Committee and Task Force Reports

Committee and Task Force Reports

The Present State and Future Prospects of Doctoral Programs in Dedman College
September 4, 2013 
Dean Tsutsui gave the following presentation The Present State and Future Prospects of Doctoral Programs in Dedman College to the SMU Faculty Senate. Click here for the presentation; click here for the presentation with audio narration by Dean Tsutsui.

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Dedman and Dallas Committee
March 8, 2013
This report investigated Dedman College’s varied and wide-ranging commitment to community engagement in Dallas. In addition to documenting the extent of faculty, staff, and student service to the community, the report provided two recommendations for enhancing and focusing the College’s impact on Dallas.

Area Studies at SMU
February 20, 2013
This report summarized the continued importance of area studies in the twenty-first century and surveyed the faculty, curricular and organizational assets in African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Russian studies in Dedman College. The report made recommendations that would unify area studies efforts in one umbrella initiative that could best leverage the College’s strengths and take advantage of the opportunities inside and outside the university.

Scholarly Publishing and Tenure Task Force
October 25, 2012
This report surveyed the rapidly changing landscape of academic publishing in the early twenty-first century and assessed its impact on the tenure process in Dedman College.

Teaching Load Task Force
September 18, 2012
This task force considered a uniform policy for faculty teaching loads across Dedman College, especially as related to associate and full professors who are no longer research active. 

Departmental Distinction
August 2012
This report surveyed the present state of undergraduate distinction programs in Dedman College and made recommendations to expand and enrich these important options for students. 

Associate Professor Mentoring Task Force
January 1, 2012
This report assessed the state of Dedman College’s efforts to mentor associate professors toward promotion to full professor, with conclusions and recommendations. 

Vision Statement for the Dedman College Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching
December 16, 2011
This committee, made up of faculty from across the SMU campus, students and community members, was charged with formulating an ambitious plan for the development of an interdisciplinary institute that would drive intellectual life and transform academic culture at SMU. 

High Performance Computing
April 30, 2011
This committee, convened by the Dean of Dedman College and the Associate Vice President for Research, developed a university strategy on "high performance computing" (HPC), the design, development and execution of software intended to run on specialized computing facilities whose processing speeds and data storage capabilities are typically at least 1,000 times greater than what is capable using a desktop or laptop machine.

Undergraduate Advising Task Force
April 21, 2011
This task force evaluated the operations of Dedman College’s Offices for Advising and Student Records, and made administrative, organizational and procedural recommendations.

Space Policy Task Report
January 26, 2011
This report presented recommendations for a Dedman College policy that “provides consistent, transparent, and fair standards for the management of our space (from labs and offices to lounges and storage rooms).”

Undergraduate Council Minutes

Graduate Council Minutes