The 2017 Mangum Teaching Award is awarded to Senior Lecturer Helen Reynolds. A Dallas native, Dr. Reynolds graduated from Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. She returned to Texas joining the doctoral program at SMU, and graduated with her Ph.D. in Economics in 1976. She taught at the University of Texas at Dallas and was awarded the AMOCO all-university teaching award in 1983, and in the mid-1980s was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University. In the early 1990s, Dr. Reynolds started teaching part-time at SMU. This part-time position turned into a full time position in 2006. Her principal teaching involves Price Theory and Law & Economics, which she teaches every semester. In addition, she has added two new courses to the economics curriculum, Cultural Economics and Ethics in Economics. The ethics class was developed for the Maguire Center for Ethics, and the title of Maguire Teaching Fellow was bestowed upon her. Last summer, Dr. Reynolds took economics to the SMU-in-Oxford program for the first – but not the last --time. As a Senior Lecturer, she currently teaches four classes each semester, and at least two classes during the summer term. Her non-academic work experience is in economic consulting, and she currently splits her time between SMU and Ruhter & Reynolds.
Other highlights that can be woven in if you think they are pertinent:
- Honored by the Football team at their Faculty Appreciation Dinner
- Served on Faculty Advisory Committee of Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility
- Travelled with Football team to a game (by invitation)
- Recognized by Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity for making a positive impact on the education of their members
- Promoted to senior lecturer 2011
- Honored by Residence Life and Student Services as an honored professor for the HOPE (Honoring Our Professors of Excellence) banquet