Lyle Faculty Member, Mark Fontenot, has been recognized as the 2013 recipient of The Provost’s Teaching Recognition Award.  This award honors full-time non-tenure-track faculty who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and a consummate dedication to teaching and learning. The non-tenure-track candidate must have taught credited courses full time for a minimum of 5 continuous years prior to his/her year of nomination. This new award provides an opportunity to honor the contributions to teaching at SMU made by these important colleagues.

Mark Fontenot is widely recognized by students and faculty as one of the very best teachers in the Lyle School of Engineering. He takes pedagogy very seriously, as evidenced both by his current doctoral candidacy studying ways to measure innovation in the classroom, and by his regular attendance at workshops regarding the best practices in education. Fontenot has also been a co-PI on two education-related grants: one on developing engineers as leaders, and the other on creating an interactive engineering and computer science classroom using tablet PCs. He uses engaging teaching techniques both in class and in the many extracurricular opportunities that he provides for his students. He has also been an early participant in the faculty-in-residence program, sharing his passion for learning with students in a living/learning environment. One of his faculty colleagues began her recommendation by describing this professor as “by far the best teacher I have seen in my 28 years at SMU.”