Fall Teaching Awards

Each year, we have the distinct honor to recognize deserving faculty across campus with teaching awards. For the 2019-2020 year, we are selecting faculty for two awards, The Golden Mustang Award and The Provost's Teaching Recognition Award. 

Each award carries a $1,000 stipend. The awards give us the opportunity to celebrate a commitment to teaching among our ranks. These awards reflect our collective commitment to excellence in teaching, which is core to our aspiration to become an even greater research and teaching university with global impact.

The Golden Mustangs, SMU alumni who graduated at least fifty years ago, have established an award for the advancement of teaching and learning. This award of $1000 is given each year to a junior, tenure-track faculty member, whose teaching is consistently excellent; whose courses reflect thoughtful curricular development; and whose scholarship makes a meaningful contribution to the discipline and to student learning.


2020 Recipient:

NanasiAssistant Professor Natalie Nanasi, Dedman School of Law

Professor Nanasi is an Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of the Judge Elmo B. Hunter Legal Center for Victims of Crimes against women. She is a prolific scholar and student evaluations highlight how much she is loved by her students. One of the important contributions of Professor Nanasi is her role as a clinician while also a teacher and scholar. Blending these roles, especially before tenure, is quite remarkable. In a letter of recommendation, a former student mentioned that Professor Nanasi’s office was “the only one I consistently left feeling inspired and empowered to do more.” During the COVID pandemic, she demonstrated great adaptability pivoting to remote teaching. She employs thoughtful pedagogy and is really careful and deliberate about addressing students’ needs. Professor Nanasi is up for tenure this year which also led to the committee wanting to make sure she was recognized in her last year of eligibility.


For a list of previous recipients, click here.

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.


2020 Recipient:



Associate Professor Jill DeTemple, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Professor DeTemple is a Professor of Religious Studies. In their recommendation letter, three of her colleagues described her as “one
of the best teachers – perhaps the best – we have ever encountered in higher education.” Dr. DeTemple is an Altshuler award winner and has
had remarkable student evaluations. Her student evaluations include comments such as “there was never a time that I left her class without
having plenty to think about and to discuss in the next meeting,” and “the class was great, but man, it was hard. I’d argue that this was the
hardest class I’ve taken at SMU. The expectations were high and the workload was intense. It was absolutely worth it though.” Further,
Professor DeTemple has won a national teaching award and conducts research and receives grants related to dialogic teaching methods.

For a list of past recipients, click here.

The Provost’s Recognition 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 award provides an opportunity to honor the contributions to teaching at SMU made by these important colleagues. The award carries a $1,000 stipend.

2020 Recipients:

Mark Allen, Meadows School of the Arts

Professor Allen is a senior lecturer in the Department of Advertising in Meadows. His materials noted the impact he has on students winning outside awards and prizes thanks to his direction and mentorship. The committee noted how beautiful his syllabi were and his attention to the particulars of his discipline teaching creativity. Of note, his teaching statement described the challenges of teaching an abstract concept like creativity and showed clear evidence of his commitment to his students. Both inside and outside of the classroom, Professor Allen’s commitment to student success was apparent.


Professor Eiserloh is a professor of practice in programming in the Guildhall. He is a great communicator with his students and helps prepare students for the professional world of video game development through collaboration projects. The materials note how he consistently goes above and beyond to give intensive feedback to students. He is noted as one of the best faculty in Guildhall who brings his professional experience to the classroom.

To see a list of prior winners of this award, click here.