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President’s Associates

President’s Associates Award

The President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award is given annually to tenured faculty for the advancement of teaching and learning. This award of $1000 is designed to honor faculty who have sustained high achievement as teachers and whose scholarship makes a meaningful contribution to student learning.

2016 Recipient


Associate Professor Matthew Wilson
Department of Political Science

Professor Wilson joined the SMU community in the Political Science department as an Assistant Professor in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. His recommender noted “he presents his materials in a clear, understandable manner, and is excellent in relating theory, principles, and concepts to practical applications.” Professor Wilson describes his teaching philosophy as helping students to go beyond their “comfort zones and explore other perspectives. Student evaluations are consistently positive and share their appreciation of his enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the subject. One student said, “He is a very, very knowledgeable man, but he explains the material that we learn in class in a way that all students can understand.”   

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