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. Email | Book an Appointment
Adam Scott Neal
Assistant Director (Research)
Adam Scott Neal 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. Current projects include a book of essays about the meanings of musical instruments, and several works for piano, electronics, and video projection. Before moving to Dallas, Adam was a full-time audio engineer at East Carolina University. He also has extensive experience in non-profit arts organizations, notably Terminus Ensemble (Atlanta), which he co-founded, and the Charlotte New Music Festival. 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. Email | Book an Appointment
Program Specialist for Entrepreneurship
Camille McCallum serves as the Program Specialist for Entrepreneurship in the Office of Engaged Learning. Her office is located in the SMU Incubator where she manages day-to-day operations, and connects incubator members to the resources they need for success. As a member of the SMU Incubator herself, with her company Model the Way in the start-up phase, Camille is acutely aware of the needs of budding start-ups and student entrepreneurs. She has a passion for connecting industry and community to advance educational outcomes. 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. Email | Book an Appointment
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 Sophomore 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 Liason 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.