUMN 6351 Interpretation /Performance of African American Poetry
HUMN 6352 The Influence of Folklore on African American Fiction


Thomas R. McFaul

Dr. Thomas McFaul received his Ph.D. from Boston University in Sociology of Religion and Social Ethics. During his academic career of more than 40 years, he has taught a broad range of courses on several campuses, received 2 teaching awards, and held numerous administrative positions.

His scholarly interests combine Sociology, Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion. He is an emeritus faculty member at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois in Ethics and Religious Studies. He also has a passion for studying the future and is a long-standing member of the World Future Society. He has published many articles and 6 books, including a trilogy on the future: The Future of Peace and Justice in the Global Village: The Role of World Religions in the Twenty-First Century (2006), The Future of Truth and Freedom in the Global Village: Modernism and the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century (2010), and The Future of God in the Global Village: Spirituality in an Age of Terrorism and Beyond (2011).

In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. McFaul has extensive administrative experience in creating new courses and programs. He has served as the Director of Human Sciences at the University of Houston/Clear lake, Dean of the Yale Gordon College of liberal Arts-University of Baltimore, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at George William College. His lifelong commitment to an interdisciplinary method of learning has led him to look for ways to combine multiple viewpoints that stretch beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines while integrating their best insights.

Courses Taught

BHSC 6319 Professional Ethics and Organizational Responsibility
SCCL 6303 Bioethics and Public Policy


Faith Nibbs

Dr. Nibbs who received her Ph.D. from SMU, has over a decade of experience in researching and publishing on refugee resettlement and social cohesion in the US and Europe. Besides teaching at SMU, UTA, and TCU, she has worked collaboratively across disciplines on refugee-related research projects, notably with UT Southwestern's Department of Urology, Oxford University's Department of Forced Migration, and the University of Wisconsin's Department of History. She has sat on the board of refugee resettlement organizations and spoken in the US, Europe, and China on issues of integration to broad audiences of academic and non-academics interested in refugee social and economic inclusion. Her research focuses on the anthropological understanding of diasporic refugee communities and how long-term transnational involvement and incorporation into local host societies co-exist. Along with her forthcoming book, From Displacement to Belonging: Hmong refugees in Germany and Texas, and the social dynamics of fitting in,  she has published on topics focused on US and European immigrant issues. She also serves as an active consultant to refugee resettlement agencies.

Course Taught

BHSC 6363 The Immigrant Experience


Evelyn L. Parker

Dr. Evelyn L. Parker is Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She joined the faculty in July 1998.

Parker received the Bachelor of Science from Lambuth College, Jackson, Tennessee, in 1974, and the Master of Science from Prairie View A&M University, in 1983. Upon receiving her M.S. she served as a research scientist in the department of Human Biological Chemistry and Genetics at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She attended the two-week Christian Educators Seminar at Perkins School of Theology from 1986 until 1989 and received a Certificate as an Associate in Christian Education in June 1989. The seminars were the impetus for further study in theological education and the transition from a vocation in biological research to one in educational ministry. During the fall of 1989 she became a full-time student at Perkins receiving the Master of Religious Education in 1991. In December 1996 Evelyn earned her Ph.D. from the Joint Program of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary/Northwestern University in Religious and Theological Studies, with an interdisciplinary emphasis in Christian Education, Womanist approaches to religion and society, and education and public policy. While at Garrett Seminary/Northwestern University, she was a Fund for Theological Education Black Doctoral Scholar from 1993-1995. Parker is the editor of The Sacred Selves of Adolescent Girls: Hard Stories of Race, Class, and Gender (Pilgrim Press, 2006) and author of Trouble Don't Last Always: Emancipatory Hope Among African American Adolescents (Pilgrim Press, 2003). She is the co-author of In Search of Wisdom: Faith Formation in the Black Church (Abingdon, 2002). She has also published several chapters and journal articles on adolescent spirituality.

Course Taught

HUMN 7302 Just Between Sisters: Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality, and Relationships of Mixed-Race Women and Girls


Hugh Parmer

Hugh Parmer was appointed by President Clinton to lead the Humanitarian Response Bureau of the U. S. Agency for International Development. In that capacity he managed U. S. government humanitarian and disaster relief efforts in over eighty countries. He was on the ground during fourteen of those crises including famine in East Africa, hurricanes in the Caribbean, and the humanitarian relief efforts surrounding the Kosovo War. After his government service Mr. Parmer served as President of the American Refugee Committee, a private non-profit relief organization with 2000 employees and programs in a dozen disaster stricken countries. Prior to his ten year career in humanitarian relief, he was active in politics and local govenment in Texas serving as Mayor of Fort Worth and for eight years in the Texas State Senate. He is a licensed attorney and mediator in Fort Worth and an adjutant professor in the International Studies Program at the University of North Texas.

Course Taught

HUMN 6321 International Humanitarian Aid in a Post Cold War World


Jennifer Parvin

Having spent over 25 years as a leader in urban education, Dr. Parvin is a scholar-practitioner who is committed to educational excellence and equity so that schools will be exciting and humane places that serve all students. As a school principal, Dr. Parvin’s campus was named a Model Professional Learning Community Site, one of only two sites in Texas.  Dr. Parvin developed and led Dallas ISD’s Leadership Academy that used national best practices to provide innovative professional learning for Dallas’ 200+ principals.

In addition to her M.S. and Ph. D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (University of Texas at Arlington), Dr. Parvin also has a M.A. in Humanities from the University of Dallas.  She serves on the Cowan Education Center Council at the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture and has recently worked with the Festival of Ideas Educated City team.  Dr. Parvin currently consults with districts, schools and non-profit organizations on leadership development and serves as an executive coach for educational and non-profit leaders. 

Additionally, Dr. Parvin is co-founder of Mindful Mentoring, an organization that provides support to young people in the Dallas County Jail.

Course Taught

BHSC 7368 Educational Coaching: Ensuring Success for All Learners


Rena Pederson

Rena Pederson is Director of Communications for the National Math and Science Initiative, a non-profit organization created to advance math and science education in the United States. In that role, she supervises all NMSI publications, media relations, website, video production, and social media.

Prior to joining NMSI, she served as Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications for the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., serving as a senior speechwriter and communications manager. As part of those duties, Ms. Pederson served on the editorial board of the Counter Terrorism Communications Center at the Department of State, organized an international conference on attacks on the press, prepared Congressional testimony for Under Secretary Karen Hughes, and helped create the "America Is" book for distribution overseas.

She previously served as Vice President and Editorial Page Editor at The Dallas Morning News, supervising the staff and content of the opinion pages for 16 years. Prior to joining The News, she was a reporter with United Press International (1970-72) and the Associated Press (1972). She also worked in the Washington bureau of the Houston Chronicle (1973).

Ms. Pederson graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin (bachelor of science in journalism 1969). She also received a master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York (master of science in journalism 1970.

Course Taught

HUMN 7362  The Art of Persuasive Writing


Gerry Perkus

A native of New York, with a B.A. from Brooklyn College, and a PhD in English literature from the University of Rochester , Dr. Gerry Perkus has served as an Adjunct Professor of Humanities in the MLA/MLS program since 1986 and has taught literature, writing, and interdisciplinary courses at colleges and universities in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Texas. At SMU, he has taught Business Communications in the Cox School of Business and has also held the position of Director of Off-Campus Education for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition to Business and the American Dream in Literature, Dr. Perkus' teaching and research interests include Love in Literature, and Psychological Fiction. He thoroughly enjoys working with mature students in the MLS program, encouraging them to integrate the subject matter of literature with their own life-experience to gain new insights. His hobbies include travel, oil-painting, jazz piano, swimming, and racquetball.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6115 Classic Texts: Gustave Flaubert and Madame Bovary
HUMN 6315 16 Love in Literature I and II
HUMN 7369 Business and the American Dream in Literature
HUMN 7377 Mental Illness and Literature


Anthony Picchioni

Dr. Anthony Picchioni is an Adjunct Professor in Human Development. He has used his extensive knowledge and experience in negotiation, organizational behavior, conflict management, change management, succession planning, and dispute resolution to educate corporate executives and business people across the United States and abroad. With more than thirty years experience as a facilitator/ trainer, Dr. Picchioni has assisted in resolving all types of disputes, including those involving employment, commercial contracts, interdepartmental conflicts, and family matters. Dr. Picchioni received his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in Counseling. He has also done extensive post-graduate studies in Dispute Resolution at The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Pepperdine Law School and CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado. He is published in areas relating to human development, counseling, psychology, philosophy, and history.

Courses Taught

BHSC 7365 The Power of Negotiation
BHSC 7358 Conflict and Communication
HUMN 6316 The Human Experience: Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies


Dr. Jody Potts

B.S., Baylor University; M.A., Southern Methodist University; Ph.D., University of North Texas

Dr. Jody Potts' research and teaching focus on the biographical aspects of the American experience. Through the writings of key Americans, her course Ideas Shaping the American Character explores the ideas--political, economic, religious, social, intellectual, and artistic--that shaped the American character from the Puritan Era through the twentieth century. An additional research interest involving left and right brain learning concepts resulted in Dr. Potts' creation of an MLS course titled The Lively Mind: Creative and Critical Thinking.

Dr. Potts has served as University Spokesperson on the Texas Council for Social Studies Textbook Adoption Review Committee and as a member of the TCSS curriculum committee. She is a member the Department of History Advisory Council and the Teaching of History Conference Advisory Board at the University of North Texas and is a past member of the Presidents' Circle of the National Academy of Sciences. During the summer she teaches courses at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. In 2001 she was honored as an outstanding alumna of the University of North Texas.

Dr. Potts is the founder of Lively Mind Seminars, a national consulting firm offering left/right brain learning seminars for education, government, and business organizations. Participants include The University of Texas at Austin Senior Faculty, the New York City Association of Middle School Principals, the New York City United Federation of Teachers, and The Wall Street Journal executives.

Courses Taught

BHSC 6315 The Lively Mind: Creative and Critical Thinking
SOSC 6115 Classic Texts: Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography
SOSC 6115 Classic Texts: James Madison, Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention
SOSC 6332 Ideas Shaping the American Character, Part I, 1607-1877
SOSC 6333 Ideas Shaping the American Character, Part II, 1877-2000
SOSC 7322 Women and the American Experience, Part 1, 1607-1900
SOSC 7323 Women and American Experience, Part II


Leslie Richardson

Leslie Richardson has a Ph.D. with Highest Honors in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, and an M.A. in The Writing Seminars from The Johns Hopkins University.  She has taught writing for a number of schools and programs, including The Johns Hopkins University, and SMU.  She joined the faculty of SMU’s MLA program in 2015.  She has been published in a wide variety of places such J.A.M.A., Saveur Magazine, The American Book Review, and The Paris Review

Course Taught

FNAR 7360 Creating the Short Story 


Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson, MS, has been involved with energy efficiency and sustainability for more than twenty-five years, including broad experience in product design & development, engineering technology, manufacturers’ representation, construction management and building science. Among his numerous pursuits, he has worked on the development of sustainable landscape construction, modular greenhouses with drip-feed irrigation, daylighting, technical analysis for the building envelope, on-site testing, and Systems Engineering for Green Building. He is President of FLUX Environmental, and Author & Editor of High-Performance Buildings: A Guide for Owners & Managers, published by Fairmont/CRC/Taylor & Francis in 2013.  Tony is Director of Beacon Editorial, an editorial consulting practice, is co-founder and co-editor of Transformation: A Journal of Literature, Ideas & the Arts and his book of Poetry, The Boundary Layer, was published by Ekstasis in 2011. His writings on energy and sustainability have appeared in publications of: The Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC), The Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), The IEEE - International Symposium on Sustainable Systems & Technology (ISSST), The National Career Development Association (NCDA), The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and The American Solar Energy Society (ASES). Tony has presented at Technical Conferences around the US, for Career Counseling and Architectural Groups, and for Universities in the North Texas area. He is a member of the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization, the Association of Energy Engineers, has served on the Steering Committee for the Sustainability Forum at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, as a Judge for the 2012 and 2013 DFW Emerging Technology Impact Awards, and is past president of the Dallas-Fort Worth California-Berkeley Alumni Association. He holds a BA in Philosophy with a minor in English from the University of California at Berkeley, and a MS in Design, Engineering Technology & Business Administration from the University of North Texas.

Courses Taught

SCCL 6312 Energy & Economy: The Sustainability Factor
SCCL 6395 Environmental Sustainability: Current Issues in Energy, Politics & Economic Development
SCCL 7302 Culture and the Environment: Humans in the Natural World


Sara Romersberger

SMU Associate Professor of Theatre
M.A., University of Illinois

Sara Romersberger, Movement Specialist, holds a B.S. in theatre education from Illinois State University, an M.A. in dance from the University of Illinois, and a Certificate of Mime/Movement from Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France. Lecoq-based movement classes include placement, acrobatics, neutral and character mask, masks of the Commedia Dell' Arte, European clown, historical movement styles (Renaissance and Restoration) and dance of the 20th century.

Her professional work in the Dallas area since 2000 includes directing Tripping the Light Fantastic for the Festival of Independent Theaters and creating or coaching movement, dance and/or fight choreography for Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream- the musical, As You Like It, A Comedy of Errors, The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas; for Anna in the Tropics, Hamlet, Wit and Crumbs From the Table of Joy at The Dallas Theater Center; for Greendale, Waiting for the Train, Blasted, The Late Henry Moss, A Man's Best Friend, and Silence at the Undermain Theatre; for Misery at Circle Theatre in Fort Worth; and for The Last Five Years at the Plano Repertory Theatre as well as additional shows at Theatre Three, Classical Acting Company and Contemporary Theatre of Dallas. She was a winner of a Dallas Theatre Critics award and a 2005 Rabin award for Special Recognition for Outstanding Choreography for her work on The Wrestling Season at Dallas Children's Theatre.

Course Taught

FNAR 6316 On Being Funny


Justin Rudelson

Justin Rudelson is President of Rudelson Intenational Academy, an intensive language and culture navigation school for business executives in Dallas, Texas.  He is also Adjunct Professor in the Master of Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University.  Rudelson received his MA and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. A native of Beverly Hills, California, he established a porcelain importing company, Rudelson International, with his family that operated from 1982-2012.  He was an Asian Studies major and Geography minor at Dartmouth College, and was the first anthropologist to conduct fieldwork in Xinjiang, China.  Since 1995, Rudelson has worked as an author and editor of ten phrasebooks for Lonely Planet Publications including Languages of the Silk Road (16 languages), and the Mandarin, Hebrew, Turkish, and Moroccan Arabic phrasebooks. Besides the Mandarin language, Rudelson has command of Cantonese, Uyghur, Japanese, Russian and Hebrew languages, as well as a working knowledge of 20 other Central Asian, European, Asian and Middle Eastern languages.

Courses Taught

HUMN 7360 Sex, Death and Identity in China
SOSC  7366 Afghanistan Syndrome


Elizabeth Russ

Dr. Elizabeth Russ grew up in Dallas. Although she left the Big D to attend Pomona College in sunny Southern California, she came back after graduating to teach bilingual kindergarten in the DISD. Two years later, she left again to pursue her doctorate in Spanish language and Latin American literature at Columbia University. After six years in New York, plus a year in the Dominican Republic as a Fulbright student scholar, she made yet another return to Dallas, this time to join the faculty of Dedman College's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, where she currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Spanish. She is author of numerous scholarly articles plus a book, The Plantation in the Postslavery Imagination, which examines how twentieth-century writers from across the Americas use the language of fiction to reexamine the legacy of slavery and the plantation. She is currently working on a second book, about the nature of space and place in recent literature from the Dominican Republic. In addition to teaching courses on Latin American literature and culture to undergraduates at SMU, she has given presentations and facilitated conversations about film and literature in such venues as the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and the Dallas Latino Cultural Center.

Course Taught

HUMN 7302 Transnational Traditions: the Literature of the Americas


Martha Satz

Dr. Martha Satz exploits her dual background in philosophy and literature and experience in trans-racial culture to teach and write about a diversity of topics. She teaches courses in minority literature, most notably African American and Jewish American literature, ethics and children's literature, literature and disability, and ethics and literature. She is on leave fall 2006 to complete a work on literature, culture, and trans-racial adoption.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6115 Classic Texts: MiddleMarch
HUMN 6115 Classic Texts: Mrs. Dolloway & The Hours
HUMN 6308 Women's Lives and Literature
HUMN 6316 The Human Experience
HUMN 6319 Ethics and Literature


Dennis Simon

Dr. Dennis Simon is an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Political Science at Southern Methodist University. He is the recipient of SMU's "M" Award, the Willis Tate Award, and President's Associate award. His research and teaching interests include the American Presidency, national elections, and the politics of change in the United States. He is the recipient of the Southern Political Science Association's Pi Sigma Alpha Award for his study of national forces in state legislative elections and, with Barbara Palmer, has twice received the Miriam Irish Award for their work on women in the electoral arena. Since the spring of 2008, he has taught a course on the Politics and Legacies of the Civil Rights Movement and served as the faculty leader of SMU's Civil Rights Pilgrimage. His most recent book, with co-author Barbara Palmer, Women and Congressional Elections: A Century of Change was published by Lynne Reiner in May of 2012. He is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Great Contradiction: Race and Congressional Elections in the American South.

Courses Taught

SOSC 6329 The American Presidency
SOSC 6330 Politics and Film
SOSC 6331 Elections and Politics
SOSC 6356 Civil Rights: An Unfinished Revolution


Carmen Smith

Dr. Carmen Smith is Director of Education at the Meadows Museum where she designs and oversees programs for a large, diverse audience on and off campus. She received her undergraduate degree in Business and Spanish from Marquette University, her Masters degree in Museum Science from Texas Tech University, and her doctorate in Art Education from the University of North Texas. Dr. Smith has over 25 years of experience as an art museum professional, including three years as Family and Special Programs Coordinator at the Kimbell Art Museum and twelve years working in several capacities at the Dallas Museum of Art. She has broad teaching experience with different age groups in both the museum and classroom settings. As Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas, she taught classes in art education and aesthetics. Before joining SMU in 2007, when working in the museums she missed the college students, and when working in the university she missed the objects. Her position at the Meadows Museum offers her the best of both worlds.

Course Taught

FNAR 6387 Inspiring Creativity through Original Art


Anubha Sood

Dr. Anubha Sood received her doctorate in Sociocultural Anthropology from the Washington University in St. Louis in August 2013. She also holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and an advanced graduate certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Dr. Sood’s research and teaching expertise include the fields of Medical, Psychological and Psychiatric Anthropology, the Anthropology of Religion, Gender Studies, and the regional scholarship of India and South Asia. Her scholarly work is driven by an interest in understanding how individuals across cultural contexts experience psychological distress and the healing practices they engage in to resolve their suffering. Dr. Sood’s most recent research project, which was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, is an ethnographic study of female attendees in a Hindu healing temple in North India, popular for treating psychological ailments that manifest as spirit possession. There, she sought to understand how the women’s psychological and social suffering found expression in bodily possession and how their participation in a range of ritualized bodily practices, aimed to induce dissociative states of consciousness, led to healing for them. Dr. Sood is intrigued by the question of how and why dissociation is actively employed as a therapeutic technique in a range of religious-spiritual healing settings in South Asia and elsewhere, and what that might tell us about the interconnections between the somatic, psychological, religious, gendered, and cultural dimensions of “mental health”. In addition to academic research, writing and teaching, Dr. Sood has been actively involved with advocacy initiatives for women with chronic mental illnesses and those incarcerated in state mental hospitals in India. She aims to contribute her efforts towards formulating gender-sensitive mental health policies and services in the developing world in the years to come.

Course Taught

BHSC 7361 Of Mad Women and Possessing Spirits: Gender and Psychopathology in Culture


Martin Stegemoeller

Dr. Martin Stegemoeller earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy and economics from Northwestern and earned his masters and doctorate degrees from Vanderbilt in philosophy and literature. Teaching philosophy, ethics, and literature for three years as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama-Huntsville made him realize that he really wanted a more student-centered teaching environment. He then taught English, math, and philosophy at Lake Forest Academy for six years, while coaching varsity tennis, running a residence hall, and doing considerable work in alumni relations and development. He just completed his eleventh year at The St. Mark’s School of Texas where he holds the Malcolm and Minda Brachman Master Teacher Chair, is Associate Director of the Leadership and Ethics Program, teaches courses in English, philosophy, ethics, and history, and is faculty sponsor of the Discipline Council, the Telos Leadership Society, Philosophy Club, and The Blue Guitar. Additionally, he speaks at conferences and works with faculty and schools around the country, helping them build out their leadership and ethics programs.

Course Taught

HUMN 7384 Ethics: Being Ourselves, Performing Ourselves, and Serving Our World


Joyce Stubblefield

Ms. Stubblefield started her career in the environmental field in 1977. Her work experience includes three years with the Department of Energy at the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory mitigating environmental impacts for the project.

Ms. Stubblefield received her B.S. degree in Mathematics from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a MBA in Management at Amber University in Garland, Texas. She is an Environmental Associate Auditor for the International Organization for Standardization ISO 14001. She earned two Sustainability Certificates from Southern Methodist University (SMU) School of Engineering and last year received LEED Green Associate Credentials in August 2010. Ms. Stubblefield received her Masters ( MA) in Sustainability and Development from the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, August 2012.

Course Taught

SCCL 6397 Earth Matters: Introduction to Global Environmental Quality


Charles Sullivan

Dr. Charles Sullivan is currently chair of the Department of History at the University of Dallas, where he also teaches in the Human Sciences department and the History and Philosophy of Science program. He received his B.A. degree from George Mason University and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, and has also taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Reed College. His research centers on the history of the social sciences with a particular emphasis on the history of political economy. He is the recipient of the University of Dallas’s 2012 King Award for scholarship and teaching.

Courses Taught

SOSC 6345 Contemporary Economic Issues
SOSC 7354 The Intellectual History of Capitalism


Gary D. Swaim

Dr. Gary D. Swaim continues his work with the Master of Liberal Studies Program as the Faculty Adviser for the Creative Writing emphasis, Executive Editor of Pony Express(ions), and Director of the Writer’s Feast.  Reared in California, he received his A.B. degree at the University of California, Riverside in English and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Philosophy at the University of Redlands, in cooperation with Claremont Graduate University.  He has published several poetry chapbooks and was featured most recently in 8 Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the American Southwest.  His short stories have received publication and have been anthologized.  As a playwright, Dr. Swaim has produced and directed some of his own plays, in both California and Texas.  His drama, Two to Waken Him, based on the concluding years in the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been widely received.  His comedic dramas, Noah in my Bedroom and Morphine are equally popular.  

Recently, Dr. Swaim’s poetry and artwork was published in the Ukraine.  His paintings have been widely received.  Additionally, his fifth book of poetry, full-length, was scheduled for publication by Wipf and Stock of Oregon.  A unique collection of poems divided into so-called poems of the material world and poems of the spiritual world, A Perhaps Line is set for a release in 2014.  Dr. Swaim, a Minnie-Stevens Piper Professor of the State of Texas was also selected Senior Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Courses Taught

FNAR 6301 Action! Dramatic Writing: Screenwriting
FNAR 6304 Writing the West
FNAR 6308 Creating Truths
FNAR 6315 Creating the Memoir
FNAR 6394 Creating Poetry
FNAR 7365 Creating the Novel
FNAR 7366 Creating the Stage Play
HUMN 6316 The Human Experience
HUMN 7313 Creating the Short Story
HUMN 7336 Creativity: Historical and Personal


Rob Tranchin

Rob Tranchin is a writer, director and producer of documentary films and radio features. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (Visual and Environmental Studies) and of New York University (Cinema Studies), and has lived and traveled extensively in Japan, where he worked as an assistant director to the Japanese film director Imamura Shohei. Tranchin is the recipient of a national Emmy Award for the four-part series The U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848) and received a national Emmy Award nomination for Matisse & Picasso. Among his other national productions for PBS are For a Deaf Son, Roy Bedichek's Vanishing Frontier and Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater.

Courses Taught

FNAR 6305 From Sunrise to Psycho: Form and Meaning in the Cinema
FNAR 7377 Representing the Real: Form and Meaning in Documentary Film


Nicolay (Nick) Tsarevsky

Nicolay (Nick) Tsarevsky obtained his M.S. in theoretical chemistry and chemical physics in 1999 from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He joined Professor Kris Matyjaszewski's research group at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, as a Ph.D. student in 2000, and obtained his doctorate in 2005. He worked on the synthesis of functional polymers by atom transfer radical polymerization, and on development of rules for rational selection of the catalyst for various reaction media, including aqueous solvents. He was awarded the Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award in Green Chemistry (2003), the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Award (2004), the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Polymer Group Student Award (2004), as well as the Harrison Legacy Dissertation Fellowship (2004-5), and the National Starch & Chemical Award (2008). He has authored and coauthored 53 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 8 book chapters, a textbook for high school students, and several patents. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University (2005-6), Associate Director of the CRP Consortium (2006), and a member of the founding team of ATRP Solutions, Inc., of which he served as Chief Science Officer (2007-10). He was secretary (2005) and chair (2006) of the Polymer Group of the Pittsburgh Section of ACS, as well as chair of the Section (2009). He joined the Department of Chemistry at Southern Methodist University in the Summer of 2010. His current work focuses on the synthesis and applications of polymers with controlled molecular architecture and functionality.

Courses Taught

FNAR 6307 Chemistry and Technology in Art: From Antiquity to the Industrial Revolution
FNAR 7368 Science on the Stage


John Ubelaker

Dr. John Ubelaker is a professor of Biological Sciences at SMU. His research specializes on parasitic organisms that cause human diseases. He has over 100 publications in professional publications on parasites and has conducted research projects in Central and South America, and in Yugoslavia as well as throughout the US. His course on Parasitology is a popular course in the biological sciences and he has taught a related course in the MLS program entitled Little but Lethal. Dr. Ubelaker is an engaging lecturer, and was awarded the Altschuler Outstanding lecturer in recognition of his skills. He has also served as chair of the department of Biological Sciences and Associate Director of the SMU in Taos program. John has build a home in the Taos New Mexico area and will retire there in 3 years.

Courses Taught

SCCL 6335 Little but Lethal
SCCL 6389 The Origins and Evolution of Life
SCCL 7205 Wildflowers of the Southern Rockies


John M. Vernon

JD, St. Mary's University; B.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Mr. Vernon is a practicing attorney, licensed in Texas, Utah, and the District of Columbia, with The Vernon Law Group, PLLC, who advises and counsels clients on cross-border international and domestic transactions, international trade, and international franchising. He has taught seminars and spoken as a guest lecturer at law schools both in the US and in many other countries. Mr. Vernon is also adjunct faculty to the SMU Dedman School of Law.

Mr. Vernon has taken an active role in dealing with human rights issues both in the US and abroad. He is involved with Texas Appleseed, where he participates in the pro bono representation of juveniles in the state of Texas who were denied representation of counsel in crucial detention hearings. In addition, he is a member of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, a leading voice in international human rights and the promotion of the rule of law, where he works closely with other international counsel and foreign bar associations reviewing and making comment to Human Rights Institute investigations being conducted in countries with known, on-going human rights violations. Further, he has participated in Human Rights Institute programs analyzing the process of pre-trial detention, access to legal representation and the criminal justice system in several Sub-Saharan African countries. He has also participated in a variety of human rights and international trade projects related to work in Sub-Saharan Africa, most prominently, Malawi. Also, Mr. Vernon is involved with establishing a law school in Livingstonia, Malawi, to educate law students, clergy and attorneys in International Human Rights Law.

Courses Taught

HUMN 6326 Indigenous Peoples' Rights in a Global Economy
SOSC 6301 Terrorism and Torture
SOSC 7305 Special Topics in Human Rights: Middle East: Sharia Law and Human Rights
SOSC 7324 The Impact of the Arab Spring on Israel and the Middle East
SOSC 7359 International Human Rights


Ben Voth

Director of Debate
Associate Professor of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs

Associate Prof. Ben Voth, Ph.D., of SMU's Corporate Communications and Public Affairs division is director of Debate and an advisor to the Bush Institute. He  is an expert in debate and persuasion.

Voth works with a variety of individuals such as Holocaust survivors, national speech champions, top speakers in debate, community advocates, and government leaders to ensure that the human value of being heard is instilled. His research in rhetoric and argumentation studies helps clarify how persuasion can work to improve society, whether discerning the symbolic processes driving genocide around the globe or understanding how comedy relieves our sense of anxiety about politics.

Course Taught

SOSC 7364 Communication to Reduce Human Injustice: Genocide


Sze-kar Wan

Sze-kar Wan is Professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology, SMU, but his broad research and publications include also Modern China, Neo-Confucianism, postcolonialism, human rights, and politics. In addition to his courses in Greek and New Testament, every two years he leads a group of students for an immersion trip to China. His next immersion course to China is May 2015. He is a frequent traveler to Asia, having lectured and taught widely in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, China, Israel, Holland, among other places. He was the 2011 recipient of the SMU Ford Senior Research Fellowship and the 2011–2013 Texas Project for Human Rights Education fellow.

Course Taught

SOSC 7365 The Cultural Revolution and Modern China


Andrew Weaver

Andrew Weaver has served as an adjunct professor in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and taught a course of the same name (ME 7303 - Organizational Leadership) as part of the Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Management (MSM) program. Presently, he is the Vice President of Strategy & Policy for a $8 billion retailer. A student and practitioner of leadership for the last two decades, he has led organizations from 5 to 5,000. His degrees include: M.A National Security & Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College 1998; M.P.A. Public Administration, Troy State University 1994; and B.S. in Business from the University of California, Berkeley 1980.

Course Taught

BHSC 6320 Organizational Leadership


Steve Woods

(Lighting Designer)

Steve Woods has enjoyed international success at the Festival L'Imaginaire and the Festival Blues Sur Scene in Paris as well as productions in Berlin, Moscow, London Athens, Taipei, Budapest, the XIX Winter Olympics, and dozens of other locations around the world. His work in New York City includes the Lincoln Center, Theatre for a New Audience, Ohio Theatre, the Ice Factory, as well as the Joyce and York Theatres. Regional work has been seen at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Undermain Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, The Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Cumberland County Playhouse as well as Jacob's Pillow, American Dance Festival and Spoleto Festival. Dance credits includes the Jose Limon Dance Company (a member since 1988), Compania Nacional de Danza and work with Phyllis Lamhut, Garth Fagan, John Cranko (Stuttgart Ballet), Donald McKayle, and Daniel Nagrin. Television credits include PBS Broadcasts of Rigoletto, Lucia de Lammermoor, Susannah, Evangeline, and Lewis and Clark, as wells as events for MTV, BBC, Showtime and CBS. Currently Woods serves Professor of Theatre and as Head of the Stage Design Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

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Course Taught

FNAR 6396 Spectacle of Theater