The Office of Engaged Learning is part of SMU's Office of Student Academic Engagement and Success, which is directed by Associate Provost Sheri Kunovich.
Jennifer Ebinger is the director of SMU’s Office of Engaged Learning. As part of the Provost’s team, her department supports university-wide research and entrepreneurship programs, including Engaged Learning Fellowships and Summer Research Assistantships that support undergraduate research; the Big iDeas program that seeds and mentors undergraduate, graduate, faculty and staff startups; Think-Play-Hack which provides a unique big-data experience; and the SMU Incubator, which collaborates with entrepreneurs and organizations to bring social and economic value to north Dallas. Before coming to SMU, Director Ebinger served as a regional director for a non-profit education foundation out of John’s Hopkins where she led an interstate team to support school, teacher, leader, and student growth.
Assistant Director (Entrepreneurship)
Camille McCallum serves as the Assistant Director for Entrepreneurship in the Office of Engaged Learning. Camille is an entrepreneur and member of the Incubator@SMU as co-owner of Love your Selfie Tupelo and founder of the Black Woman on a Mission brand. Camille has a passion for helping entrepreneurs create and sustain successful and impactful businesses. Camille holds a Bachelors of Arts in Public Policy Leadership from the University of Mississippi and a Master’s degree in Education Policy and Leadership from Southern Methodist University.
Adam Scott Neal
Assistant Director (Research)
Adam Scott Neal serves as Assistant Director for Research programs in the Office of Engaged Learning. He coordinates the Engaged Learning Fellowship and Undergraduate Research Assistantship programs and related events. Adam is a composer working in a variety of genres, from toy piano solos to modern dance scores. Recognized as “exquisitely crafted,” Adam’s music “draws the listener inward, encouraging intimate dialogue” (Creative Loafing Atlanta). His music has received nearly 300 performances in 12 countries. Adam has also published research on experimental computer music, improvisation, and popular music education. He currently moonlights as Production Manager of the Dallas Chamber Symphony and Adjunct Instructor of Audio at the Art Institute of Dallas. Adam earned a PhD at the University of Florida and previous degrees at Queen’s University Belfast and Georgia State University.
Faculty Fellow for Undergraduate Research Programs
David Son has been a professor in the Department of Chemistry at SMU since 1996. Dr. Son received his B.S. in chemistry from Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI) and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA). Dr. Son was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.) before coming to SMU. Dr. Son conducts research on the synthesis of inorganic and organometallic polymers for a variety of applications including drug delivery, additive manufacturing, and aerospace. At SMU, Dr. Son has been awarded the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Award, the Thomas W. Tunks Distinguished University Citizen Award, and the ‘M’ Award. Dr. Son has also served as Faculty-in-Residence at Boaz Residential Commons since 2014.
Jorden Terrazas is the Senior Student Worker in the Office of Engaged Learning. He is a Junior studying Pure Math and Data Science, with the ambition of attending graduate school for Mathematics. Jorden helps organize and visualize participation/demographic data for each of the programs hosted by the Office of Engaged Learning. At SMU, Jorden has participated in the Emerging Leaders program, and currently serves as the Office Liaison on the Engaged Learning Student Board.
Aya Bellaoui is a first-year at SMU working with both Engaged Learning and Residence Life. She is double-majoring in Biology and Biochemistry and minoring in Spanish and French. Aya is on the pre-health track and aspires to become an orthopedic surgeon one day. She is also on the SMU cheer team! Aya enjoys physical activities such as dance, football, and soccer, loves theater, and finds great comfort in baking. During her little free time, she likes to sketch and design. She is a proud McNair Scholar, Rotunda Scholar, and Hegi Career Leader so if you are interested in any of the three, she is your go-to person! You will most likely find her at ACE (Academic Center of Excellence), Hughes Trigg (probably having coffee at Panera Bread), or Virginia-Snider.
Ixchell Ibañez is a sophomore from Frisco, TX. She is a 2021 spring transfer who is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. She is currently the videographer and video producer for the Office of Engaged Learning’s Media Team. She aspires to one day work at Capitol Hill and pursue and elected office.
Kate McLeod is a senior from Tyler, TX, double majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication and Journalism with a minor in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs. She currently works as a communications intern for SMU’s Office of the Provost. Her past internship experiences include working as an internal communications intern for the Swiss chocolate company Lindt & Sprüngli and a digital marketing intern for Front Desk Dallas, a local office furniture store. In addition to her internships, Kate is a staff writer for SMU’s student-led newspaper The Daily Campus. She previously served as a producer for SMU’s student-led broadcasting program The Daily Update and was an international student leader for the International Student and Scholar Services Office.
Regina Moreno Vera is a first-year at SMU working with Engaged Learning. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in neuroscience. Regina is on the pre-health track and aspires to become an Occupational Therapist. She enjoys art, running, and roller skating, and is a part of Armstrong Commons counsel, CHAS, WISE, and FYSH. During her free time, Regina likes to babysit and paint. You will most likely find her at Fondren, or at the Catholic Center studying. Regina loves to meet new people, so if you ever see her around feel free to say hi.
Karla Torres is a junior from Dallas, TX majoring in Economics with a Finance Application and a minor in Psychology. She aspires to one day own her own real estate company with the knowledge and skills she has obtained from the university as well her many jobs and extracurricular activities. She enjoys going to art museums and loves to discover new coffee shops and restaurants across Dallas and the surrounding areas. In her free time she loves to lay in bed and watch a good movie, as well as spend time with her friends and family.