Convocation Speaker

Professor Dayna Oscherwitz

Professor Dayna Oscherwitz is SMU’s recently appointed Assistant Provost for General Education. Last year, she served as President of the Faculty Senate and ex officio member of the SMU Board of Trustees. 

Since joining SMU in 2002, Professor Oscherwitz’s has served generously – in and out of the classroom, with an expansive roster of university engagements and roles, including involvement in African studies, women and gender studies and political studies. Since 2015, she has chaired the Department of World Languages and Literatures in the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and has served as area chair for French since 2010.

She was nominated for the Honoring Our Professors Excellence (HOPE) award in 2009 and 2010. Her scholarly work has been as eclectic as it is extensive – including film reviews, book reviews, translations, lectures, conference papers, directed research, and service to the academic community – at SMU and externally across the globe. Her courses range from Intermediate French to North African Cinema.

She earned her Ph.D. in French and Francophone studies, her M.A. in French literature and her B.A. in English literature and French studies, cum laude from University of Texas.

Thanks to her enterprising spirit, Professor Oscherwitz has spearheaded three new programs at SMU – the International Film Studies Minor, the Global Strategy and Security Major as co-developer, and the French Studies Major. We look forward to Professor Oscherwitz’s continuing leadership on the Hilltop – and her many contributions to the making Mustangs for life.