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Seven Meadows Professors Win Sam Taylor Fellowships

Awards through United Methodist Board support diverse research projects

Rita LinJuan Men

Rita Linjuan Men, Communication Studies

Seven Meadows professors are among the 14 SMU faculty members named as recipients of the 2014-15 Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The Fellowships, funded by income from a portion of Taylor’s estate, award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Any full-time faculty member is eligible to apply for the Fellowships, which support research “advancing the intellectual, social or religious life of Texas and the nation.” Applications are evaluated on the significance of the project, clarity of the proposal, professional development of the applicant, value of the project to the community or nation, and the project’s sensitivity to value questions confronting higher education and society.

Congratulations to these winning professors and their projects:

  • Kathleen Gallagher, Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, to conduct interviews in Puerto Rico regarding non-profit organization life cycles.
  • Adam Herring, Art History, to include color plates in his monograph on Inca artworks.
  • Peter Kupfer, Music History, to survey how viewers understand cultural meanings of classical music used in advertising.
  • Rita Linjuan Men, Communication Studies, to collect survey data for analysis of transparency in organizations’ social media communications.
  • Brian Molanphy, Art, to support his Spring 2015 artist residency at l’Ecole de céramique de Provence in France.
  • Lisa Pon, Art History, for inclusion of illustrations in her forthcoming book.
  • Hye Jin Yoon, Temerlin Advertising Institute, for a survey regarding efficacy of advertising appeals to individualism versus collectivism.

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