Retiring Faculty


David Haynes, professor of English in Dedman College, joined the SMU faculty in 1998 after earning his B.A. at Macalester College and his M.A. in Liberal Studies from Hamline University. Already an acclaimed novelist upon his appointment, Prof. Haynes has published seven novels and many short stories and essays. He has won nominations and prizes for his works, often for being one of the best books of the year. This has earned him invitations to read at prominent universities and festivals, to speak at high schools and to lead fiction workshops for the Hurston/Wright Foundation. The founder of the Kimbilio Project, for the past seven years Prof. Haynes has invited some of the nation’s most promising African-American writers to SMU-in-Taos to workshop their materials and mentor their careers. At SMU he has not only taught highly popular Creative Writing and literature courses, but also served as the director of English’s Creative Writing program from 2004 through 2016. Since 2012 Prof. Haynes has served on the board of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), first as a trustee, and from 2016 as chair. He retires as Professor Emeritus of English.



Ross C. Murfin, E.A. Lilly Distinguished Professor of English in Dedman College, joined the SMU faculty in 1996 as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs after an illustrious 15-year career at the University of Miami, where he served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to his time at Miami, Prof. Murfin taught at Yale University and the University of Virginia, where he had earned his Ph.D. with Distinction and his M.A.; he earned his A.B. at Princeton University. The author of five books, editor of two scholarly editions and one edited collection, and 40 articles, Prof. Murfin was the longtime editor of Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism, a series of critical editions widely used in English courses. Prof. Murfin taught undergraduate and graduate courses in 19th- and 20th-century fiction, poetry and nonfiction prose. His teaching and service earned him the HOPE award, the “M” Award, awards and nominations as Professor of the Year at the University of Miami and other distinctions. He directed or served on the committees of many successful Ph.D. students. He retires as Professor Emeritus of English.



Patty J. Wisian-Neilson (Dr. Patty), professor of chemistry in Dedman College, joined the SMU faculty in 1984 after earning her B.S. at Texas Lutheran College and her Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Patty received the following SMU honors: Perrine Prize from Phi Beta Kappa, President’s Associates Outstanding Faculty Award, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, H.O.P.E. Professor of the Year and Distinguished H.O.P.E. Professor. She also received the W.T. Doherty Award of the American Chemical Society and was a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Scholar. She served on more than 20 SMU committees and councils. Dr. Patty’s research centers on polyphosphazenes. Major funding for her work came from the National Science Foundation, the United States Army Research Office, the Robert A. Welch Foundation and the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society. She published over 95 peer-reviewed articles, received three patents and gave 50 invited research talks and over 125 presentations at national and international research meetings. Dr. Patty holds a special place in her heart for the research students she mentored while at SMU: 24 postdoctoral, 3 Ph.D., 9 M.S. and 55 undergraduate. She retires as Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.



Nina Schwartz, associate professor of English in Dedman College, first joined SMU’s faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor after earning her Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine, soon moving to the tenure track. The author of a landmark book and many acclaimed articles, Prof. Schwartz specialized in critical theory, particularly psychoanalysis, modern literary fiction, composition and rhetoric, among other subjects. From 1995 to 1997 she directed SMU’s First-Year Writing Program; from 2009–15 she served two terms as chair of the Department of English. In addition, she served on many of the most prominent committees at the University, college and departmental levels. One of SMU’s most honored teachers, Prof. Schwartz has won the President’s Associate Teaching Award, Mortar Board Distinguished Professor, the SMU Outstanding Professor Award, and twice the SMU Summer Research Grant for Faculty Excellence. She retires as Associate Professor Emeritus of English.



James Sullivan, professor of sculpture in Meadows School of the Arts, joined the SMU faculty in 1988. He earned a B.A. in philosophy at Yale University and an M.F.A. in sculpture at California State University, Long Beach. He served as chair of the Division of Art for 16 years and received multiple University awards for teaching, including the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professorship in 2012 and the Golden Mustang Award in 1993. He also served as a visiting artist at universities around the globe and was a visiting critic in drawing at the Yale School of Architecture for 18 years. He has been featured in more than 50 group and solo exhibitions regionally and internationally, from the Meadows Museum in Dallas to Amerika Haus in Berlin, and his work is included in museum, corporate and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. His sculpture is centered on the body, portraying the figurative image as well as using objects to create abstractions of bodily forms, spaces and experiences. Much of his recent work has been developed in digital form, using CAD systems and 3-D printing as well as industrial fabrication. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Art.



Thomas W. Tunks, professor of music in Meadows School of the Arts, joined the SMU faculty in 1980. He earned a Ph.D. in music from Michigan State University. In Meadows, he was head of music education from 1980 to 1992 and associate dean from 1984 to 1986 and from 1992 to 1998, then served as associate provost of SMU from 1998 to 2011. He was Meadows dean ad interim from 1993–94 and University provost ad interim from 2006–07. His primary research interests are music learning and perception. Prof. Tunks authored numerous research journal articles and book chapters, and co-wrote the fine arts portion of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the state pre-college education standards. He has served on the editorial boards of scholarly music education journals and was associate editor of Psychomusicology. He is also past research chair of the Texas and Kentucky Music Educators Associations. In 2014, SMU’s Distinguished University Citizen Award, given annually to three faculty for service to SMU, was renamed in his honor. Prof. Tunks was also a founding Faculty in Residence, living and engaging with students and residence life staff in Ware Commons. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Music.



Glenn B. Voss, professor of marketing in the Cox School of Business, joined the SMU faculty in 2007. He holds a B.A. in Communications, M.P.S. in Hotel Administration and M.A.in Economics, and he earned a Ph.D. in marketing with a minor in statistics at Texas A&M University. Professor Voss was awarded the Cox School’s Outstanding Research award in 2009, and was a Corrigan Research Professor from 2012-16.His major research focus is on the antecedents, strategies and outcomes associated with organizational relationship-building activities with an emphasis on service and not-for-profit firms. Professor Voss’s research has appeared in the most prestigious peer-reviewed marketing and management journals. He has been instrumental in the development of the SMU Data Arts initiative and the National Center for Arts Research. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Marketing.



Peter Winship, James Cleo Thompson, Sr., Trustee Professor in Dedman School of Law, joined the SMU Law faculty as a full-time professor in 1974. After attaining A.B. and LL.B. degrees at Harvard, he attended the University of London (London School of Economics) and attained an LL.M. His scholarship and teaching at SMU focused on domestic and international commercial law. He also taught corporate law and seminars on American legal history, comparative commercial law, admiralty law, and law and ethics. He is the author of seven books and numerous chapters and articles. He served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Ethiopian Law from 1971-1972 and Editor in Chief of The International Lawyer from 1996-1999. Since 1991, he has served as a member of the Board of Editors for the American Journal of Comparative Law and as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Tulane Law Review since 1993. In 2007, he received the Leonard J. Theberge Award of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law for service to private international law. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Law.