Faculty and Academic Excellence

Faculty & Academic Excellence

Archives of Women of the Southwest reaches endowment goal

DeGolyer Library reached its goal of raising $1 million to create the position of archivist for the Archives of Women of the Southwest (AWSW), a special collection documenting the history and achievements of women in that region of the United States, with special emphasis on Dallas and North Texas. An event commemorating creation of the endowment will be held in fall 2012. In addition to the papers of key women leaders, the AWSW includes the historical records of notable organizations created by women. Among the newest additions are materials from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the international organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer. The October donation includes correspondence, advertisements and news articles spanning the organization’s 29-year history.

DeGolyer Library celebrates two centuries of Dickens

Dickens Exhibit

DeGolyer Library contributed to the international celebration of the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth in 2012 with an exhibition running from January through May of more than 200 items, many of which were drawn from the Stephen Weeks collection. Weeks, an SMU parent and a member of the SMU Libraries Executive Board, began collecting rare books in his teens, later focusing on the works of Dickens, and in particular, The Pickwick Papers. The comprehensive display related to every phase of the great novelist’s life and included all of the author’s major works in original editions, as well as prints, drawings, letters, later editions, piracies, translations, adaptations and ads.

Digital repository provides global platform for SMU intellectual content

The SMU Digital Repository (DR), a hub for the preservation and dissemination of a broad spectrum of SMU’s intellectual content, was activated in October 2011. The new online archive and e-publishing platform, created by Central University Libraries, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, and the Office of Information Technology, provides open access to research documents, articles, conference papers, scholarly image collections and journals created by SMU faculty, students and academic staff. As of May 31, the repository held 17,636 pages of materials and had received 3,078 visits. The new service is complemented by the Scholarly Digitization Program that focuses on digitizing analog or written materials.

SMU dedicates new investing and trading center and renovated business library

Kitt Center

The Kitt Investing and Trading Center, a state-of-the-art instructional and research facility designed to teach students practical finance and investment applications and to enhance faculty research, was dedicated in September. The Cox School of Business facility contains an LED stock ticker, three video walls, 22 high-end work stations and 10 Bloomberg Professional terminals. The Kitt Center was made possible through the donation of SMU parents Barry M. and Beth M. Kitt and their family. Coinciding with the opening, the newly renovated Cox School Business Library was unveiled. The facility provides improved access to centrally located librarians, more study rooms and comfortable areas to conduct research using the prestigious collection of electronic business databases.

Top SMU scholars receive Ford Research fellowships

Ford Fellows

Five outstanding faculty members were named as the University’s 2012 Ford Research Fellows in May. Established in 2002 through support from SMU Trustee Gerald J. Ford ’66, ’69, the fellowships help the University retain and reward outstanding scholars. Each recipient receives a cash prize for research support. (L-R) President R. Gerald Turner; Jingbo Ye, professor of experimental physics in Dedman College; Dinesh Rajan, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering in the Lyle School; Paul S. Krueger, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Lyle School; William J. Abraham, Albert Cook Outler Chair in Wesley Studies in the Perkins School; and Lisa Pon, associate professor of art history in the Meadows School.

Gift creates professorship

A new gift of $1 million will create The Marriott Family Endowed Professor Fund in Meadows School of the Arts. SMU parents John W. Marriott, III, and his wife, Angela C. Marriott, as well as John’s father, J. Willard Marriott, Jr., and his wife, Donna Garff Marriott, supported the gift, which was provided through the Marriott Fund of The Columbus Foundation in Columbus, Ohio. The Marriott gift provides Meadows School of the Arts the flexibility to use the funds as needed in support of a professorship focused on any key academic area.

Cox School programs ranked among best business schools

Cox School of Business

The Cox School of Business Executive M.B.A. program ranked No. 7 among the top programs in the world, and the Cox Professional M.B.A. program ranked No. 7 in the United States, according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s biennial ranking released in November. The Cox School is one of only three schools in the country with both M.B.A. programs for working professionals ranked in the top 10. In an earlier ranking, Businessweek ranked the Cox full-time M.B.A. program No. 12. That makes the Cox School one of only two schools in the country to claim three M.B.A. programs ranked in the top 15 by Bloomberg Businessweek. The Cox School also ranks among the top 25 business schools in the rankings of U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.

Altshuler Awards recognize excellence in teaching

Three of SMU’s best teachers were named 2012-14 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors in May. The awards, named for SMU Trustee Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler ’48 in 2001 and endowed by her in September 2011, are presented in recognition of faculty members’ commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. Each recipient receives a cash award and a two-year membership in SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. The awardees were: Carrie La Ferle, a professor in Temerlin Advertising Institute in the Meadows School; Tom Mayo, associate professor of law in Dedman School of Law; and James Sullivan, professor of sculpture in the Meadows School.